The 18th Annual Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival: Coming of Age
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The last date listed for Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival was Sunday March 27, 2011 / 7:00pm (Resilient).
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Hailed as "the best musical of this century" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times and "the funniest musical of all time" by Entertainment Weekly, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards -- including Best Musical -- in its first year on Broadway. Now the national touring production is back at the Pantages for a second round of hilarity. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning co-creator of Avenue Q, this musical comedy is a show that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has called "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Learn More
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The program for 2011's event is as follows:
March 25, 2011 at 8:00pm: Defining Moments
Hosts: Karen A. Clark (City National Bank), Tanna Frederick (Hollywood Dreams)
Stacie Chaiken in The Dig: Death, Genesis and the Double Helix (Theatre) An American archeologist is summoned to a dig in the ancient Arab-Hebrew town of Jaffa where they have found something they think might change everything- and she is the only one who can tell them what it is.
Erin Parks in Bonnie in Brighton (Theatre)
The story of an American girl’s empowering travels through Europe, a rite-of-passage odyssey that is shocking, funny, moving, and a rallying call for the adventurer within us all.
Rebecca Stronger in Miss Georgia Valentine (Acrobatics)
A New York-based aerialist-acrobat finds herself in an unexpected situation, which leads her to take the audience on a cheeky and compelling journey through the veils of her faith and memory.
Taffy Wallace in Next Exit: Beautiful Life (Theatre)
A personal journey growing up in Compton, moving to Beverly Hills and full circle back to Compton that focuses on identity and self-acceptance.
March 26, 2011 at 3:00pm: It's a Family Affair
Hosted by: Starletta DuPois (The Notebook), Sy Richardson (Pushing Daisies)
Ashanti Brown in Hell On Me (Theatre)
One young woman’s testimonial that no matter where you come from, you can rewrite your story, thus taking ownership of your life.
Veronique Jeanmarie in Big Red Drum Set (Storytelling)
A New York-based solo show about “music, memory, siblings and growing up in Los Angeles.”
Gloria Rosen in Listen…Can You Hear Me Now? (Storytelling)
A New York-based actor whose lifetime of interpreting for her deaf parents leads this woman on a search for her own true voice.
March 26, 2011 at 8:00pm: Globally Speaking
Hosted by: Freda Payne ("Band of Gold" award-winning vocalist) Marabina Jaimes (PBS)
Michelle Glick in Asian Belle (Theatre)
An autobiographical tale of a New York-based woman’s biracial experience growing up as an Anglo-Asian in the Deep South, exploring assimilation in America, and feeling like a fish out of water desperately trying to be just like everyone else.
Monica Hunken in Blondie of Arabia (Theatre)
What started off as a random catering job at a royal wedding party turned into an adventure that led to an opportunity to explore the Arab world, filled with solitude, danger, celebrations, and surprising connections with strangers along the way.
Saria Idana in Homeless in Homeland (Theatre)
The journey of a Jewish-American woman to understand her identity and her desire for justice in the face of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
March 27, 2011 at 3:00pm: Herstory Live!
Hosted by: Adleane Hunter (Director/Producer), (Co-host to be named)
Gael Le Cornec in Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida! (Theatre)
This piece is a portrayal of the turbulent life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo from a British-based actor,
Leslie McCurdy in The Spirit of Harriet Tubman (Theatre)
A Canadian-based actor portrays Harriet Tubman’s life, from her teenage years to her commitment to the Underground Railroad helping slaves reach freedom. This piece offers an inspirational message that “it’s your turn now.”
Kres Mersky in The Life and Times of A. Einstein (Theatre)
A day in the life of Albert Einstein as seen through the eyes of his secretary as press await his arrival for a conference on his birthday.
March 27, 2011 at 7:00pm: Resilient
Hosted by: Bertila Damas (CSI), Tanya Kersey (producer/publicist)
Karen A. Clark (Spoken Word)
A colorful journey through life, love & aspirations are briefly examined in this spoken-word performance piece set to music. Succinctly stated in a seductive style, Karen A. firmly believes that it’s not over until it’s over.
Ingrid Graham in Artemis (Dance)
Named after the Greek goddess of wilderness, this is a tribute to the goddess of nature that exists within us all.
Juliette Marshall in You Look Good on Paper (Cabaret)
A single mom joins the Brentwood Divorce Club looking for love in all the wrong places, while trying to be a good role model for her daughter.
Inge Rameau in Burn (Theatre) A piece about her growing up in post-World War II Displaced Persons Camps and the subsequent journey of survival, discovery and empowerment.
Bonnie Weiss in Great Rock of Inner Seeking and Doesn’t Everyone Want to Do a Spanish Dance?
This 74-year-old modern dancer performs two pieces: the former inspired by sculptor Isamu Noguchi.
About the Ticket Supplier: Los Angeles Women's Theatre FestivalThe Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival (LAWTF) was founded by solo artist Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed.
Adilah and Miriam were joined by solo artists of diverse disciplines (including actors, dancers, story tellers, performance artists, performance poets, sculptors and comedians).
LAWTF was inspired by the Women's Theatre Festival in Philadelphia that had created the National Women's Theatre Festival satellite in Los Angeles in 1992 at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1993, LAWTF picked up the torch and continued the vision that had been planted by the Women's Theater Festival in Los Angeles.