September 15, 2020
For the Spirit:
WOOLLY’S WONDERLIST: Hosted by Artistic Director, Maria Manuela Goyanes
Tuesday, September 15 at 5pm: Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi and Ryan J. Haddad
Shake up your weeknight routine with our new conversation series, Woolly’s Wonderlist, where we ask the folks who inspire us to chat about what’s currently inspiring them. You’ll hear from Woollyverse artists you know and love, as well as some folks that we’re excited to introduce you to (don’t worry, we really think you’ll hit it off). We'll dig into the ideas and influences that have shaped their careers, and get their unique perspectives on the summer of 2020.
ABOUT RYAN J. HADDAD
Ryan J. Haddad is an actor, playwright, and autobiographical performer based in New York. His acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was presented in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and continues to tour the country. Other New York credits include My Straighties (Ars Nova/ANT Fest), Noor and Hadi Go to Hogwarts (Theater Breaking Through Barriers), and the cabaret Falling for Make Believe (Joe’s Pub/Under the Radar). Regional theatre: The Maids , Lucy Thurber’s Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Hi, Are You Single? (Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, Williamstown Theatre Festival). He has a recurring role on the Netflix series “The Politician.” Additional television: “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Haddad is a recipient of IAMA Theatre Company’s Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission and Rising Phoenix Repertory’s Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award. His work has been developed with The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Noor Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages, and Pride Plays. He is an alum of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and a former Queer|Art Performance and Playwriting Fellow, under the mentorship of Moe Angelos. @ryanjhaddad and ryanjhaddad.com.
ABOUT LADY DANE FIGUEROA EDIDI
Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, A Helen Hayes nominated actress, Author (Yemaya’s Daughters, Brew, Keeper, Incarnate, Wither, Bone, Solace, Hierodule, Baltimore: A Love Letter, Remains: A Gathering of Bones, The Blood of A Thousand Roots, For Black Trans Girls…,) Educator, Speech Writer, A Helen Hayes Nominated Playwright (Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem (2020), For Black Trans Girls…, Ghost/Writer), Advocate, Dramaturg, a Founding Member of Force Collision, a 2x Helen Hayes Award Nominated choreographer (2016, 2018) and co-editor of the Black Trans Prayer Book.
She is the founder of The Inanna D Initiatives, which curates, produces and cultivates events and initiatives designed to center and celebrate the work of TGNC Artist of Color.
Considered one of the most prolific artists of our time, she is the first Trans woman of color to be nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (2016), and in DC to publish a work of Fiction (Yemaya’s Daughters (2013). She was also the first Twoc playwright to receive a DC mainstage world premiere of a play (Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem at Theater Alliance in May 2019) which received four Helen Hayes Nominations in 2020 (Best Director, Best Lead Actress, Best New Play, Best Production.)
In 2015 she received an emerging Leader Award for her work with the D.C. Trans Community, is the GLBT History Project’s 2018 receipt of the Mujeres en el Movimiento Arts Award and received Trans Latinx DMV’s Community Artist Award.
She has costarred as Patra and acted as a story consultant for the web series King Ester.
Her radio play, The Quest of The Reed Marsh Daughter, can be heard on the Girl Tale’s Podcast, and her play The Diaz Family Talent Show can be read on the Play at Home Website.
She wrote episode 9 of the web series Homebound.
She has two upcoming books, a novel She of the Fallen Stars: A Space Opera and a book of poetic reflections entitled Infrastructure Of A Nation.