Meet the cast: Capathia Jenkins

We’re pleased to introduce you to the actors of The Colored Museum, an uproarious and groundbreaking comedy about race in America.

Get to know actress Capathia Jenkins, and hear her thoughts on the play.


Capathia Jenkins

Capathia Jenkins has appeared on Broadway in Newsies; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; The Look of Love; and The Civil War. Off Broadway she has appeared in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; (mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story (Drama Desk Award nomination); Caroline, or Change; and Godspell. She has been a part of the original cast recordings for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; Godspell; and Children of Eden. Her television and film credits include “30 Rock,” “The Practice,” “Law & Order,” “The Sopranos,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order: SVU,” Top Five, and Musical Chairs. She has been a soloist for many symphony orchestras in the US and abroad including Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Philly Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and Calgary Philharmonic Symphony. Her soundtrack credits include “Smash” (seasons one and two), Chicago, Mission to Mars, and Legally Blonde 2.


How does The Colored Museum resonate with you in 2015?
It resonates very deeply because it's all still relevant today. So much came up for me as I read the play and then began to work on it. It's honest, soulful, funny, and poignant all at the same time, extraordinary.

What is your favorite exhibit from the play and why?
Probably Topsy – she is the closest to who I am – she's fun, smart, self-assured, and pays tribute to those who have paved the way for me to be who I am today. Celebrating being black unapologetically.

What is your favorite line from the play?
“Add some attitude, oops I put too much.” – "Cookin' with Aunt Ethel"

If you were to add an "exhibit" to the play what would it be?
A full-figured models exhibit “The real super-model.”

What are you most looking forward to in the rehearsal process?
To be off book so I can really PLAY. It's so much fun.

What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
I just hope they enjoy the ride in the moment because it is quite an experience. Lots of emotions and feelings could surface and if or when they do – go with it, dig deeper, get to know your inner most thoughts on some pretty fierce topics.


photo: Nile Hawver / Nile Scott Shots

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