The City of West Hollywood celebrates pride during the month of June, and the Los Angeles Women”™s Theatre Festival will contribute a matinee of performances and a writer”™s workshop. Admission is free to both events.
Report by Pauline Adamek
Schedule. Day One:
Friday, June 24, 2011 at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: “Identity as an Act of Courage,” a writing workshop facilitated by writer/performer Terrie Silverman. Who we are has everything to do with where we come from and where we call home. Whether you”™re a native or a transplant, this workshop will explore why West Hollywood is home and how it has changed or impacted your identity. Using oral storytelling and spontaneous writing, experience the power of community as you give and receive personal stories.
Ms. Silverman is the recipient of an MFA from University of Southern California and is Artist-in-Residence at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center.
Schedule. Day Two:
Saturday, June 25 at Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: “Taking Pride!” Virtuosa and diverse performances of powerful theatre pieces, dance and poetry.
Laura James in “Ms. Furr and Ms. Skeene.” First published in 1910, this is playwright Gertrude Stein”™s portrait of two women. Its sly, playful and repetitive use of the word “gay” not only leaves no doubt as to the nature of their relationship, but marks one of its earliest uses in this context in dramatic literature.
CeCe Antoinette in “Watermelon””Git It While It”™s Hot!!!” This is a rites of passage comedy about growing from Negro girlhood into empowered womanhood. Ms. Antoinette portrays Jody, the back door man with a sweet tooth for the ladies””or do the ladies have a sweet tooth for Jody!?
Lindsay Halladay aka The Lindz in “WASP.” This poet contributes relationship-related, socially conscious, goofy, insightful, sardonic and riotous performance poetry.
Teresa Willis in “Eenie Meanie.” In this autobiographical theatre piece, bisexual writer/performer Teresa Willis takes a compelling look at racism in American society through the powerful lens of her relationships with and attitude towards people of color. When faced with coming out to her aging, bigoted parents, Willis outlines her own fall from grace without excuse or apology, enabling us to see the shift of a well-meaning soul in response to emotional pain.
These events are made possible by a grant from the City of West Hollywood.
The Los Angeles Women”™s Theatre Festival is a non-profit organization.
Executive Director: Adilah Barnes.
For more information about the Festival”™s activities, go here.
Although admission to both events is free, seating is limited.
To reserve your seat for either event, please call (818) 760-0408.