Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Simply Pauletta: An Evening with Pauletta Pearson Washington at Joe’s Pub

Pauletta Pearson Washington. © John Keon Photo

Pauletta Pearson Washington. © Photo by John Keon Photo

Looking forward to seeing Pauletta Pearson Washington when she takes centerstage, in Simply Pauletta, at Joe’s Pub in New York on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:30pm, in a new show that uses spoken word and music to explore her experiences with the many facets of love. Helmed by Thomas W. Jones, and under the musical direction of Diane Louie. Tickets are $25. For more information, click here.

Wife, mother of four, philanthropist, actress and singer are the major roles in Pauletta Pearson Washington’s huge life.

As a performer, Pauletta Pearson Washington has been blessed to work with exceptional songwriters such as Jule Styne, Jerry Herman and Andrew Lloyd Weber, to name a few. As an actor, Pauletta has worked on and off Broadway-stages with some of the industry’s top award-winning producers and directors including Jonathan Demme. She has performed and received highly acclaimed notices for her work including Love, Loss, and What I Wore; a limited presentation of Micki Grant’s Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope with Chapman Roberts. Pauletta just completed a run of Two Trains Running in Atlanta and prior to that, Regina Taylor’s Crowns at the Goodman Theatre and Lorey Hayes’ Power Play. Her musical talents were highlighted on the soundtracks of the films Philadelphia and Antwone Fisher. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and the Alice Tully Theater at the Lincoln Center.

Pauletta Washington as Wanda in the 10th anniversary production of Regina Taylor's Crowns at Goodman Theatre. Photo by Liz Larsen

Pauletta Washington as Wanda in the 10th anniversary production of Regina Taylor’s Crowns at Goodman Theatre. Photo by Liz Larsen

Pauletta’s studies include Juilliard, The North Carolina School of the Arts, and North Texas University. As a native of North Carolina, she was the first African-American contestant in the 1970 Miss North Carolina Beauty Pageant, a preliminary pageant to the Miss American Pageant. In 1977 Pauletta met her husband, actor Denzel Washington, while filming Wilma, a made-for-television movie. Their 30-year marriage is a Hollywood story in itself. The most important aspect of her life is family, Denzel, John David, Katia and twins Olivia and Malcolm.
Among her many awards, she has been recognized for her outstanding volunteerism and philanthropy. She is an active member of her church and involved in her community. Since 1998, Pauletta has been an Executive member of the Brain Trust, a support group that raises awareness and funds for brain care and innovative research being conducted under the direction of Dr. Keith Black, Director of Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai. In 2004 The Pauletta and Denzel Family Gifted Scholars Program in Neuroscience was established, an outstanding, national educational program for students pursuing a career in neuroscience. Pauletta and her husband were first major contributors to The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and The Gathering Place – a Center for Women and Children with AIDS/HIV in South Central Los Angeles. Pauletta and her family have shown compassion for soldiers and their families by supporting special homes built for the service people and their families.

Pauletta has been honored by “Women in Film”, the California Governor’s Conference for Women, Crystal Stairs’ 20th Anniversary Celebration, and “Mother of the Year” honoree for Cedars-Sinai’s Helping Hand support group. She and Denzel graced the cover of the August 2013 issue of Ebony magazine. She currently serves on the Parents’ Council at both the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania.

July 30, 2013, Backstage at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, with the cast of  Lorey Hayes' Power Play- Lia Chang, Marcus Naylor, Phynjuar, Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washington and director Andre Robinson.

July 30, 2013, Backstage at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, with the cast of Lorey Hayes’ Power Play- Lia Chang, Marcus Naylor, Phynjuar, Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washington and director Andre Robinson.

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. She recently appeared in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival opposite Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.

Other articles on Power Play:
Lorey Hayes’ Power Play castmembers Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Phynjuar, Lia Chang, playwright Lorey Hayes, and director Andre Robinson Featured on Aduke Aremu’s The Princess Chronicles Show on WXRP Radio
The Chronicle Features Lorey Hayes’ Power Play Review: Power Play Powerful & Suspenseful
Lorey Hayes’ Power Play Featured in News and Record
Celebrity Actress, Pauletta Pearson Washington returns home to North Carolina starring at 2013 National Black Theatre festival with Roscoe Orman (“Sesame Street,” Willie Dynamite) and all star cast in Lorey Hayes’ award-winning “Power Play”, a play about Politics, Passion and The Power of God

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Asian CineVision Auction Items Feature Producer Janet Yang, Kung Fu Playwright David Henry Hwang or a 4 Hour Photography Session with Lia Chang
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72
Sounds of Harlem Music Revue presents The Jazz Masters in Harlem III with The Phil Young Experience, Upstairs at the Dino on October 23, 2013
Spend an Evening with Tony Winner Nikki M. James at Joe’s Pub on October 21, 2013
Photos: Maurice Hines, Jonathan Groff, Mercedes Ellington, Charles Randolph Wright at The Laurie Beechman for André De Shields’ I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
Photos: Phylicia Rashad, Michael McElroy, Marva Hicks in Broadway Inspirational Voices “Wondrous Grace” Concert at the Central Presbyterian Church in NY
Peter Scolari, C.J. Wilson, Francois Battiste, Chris Henry Coffey and More Begin Previews in Eric Simonson’s The Bronx Bombers at Circle in the Square Theatre on January 10, 2014
Jan. 9 – Feb. 9: Jarlath Conroy, Rebecca Brooksher, Eric Martin Brown, Ryan Garbayo, Rocco Sisto, Nick Westrate Set for Red Bull’s Off-Broadway Revival of Loot
Jan. 22-31: Photos: Tracey Conyer Lee, Lelund Durond Thompson, Matthew Murumba, and Carmen LoBue set for Camile Darby’s Lords Resistance Featured in The Fire This Time Festival at The Kraine Theater
Jan. 9 – Feb. 9: Thom Sesma and Michele Ragusa to Star in Greg Edwards and CRAVING FOR TRAVEL at Peter J. Sharp Theater
Feb. 4 – Mar. 16: Cole Horibe, Francis Jue, Peter Kim and More Set for Signature’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Signature’s Revival of The Piano Lesson Sweeps AUDELCO’s with 8 Wins including Best Revival, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Roslyn Ruff, Chuck Cooper and Brandon J. Dirden; Also Among 2013 “VIV” Winners – Wild with Happy’s Coleman Domingo and Sharon Washington; and Storyville’s Mercedes Ellington
Photos: LAByrinth’s Opening Night of Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby with John Earl Jelks, DeWanda Wise, Harvey Gardner Moore, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tracie Thoms, Alano Miller and More
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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