Anika Noni Rose Quotes
I think the New York theater audience is very savvy. Sometimes you get newbies who think they’re going to be watching Smash onstage, and sometimes you have people who have been coming to theater for years. It’s the combination of those people in an audience that makes for a pretty amazing night – their ability to give each other permission to react and enjoy, in a way that maybe they wouldn’t if they weren’t sitting next to each other.
Very often the people who are shooting your film do not look like you if your film is brown-centric in some way. What is very interesting is to be going through these scenarios and turning around and looking at so many faces that are not yours. Even though those faces are looking at you in love, it puts you in a space when you are on a plantation in that condition. I think that it allows you to see further into possibly what that place really was for someone else, except thank God we’re with people who love and respect us.
I’ve been in New York for 14 years. I would never leave for good. The city is so much more alive than so many other places, and I think it is fodder for performers. You see so much; research is thrown at you everywhere you go. There was a rat on the subway train recently – you saw the video online – that’s fantastic! That’s something that is so specific to this city, the way you are pushed up against humanity, and the animal kingdom, whether you want to be or not. It’s a stimulating city – physically, intellectually, culturally. It never ceases to thrill me.