Nina Domingue Performs Self-Penned “Ya Mama” at Cleveland Public Theatre


Thu 10/11-Sat 10/27 @ 7:30PM

Seven years ago, actress Nina Domingue began working on her autobiographical theater piece that has emerged full-grown as Ya Mama, re-opening this week at Cleveland Public Theatre in a tune-up version.

Ya Mama was originally part of CPT’s Big Box series, which lets creators present their works in progress to a live audience for feedback, then presented full staged during CPT’s 2011/2012 season. In the process, Domingue worked to hammer out the most effective way to tell her story of a young black Creole girl in New Orleans losing her mother to suicide, dealing with a difficult relationship with a stepmother and then becoming a mother herself. The devastation and tragedy of Katrina intervenes as a metaphor for personal devastation and tragedy.

Domingue carries the weight of the performance piece, which was directed by Karamu’s Nathan Henry. It will be performed Thursday-Saturday and Monday at 7:30pm, through Sat 10/27. Tickets are $15-$25.


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