Festival 2016 News

Contact: Philip Sokoloff


Phone : 626.683.9205

Fax:  626.683.9172

e-mail: mailto:showbizphil@gmail.com

 The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival

11411 Cumpston Street #204 North Hollywood, CA 91601

e-mail: info@lawtf.com

web site: http://www.lawtf.com For Immediate Release

January 24, 2016


MARCH 24-27, 2016


 The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 23 years of producing close to 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe.

 The longest-running annual solo festival for women in Los Angeles, LAWTF will return March 24- 27, 2016 to the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291.

The Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony on March 24, 2016  will be held in honor of exceptional women who have made laudable contributions in theatre. Following the reception at 7:00 p.m., the festivities continue at 8:00 p.m. with the presentation of the Integrity, Eternity, Rainbow, Maverick and Infinity Awards to distinguished women. (The honorees will be announced in a separate release.)

The theme of the Opening Night Program on March 24 is A TOAST TO GREATNESS. The evening will be hosted by Starletta DuPois (The Notebook, Big Momma’s House). Entertainment for the evening of Thursday, March 24 will include:

Study on a Butterfly. From San Francisco-based choreographer Raissa Simpson, this dance piece showcases points of transformation amidst limitations of movement . From sources of her struggle with degenerative joint disease, Raisssa Simpson draws on her experience to develop metamorphic movement.

Eloise Laws. A member of a distinguished jazz family, award-winning international vocalist Eloise Laws will celebrate women through song.

Friday, March 25 at 8:00 p.m. Fathers and Daughters.

Co-hosts: Joyce Guy (How to Get Away With Murder) and Lula Washington (Lula Washington Dance Company)

Alina Cenal in Words From a Cuban Father. Alina’s strong presence of her father guides through a world of mambo, revolution, Fidel, hot dogs, Miami, the circus and Hollywood, as she is yanked from her native Cuba as a child to explore a new life that challenges her roots.

Vicki Dello Joio in What’s Wrong With a Mouse? Coming from Oakland, Vicki chronicles her journey of healing a rift with her father during his last days. He had disowned her for being queer 20 years earlier.

Ciera Payton in Michael’s Daughter. One woman’s paper trail relationship with her incarcerated father.

Saturday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m. Culturally Speaking.

Co-hosts: Iona Morris (The Soul Man) and Adleane Hunter (Director/Producer)

        Andreea Kindryd  in “The Hair War.” Shirley Temple curls to dreadlocs, 50 years of battling mental shackles, and driving my mother crazy is the focus of this storytelling piece that comes to us from Australia.

Dina Morrone in The Italian in Me. A young woman leaves her Italian grandmother behind on their rural Canadian farm and moves to the Eternal City, Rome, in search of La Dolce Vita and a career in Italian Cinema.

Vivian Nesbitt in The Bark and the Tree, Set in Ireland and coming here from New Mexico, this personal story of connection and transformation bends time and space to discover the true legacy of Vivian’s legendary ancestor, the poet Eva of the Nation.

Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m.  Identity Revealed.

Co hosts: Rosie Lee Hooks (Knock Me a Kiss, Sweet Honey in the Rock) and Eloise Laws (award-winning Broadway vocalist)

Aurora Lagattuta in Inside the Whale. This multi-media piece of dance, poetry, song and video projections from San Diego  explores a fantastical journey of a woman swallowed by a whale, learning how to live in her own skin.

Amy Milano in Dancing With Crazies. This is one woman’s search for a place to call home after being uprooted from place to place as a child.

Cheray O’Neal in Journey This. This piece follows one’s path from despair to healing. After the death of her last living relative, Journey is left with a choice- suffer or forgive.

Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 p.m. Striving for Balance.

Hosts: Ingrid Graham (Dancer/ Choreographer/ Producer) and Sky Palkowitz (Calling America: Don’t Hang Up)

Sharon Abreu in The Climate Monologues. Through interviews across the country and with original songs, this piece from Washington brings to life the voices of those who speak on climate change and energy and how it has personally affected them.

Debra De Liso in Beautiful, Terrifying Love. A personal, poetic whirlwind of Debra De Liso’s dangerously true stories that she comically navigates from a nightmatish childhood, Hollywood horror film career, and a traumatic motherhood with her beautiful, talented and bi-polar daughter.

Rhonda Khan in Food. A rhythmic tale from New York of one woman’s addiction to food amidst societal pressures to be thin.  Family, therapists, healers and gurus weigh in and diagnose her as she spits her truth about weight loss, gain, and healing.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival was founded by Executive Producer Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed. The Festival is an annual event  unique among American cultural institutions and should not be missed.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival is a non-profit organization. The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival organization is made possible this year in part by the City of West Hollywood, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs of Los Angeles, City National Bank, City of Culver City, KPFK 90.7 and Adilah Barnes Productions.

Admission to the Gala is $50 or two tickets for $90 (includes light fare and champagne). For the other programs, ticket prices this year include general admission single show tickets at $20.00 in advance or $25 at the door. Students, seniors and groups of ten or more, $18. Children 12 and under, $10.

Reservations: (818) 760-0408. Online reservations will be available at http://www.lawtf.org . To join and follow LAWTF on Facebook and Twitter, click on their links at http://www.lawtf.org