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We’re spotlighting plays by women available for live-streaming, online viewing and via alternative venues right now, supporting female-identifying playwrights any way we can! #inthistogether
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In August, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi when he was accused of whistling at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman who was a cashier at a
In August, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi when he was accused of whistling at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman who was a cashier at a grocery store. Four days later, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J.W. Milam kidnapped Till, beat him and shot him in the head. The men were tried for murder, but an all-white, male jury acquitted them. Till’s murder and open casket funeral galvanized the emerging Civil Rights movement. Bryant recanted her story in 2017, admitting that the court testimony she gave more than six decades prior was false and stating “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.”
“As America is now being challenged to face its racist history, I can think of no project more worthy,” says Fountain artistic director Stephen Sachs. “In addition to being the 65th anniversary of the murder, Aug. 28 also marks the 57th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington in 1963, and a 2020 march on Washington is being planned this year, on that date, as well.”
Part history, part mystery and part ghost story, Bayeza’s lyrical integration of past, present, fact and legend turns Emmett’s story into a soaring work of music, poetic language and riveting theatricality. The Fountain’s 2010 West Coast premiere was twice extended and won a combined total of 14 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Ovation, Backstage and NAACP awards for production, direction, playwriting and ensemble. Bernard K. Addison, Rico E. Anderson, Lorenz Arnell, Adenrele Ojo and Karen Malina White will reprise their roles for the online reading, with Shirley Jo Finney again at the helm.
August 28 (Friday) - December 1 (Tuesday)
The Fountain Theatre
Video On Demand Rental (48 hours) $20
12sepallday15novBlack VoicesWorks by Juliette Jeffers, Emilie Borde, Saudia Rashed, Roxanne Beckford, Crystal Bush, Jacqueliyn Brown Benefield, Amara Granderson, Frexinet Johnson, Ocea Lei, Candace Nicholas Lippman, Dee Freeman, Angel Guice, Natasha McCrea & Sonia Jackson
The Whitefire Theatre presents Black Voices, a Livestream Solo Theatre Festival hosted and curated by Juliette Jeffers. Evenings featuring the work of women are: "Judgment Day" Juliette Jeffers, Writer & Performer September 12, 2020
The Whitefire Theatre presents Black Voices, a Livestream Solo Theatre Festival hosted and curated by Juliette Jeffers.
Evenings featuring the work of women are:
Juliette Jeffers, Writer & Performer
September 12, 2020 7pm (PST)
African-Americans have been struggling since the first slaves were brought to the United States in 1619. From Nat Turner to Alton Sterling, there has been much progress, but the struggle still continues. Why has God allowed this to happen? What if God was held responsible for all of the injustices that African-Americans have endured? “Judgment Day” is a very powerful piece that questions God’s motives. It questions our faith. It is daring. It is raw. It is thought provoking. It infuses fictional characters with non- fictional and the past with the present. Ultimately leaving us to ponder free will, destiny and culpability.
“Release and Let Go” Hosted by Juliette Jeffers
Oct 4, 2020 7pm (PST) Click Here for Tickets
“The Pan Story”
Emilie Borde, Writer & Performer
The Pan Story sheds light onto the late great Hugh Borde who was a famous Trinidadian steel pan drummer. He was a pioneer of his time and was appointed the leader of the Tripoli Steel Band in 1951. They traveled all over the world and an opportunity to open for Liberace took their band to a different level!
Saudia Rashed, Writer & Performer
Saudia uses her Black Girl Magic to tackle the ups and downs of motherhood. She gathers her strength from Wonder Woman, Michelle Obama and Beyonce along the way.
“Walk Good: A Jamerican Journey”
Roxanne Beckford, Writer & Performer
How the littlest Head Girl at St. Andrews Preparatory in Kingston, Jamaica became a driver in a presidential motorcade for the leader of the free world…after pit stops as beauty queen, a mother of four, and an actress.
Crystal Bush, Writer & Performer
Oct 9, 2020 7pm (PST) Click Here for Tickets
In Chrissy Meth, a motherless child, growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago, she finds herself into a deep drug addiction. She finds hope and begins to put the pieces back together. She explores and challenges beliefs surrounding race and sex identity while showing that it’s never too late to come back and find one’s self-worth.
Oct 10, 2020, 7pm (PST) Click Here for Tickets
An Evening of Spoken Word, Rap & Song featuring Juliette Jeffers/Host & poet, Jacqueliyn Brown Benefield/Singer, Amara Granderson/Poet, Frexinet Johnson/Rapper, Ocea Lei/Poet, & Candace Nicholas Lippman/Poet
Dee Freeman, Writer & Performer
Oct. 17, 2020 7pm (PST) Click Here for Tickets
Based on events when she was 6 years old, Dee was best friends with her granddaddy Archie and living a carefree life in rural Louisiana. Her world is turned upside down when her grandparents are murdered and she becomes a key witness in the investigation. Her granddaddy told her a secret she promised never to tell, but the lead investigator, a manipulative racist cop, wants that secret to be revealed.
