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Regina Taylor’s stop. reset. At The Signature

While Condola Rashad is gearing up to set fire to the Richard Rodgers Theatre in the Broadway revival of Romeo & Juliet, her predecessor Regina Taylor is preparing to light a fire of her own at the Signature Theatre.

Golden Globe Award winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away, The Unit) has the distinction of being the first Black woman to play Juliet in Romeo & Juliet on Broadway. She has a solid body of work not only as an actor, but as a writer and director. Her plays include Drowning Crow, Oo-Bla-Dee, The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove, The Trinity River Plays, Magnolia, and A Night in Tunisia.  In 2012 Taylor celebrated the 10th anniversary of her award winning, oft-produced play Crowns with a wildly successful run at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

This fall Ms. Taylor returns to New York to direct the world premiere of her new play stop. reset.

As e-books outsell printed books, Alex Ames, the owner of Chicago’s oldest African American book publishing company, must question each of his employees to determine who is still relevant in a rapidly changing world. When he meets J, a mysterious youth plugged into the future, Mr. Ames is forced to discover just how far he will go to survive.

A new play from Residency Five playwright Regina Taylor, stop. reset. asks powerful questions of legacy, identity and survival in a world where the real and the virtual are more closely tied than we think.

Taylor is a part of Signature Theatre’s Residency Five program which guarantees three world premieres of new works over a five-year residency.  Katori Hall and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins are among the Residency Five Playwrights-in-Residence.

stop. reset. stars Carl Lumbly and LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, and will run from August 20th to September 28th, 2013 at the Signature Theatre in New York City.

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