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24th Annual LA Women's Theatre Festival

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The Electric Lodge

1416 Electric Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90291

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The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 24 years of producing close to 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe. Founded by Executive Producer Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed., the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival is an annual event unique among Los Angeles cultural institutions and should not be missed.


Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m.- BREAKING FREE
Hosts: Tico Wells (The Five Heartbeats); Sky Palkowitz (America! Don’t Hang Up!)

Performers:
HEATHER DOWLING (Unemployed. Finally.) This is the story of a woman who had more than 30 jobs in 30 years before finally doing what everyone said she couldn’t.
NANCY MA (Home) Nancy is a first-generation Chinese-American. Follow her as she goes from New York to new hope, from family to faith, from one mess to the next. This is her journey to find her way home.
MISTY MONROE (Unapologetically Black) This woman moves through stages of “Nigrescence” having been raised in suburban Northern California and spending summers in South Central L.A. She deals with culture shock, the devastating effects of crack cocaine on her family and her ultimate self-acceptance.
JOYFUL RAVEN (Tales of a Sexual Tomboy) A raucous comedy about a horny tomboy, equipped with bad boundaries from her hippie upbringing, looking for empowerment in all the wrong places.

Saturday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.- BABIES, BODIES AND MOTHERS
Hosts: Starletta DuPois (The Notebook), Rosie Lee Hooks (Knock Me a Kiss))

Performers:
DIANE BARNES (My Stroke of Luck) Can the good doctor become a good patient? One woman’s catastrophe and recovery looks at love, family and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
MISSY HAIRSTON (Awkwardly Famous) A little girl’s journey to womanhood and the people, places and situations that begin to uproot her confidence in herself and plant seeds of doubt about her body, love life, and life in general.
VANNIA IBARGUEN (Inhabited Woman) In search of balance, this dance piece explores the physical and emotional changes of motherhood.
LISA KOTIN (How to Make Love with the Lights On) A woman receives instructions from her inner voice on how to release self-consciousness about her body during intimacy.

Saturday, March 25, 8:00 p.m.- AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK
Hosts: Eloise Laws (award-winning vocalist); James Pickens, Jr. (Grey’s Anatomy)

Performers:
MICHELE FARBMAN (Dora Maar) Historical figure Dora Maar gives voice to her seductive relationship with painter Picasso and her own art form of photography.
SLOAN ROBINSON (Bananas! A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker) An excerpt of the tour-de-force play based on one of the world’s most versatile and beloved American entertainers who made Paris her home.
ANGELINA VILLAPIANO (Sorta Rican) From suburbia to the block to the island, Angelina embarks on a journey of cultural identity that captures the essence of one slice of the Latina-American experience.

Sunday, March 26, 3:00 p.m.- AND ALL THAT JAZZ
Hosts: Lynne Conner (filmmaker, Raising Kings); Deborah Sharpe-Taylor, actor/vocalist)

Performers:
LYNNE JASSEM (From Como to Homo) A ten-year-old tap dancer on the television show Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall in 1957, juggles her aggressive stage mother and career, all the while trying to hide her burning desire to be a boy.
MELISSA R. RANDEL (The Hat) Having been raised by one jazz musician and married to another, the themes of silence, imbalance and unapologetic love continue to resonate for this woman.
ALICE WILLIAMS (Cousin Alice) A London vocalist/ukulele player shares her authentic and versatile voice that has been influenced by jazz, blues, swing and Calypso.

3Performers:

CARLA DELANEY (Voices) It’s not until this voice-over artist meets the surprising voices in her head, her heart, her snotty respiratory system that she realizes the value of her own voice.
LOREE GOLD (Snatched….Stories From Down There) This travelogue woven with herstory and LGBT history is a sexually charged, soulful and sometimes devastating ride through issues of ageism, transgenderism, family dynamics, bad choices, grief, grace, love, loss and mostly lust- and all the trouble it gets you into.
JULIETTE JEFFERS (Judgment Day) Questioning motives and faith, this piece asks what if God is held responsible for all of the injustices that African Americans have endured? Thought-provoking and raw, we are left to ponder free will, destiny and culpability.
AI YOSHIHARA (My River Phoenix) A woman searches for her own River Phoenix after his passing and finds him in the man she marries in America.

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