VIOLA DAVIS NEWS, INTERVIEWS & UPDATES
News for 2/20/2006
The following news item appeared in the October 28, 2005 issue of People Magazine
News for 3/27/2005
Viola Davis Joins 50 Cent in Untitled Film
Paramount and MTV Films have signed Tony winner Viola Davis to star in the Untitled 50 Cent Project. Davis will play the grandmother who raised 50 Cent. The rapper portrays a gangster turned musician.
The actress, who won a Tony for "King Hedley II," was hired this week to topline the ABC pilot Laws of Chance.
The film, also starring Joy Bryant, is directed by Jim Sheridan and written by Terrence Winter. Shooting is expected to start in the spring.
Viola Davis joins TV pilot
Tony Award winning actress Viola Davis has signed on to the ABC pilot "Laws of Chance." Produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Roundtable Ink, the series casts Davis as Rebecca, "a real-life female district attorney in Houston."
Viola Davis won a Tony Award for her turn in August Wilson's King Hedley II. Her other stage credits include Intimate Apparel, Seven Guitars, Everybody's Ruby, As You Like It, House of Lear and God's Heart. She also has appeared in the films "Traffic," "Antwone Fisher," "Far from Heaven" and the television series "Century City." She will soon be seen opposite George Clooney in "Syriana."
News for 10/25/2004
Rogers, Davis Join Selleck Telefilm
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) CBS' "Stone Cold," a telefilm starring Tom Selleck, has signed two veteran actresses to co-star. The Robert Parker adaptation will feature Mimi Rogers and Viola Davis.
Selleck is set to play Jesse Stone, your basic hard-drinking, small-town police chief with personal demons to battle before he can track down a killer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rogers will play Rita, a lawyer who has ties to Jesse, but is also representing an accused rapist in the town. Davis will play Molly Crane, an inexperienced police officer.
Best known for features including "The Rapture" and "The Door in the Floor," Rogers has produced a number of projects that have aired on Showtime, including "Harlan County War," "My Horrible Year!" and "Charms for the Easy Life," appearing in the last two. Her series credits include the classic short-lived soap "Paper Dolls" and the not-so-classic "The Geena Davis Show."
Davis, a Tony winner for the August Wilson play "King Hedley II," co-starred in CBS' quickly cancelled legal drama "Century City." She has been seen in the series "City of Angels" and in such features as "Solaris," "Far from Heaven" and "Antwone Fisher."
"Stone Cold" is executive produced by Selleck and Michael Brandman.
News for 2/24/2004
Viola Davis Set to Star in Intimate Apparel Off-Broadway
By Ernio Hernandez
The Roundabout Theatre has announced that Viola Davis will star in the New York
premiere of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel inaugurating the new Off-Broadway
Laura Pels Theatre.Director Daniel Sullivan (Proof) directs the work which will
run March 17-May 30. The play will open April 8 at the new space in the Harold
and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
In the new drama Intimate Apparel, a much sought-after African-American
seamstress — who sews elegant intimates for socialites and harlots alike — looks
for love and respect in turn-of-the-20th-century Manhattan. The work was inspired
by Nottage's grandmother, who made lingerie in the same time period.
Davis won a Tony Award for her turn in August Wilson's King Hedley II.
Her other stage credits include Seven Guitars, Everybody's Ruby, As You Like It,
House of Lear and God's Heart. She also has appeared in the films "Traffic,"
"Antwone Fisher," "Far from Heaven" and the television series "Century City."
Roundabout's new off-Broadway home houses two theatre spaces — the 425-seat
Laura Pels Theatre and a 75-seat Black Box Theatre. The Laura Pels will dedicate
its programming to new plays by established writers while the Black Box will be
used for more experimental works as well as workshops and readings.
The new complex at 111 West 46th Street — formerly known as the American Place
Theatre — is named in honor of the Steinberg Charitable Trust, which played a
key role in the renovation of the venue. The Laura Pels is named in honor of
the producer, philanthropist, long-term Roundabout board member and owner of
Paris' Theatre de l'Atelier.
Intimate Apparel had its world premiere in a co-production between Baltimore's
Center Stage and California's South Coast Repertory at both spaces.
New York native Nottage is the playwright of Crumbs from the Table of Joy, A
Walk Through Time, Por'knockers, Poof!, Las Meninas and Mud, River, Stone — which
was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her work has been produced by
Second Stage Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre and Playwrights Horizons as well as
many regional stages including South Coast Rep, Yale Repertory Theatre, Alliance
Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, San Jose Rep and Steppenwolf.
Tickets to Intimate Apparel at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for
Theatre, 111 West 46 St., will be available in March by calling (212) 719-1300
or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.