Jovelyn Richards'"Mrs. Pat's House"
Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM (PDT)
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Tickets: $12 adv., $15 dr. Written & performed by Jovelyn Richards, storyteller extraordinaire, brings back Mrs. Pat's House! Meet the women it housed and learn how they made their way to it, its patrons and hangers-on who sought refuge of different sorts, the conversations and encounters that went on there and the community around it helped by the madam and her ladies. It is a story of a “brothel” set in an African American neighborhood during the Great Depression, when money was funny, jobs was mo’ fragile then tissue paper, and housing became an adult game of hide and seek. With humor and insight, Jovelyn plays the characters, recounts the tales, fronts her band and presides over the music, dances, and songs that accompany her narrative performance. With the band, costumery, and Stephanie Anne Johnson's stagecraft as director and lighting designer, Mrs. Pat's House ends up shuttling, minute by minute, between story, stand-up comedy, a spirited theatrical and a down-to-it party. Come home to the safe haven of “Mrs. Pat’s House”, where everyone is welcome, past and present with distinctive colorful characters that sparkle and jump to life on stage, accompanied with live jazz and blues music.
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