Director Phylicia Rashad

Director Phylicia Rashad at the first rehearsal for Paul Oakley Stovall’s “’Immediate Family,’” which plays April 22 through June 7, 2015, at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum.

*It is rare that a new playwright lands a top notch director who happens to be a veteran Broadway actress and television star. But that’s exactly what happened when Phylicia Rashad was introduced to the work of Paul Oakley Stovall.

The result is “Immediate Family,” a comedy that is now showing at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum and presented by the Center Theatre Group.

“Immediate Family” is somewhat of a modern day comedy of errors that unearths rigid notions of family, relationships, expectations and the sometimes fuzzy dimensions of love.

Paul Oakley Stovall told EURweb’s Jazzy Rita Shelby how he took a leap of faith and realized a dream come true.

EURweb’s Jazzy Rita: “How were you able to collaborate with Phylicia Rashad?”

Paul Oakley Stoval:  “I just said, why not ask.  The worse she could say is no… I just asked and she said yes.  You have to say yes to life! Don’t convince yourself of something before you actually try to do it.  A lot of times it will be a lot easier than you think.”

“Immediate Family” directed by Phylicia Rashad opened to a packed star studded house on May 3rd, 2015 and shows through June 7th 2015.  The cast includes Kamal Angelo Bolden, J. Nicole Brooks, Bryan Terrell Clark, Shanésia Davis, Mark Jude Sullivan and Cynda Williams.   “Immediate Family” was most recently seen at The Goodman Theatre where it was nominated for GLAAD, Steinberg and Jeff Awards.  Mr. Stovall’s other works include “Billie and Billy,” “Young Lords and Ladies,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “The Fields” and “Parker.” For now the whole town is talking and chuckling about the complicated, yet common entanglements in “Immediate Family.”  For tickets and information go to or call (213) 628-2772.  The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.