CURRENT GIG Being the toast of the town in London. That's what happens when your play (in this case, her Martin Luther King drama "The Mountaintop") wins the Olivier Award.
BORN AND RAISED Memphis, Tenn.
ALMA MATER Columbia University.
WHAT THE LONDON CRITICS SAID "Breathtaking, hilarious and heart-stopping." (The Independent, "The Strange Last Night of Dr. King.")
"Sometimes a play comes out of the blue and knocks everyone for six. . . . It is a beautiful and startling piece." (The Telegraph, "The Mountaintop, at Trafalgar Studios.")
AND SHE ACTS TOO She's done "Black Nativity" at Classical Theater of Harlem and "Law & Order: S.V.U." on NBC.
WHAT'S UP NEXT Opening "The Mountaintop" on Broadway this fall. At least that's the plan.
WHY PRESIDENT OBAMA MEANS SO MUCH TO HER "When I was a kid, I told my dad I wanted to be president and he said, 'You know they ain't gonna let you do that."*