Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Manhattan Theatre Club unveils Lynn Nottage's new play, Ruined, set in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, Jan. 21 at New York City Center Stage I.... The cast features Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Cherise Boothe, Chris Chalk, William Jackson Harper, Chiké Johnson, Russell Gebert Jones, two-time Emmy Award winner Kevin Mambo ("The Guiding Light"), Tom Mardirosian, Ron McBee and Condola Rashad.

More here.

Mambo won two Outstanding Younger Actor Daytime Emmys (1996, 1997) for his role as Marcus Williams, initially introduced as a friend of Dinah's.

The actor recalled of his first day on the set, "I had to run around and fight with cops in a hallway, act with Michael Zaslow (Roger), be naked with Wendy Moniz (Dinah) and go swimming at the pool."

Saxophone-playing Marcus came to Springfield from Paris to check in with Dinah, but soon found himself suspected of killing a cop. (Marcus foolishly pulled out the knife stuck in the dead man's chest just as the police arrived -- really, people need to stop doing that.) Dinah contacted Marcus' estranged father, famed civil rights attorney Griffin Williams, to help with his son's case.

Griffin ended up sticking around Springfield and eventually being revealed as the biological father of Gilly Grant, courtesy of Griffin's affair with her mother, Vivian. When public support for Griffin's attempt to save 5th Street from Alan Spaulding flagged due to the revelation of his relationship with Vivian, Griffin arranged a fake assassination attempt on himself so he could look like a martyr.

When Marcus found out about his dad's duplicity, he was furious -- and Mambo won himself another Emmy.

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