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National Black Theatre Festival Lineup

National Black Theatre Festival Lineup

Have you you bought your tickets for the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) yet?

The NBTF is taking place Aug. 3-8 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with shows being presented at multiple venues throughout the city. Ticket prices range from $7-$42. A NBTF Stimulus Discount Ticket Package is available.

The late Larry Leon Hamlin founded the National Black Theatre Festival in 1989. His goal was to unite black theatre companies in America and ensure the survival of the genre into the next millennium.

Celebrity performances include Ella Joyce in A Rose Among Thorns; John Amos in Halley’s Comet; Kim Wayans in A Handsome Woman Retreats; Aloma Wright, Hawthorne James and Jeris Lee Poindexter in Reunion in Bartersville; Wendy Raquel Robinson, Dorien Wilson, and Denise Dowse in Extremities.

This year’s Festival will offer a rich variety of theatrical performances including drama, comedies, musicals, choreoplays and multi-media presentations. More than 116 performances of new works and Black classics performed by professional Black theatre companies from across the country and Cape Town, South Africa.

Companies selected to perform include:

A Handsome Woman Retreats (Li’l Magic Productions – Los Angeles, CA – starring Kim Wayans)
A Rose Among Thorns (Ms. Thing Productions – Los Angeles, CA, starring Ella Joyce)** – Rosa Parks
Ascension (Robinson Williams Productions – Yonkers, NY)
Aunt Rudele’s Family Reunion (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe-Sarasota, FL)
Bananas (Do It Yourself Productions – Los Angeles, CA)** – Josephine Baker
Before The People Came (Amun RA Theatre Co. – Nashville, TN)
Black Angels Over Tuskegee (The Black Gents of Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA)
Black Man Rising (Obsidian Media Group, New York, NY)
Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till (Mike Wiley Productions – Apex, NC)**
Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope (North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Winston, Salem, NC)
Extremities (starring Wendy Raquel Robinson, Dorien Wilson, Denise Dowse – Los Angeles, CA)
Halley’s Comet (The Halley’s Comet Foundation, Califon, NJ – starring John Amos)
Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Washington, DC) – Multimedia presentation
I Am Who I Am: The Story Of Teddy Pendergrass (Black Ensemble Theatre – Chicago, IL)
In The Continuum (St. Louis Black Repertory Company, St. Louis, MO)
It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ)
Jim Beckwourth: The Black Mountain Man (Noroza Productions – Los Angeles, CA)**
Miles Long and Friends Experience (starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner – Los Angeles, CA)
Nappy Journeys (Hurrey Up Stage & Film Works – Pensacola, FL)
Reunion in Bartersville (Cambridge Players – Los Angeles, CA)
Revenge of a King (Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix, AZ)
Sheneequa Chronicles (Blackberry Productions – New York, NY)
Single Black Female (Black Spectrum Theatre-Queens, NY)
Speak Of Me As I Am (Music Sketches – Los Angeles, CA)** – Paul Robeson
Sweet Mama Stringbean (New Federal Theatre – New York, NY)
Tthe High Priestess of Dark Alley (Billie Holiday Theatre – Brooklyn, NY)
The Obituary (Black Academy of Arts and Letters – Dallas, TX)
The Resurrection of Alice (Perri Tales Productions – New York, NY)
The Return (Artscape – Cape Town, South Africa)
The Sty of the Blind Pig (Ensemble Theatre – Houston, TX)
Through the Night (Daniel Beaty Productions – New York, NY)
Unsung Diva, Music for One Hand Clapping, The Breach, The Love Project (Cultural Odyssey – San Francisco, CA)
Voices of the Spirits in my Soul (RACCA’s Seaport Salon – New York, NY)**
Who Will Sing For Lena? (Lions & Butterflies Artswork – Tulsa, OK)** – Lena Baker
Wisteria (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Washington, DC) – Multimedia presentation
Womyn With Wings (Flow Theater, Columbus, OH)
Four universities have been selected to perform in the NBTF Fringe Performances program. They are:
Black Voices: The Hidden Bruises (Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA)
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN)
Mad at Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth (North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC)
The Heiress (California State University Dominguez Hills – Carson, CA)

NBTF Schedule
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For more info: Call the National Black Theatre Festival at 336-723-7907 or visit **Indicates this is part of the Inaugural Larry Leon Hamlin Solo Performance Series.

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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