Dominique Morisseau's Sunset Baby Begins at Off-Broadway's Signature January 30 | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Dominique Morisseau's Sunset Baby Begins at Off-Broadway's Signature January 30

Steve H. Broadnax III directs the production.

Dominique Morisseau Lia Chang

Signature Theatre's production of Sunset Baby, penned by Signature Premiere Resident and Tony nominee Dominique Morisseau, begins performances January 30.

Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, the production will continue through March 10 in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Opening night is February 20.

The cast features Russell Hornsby (Fences) as Kenyatta, Emmy nominee Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit) as Nina, and J. Alphonse Nicholson (A Soldier’s Play) as Damon, Nina’s boyfriend.

Set in East New York, Sunset Baby explores the relationship between Nina and her estranged father. A former Black revolutionary and political prisoner, Kenyatta reappears to claim a piece of Nina’s late mother's legacy. While he had visions of changing the world, his daughter became everything he feared. Now Kenyatta’s at her mercy for his own redemption.

In her Signature Premiere Residency, Sunset Baby follows Morisseau’s Confederates (2022) and Paradise Blue (2018). This new production reteams Broadnax III both with Morisseau (he directed the world and New York premieres of Blood at the Root) and with Signature (where he staged the world premiere of Katori Hall’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hot Wing King).

The staging also features scenic design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Alan C. Edwards, co-sound design by Curtis Craig and Jimmy Keys aka “J. Keys," projection and video design by Katherine Freer, intimacy coordination by cultural specialist Ann C. James, and casting by Caparelliotis Casting. The production stage manager is Mars Wolfe.

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