Why Tony-Winning Actor Joaquina Kalukango Has Started Telling Stories as a Writer, Too

Kalukango also shared her memories of Tony night and the festivities that followed. It was a full celebration." "Oh, I partied hard!" she said. "I don’t think I went to sleep until Monday night at 10.
"I will say it’s been great to research even my tribe, and my culture and my family history. For now, she’s declining to share too many details of what she’s writing. I have to figure this out.'" They came as political refugees to this country, and that journey was just so phenomenal that I was like: 'Okay, I have to get this written. … I started taping my parents.
She added, "There’s a TV show in the mix, there’s a movie in the mix. So I have to wait on that. Plays kind of terrify me! I have to figure that out."
In the musical she plays a character named Nellie, the owner of a bar that serves the vibrant multicultural community living in Manhattan’s Five Points neighborhood in 1863. Also on the new episode of "Stagecraft," Kalukango revealed why her involvement in "Paradise Square" came at exactly the moment she needed it most. When the actor first received her offer to star in the show, the pandemic and the lockdown were still at their height.
"I am trying to concentrate on narratives of our culture specifically, because I don’t see them," Kalukango said on the latest episode of "Stagecraft," Variety’s theater podcast. I’m Angolan so there are specific stories I want to tell from my community as well." "I also am writing.
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"I was scared of everything, scared to live, scared to breathe, scared to move," Kalukango recalled. To be able to embody that, specifically at at time where I didn’t have the strength to do it myself, was a healing thing." "And then you have this woman [Nellie], who is so fearless, who is so loving and protecting of her community.
Audiences already know Joaquina Kalukango as an actor onstage ("Slave Play") and on screen ("One Night in Miami") — and on the most recent Tony Awards telecast, when she capped off a roof-raising performance with a Tony win for her work in the musical "Paradise Square." What fans might not know, though, is that she’s also at work on a few projects as a writer.

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