Yolo County Library Foundation

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Yolo County Library Foundation presents:
In Conversation with Sharon Washington

 

Friday, March 20th at 6 p.m.
City Hall Galleria
1110 West Capitol Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95691
$15 tickets – general admission
Students and children under age 18 can attend for free.
Contact YCLF for more information

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Yolo County Library Foundation welcomes award-winning author and actress Sharon Washington who will discuss her autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, about growing up in a branch of the New York Public Library.

Sharon Washington can currently be seen in The Joker with Joaquin Phoenix, The Kitchen with Tiffany Haddish and On The Basis of Sex with Felicity Jones. She has an upcoming recurring role in the new ABC series For Life (2020) and can be seen in the final season of Madam Secretary. 

Ms. Washington’s recurring roles include Showtime’s City On A Hill, GothamLaw & Order: SVU and Damages. She has also guest starred on Blue BloodsThe BlacklistGolden BoyWhite CollarRoyal PainsNYC 22Law & Order and Law & Order: CI.  Her film appearances include The Bourne LegacyMichael ClaytonTaking ChanceFreedomlandThe School of RockHalf NelsonThe Long Kiss GoodnightMalcolm X, and Die Hard With A Vengeance, among others.

Recently Ms. Washington added playwright to her resumé, writing and performing her solo play Feeding The Dragon.  The world premiere was held at City Theatre in Pittsburgh followed by a production at Hartford Stage and from there to a successful run Off-Broadway at Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theater in the Spring of 2018. She was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle and the Lucille Lortel Awards and won an Audelco Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

Ms. Washington received her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama and her B.A. from Dartmouth College

Feeding the Dragon is Sharon Washington’s autobiographical story of her childhood growing up living in an apartment inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library; a typical American family living in a not-so-typical place.

In her one woman play, Ms. Washington revisits this story through the various voices of her childhood, including her father, mother, grandmothers, aunts and uncles, neighbors and friends.

Ms. Washington notes that the other character in the play is New York City. “In the 1970’s it was a very different place. Despite the danger and turmoil of the times there were still neighborhoods where folks looked after one another.” In her play, Ms. Washington shares her memories of one of these special New York City neighborhoods.

The St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library in the early 1970s.

Sharon Washington with her father standing on the roof of the St. Agnes branch of the New York Public Library in the 1970s.