4 Questions With Broadway’s New Star

For Condola Rashad, daughter of Phylicia and Ahmad, lessons from her family are key to her success.

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CR: My mother always taught me that when it comes to acting, the most important thing is honesty and to just give yourself fully to every moment. My aunt has taught me that when you work hard, wonderful things can be achieved. My dad is my hero, and every project I’ve ever worked on, he has been there for me. Without his support, I truly wouldn’t be where I am now.

TR: In Stick Fly, your character, Cheryl, is almost like the conscience of the play, the character who lets us see the contradictions of this family’s life. Tell us your take on Cheryl and the challenges of playing her and bringing out all the nuances of the character.

CR: The real challenge for me in the beginning was making sure that Cheryl was not a stereotype. She is a bright young woman who has felt for a long time that she has gone through life unseen. She has many layers and many different walls that she has built up in order to get through life. So I think a great challenge of working with the character was finding all of her colors and deciding when those different colors come out.

TR: Where do you see yourself down the road? More theater? Movies? Television? What’s the dream vision you have for yourself? 

CR: Well, in my life so far, I’ve never really been able to predict exactly where I’ll be next. Life has been full of beautiful surprises. I’m now beginning to focus more on developing my music, which is something that I’ve been passionate about since I was a child. I’m very interested in working more in film, and I’m realizing now that no matter where I go, I will always come back to theater because it is my foundation.

Karyn D. Collins is a contributor to The Root.

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