DC Dream Day with ‘Purple’ Star Nova Y. Payton


At DC Dream Days, we asked our favorite people in the area to tell us how they’d have a perfect day in the area.

Rising Star Y. Payton Not one to shy away from intimidating roles. The DC theater veteran has played Effie White on stage multiple times, and the “Dreamgirl” character has won a Tony for Jennifer Holiday and an Oscar for Jennifer Hudson. She will star in the Signature Theatre production of “Mamma Mia!” as Donna, the role Meryl Streep immortalized on screen in 2020 before the pandemic intervened. Last fall, she joined the cast of “Into the Woods” as a witch at Austin’s Zack Theater — famous roles for Bernadette Peters on stage and Streep on screen.

Peyton’s Next Steps: Sealy’s Role in “The Purple,” From August 16th to October 9th at the Signature Theatre. After Whoopi Goldberg’s acclaimed 1985 film, LaChanze in 2005’s stage musical, Cynthia Erivo in 2015’s Broadway revival, Payton will star in Alice Walker’s decades of conquest, perseverance, and ego. Play the protagonist in the story. Found in the southern United States.

“How do you put your mark on something so beautifully done by some amazing people?” said Payton, 42. So it’s exciting and challenging to do – I love a good challenge – but at the same time, it’s also kind of scary. “

Of course, there’s nothing to fear on Payton’s theoretically perfect day, as the Fort Washington resident travels the Washington area with her 13-year-old son Micah and 4-year-old daughter Minah.

I’m a mom of two, so I start the day by arguing with the kids because I like to call them that.My kids always have things to do so the first thing I do is take my daughter to her ice skating lessons Tucker Road Ice Rink in Fort Washington.I’m not a coffee drinker – I’m more of a tea and smoothie person – so I’ll stop Tropical Smoothie Cafe And got the avocado smoothie, spinach and kale wrap, no turbinates.

From there, we would take my son to his basketball practice and then go to lunch.I’ve been thinking about my dream meal for a long time and it’s definitely shrimp and grits Milk and Honey Cafe. it’s so good.Another one of my favorites is Bob and Edith’s Dinner, I love it because you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner – it doesn’t matter. If we go there, I’ll make two scrambled eggs, hold cheese, and serve turkey sausage and blueberry pancakes. I also don’t mind adding a little grit of butter and cheese.

Then we’ll cut to national port Take a walk in the area.There’s a lot to do there – they’re done Cosmic Soul Circus Recently, so I will take the kids there. Then I’ll keep them at home because I spend the day with them and I’ll go out and enjoy the time I spend downtown.I don’t mind going to some museums, I really want to see Hirshhornso I will go there.

Next, I would switch to Old Ebit Grill Buy yourself a small crab cake platter for dinner.or i’ll go to the food truck feeling of garlic, which is amazing. You can get crab cakes, you can get fish and shrimp, you can get quiet puppies, macaroni, cheese and green beans.I definitely have to give it up so I’ll go to another museum – maybe National Museum of Natural History.

After that, I actually wanted to go early because downtown at night was a bit of a crayfish for me. So I would go home and do something outside with the kids and then decide what to watch. I’ll let the kids — whoever’s turn — pick. Minah might say “Sing 2” – she loves watching it and singing about it, which is why we haven’t had a chance to actually hear it! Micah really likes Stranger Things. So we’ll put one of these on and end with a movie night.

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