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That shattering scene from Doubt? We got that

In anticipation of Live from AFD! Dynamic Duos! we will be highlighting our talented actors. We had the opportunity to catch up with Imani Powell who plays Mrs. Muller (Doubt) and learn more about her connection to her scene.

What attracted you to Live from AFD! Dynamic Duos! and Mrs. Muller?

I was attracted to this production in particular due to the character I was cast as. I have seen clips of stage productions of Doubt and I have seen the 2008 movie. Viola Davis's interpretation of the character led me to tears. I used part of her monologue as an audition piece for years. So when I saw the opportunity to actually play this role, I jumped at it.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed your perception on the importance of live theatre?

Covid has definitely pushed for there to be some flexibility and adjustments to live theater. It has also cemented for me the fact that nothing feeds a performance better than being able to play off the energy of the audience. However, it is very interesting to see this fusion of live performances that are recorded in a way where you get theater and film combined together.

When and how did you first become involved with AFD?

This is actually my first production with AFD. I hope to continue working with AFD though; this is probably the biggest production I have been cast in to date.

When not performing, what other activities do you participate in?

When not acting I am constantly working- I am a teacher, many times over. I am also reading, listening to music, or cooking.

What do you hope audiences take away from Live from AFD! Dynamic Duos!

I hope audiences still feel like they are a part of the production, despite the show not taking place in front of them. I think this is a new frontier for theater and I am curious to see where it goes. It is possible that we may open theater up to more audiences by approaching it in this way.


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