First Look: Denise Burse, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Rhyn McLemore Saver, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Lee Osorio, Amber A. Harris and Benedetto Robinson in Kenny Leon Helmed DOT by Colman Domingo at True Colors Theatre Company through August 12

Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company are presenting Colman Domingo’s “Dot” starring Emmy Winner Denise Burse (“Black Mirror”) as Dotty at Fulton County’s Southwest Arts Center, located at 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331 through August 12.

Denise Burse. Brenda Nicole Photography
Denise Burse. Brenda Nicole Photography

In its Atlanta debut, “Dot” takes a light-hearted look at an illness facing all communities. In the Shealy house, Christmas means time for family gatherings. Through the interactions of widowed matriarch Dotty and her family, mental health in the Black community is explored. As Dotty struggles to hold onto her memory-a result of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis-her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. Crackling with humor, this dramedy grapples with aging parents, midlife crises, and the strength of family.

Bendetto Robinson and Denise Burse. Brenda Nicole Photography
Bendetto Robinson and Denise Burse. Brenda Nicole Photography

Burse’s late stepfather lived with Alzheimer’s, an experience the actress plans to bring to her performance, remarking “I wanted to make those observations and experiences I had come to life on stage. I always look forward to those kinds of challenges in roles I’m going to take on.” Burse starred in True Colors Theatre’s inaugural production of Fences in 2003 and in True Colors’ 2008 production of Amen Corner.

Gilbert Glenn Brown, Denise Burse, Lee Osorio. Brenda Nicole Photography
Gilbert Glenn Brown, Denise Burse, Lee Osorio. Brenda Nicole Photography

The cast for Dot also featuresTrue Colors alumni Tinashe Kajese-Bolden as Shelly, Rhyn McLemore Saver as Jackie, Gilbert Glenn Brown as Donnie, Lee Osorio as Adam, Amber A. Harris as Averie, and Benedetto Robinson as Fidel.

Gilbert Glenn Brown and Tinahse Kajese-Bolden. Brenda Nicole Photography
Gilbert Glenn Brown and Tinahse Kajese-Bolden. Brenda Nicole Photography

Dot began preview performances on July 17 and opened on July 20, 2018. The show will run through August 12, 2018. Performances during the run are Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Saturday – Sunday at 2:30 PM.

Lee Osorio, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Amber A. Harris and Rhyn McLemore Saver. Brenda Nicole Photography
Lee Osorio, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Amber A. Harris and Rhyn McLemore Saver. Brenda Nicole Photography
Benedetto Robinson, Denise Burse, Amber A. Harris, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden. Brenda Nicole Photography
Benedetto Robinson, Denise Burse, Amber A. Harris, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden. Brenda Nicole Photography

Tickets and Season Subscriptions are available by contacting Ticket Alternative @ 1.877.725.8849 or www.ticketalternative.com or through the True Colors website @ www.truecolorstheatre.org.

True Colors Theatre Company is based in Atlanta, GA and lead by Artistic Director Kenny Leon, and Managing Director Chandra Stephens-Albright. True Colors’ mission is grounded and centered in the rich canon of African American classics with a strong commitment to diverse new voices. True Colors strives to be an important voice in the American discussion of diversity including plays and playwrights from various times, cultures and perspectives.

“Black Mirror” Emmy winner Denise Burse, Pauletta Pearson Washington and More Open in THE OLD SETTLER at The Billie Holiday Theatre 

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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