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Festival 2017 News

February 17,  2017


 The 24TH Annual Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) has a roster of distinguished artists who will co-host four days and six programs at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood 90027 and the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice. 90291. This year’s overall theme is Taking Flight.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.- Standing on the Shoulders Of…- Champagne GALA and Awards Ceremony---Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, in Hollywood..

Ted Lange- Known internationally for his portrayal of Isaac Washington on the long-running TV series The Love Boat, Lange received the Renaissance Man Theatre Award from the NAACP for his stage accomplishments as actor, playwright (23 plays), and director (including the recent comedy  Classic Couples Counseling at the Secret Rose Theatre). His one-man show in which he portrays Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Behind the Mask, tours worldwide.

Hattie Winston- Best known for her work on television (Becker, Homefront, Nurse, The Electric Company), Ms. Winston has also starred on Broadway (The Tap Dance Kid, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Me Nobody Knows) and co-adapted Nativity: A Life Story. She was also a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company

The remainder of the Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will take place at the Electric Lodge in Venice.

Friday,  March 24, 8:00 p.m.- BREAKING FREE

Tico Wells , actor-director: Mr. Wells is most widely known for his portrayal of “Choirboy” in  Robert Townsend’s film The Five Heartbeats. In television he has appeared on; The Cosby Show, ER,  Martin, Drew Carey, JAG, Law and Order, Live stage credits include: What Goes Around Comes Around, The Old Settler (original cast), Two Trains Running, Fences, Spunk (original cast), The Colored Museum, Pippin and many more.

Sky Palkowitz- The popular performance artist is billed as The Delusional Diva, creating playing multiple characters in shows for children and adults. Also, classically trained, she toured 22 cities with Shakespeare By The Sea. Her latest solo show is named Calling America: Don’t Hang Up!

Saturday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.- BABIES, BODIES AND MOTHERS

Starletta DuPois -Although known for her work on TV (Lost) and in hit films (The Notebook,  Friday After Next, Big Momma’s House, First Sunday, Waiting to Exhale), award-winning Starletta has the distinction of being one of the few to have portrayed all three female characters in A Raisin in the Sun.  She also tours with her solo show Order My Steps.

Rosie Lee Hooks - A former member of the musical performance ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, she more recently appeared in the acclaimed Robey Theatre Company productions of Knock Me a Kiss and Transitions. Other stage credits include A Change Is Gonna Come, One Thousand Cranes, 227, and Checkmates, She is currently director of  Watts Towers Arts Center . She was a founding member of the D.C. Black Repertory Theatre Company.

Saturday, March 25, 8:00 p.m.- AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK

 Eloise Laws- Award-winning vocalist and Broadway actor. Eloise's musical career has included more than 5 albums and CDs, as well as a career in the theatre .She co-developed the musical, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, which garnered four Tony ® Award nominations.  Ms. Laws also received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Broadway musical, and a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for her performance at the Kennedy Center.

James Pickens, Jr. -  Pickens has been a regular or recurring performer in a number of TV series, including Grey’s Anatomy, Roseanne, The Practice, The X-Files, Beverly Hills 90210  and Another World. With a strong stage background, he appeared with Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in the Negro Ensemble Company production of  A Soldier’s Play  and also performed with New York’s famed  Roundabout Theatre Company.

Sunday, March 26, 3:00 p.m.- AND ALL THAT JAZZ

Lynne Conner - A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Conner recently made her debut short film Raising Kings, and wrote her first one-woman show, TICK TOCK (Big Dreams…Little Time) a tribute to Lorraine Hansberry.  She facilitated Take Wings Theatre Ensemble where artists gathered to create monologues, characters, and improvisation.  Ms. Conner works with Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, Unusual Suspects Theatre Company.

DeBorah Sharpe-Taylor- Ms. Sharpe-Taylor’s most recent stage performance credits include The Day The Earth Shook Haiti, My Old Friends, 365 Days Plays, BoobyTrap, Blues In The Night, REJOICE, and As We Like It. Since the mid 90’s, Ms. Sharpe-Taylor has performed Letters to Harriet Tubman throughout the greater Los Angeles area as Harriet.  She was in the original production of Little Shop of Horrors, at the Orpheum Theatre in NYC

Sunday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.- UNSILENCED

 Karen A. Clark - Ms.. Clark is a favorite with LAWTF audiences with her piece The Women, celebrating the women of her family. Her other solo show that debuted at LAWTF is A Corporate Affair. Also a singer and recording artist, her latest album has been described as “Jill Scott meets Sade.”

Angela Robinson -Witherspoon– Ms. Robinson-Witherspoon is a veteran stage actress (Sirens, Happy Endings, The Last Straw, A Song for You). She has also been visible in film (The Moment After, 48 Hours, Crossroads, The Meteor Man) and on TV (Ugly Betty,Joan of Arcadia, The Wayans Bros. and 3rd Rock From the Sun).

Festival performers and honorees are the subjects of separate releases. For more information about Festival programming, please go to www.lawtf.org or call (818) 760-0408.