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Alumna Condola Rashad on Broadway

September 28, 2013
Los Angeles Times

By Steven Zeitchik

Condola Rashad, star-bred and 'Cosby' trained

The daughter of TV's Phylicia Rashad and NFL luminary Ahmad Rashad has chops of her own now. She's starring in 'Romeo and Juliet' on Broadway.

NEW YORK — When Condola Rashad was a little girl, her mother would often take her to work. The youngster would sit and play or watch curiously as the woman she called Mom scurried about her job.

It was similar to the experience of many children, with one difference: Rashad's mother is Phylicia Rashad, who played mom Clair Huxtable on "The Cosby Show."

"She'd be super busy at rehearsal and I would be in her dressing room or somewhere backstage," Rashad said. "From as far back as I can remember, I would just sit right there and watch the process, not the red carpets and the glitz like some kids do but the work itself."

Condola Rashad is speaking from her own dressing room at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre. The 26-year-old is a few hours from stepping on stage in her first Broadway leading role in one of the most famous plays ever written — as Juliet in the David Leveaux-directed revival "Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet," opposite Orlando Bloom.

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