*Fresh off of their successful 2015 festival, themed: “Solo But Not Alone,” the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) brings encore performances to Culver City for one very special night on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. The venue will be the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. The show will be hosted by Hattie Winston (Becker) and Joyce Guy (Parenthood).
The theme for the evening will be “Celebration: Steel Drums, Ballet Slippers and Resilience!” Six of LAWTF’s encore performers will be featured.
Works are excerpted and include:
Florence LaRue (Just As I Am): Ms. LaRue, a founding member of the legendary and award-winning pop vocal group The 5TH Dimension, gives a glimpse into the life of the woman, not the celebrity.
Juliette Jeffers (Pan Gyul): A Trinidadian woman who loves to play the steel drums in the 1950s deals with the fact that playing the drums was meant exclusively for men at that time.
Sharrell D. Luckett (YoungGiftedandFat): Once over 100 pounds heavier, Sharrell serves up interesting insights on her emotional struggle to adjust to life after her major weight loss.
Other performances on the bill include Wendy Hammers (RIPE) — a juicy dance with words, a celebration of the fleeting nature of life itself. Tracy Silver (Motion Cures) — a misunderstood child in a dysfunctional family shares how the beauty and grace of ballet saved her life, and Jozanne Marie (Beautiful) — shares her brave story of survival, faith and victory in a personal story about a girl, an island, and a secret.
The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, a non-profit arts organization, was founded in 1993 by Executive Producer Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed.
Actors Danny Glover (Color Purple) and Hattie Winston (Becker) have been the organizations’ longstanding ambassadors since its inception.
Glover a co-founder of the Robey Theatre Company, will be featured in a staged reading of Phillip Kan Gotanda‘s “Yohen.” The play is set in Gardena in 1986. Yohen deals with a troublesome interracial marriage between an African American, James, and his Japanese war bride, named Sumi. Married for almost thirty-seven years with no children, the couple struggles to make sense of their lives as they find themselves reconciling and negotiating the ruptures that have torn them apart.
Though the staged reading of ‘Yohen,’ set to take place on May 30, on the UCLA campus, is free and open to the public, no more seating is available.
Yohen is one of a number of collaborations between UCLA and Robey Theatre Company called, Black Arts and Black Publics: Robey Theatre Company and the Continuum of Black Performance in Los Angeles.
Reservations for the Ivy Substation performances can be made by calling (818) 760-0408.
Online reservations are available at http://www.lawtf.org
Celebration: Steel Drums, Ballet Slippers and Resilience marks the LAWTF’s fifth consecutive annual program for residents of Culver City. This performance is made possible in part by the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Tickets for the performance are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $18 for students, seniors, and groups of ten or more. Click here for tickets.
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