Primary Stages is presenting the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon written and performed by Sharon Washington (While I Yet Live) and directed by Maria Mileaf (A Body of Water) in March 2018.
Award-winning actress Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in Primary Stages’ productions of While I Yet Live and String of Pearls, as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway, returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story with Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.
All productions to be performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Subscriptions for the 2017/18 Primary Stages season are $140 if purchased by April 30, 2017 and offer one ticket to each production. Subscriptions are available at primarystages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212.352.3101.
Feeding the Dragon is Sharon Washington’s debut as a writer and she is thrilled to be returning to Primary Stages for its NYC premiere. The play received its world premiere at City Theatre this past fall. Ms. Washington has been a working actress for over 25 years. Previous Primary Stages appearances were in While I Yet Live and String of Pearls. Other recent Off-Broadway appearances include Dot (Vineyard Theater); Wild with Happy (Public Theater – Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, Audelco Award); Luce (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3); and The Overwhelming (Roundabout Theatre). Sharon appeared on Broadway in The Scottsboro Boys, the last collaboration of the legendary team of Kander & Ebb in the role she originated Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater. Select regional credits include: Dot (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Intimate Apparel (Guthrie Theater); Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear (Denver Center); Jar The Floor (Seattle Rep); The Story (Long Wharf Theatre).
Ms. Washington’s most recent film appearance was playing opposite Danny DeVito in Wiener Dog. Other film and television credits include: “Gotham,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Blacklist,” “White Collar,””Taking Chance,” “Royal Pains,” “Damages,” Mistress America, The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton, School of Rock, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Malcolm X, Die Hard With A Vengeance, the web series “Hustling” (for which she received a 2015 Indie Series Award); “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI,” and “Law & Order: SVU” where she can occasionally be seen on the bench as Judge Virginia Hayes. You may also recognize her voice from her narrations of several documentary series including Animal Planet, Discovery and NOVA. MFA: Yale School of Drama. BA: Dartmouth College. The Dalton School. www.sharonwashington.com