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Powerhouse actor turns her New York moment into a Twin Cities homecoming event

By Rohan PrestonSeptember 13, 2018

When Dame-Jasmine Hughes takes the stage, she takes no prisoners. Marrying charisma, craft and fearlessness, she demands the audience go there with her — wherever “there” might be, emotionally and psychically.

It could be digging under the complicated scars of a drug dealer (“Sunset Baby”), or the damaged psyche of a stripper (“Pussy Valley”), or a seen-it-all-before slave (“An Octoroon”) or a same-sex lover wondering where the fire has gone (“Bright Half Life”).

Now Hughes will turn a New York spotlight onto one of the Twin Cities stages she has commanded for the past three years. This spring she won an Obie Award for her portrayal of a vengeful sister in “Is God Is,” Aleshea Harris’ Afropunk spaghetti western revenge comedy, which was premiered in February by the bold off-Broadway company Soho Rep.

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