Champagne GALA and Awards Ceremony
Thursday March 21, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. Theme: “A Toast To Greatness”
Will honor exceptional women who have made laudable contributions in theatre. Following the reception at 7:00 p.m., the festivities continue at 8:00 p.m. with the presentation of the Integrity, Eternity, Rainbow, and Maverick Awards to distinguished women.
Entertainment for the evening will include :
Freda Payne: "Freda Sings Lena and Ella." Award-
Lee Meriwether: “The Women of Spoon River” Lee Meriweather performs an excerpt from
Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Theme: "Of Culture, Of Self"
Michelle Carlo: "Fish Out of Agua" This New York actor explores family, identity
and what it takes to be an artist when you're "just" another Puerto Rican from a
top floor tenement walk-
Yvette Heyliger: "Bridge to Baraka" Emboldened by the 1960s Black Arts Movement, New York playwright/actor Yvette Heyliger stakes her claim as a female dramatist coming of age during the ongoing fight for parity in the American Theatre.
Raissa Simpson/Push Dance Company: "Judgments in Milliseconds" A multimedia solo dance piece by this San Francisco dancer is inspired by African American women in today's simulated hair culture.
Cynthia Sophiea: "Everyone Has Tears" Accompanied by Arabic music, an Arab-
Charlayne Woodard: "Pretty Fire" From her first play, "Pretty Fire" award-
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Theme: "Not For Children Only"
Cleo Anderson: "Confessions of a Brunette Sidekick" This cutting edge poetry gives voice to the world of a young bisexual woman.
Crystal Chavis: "Crystal Sings!" 17 year old Crystal Chavis shares her youthful voice through song.
Cristal Gonzalez: "La Sombra" This theatre piece explores a young couple caught in
domestic violence and addresses the cycle behind this cross-
Ferre Hodges: plays “Evgeni’s Waltz”, “My One and Only Love“ and “Arabesque”.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre: ("The Little Rock Nine -
Joy Nash: "My Mobster" A coming-
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Theme: "Encore!"
Sandy Brown: Experience excerpts from Sandy Brown's NAACP Award-
Ingrid Graham: "Mercy" This dance piece explores the struggles and reconciliation that accompany the loss of a loved one.
Wendy Hammers: "RIPE" Part stand-
Juliette Jeffers: "Batman and Robin in the Boogie Down" This piece from New York weaves a biographical tale of two very close imaginative siblings shattered by sudden loss.
Shyamala Moorty: "Potty Talk" This theatre and dance piece humorously takes on cultural differences between India and the U.S., including caste, the environment, and the toilet.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Theme: "Speaking Of Men"
Emily Bayard Blake: "Simone de Beauvoir: On Sex, Art and Feminism" This solo piece from Paris, France traces this great feminist's development through her writing, inner life and relationship with artist Jean Paul Sartre.
Jessica Lynn Johnson: "Ze" This theatre piece addresses the struggles within the
LGBTQ community that include a 30-
Ciera Payton: "Michael's Daughter" One woman's paper trail relationship with her incarcerated father.
Roger Guenveur Smith: "FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW" Acclaimed solo artist Roger Guenveur Smith will present excerpts from his contemporary take on the iconic abolitionist and pioneering feminist.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Theme: "Keeping It Real!"
Rebecca Bryant: "Revealed/Concealed." Relying heavily on irony, this dance/theatre piece from Indiana explores issues around the relationship between audience and performer.
Debra Castellano: "The Further Adventures of Swamp Girl." Despite the glue of first-
Kim Coles: "Oh, But There's More!" This zany and, at times, irreverent solo show chronicles the ebb and flow of Kim's show biz career ("Living Single," "In Living Color," "The Soul Man") with titillating inside Hollywood anecdotes and personal stories from her world.
Cheryl Francis Harrington: "I Met Someone!" One woman's self-
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Theme: “BRAVA!”
Karen A. Clark: "The Women" Through music, poetry and storytelling, reflects on the women in her family, and particularly her mother, who provided a "wow" factor.
Juliette Jeffers: "Chocolate Match.com" This piece chronicles a woman's self-
Juliette Marshall (Shift Happens) A newly single mom joins the Brentwood Divorce Club. She looks for love in all the wrong places, while trying to be a good role mother for her daughter.
Tia Matza: (My M.O) Through poetry, a trapeze artist is freed from some of life's challenges.
Mzuri Moyo: "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story" This excerpted piece chronicles Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in her struggle for the African American vote in Mississippi.
The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival was founded by Executive Producer Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed. The Festival is an annual event unique among American cultural institutions and should not be missed.
Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival is a non-