“Through My Eyes”
Angel Guice, Writer & Performer
Oct. 25, 2020 7pm (PST) Click Here for Tickets
Following the journey of a young woman who was once upon a time filled with so much love but allowed her circumstances and the distractions of this world to detour her from her ultimate purpose. She battles with herself and God about who she thinks she is until she is stripped of everything she has, she finally surrenders, and her creator shows her that she was created to spread love to all who are broken and to shed light to all those who are in dark places. She reveals the different parts of herself through her world, through her eyes!
“Evolution of a Love Addict”
Natasha McCrea, Writer & Performer
Oct. 23, 2020 7pm (PST) Click Here for Tickets
A sneak peek into the mind of a woman on a funny electric ride through the world of dating, divorcing and the lessons learned while finding the Love that really matters. Fasten your seat belt and enjoy the Ride!
Sonia Jackson, Writer & Performer
Nov. 8 , 2020 7pm (PST) Click Here for Tickets
Old-Fashioned Wisdom for a New Generation and a roller coaster of universal themes about grandmas, mamas, children and mothering. Sonia’s grandma guides a multi-generational cast of characters of little children playing, teens discovering, mamas tending and more to tell the stories that make us think about how to parent well and how to just be thoughtful, mindful and kind in life.
September 12 (Saturday) - November 15 (Sunday)
Tickets are $15.99 for each Livestream (available for 48 hours). Find ticketing link for each show at Whitefiretheatre.com
A Walk in My Neighborhood: A New Audio Experience piece created and recorded by acclaimed Stage Director Katie Lindsay, available for an audience of one. October 15 - November 1 Thursdays -
A Walk in My Neighborhood: A New Audio Experience piece created and recorded by acclaimed Stage Director Katie Lindsay, available for an audience of one.
October 15 – November 1
Thursdays – Sundays
9am – 11:30am – one audience member every 15 minutes Duration of Walk – 1 Hour
Start Times on each date: 9:00am 9:15am 9:30am 9:45am 10:00am 10:30am 10:45am 11:00am 11:15am 11:30am
No performances Saturday, October 24 Added performance Wednesday, October 21
In accordance with current guidelines for COVID-19 all audience members and crew are required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Katie Lindsay has been taking a walk in her neighborhood every day since the Quarantine began. And she would like to share it with you. Just you. This is a walk for you and Katie at a specific time in a specific place. You’ll meditate together on the present moment, the landscape, and history. Katie will share some stories with you. She will be present with you, but you will be walking alone. See this neighborhood in Los Angeles with Katie. Take a walk with your friend and see the world through her eyes.
A Walk in My Neighborhood is a guided walk through the neighborhood of Atwater Village and along the LA River with audio, where audiences listen to the intimate thoughts and ramblings of their friend Katie. It’s one on one immersive quarantine theater. The walk is an offering to take a breath, ground in the surroundings, and connect to the present moment. The audience is invited along Katie’s journey to notice the land she now lives on, connect deeply to its history and present, and make her own contribution to it by telling her story.
A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to organizations that support Indigenous Leadership and Organizing, including NDN Collective. “NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms. Together, we decolonize and transform systems while providing tools and strategies for Indigenous self-determination and movement-building.”
Written, Directed & Performed by Katie Lindsay
Assistant Director – Samantha West
Sound Designer – Andrea Allmond
Collaborator – Marnina Schon
Dramaturgy Consultant – Lauren Ludwig
Producer – Jessica Hanna
The walk is located in Atwater Village, near North Atwater Park. Audience members will receive the exact location upon ticket purchase.
A Walk in My Neighborhood takes audience members on a mile-long walk through mostly flat terrain. The walk requires the audience member to be mobile through public parks and uneven dirt pathways. Unfortunately, this walk is not wheelchair-accessible. If you are sensitive to sun or heat, one of earlier time slots is suggested.
About the Creator:
Katie Lindsay is a writer, director and producer of new plays, musicals, and genre-bending theatrical experiences. She was the 2019 Bill Foeller Directing Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Directing credits include Red Emma & the Mad Monk by Alexis Roblan (The Tank, NY Times Critic’s Pick), Orlando by Sarah Ruhl (Williamstown), Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (Getty Villa reading), Keeping up with the Prozorovs by Lucy Gillespie (Hollywood Fringe; Encore Producers Award, Best Female Director nomination), Tom & Eliza (Echo Theater Company), Harry & The Thief by Sigrid Gilmer (The Habitat), and What Happened at the Dolphin Show by Miranda Rose Hall (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival; Winner). Katie is the founding Artistic Director of The Habitat, a Brooklyn-based company dedicated to new works by women, and MeetCute, an evening of short plays that builds community in Los Angeles. As an assistant director, Katie has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally with Rebecca Taichman, Eric Ting, Rachel Chavkin, Robert O’Hara, and Branden Jacobs Jenkins. She is an alumnae of Directors Lab West, The Habitat’s Directors Playground, a 2016 SDC Observership recipient, and a 2020 BOLD Ventures grant recipient. Proud graduate of Dartmouth College and Associate Member of SDC.
