Accidental Joy (Musical)

“Accidental Joy” is a surrealist satire, lampooning the self help industry and the personalities pouring cash into it. Mma-Syrai plays Young Joy, the teenaged incarnation of the lead character Joy Perkins, played by Tyren Perry. 

Appearing in flashbacks and delusional dream sequences, Mma-Syrai provides character depth for Joy, illustrating her long and fitful journey, stumbling towards the light. With wildly inappropriate laughs, engaging and soaring songs and a cast that delights, Accidental Joy was created by Robbie McDonald and Book of Mormon veteran Marcus Terrell Smith, and produced by Linda Joe.

This summer, the play was one of thirteen selected for New York Musicals Festival.

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Fences With Malcolm Jamal Warner

This Saturday at BGB Studios in North Hollywood, I'll be starring as Raynell in a reading of August Wilson's "Fences."

Malcolm-Jamal Warner will star as "Troy," and Jenelle Lynn Randall will be playing "Rose." August Wilson Reading Series is committed to producing August Wilson's works. This is my third production with the company.

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Mma-Syrai is up for an NAACP Theatre Award for her work as Raynell in "Fences" at International City Theatre, Long Beach. She is over the moon! Unfortunately, she will be at Disneyworld during the ceremony, so she will not be in attendance.

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Mma-Syrai "Scores" as Raynell

OC Register calls Mma-Syrai "endearing" as Raynell in ICT's production of Pulitzer Prize winning "Fences."

LA Times: "They and their colleagues -- affable Theo Perkins as Troy’s son from his first marriage, vivid Matt Orduña as Troy’s mentally challenged brother and appealing Mma-Syrai Alek as the late-inning plot twist -- field each reversal with ace teamwork. "

"Mma-Syrai scores ... as Raynell!" -- Paul Myrvold's Theatre Notes

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Mma-Syrai to Star as Raynell in Fences

Opening August 19, 2015, Mma-Syrai will star in the International City Center (Long Beach) production of August Wilson's Fences. Tickets are going fast! We would love to see you there. Here is the link to purchase tickets: Thank you for your support!

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Starring as "Teeta" in Wedding Band @ Antaeus

Mma-Syrai will be playing the roll of Teeta this fall in the Antaeus Theater's production of Wedding band. All plays at Antaeus are double cast. Mma-Syrai is in the "Honey Bunches" cast. You may purchase tickets by clicking on the poster below. We hope to see you there! WeddingBandposter

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Sharing the Stage With Max Greenfield

Mma-Syrai performed a scene from Cleopatra with New Girl's Max Greenfield. Much hilarity ensued! After the show, Mma-Syrai was complemented on her performance by Aisha Hinds (Under the Dome), Keith David (Crash), and Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam&Cat). Mma-Syrai and Max Greenfield on the red carpet

Aisha Hinds congratulates Mma-Syrai on her performance.

Jennette McCurdy commends Mma-Syrai on her performance.

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Mma-Syrai Performs with Keith David

Mma-Syrai and Keith David rehearse before the show

Theatergoers piled in for tea, scones, and a taste of the bard at the Magic Castle this past Sunday. If you haven’t visited this place, you should go! The magicians are very entertaining, and the decor is a cross between charming and creepy. I kept leaning against the wall panels and hoping I’d fall through a trap door at the star-studded tea party. After the crumpets had settled in our tummies and the magic had been digested, we all traveled upstairs to watch select scenes performed by students and celebrities.

Mma-Syrai opened the show, performing Hecate. She shared the stage with three delightful fellows dressed in drag, and it was hilarious! Romeo and Juliet was performed by Jason Alexander (George Costanza, Seinfeld), Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live) performed as Cleopatra, and later in the evening, Mma-Syrai performed alongside Keith David (“Platoon,” “Crash,” “Armageddon,” and more) as Lady Macbeth.

Keith David and Mma-Syrai on the red carpet

“She’s inspiring. It was amazing to work with your daughter.” –Keith David

Alex Newell (“Unique,” Glee) congratulates Mma-Syrai after the show.

“Mma, when you got on stage, I was like I don’t have to sing now. You owned it. I was captivated from the moment you stepped on stage.” — Alex Newell (“Unique,” Glee)

Mma-Syrai warms up to play Hecate

“I want to take her home. No. Seriously. Pack her up!” — The Queens

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