Thrilled to be cast in the NY stage reading of a simply transcendent new play called "Meet the Earth" written by actor, rising-star playwright and good friend Daniel Damiano. I will be paired with the legendary Austin Pendleton in telling this powerfully inspirational story about humanity and human interaction.
"Leonard to co-star in the upcoming film "Phaesporia" before taking several months away from the business. He has agreed to terms to star in "A Raisin in the Sun" at Open Stage in Harrisburg this winter where he was nominated for Broadway World Award for Best Actor in 2013 for his performance in "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." This will be his third stint playing Walter Lee Younger, having also produced the production in 2008 and in 1997 (while a senior in high school). It is also the second time that Leonard will reprise a role following the Broadway performance by Denzel Washington, having done so this past year in Fences, which earned Washington a Tony Award."
In filmmaker Carman Spoto latest film "Phaesporia", Leonard Dozier is cast as a firefighter. More info about film Click Here.
Submit your winning essay to join Leonard to watch the movie! Winning essays get a ticket to see the movie along with popcorn/drink.
Two categories: 9 to 12 years old and 13 to 16 years old open to students of any Atlantic County city or town. Only accepting first 50 essays, 25 in each category (essays of students of Pleasantville will be accepted until the deadline regardless of whether cap has been met) Deadline is Tuesday, May 6th.
Leonard will be a special guest on a birthday tribute to Luther Vandross on April 19th hosted by "Talking Smooth Jazz and Luther historian Leon Petrossian." (Stay tuned for information about how you can tune in) Leonard is also set to write and record a duet with Luther's niece Tamira Sanders.
Come see the movie "MOM WAKE UP!". Garden State Film Festival, Saturday April 5, 2014 @12:00pm @ Taj Mahal, Tiara Ballroom. Tickets are $12.00 and CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR.
New single "You Are A Star" to be released in April. Check out my video of me in the studio recording it. Click Here.
Just released scenes of Leonard Dozier as Nigerian-American hustler "Dollar Rain" from the upcoming film "Turning Point" with Ernie Hudson, Todd Bridges, K.D. Aubert, Igoni Archibong, mega Nollywood star Jackie Appiah (who his scenes are with) Joe Estevez and Cynda Williams. The film is now in theaters in some overseas markets.
I was interviewed on Comcast SportsNet for Fences. This was seen all over the Tri-State region. See interview below. http://ow.ly/tIr9o
Good fences make good neighbors, says Robert Frost. But fences do considerably more. Fences keep things out. They keep things in. They mark boundaries. They divide. And not all fences are visible to the naked eye. For Troy Maxson, a fence is what he used to hit a ball over back in his glory days when he played baseball in the Negro League, and what his wife wants him to build for their back yard now, in 1957. But other fences are in his life, too - the fence around the prison he was once in; the fence separating himself from his son, Cory; the fence dividing white garbage truck drivers from the black garbage can collectors in Pittsburgh.
August Wilson's Tony-winning FENCES is on stage at Open Stage of Harrisburg, one more link in its chain of now-annual performances of Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle - or Century Cycle - of plays about the human condition, set in Wilson's hometown of Pittsburgh, but that really could be almost any middling or larger city in twentieth-century America. Set in 1957 and written and on Broadway thirty years later, it tells Troy Maxson's story of working-class struggle, both at work and at home. A former Negro League player who never made it big, he sees no future for African-Americans in professional sports - despite Major League integration and Robinson's and Aaron's making it in integrated baseball, despite what his wife, son, and friends note as changing times. He's desperate to spoil his son's ambitions to play football, which could send him to college on a scholarship, because he sees no future in football for the boy. And he wants to improve his current lot by becoming a garbage truck driver, though he anticipates losing his job for even asking.
At Open Stage, Leonard Dozier plays Troy Maxson, a man who seems larger than life to everyone around him, especially the son, Cory (J.C. Payne), who has come to fear both his father and his father's shadow. Dozier plays Maxson as a bitter, driven soul - anxious to be responsible, to do the right thing, but not always sure what it is, or how to handle himself. The only thing he's sure of being the right thing is keeping his son bagging groceries at the A&P and keeping him away from college football recruiters... the one thing his son is sure will help him get out of his family's working-class grind. Sharia Benn plays Rose Maxson, Troy's wife, and is the standout among a fine cast - Benn is positively on fire as Rose, speaking truth to power even when power - Troy - is drinking and not listening. Benn brings strength, charm, and solid character to Rose, and in the process ignites the entire show.
Also noteworthy is Aaron Bomer as Troy's workmate and companion, Jim Bono. Bomer is one of those actors who can steal a scene by breathing. Bono's role for Maxson is as listener, confidant, and occasional moral advisor - whether Maxson is heeding Bono's word or not. Though he tries to do the right thing, Maxson has a serious habit of ignoring all good advice, provided by Rose and by Bono. Bomer's Bono is a cheerful listener, but not afraid to call it as he sees it; even in the simple act of sitting on the porch, listening to his buddy, audience attention is on Bomer, wondering when he'll speak his own truth. That attention is deserved; Bomer is a powerful presence on stage, though both here and in last season's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, an often comforting one.
