Best Theater Actress New York 2013 - Condola Rashad
Condola Rashad has eyes like twin harvest moons—that large, that bright, that haunting. They illuminate every show she appears in, providing a still, clear center, whatever the histrionics that surround her. The daughter of Phylicia and Ahmad Rashad, she is as beautiful as her actress mother, as sure-handed as her wide receiver father. She plays characters at once injured and resilient, like the brutally wounded woman in Lynn Nottage's Ruined, the daughter desperate for her father's acknowledgment in Lydia R. Diamond's Stick Fly, the compassionate young wife in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful. In her current turn as Juliet, Romeo's only the latest to fall victim to her sympathy and grace.