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.
Mma-Syrai recently starred as Melodie Cochran, Johnnie Cochran's (Courtney B. Vance) in The People v O.J. Simpson. Here is what director John Singleton had to say:
Behind the scenes shots:
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
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