Talbert's What My Husband Doesn't Know Ignites Warner Theater Stage
Juna Wallace | 2/23/2011, 7:28 p.m.
Award-winning writer and director, David E. Talbert, brings one of the most anticipated and highly acclaimed plays of the year to the historic Warner Theater on Mar. 1. The Morgan State alum delivers his latest play, What My Husband Doesn't Know, with an all-star cast which includes Brian J. White (Stomp The Yard), Morris Chestnut (The Best Man, V) and vocal powerhouses Ann Nesby and former Destiny's Child member, Michelle Williams, as leading lady.
Williams is certainly no stranger to the stage, having delivered outstanding performances in the Broadway production of The Color Purple, earning rave reviews for her role as jazz singer Shug Avery.
"I love theater, period, regardless of what type of theater it is - urban market or Broadway. It is teaching me so much and continuing to build that acting muscle."
Williams takes on this role and develops that acting muscle with an impressive list of credentials already under her belt, including the leading roles in the Broadway productions of Aida and Chicago.
The first collaborative project for Williams and Talbert, What My Husband Doesn't Know is crafted around themes of betrayal, infidelity, and temptation, a specialty Talbert has perfected through years of stage successes.
"The audiences have been so receptive and warm. This is an original piece that no one has seen before from David, but every year he puts himself out there."
Talbert, once again, does not disappoint, beautifully blending comedy and thrilling drama. What My Husband Doesn't Know tells the story of Lena (Williams), a young wife and mother fed up with the neglect of her husband, played by White. After Paul (Chestnut) is hired to take on projects around her home, the two have an affair, a mistake with potentially fatal consequences.
"I love playing characters that are totally opposite of who I am," Williams says
"Lena is still a great woman and a great mother, but is tired of feeling abandoned. I think everyone can identify with the experience where you put your trust in someone and they let you down ".
Talbert's What My Husband Doesn't Know will be an enjoyable experience for performers and audience members alike. Williams laughs, "Ladies in D.C. are going to have fun because they are going to get a double dose, because we're going to have Morris Chestnut and Brian White on the same stage...and I am torn between the two! But I am going to have fun being torn trust me. "
What My Husband Doesn't Know will be shown at the Warner Theater from Mar. 1 to Mar. 6.