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Posts Tagged ‘new plays’

28 Feb. 2015

New play brings truth to power for young women


Tracie Collins puts action to her words.  This Bay Area playwright is known for championing issues surrounding equality for women and race relations. As an actress, writer, producer and director, Collins is unafraid of transparency and the controversial social injustices that plague communities.  Her current body of work Cold Piece of Werk, explores the real-life human sex […]

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19 Sep. 2014

Broadway’s PIPPIN tours San Francisco opens September 23


PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including “Magic To Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “No […]

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16 Jun. 2014

Hip Hop on Broadway, Kenny Leon breaks new ground


Monday, June 16, marked the 43rd birthday of the late hip hop, improvisational street poet, inner city legend and international icon, Tupac Shakur. When describing 2Pac, it is convenient to reach for words from contemporary jargon, held beliefs by distant observers; but to know him was to explore his lyrics, his rhymes and poetry, his […]

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09 Jun. 2014

Broadway’s new heyday: McDonald, Leon, Pinkins, Williams & more


There’s no mistaking Audra McDonald for anything but a superstar and this year’s TONY Awards underscore the assertion.  The 43-year old mother, newlywed and perennial Broadway favorite was bestowed her sixth award, a record-breaker. For this momentous distinction, McDonald portrays a snapshot in the life of legendary blues singer, Billie Holiday. The musical’s official title, […]

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10 Apr. 2014

“Satchmo” in New York City!


My parents loved Louis Armstrong. Watching him on TV with them is one of my fond childhood memories particularly growing up in segregated Louisiana. To see African Americans on TV– we were “colored” back then— was a rare treat indeed. Enchanted and perplexed, as a child, I couldn’t reconcile Mr. Armstrong’s exaggerated facial expressions that […]

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03 Jul. 2013

In a Daughter’s Eyes Premieres at SF Brava Theatre


  West Coast Premiere of In A Daughter’s Eyes, a new play by A. Zell Williams with Britney Frazier and Lisa Porter, directed by Edris Cooper –Anifowoshe Produced by Brava! For Women in the Arts and Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience, Brava Theater Center, 2781-24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA 94110 June 29– July […]

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16 Jun. 2013

Wild with Happy, now through June 30


Colman Domingo is wild about life and happy with his choices The San Francisco Bay Area has long celebrated the unforgettable theatrical performances of Colman Domingo. In recent years, he starred off-Broadway in the 2012 revival of Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot, directed by the author. He was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best […]

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12 Apr. 2013

“The Bereaved” is anything but grief!


Recently introduced to the works of Thomas Bradshaw, my jaw dropped.  As I looked further into his celebrated portfolio, I discovered that he is poised to be Oprah’s next best thing, negotiating a deal with the Harpo TV maven. Winfrey has designs to bring Bradshaw’s plays from the theater to HBO. I’ve read several of […]

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