October 15 (Thursday) - November 1 (Sunday)
Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-walk-in-my-neighborhood-tickets-124229655243 Tickets are limited due to the one-on-one nature of the piece.
Tickets are priced on a sliding scale, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
After purchasing Ticket, buyers will receive instructions including location of where to meet and what time to begin.
There will be safety and check-in attendants to make sure all audience members are taken care of.
WHAT: A Mexican Trilogy, Part 3: Charity — The Latino Theater Company presents an archival video showing of Part 3 of Evelina Fernández’s acclaimed trilogy. The final chapter in the story of the Morales
A Mexican Trilogy, Part 3: Charity — The Latino Theater Company presents an archival video showing of Part 3 of Evelina Fernández’s acclaimed trilogy. The final chapter in the story of the Morales family takes place in 2005 Los Angeles following the death of Pope John Paul II. Filled with music, humor and a pinch of magical realism, A Mexican Trilogy is the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award and is published by Samuel French.
• Written by Evelina Fernández
• Directed by José Luis Valenzuela
• Starring Esperanza America, Robert Beltran, Evelina Fernández, Sam Golzari, Kenneth Lopez, Sal Lopez, Julio Macias, Xavi Moreno, Geoffrey Rivas, Lucy Rodriguez, Elia Saldana, Olivia Delgado Young
• Choreography by: Urbanie Lucero
• Musical Director: Rosino Serrano
• Scenic Design by François-Pierre Couture
• Costume Design by Carlos Brown
• Lighting Design by Pablo Santiago
• Sound Design by John Zalewski
• Projections by Yee Eun Nam
• Prop Master: Michael Navarro
• Presented by The Latino Theater Company
• STREAMING: Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET thru Thursday, Oct. 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
• A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET and stream for 10 days.
Streaming at www.thelatc.org/
october 20 (Tuesday) - 29 (Thursday)
Latino Theater Company
Free. Streaming at http://thelatc.org
First Presentation of The Road Theatre's inaugural UNDER CONSTRUCTION playwrights group “THE ZOOM SERIES” Featuring plays by Bernardo Cubria, Jennifer Maisel, Jennie Webb, Jami Brandli,Carlos LaCamara, Aja Houston, Velina Hasu Houston and
First Presentation of The Road Theatre’s inaugural UNDER CONSTRUCTION playwrights group
“THE ZOOM SERIES”
Featuring plays by Bernardo Cubria, Jennifer Maisel, Jennie Webb, Jami Brandli,Carlos LaCamara, Aja Houston, Velina Hasu Houston and Steve Apostolina
Produced by Jami Brandli, Meeghan Holaway and Carlyle King
Closed captioning will be provided for the readings and talkbacks.
Plays by women are:
Friday Oct. 23rd @ 6pm PT & 9pm ET
BUBBLE by Jennifer Maisel. Directed by Sara Guerrero.
Two women hover on the brink, juggling the insanity of solo parenting in the pandemic. How far will they go for their friendship? Featuring: Cherish Monique Duke & Presciliana Esparolini
SNOWFLAKE by Velina Hasu Houston Directed by Stewart J. Zully.
Two college administrators of color meet online with an applicant they think is Black. Much to their surprise, while the applicant identifies as Black, she looks White. The encounter blows to smithereens all notions of race and ethnic diversity. Featuring: Kimberly Green, Jennifer Finch, Dana Lee
Saturday Oct. 24th @ 6pm PT & 9pm ET
TERRORIST IS SPELLED K-A-R-E-N by Aja Houston. Directed by Inger Tudor.
Grocery stores. Parks. Sidewalks. Restaurants. At home. Black couple, Toni and X, fight daily for their survival as they move through these commonplace spaces that are regularly targeted by the American terrorist group, KAREN. When one member violently attacks X, Toni struggles to help put the pieces of his soul back together KAREN sought to annihilate. Featuring: Christian Telesmar, Kacie Rogers, Paris Perrault
REACH by Jennie Webb. Directed by Susan Diol.
A short comedy about the ways in which we connect, or try to, Reach takes a peek at socially-distanced friends during a time when the dual pandemics of Covid-19 and Racism hit Los Angelenos—and bring them together—in rather revealing ways. Featuring: Brian M. Cole, Judith Moreland, Carlyle King
EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY by Jami Brandli. Directed by Ann Hearn.
A long-time married couple struggles to adjust to the never-ending pandemic living situation while their marriage counselor wrestles with her own problems. Featuring: Lizzy Kimball, Brian Graves, Donna Simone Johnson.
October 23 (Friday)
The Road Theatre Company818-761-8838