How NFL Star Nnamdi Asomugha Began a New Career on Broadway in A Soldier’s Play

first_imgNnamdi Asomugha(Photos by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Related Shows “There are a lot of similarities between theater and football just because of how alive it is—breathing the same air as the audience, being in real time and not being able to go back and change something that you did, having to deal with it. In football, you can talk about the 70,000 or 100,000 people that are in the stadium, not to mention the other hundred million that can watch it on TV or YouTube. But in theater, it’s that group right there. It’s immediate for that thousand people, and no one else is going to see what happened in that moment. The similarity is that we’re all in the space together, and we’re all feeding off of each other. You ride a wave with them, the momentum in a play.” Life and Career: Less than 10 years ago, Nnamdi Asomugha was among the most valued players in the National Football League. He was drafted in 2003 by the Oakland Raiders and by 2009, he was regarded by many as the best cornerback in the league and easily the most valuable Raider. In 2011, Asomugah signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. But disorganized coaching and rushed practices tanked Asomugha’s game. In 2013, he retired prematurely from the League. Since then, he’s forged a swift and successful career in entertainment, despite having no interest in performance as a kid. His stage and screen credits include off-Broadway’s Good Grief and the film Fire with Fire, and he was the acclaimed producer and star of Crown Heights. Asomugha is also an executive producer of the Oscar-nominated Harriet. He’s married to fellow actor Kerry Washington. “I was probably in the middle of my career in the NFL when I started to think, ‘OK, what should I be doing next? What should the next avenue be?’ I thought initially that it was going to be in broadcasting, but then I started to fall in love with acting just by doing commercials and getting encouragement from people in the business to pursue it. So, I went into every off-season thinking ‘Let me continue to study acting a little bit.’ I would take a couple of weeks here and there and really dived in.” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2020 Star Files “I think for a lot of people, you don’t see a football player and think vulnerability. You finish a game and you want to yell and you want to scream because you’re frustrated or you’re excited. But in the moments where you’re in front of the camera, there’s a standard way of responding, especially if you lost the game: we’re going to go back on Monday, we’re going to look at the film, we’ll get better for the next game. But on the inside, you’re going crazy. There’s that level of conditioning that you go through that can really affect you as an actor in a negative way. So I started taking classes, and I just started to find other ways to open up and be as vulnerable an actor as possible.”Charles Fuller spoke about this concept of the double victory: African Americans at that time [during WWII] were trying to win the war for their country, but were also trying to win the war for their race. Being a part of the war meant they could have a chance at a double victory. If we can all come together and fight for America, maybe when the war is over, fellow Americans will see us differently. We all talked about it as a company during rehearsal and shared our views on it. That had a huge impact on me.””It’s not often that you get a play on Broadway where a group of 10 or so African American men can look at each other and laugh, have fun and really talk about things that are difficult within the race, things we don’t expose but are being exposed in this play to a wider audience. I’m just very blessed to be a part of it.”Watch Asomugha talk more about his career change below!Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:29Loaded: 6.68%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Warner Miller and Nnamdi Asomugha in “A Soldier’s Play” (Photo: Joan Marcus) A Soldier’s Play Nnamdi Asomugha Age: 38Hometown: Born in Lafayette, Louisiana to Nigerian parents, raised in Los Angeles, California. Current role: Nnamdi Asomugha is making his Broadway debut as Private First Class Melvin Peterson in Charles Fuller’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, A Soldier’s Play. A pivotal player in the story of a black army sergeant who violently abuses his segregated military unit during World War II, Peterson was first portrayed by Denzel Washington at the Negro Ensemble Company in 1981.  View Commentslast_img read more

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Phoenix entry-level homes see appreciation

