If you are one of the lucky ones to see By Clyde In its limited run at the Helen Hayes Theatre, as Broadway is winning again after months of theatrical darkness due to the pandemic, you see the magic in the making. Uzo Aduba, Ron Cephas Jones, Reza Salazarand Kara Young captivated the masked audience with performances that satisfied our 18-month craving for stage and good storytelling. Kara, who made her Broadway premiere inside Lynn Nottage plays Letitia, a short order chef at a truck stop sandwich shop owned by the ruthless Clyde of Aduba, who is also a former woman incarcerated and hires new workers to be detained in her kitchen.
“The first time I looked at those words, I felt like another extension of some of the women I grew up with, whose lives were really, really challenging, and sometimes on the top. on the brink of poverty or have faced poverty in their history. I know and sympathize with me, but at the same time, I have never been to jail, and above all, Letitia has a sick child that she has to take care of,” explained Kara in an EXCLUSIVE interview. HollywoodLife as part of Tony Contenders series. “It added all the elements and a lot of research, a lot of care, a lot of love that I have for her, even though I will never really know her the way I am setting out to know her. It’s about a Black woman honoring another Black woman honoring a Black woman who was incarcerated, a Black woman having a baby, honoring a Black woman black women are exemplary image of resilience and perseverance and decided to work every day to not only take care of herself, but also her baby.”
Ron Cephas Jones’ Montrellus is the head chef at Clyde’s and helps teach former convicts, including Letitia, that there’s more to their past behind bars. In doing so, he takes his employees on a journey to discover their personal “perfect” sandwich recipe – an arduous feat when the true taste of “perfection” comes from within. in. “For me, things are never perfect. There is always something that needs to be fixed,” explains Kara. “Imagine a life that says ‘You damn it, you damn it, you damn it,’ and you just want to get something right – I think there’s a deeper metaphor for that. That shows I want to be fully good.”
She continued, “We are also doing something very traditional – cooking is the source of everything, food brings people together. So what he teaches us is every component is a dream, every component is a new way of seeing your world. I feel like finding the ‘perfect sandwich’ isn’t about reaching perfection, but digging deeper within myself to find ‘How can I truly love myself? me?’
Kara, whose character Letitia is imprisoned for stealing medicine for her sick daughter, recalls the meaning of one of Montrellus’ lines, when he told her, “We are not bound to our mistakes. .” “I think that’s a common truth for a lot of people,” she said. “You did something that you are not proud of, but you did it to survive. I think part of forgiveness is very complicated, because I’m going to do it again. I would do anything to protect my child, and that is very contradictory. “
Stay tuned for the 75th Tony Awards nominations on Monday, May 9.