Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #34

Contents

LAW & ORDER ACTRESS AT THE HUNTINGTON

A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY – Pt. 2

THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY AND BEYOND

BASSETT AND VANCE: A MODERN DAY LOVE STORY

OPERA BOSTON STAGED A MASTERFUL “MAHAGONNY”

WHAT IS IT WITH JACKSON AND SNAKES?

WILD HOGS IS WILDY FUNNY

UP-COMING EVENTS


LAW & ORDER ACTRESS AT THE HUNTINGTON

by Kay Bourne

(pictured: Donnetta Lavinia Grays)

57440f53bb327c69d402fbe51e170b08.124.88 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #34Backstage gossip about the Law & Order TV shows has it that if the producers like your “bit part” appearance, they bring you back in bigger and bigger roles. “That’s why the franchises are so wonderful to New York actors,” confirms DONNETTA LAVINIA GRAYS. The Law & Order regular is in Boston currently for the stage drama “Well” at the Huntington Theatre.

Grays got cast as a mentally ill out-patient in a Law & Order C.S.I. “The one with the schizophrenic dentist,” she describes. Her role, while tiny, was memorable. In the story-line where the detectives are probing the finances of a couple who run a half way house (and are bilking social services for art classes they don’t provide their clients), we see Grays sitting on a park bench eating almonds. She tells the detectives that, yes, she did some painting last week. The interior walls of a house.

Eventually, Grays worked up to a recurring role on Law & Order SVU, Officer Ramirez, a uniformed police officer. “The only rule is that you can’t be in two different Law & Order shows at one time and that you have to wait six months before you get to play the next role.”

Grays has also proved she has patience with her role of Kay (and other characters) in Lisa Kron’s autobiographical “WELL.” The actress understudied the parts in the Broadway production at the Longacre Theater, but never got to go on.

Never-the-less, she had only the best thoughts for the actress (Saidah Arrika Ekulona) whose health and habits were so excellent. “You always wish the person the best of health,” says Grays. “It’s always better if it’s not a surprise you’re going on in a show.”

The comedy “WELL” takes the form of a memoir that Kron is writing with the unwelcome assistance of a meddling mother who contradicts Kron‘s memories of how things were. Among the characters who take hold of their own versions of the past is a little black girl played by Grays who is far from thrilled to have her school integrated with the likes of Kron.

“WELL” continues through April 8 at the Huntington, 281 Huntington Ave., near Jordan Hall. The theatre is offering KBAR readers a specially discounted ticket rate of $25 to the previews on March 9, 10, 11, 13 and 15. The offer is for purchases made on-line, only. KBAR readers should use the Code 1132 when purchasing tickets at www.HuntingtonTheatre.org

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A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY – Pt. 2

by DeAma Battle

(pictured: Touba mosque, Senegal)

a12a43c429c6b4555f1e699773eca366.124.82 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #34(This is conclusion of a two part story submitted by DeAma Battle of Art of Black Dance & Music, Inc.)

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