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Rutina Wesley Heads Off-Broadway To Co-Star In Play About White Man Who Pretends To Be Black Woman

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 11, 2011 7:50 AM
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True Blood star Rutina Wesley is headed Off-Broadway this fall to star alongside Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff in a new play by Jeff Talbott, titled The Submission.

The play centers on a white gay playwright Danny Larsen, who poses as a black female playwright and pens a drama about an African American family, under the name Shaleeha G’ntamobi, for which he earns lots of acclaim.

Things that make you go hmmm... read the full synopsis below:

"Shaleeha G'ntamobi's stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation's preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G'ntamobi doesn't exist, except in the imagination of wannabe-playwright Danny Larsen, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume. But a nom-de-guerre may prove more useful as the lies pile up, shaky alliances are forged, and everyone dear to Danny must decide whether or not to run for cover as the whole thing threatens to blow up in his lily white face."

Not sure what part Rutina will play here. But the story has potential; it just depends on what angle the writer takes.

It's worth noting that she's no stranger to the stage. In late 2006/early 2007, she co-starred alongside Julianne Moore in the Broadway presentation of The Vertical Hour.

The Submission will open on September 26 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Don't be surprised if Hollywood options the film rights :)

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7 Comments

  • Keith Josef | July 13, 2011 2:13 AMReply

    Wow. So, a play written by a playwright about a white gay playwright who uses a ghetto porn story in order to make a name for himself... mmm... sounds like art imitating life. the real playwright is getting attention for his play about a white guy using black storyline to make a name for himself. Bullsh*t.

  • Melissa | July 12, 2011 4:13 AMReply

    Shaheela N'gtamobi....

    LOL

  • reg | July 12, 2011 3:36 AMReply

    based SOLELY on the plot outline, i'm not so sanguine about this. of course, the proof will be in the pudding, but i'm wondering if the play may make some kind of backhanded comments about reverse racism, the evils of affirmative action and liberal guilt, particularly on the part of the arts establishment and it's patrons, i.e., to be successful you need to be a blk woman exploiting blk miserablism, ala, "precious" or "ruined".
    a comedy based on that premise would be based on lies, not reality (that's why fox.tv is funny, but not intentionally)
    but, as i say, that's all based on the outline. we'll see where actual the play is coming from.

  • Thespian Queen | July 11, 2011 12:57 PMReply

    Ha ha ha "Don’t be surprised if Hollywood options the film rights" :)

    True. I love the stage but I have to admit I don't know how some plays get attention. But this should be quite interesting.

  • Monique | July 11, 2011 11:59 AMReply

    I really hope we can get to talk to her! I would sure like to know what "first" went through her mind when she was handed the script to this play?! lol

  • Tamara | July 11, 2011 11:24 AMReply

    *blinks*

    Rutina is gorgeous. Love her smile.

    And why the character's name gotta be "Shaleeha"? LOL

  • BluTopaz | July 11, 2011 8:37 AMReply

    This sounds like it could be funny, it should be a comedy. A lot of gay White men (at least in NYC) like to think all Black women are 'sassy' and they feel that is empowering-lol- so that might play a part here.

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