Vanessa Simmons to star in new play
Actress and co-founder of Pastry Footwear, Vanessa Simmons, is set to star in The Actor’s Rap!, a new play by Obie-Award winner J Kyle Manzay.
The hip-hop infused comedy, where pop culture meets satire, examines the downward spiral of an African-American actor who begins to lose roles – and a girlfriend – to a famous rapper-turned-actor.
Fed up, the play’s protagonist takes matters into his own hands, hatching a plan to kidnap his rival (the rapper) by calling upon his classically trained actor buddies to help him pull off the caper.
“I think it’s good people are giving rappers the opportunity to be film stars, but at the same time I feel that because of a name, real hard working actors miss out on great parts where they know they can deliver,” says Vanessa, who had a reoccurring role on the legendary soap opera The Guiding Light.
Workshop productions of The Actor’s Rap! at the Washington D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival, the New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and New York Summer Stage in the Parks received such a tremendous response that the comedy will also be staged in Los Angeles this spring and there is talk of bringing it abroad.