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"The Color Purple" in Rehearsal

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Members of the cast of The Color Purple.

Check out photos of The Color Purple cast rehearsing the first number of Act II, "African Homeland," with choreographer Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi.

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L-R: Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi (choreographer), Lauren Du Pree (Church Lady/Ensemble), Neil Totton (Bobby/Guard/Ensemble) and Danea C. Osseni (Nettie).

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Members of the cast of The Color Purple rehearsing the African Homeland scene.

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L-R: Lauren Du Pree (Church Lady/Ensemble), Ithica Tell (Church Lady/Ensemble), Maritza Bostic(Squeak/Ensemble), Danea C. Osseni (Nettie) and members of the cast.

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Members of the cast of The Color Purple.

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Members of the cast of The Color Purple.

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L-R: C. Mingo Long, Isaiah Tyrelle Boyd, production assistant Alexis Ellis-Alvarez, Neil Totton ((Bobby/Guard/Ensemble) and members of the cast of The Color Purple.

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L-R: SDCF observer Tai Thompson and choreographer Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi.


Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi
Dubbed the “Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa,” Lady Dane is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American performance artist, two-time Helen Hayes Award nominated choreographer (2016, 2018), author, teacher, speech writer, advocate, playwright (Absalom, Kyltmnestra: An Epic Slam PoemGuilty, Roaring: The Musical, For Black Trans Girls), founding member of Force Collision, and a coeditor of the Black Trans Prayer Book. She is the founder of The Inanna D Initiatives, which curates, produces and cultivates events and initiatives designed to center and celebrate the work of Trans and Gender NonConforming artists of color. She is the first Trans woman of color (TWOC) to be nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (2016) and the first TWOC in Washington, D.C., to publish a work of fiction, Yemaya’s Daughters (2013), and have her play, Absalom, chosen for Theater Alliance’s Hothouse Festival and The Kennedy Center’s Prelude Festival. ladydanefe.com

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