Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lynnette Freeman, Aimé Donna Kelly, Eric Berryman, Akeem Davis, and Ross Beltcher Set for THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE at InterAct Theatre through February 8

Lynette Freeman

Lynette Freeman

Lynnette Freeman stars in the title role of THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE by Jen Silverman, directed by Pirronne Yusefzadeh, at InterAct Theatre, 2030 Sansom (between 20th & 21st) in Philadelphia, PA, January 16 – February 8, 2015. Opening night is Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The cast also features Aimé Donna Kelly, Eric Berryman, Akeem Davis, and Ross Beltcher.
A young South African soccer phenomenon flees to England escaping persecution. But when her activist lover, Pretty Mbane, goes missing, Noxolo is forced to reassess her life and her choices. Returning to South Africa during the World Cup, Noxolo’s search brings her face to face with the demons of her past and her country’s blind eye towards violence against women. Silverman’s play is at once beautiful and haunting, exploring the mysterious reaches of love and the human spirit.

Lynnette Freeman plays South African activist, Pretty Mbane, who has a safe house for women who are targeted/ have experienced Corrective Rape. Freeman has appeared at Interact in PERMANENT COLLECTION (Kanika Weaver), and IN A DAUGHTER’S EYES (Reheema Abu-Salaam). Her regional credits include TAMER OF HORSES (Georgiane); CLYBOURNE PARK (Francine/Lena); A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Ruth Younger); INTIMATE APPAREL (Esther Mills). NY Theatre: LUZ, THE FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. MFA Brown-Trinity Rep MFA Program.

The design team features sets by Carolyn Mraz, lighting by Maria Shaplin and costumes by Katherine Fritz.

Performance Schedule:
Friday, January 16th @ 8pm: First Preview Performance
Saturday, January 17th @ 4pm & 8pm: Preview Performances
Sunday, January 18th @ 2pm: Preview Performance
Tuesday, January 20th @ 7pm: Preview Performance
Wednesday, January 21st: Opening Night
Thursday, January 22nd: Young Friends Night
Sunday, January 25th: Speaker Sunday
Tuesday, January 27th: Coffee Conversations
Wednesday, January 28th: Coffee Conversations
Sunday, February 1st: Speaker Sunday: Ndumie Funda will also be a featured speaker in the talk back on Sunday, Feb. 1st.
Tuesday, February 3rd: Coffee Conversations
Wednesday, February 4th: Coffee Conversations
Sunday, February 8th: Speaker Sunday

Industry/ Student tix: $15
Reg. Price: $22-$28
Also friends & fam discount: $10 off- type “FF” as the discount code.

Call 215-568-8079 for tickets and or click here for more information.

If you are traveling from NYC or the Baltimore DC Area, take Megabus ( or BoltBus ( which is  walking distance to the theatre (at 30th St. station), or  NJ Transit via Trenton.

Ndumie Funda will talk about her activism and her petition- that turned a world eye to the issue of corrective rape. The talk will be January 31st at 5pm at InterAct. She will also be a featured speaker in the talk back on Sunday, Feb. 1st.
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Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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