NJAI congratulates West Orange’s own Erica Scott on her Broadway debut

West Orange Actress to Debut in Off Broadway Play

Originally post on West Orange Patch, June 26, 2012

Actress Erica Scott will make her off Broadway debut on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the hilarious romantic play Platanos Y Collard Greens that is playing at the Baruch Performing Arts Center at Baruch College located at 55 Lexington Avenue in New York City.

Already an aspiring actress, Erica just so happened to treat her father to a performance of Platanos Y Collard Greens for his birthday when she was discovered by the play’s director. It’s no surprise that Erica’s model-like style would catch anyone’s eye. She gladly accepted his invitation to audition for the role of Malady, an edgy, vocal character that speaks for every black woman worldwide. Undoubtedly, she wowed them and garnered the role. “I was thrilled to be given this wonderful opportunity and to play such a strong character is exciting,” said Erica.

Overall, the play explores the relationship of two college students who fall in love, much to the chagrin of Malady. Her role is important because she seeks an explanation of why black men date outside of the race. Her line “What’s wrong with the chocolate?” will leave theater goers on the edge of their seats waiting for an explanation.

Performing before a live audience is a lifelong dream of Erica’s. She studied acting at Bloomfield College and also Lee Strasberg’s method acting. Always known as a creative child, she channeled her energy into acting while a student at West Orange High School and continued by appearing in a Midsummer Night’s Dream with the NJ Incubators in their Play in the Park series.

Next month, Erica will perform a one woman show at the Cotton Club in New York City and debut as the lead in R&B singer Greg Banks’ new video.