first_imgGood news for folks owning homes priced below $250,000 as they appreciated the most in 2015 between 6 and 12 percent, according to the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University’s most recent housing report.Homes priced in the next tier, $250,000 to $500,000 saw modest appreciation at 2 to 6 percent while homes priced from $500,000 to $2 million appreciated only slightly, according to the report.“Demand at the higher end of the luxury market is the softest we’ve seen in a long time,” said Michael Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice and author of the report. “I expect this weakness will continue as long as we experience uncertainty in the financial markets worldwide.”Boomerang buyers, prospective home-buyers who are able to re-enter the market after the Great Recession, and Millennials who are looking to enter the housing market for the first time coupled with a week supply helped drive the appreciation of homes under $250,000, Orr said in the report.Many homes in that price range are still being rented out. Few are being released into the market, which could lead to further appreciation in the new year, according to the report.There is a healthier amount of supply and demand for homes priced $250,000 to $500,000, with many new homes built in that price range, which helps to moderate upward pricing pressure. It will likely continue in 2016, Orr said in the report.“The rate of appreciation in the move-up market was far greater than inflation in 2015, but this is not too difficult to achieve given the unusually low level of inflation,” Orr said. “With most commodity prices still falling hard, the odds are strong that mid-range home prices will easily beat inflation once again in 2016.”Additional highlights from the November 2015 report:New single-family permits for Maricopa and Pinal counties will fall between 16,500 and 17,000 for 2015.Canadian demand has dropped dramatically from 1.6 percent to 0.6 percent over the last 12 months.The percentage of residences in Maricopa County sold to owners from outside Arizona was 15.3 percent in November, up from 14.2 percent in October but below the 16.6 percent in November 2014. Buyers are coming primarily from California (4.5 percent), Colorado and Illinois (0.9 percent) as well as Washington (0.8 percent) and Minnesota (0.6 percent).Non-distressed transactions for single-family homes were up 15 percent from one year earlier with investor flips up 39 percent. New home sales were up sharply by 34 percent, distressed transactions fell 19 percent, and reversions to lenders declined by 36 percent compared with figures for November 2014.Single-family home prices moved a little higher in November, particularly for distressed homes. The prices of new homes appear to have declined, but not in terms of average price per square foot. Instead, the average new home got smaller and so its average price declined.Pricing in the townhouse/condo sector moved higher to a greater degree than single-family homes over the past 12 months. Distressed re-sale condos properties have been particularly strong in price, reflecting the low supply at price points below $200,000.Active listing counts (excluding homes under contract) rose less than 1 percent during November but as of December 1, 2015 we still had 13 percent fewer active listings than on December 1, 2014. This shortfall was all at the affordable end of the market and at the higher end we have more supply than last year. Distressed supply was down 39 percent from a year earlier and 6 percent lower than last month.Foreclosure starts on single family and condo homes fell 7 percent between October and November, but were up 8 percent from the unusual low we saw in November 2014. Completed foreclosures on single family and condo homes were down 20 percent from the prior month and down 21 percent from a year earlier.last_img read more

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Signing Crystal Palace attacker is ‘high on the wishlist’ this month

first_imgCrystal Palace’s move for Alexander Sørloth at the end of the January 2018 transfer window came as something of a surprise to those covering his then club FC Midtjylland. The striker hadn’t excelled at Groningen in the Eredivisie which had led to the move to Denmark in summer 2017.That not so long later, albeit after a good start for Midtjylland, that he could be worth close to £10m was astonishing for the Danish sport media.There were repeat articles expressing surprise at the fee, and doubt over whether the footballer was ready for such a move. But it was generally thought that Roy Hodgson must know what he’s doing, and had used his contacts in Scandinavian football to identify the player.So far this season the 23 year old has 173 minutes of Premier League football and an EFL Cup appearance, with no goals. Crystal Palace aren’t going to get their money back right now, and may want to see if Sørloth can develop further, so a loan move makes sense.Thursday’s edition of Belgian newspaper HLN says the the striker is ‘high on the wishlist’ at AA Gent. If he’d get regular games, it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndolast_img read more

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Gervonta Davis set to fight Leo Santa Cruz in first bout since his arrest in mouthwatering October world title clash

first_img Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. GERVONTA DAVIS and Leo Santa Cruz are reportedly set to face each other on October 24 in a mouthwatering match-up.The pair have lost just once between them in 62 fights, and both men will go into the bout as world champions in separate weight classes.Gervonta Davis has won all 23 of his fights in the paid ranksDavis, 24, holds a version of the WBA lightweight title, while Santa Cruz picked up the WBA super-featherweight strap in his last outing against Miguel Flores.According to The Athletic, the two will meet this October at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.They state that the fight is likely to be held at super-featherweight – with Davis having to drop down in order to face the Mexican.Davis is a former two-time world champion in the 130lbs division, where he claimed the WBA and IBF strap before moving up to 135lbs in his last fight.Meanwhile Santa Cruz, 31, has fought just once at 130lbs having campaigned as a featherweight for four years. An official announcement on the fight between the two is likely to be confirmed later on Wednesday.Davis goes into the bout having won all 23 of his fights in the paid ranks – with 22 victories coming by way of KO – while Santa Cruz has won 37 out of 39 contests.It will be the first dust-up of 2020 for the duo, and the first fight for Davis since he was charged with one count of simple battery domestic violence in February.Footage emerged of the American appearing to grab the mother of his child by the neck, before dragging her away during a charity basketball game in Florida.And a clip also showed Davis appearing to take a swing at his ex-girlfriend Andretta Smothers, though Tank insisted he never hit her.However police confirmed after the incident that Smothers suffered injuries to her lip and left jaw.Oscar Valdez say Manny Pacquiao is ‘crazy’ for wanting to fight KO machine Gennady Golovkin People Slammed By Massive Waves 4center_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before Omg this is awesome 🙂last_img read more

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