Troy Maxson has a lot of rage inside, and not without some justification. He's been fenced out of the American dream all of his life.
Once a gifted baseball player, his ability to clear the fences was confined to the Negro Leagues because people of color were not yet welcome in the all-white Major Leagues. Now in his 50s, he collects trash in Pittsburgh, working in yet another fenced-off system where black men do all the lifting while white men drive the trucks.
Maxson is not really a bad man, but too often he takes out his deep-seated bitterness on members of his own family, including his steadfast wife Rose, his young son Cory and even his brain-damaged brother Gabriel. He's slowly building a fence in his backyard designed to keep people -- and even death -- at bay, but he's also walling off himself.
This is the world of "Fences," August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play set during the 1950s, when African-Americans were just beginning on the road that would lead, in the next decade, to the stirring words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the landmark Civil Rights Act.
"Like Mike, if I could be like Mike." If you are under the age of thirty then this lyrical theme and memorable melody is completely foreign to you. I'll throw you a bone. "I. Am. Malcolm X." Familiar? End of Spike Lee's epic movie about the iconic civil rights acitvist? Again, if you are under thirty I understand. If you are under thirty, then the social media age has taught you to follow as opposed to lead, to trail behind as opposed to emulate. Well, I'm thirty-four and I live to be the best at what I do and who I am. I. AM. PEYTON MANNING.
There is something about the competitive nature of sports that resides with comfort in our DNA. Life is competitive. In grade school you compete to be accepted by your peers. In high school, you compete for prom king. In college, you compete to establish your niche and prepare for the world of employment. We compete for promotions. We compete for attention. We compete for acceptance. We compete trying to survive day to day. We compete to maintain whatever lifestyle we have. Competition is an intrinsic subtext to life. The difference between those of us who are die-hard fans of sports and those who look at us as hopeless and ridiculous is that our competitive drive is a little higher and stronger. Thus, we live vicariously through sports. We call out from work dispirited and even despondent after a devastating loss by one of our teams or favorites. Drinks are on the house when our team wins as the elation trumphs any fiduciary matters. We hate the neighbor in such defeats. We love our enemies after victory. Our teams lose a game. We lose in life. Somehow the interception thrown for a pick-six to cost us the game sends us to our knees in agony because life affords us memories and, unfortunately, the memories that bully their way to the forefront of our minds are those of disappointment and pain. Consequently, the game-losing interception is a stimulant for all of the times we almost did it or we almost had the job or almost had the girl.
Even more, our sports heroes reflect so many things about us. In other words, we often choose them because we see parallels between us and them in our mannerisms, personality, and even skillsets (if we also play sports). In fact, living vicariously through them, for us, sets in motion that their essence and being can invade our spirit. For me, this was evident as a young boy when Magic Johnson was my hero. I not only patterned my basketball game after Magic's but eventually Magic became so much a part of me that I developed a little bit of his personality (the smile, the happy-go-lucky flare). More importantly, Magic was a winner. He was a collegiate champion and NBA champion. On a lesser level, in the leagues I played in, I was a driving force behind teams that were winners. My youth teams won championships and loss very little games. I was an All-Star and the crowning achievement was when the basketball community began calling me "Magic" (a nickname some back home still call me to this day).
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Peyton Manning is a winner as well in a more complex and esoteric way. Along with Tim Duncan he is my modern day sports hero. Manning had a record setting 2013-14 campaign with 55 regular season touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards, eclipsing Tom Brady's TD mark in 2007 and Drew Brees's yardage record in 2011. Both of these records were almost indelibly attached to Dan Marino. Manning now has 491 career TD passes, which is second all time to Brett Favre's 508. He has a whopping 64,964 passing yards, also second to Favre's 71,738 yards. In spite of his detractors and his eight first-playoff-game exits--after normally dominant regular season performances by he and his teams--he does have a Super Bowl win, something his most similar predecessor Dan Marino does not have.
Leonard Dozier is the new spokesperson for AidMe Motor Club.
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Leonard has now become the Official Voice of NBA legend Derek Anderson's new website! Derek spent 10 years in the NBA. One of five NBA players selected by Michael Jordan to wear the Jordan Brand.
Derek Anderson is very active in his community.
Leonard Dozier will be interviewed on "Speak Out Declare Your Day" television show along with their Special Guest " LIL MO" From R&B Divas. The show is this Saturday December 7th @2pm. The Inspirational Online & Cable Television Platform is broadcasted around the world to over 5 million people and affiliated with Time Warner stations in NY.