LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL
26TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
“I, WOMAN ”
CHAMPAGNE GALA AND AWARDS CEREMONY
FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019
“IN TRIBUTE TO”
Starletta DuPois (The Notebook)
Kym Whitley (Young and Hungry)
VANNIA IBARGUEN (“Yma”)
This dance excerpt celebrates Yma Sumac, the only Peruvian woman bestowed with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
JULI KIM (“Haliagmoo” (Noble Man’s Dance)
This male dance represents the carefree lifestyle of the “Royal Blood” wealthy class in Ancient Korea.
VICKILYN REYNOLDS (“Hattie McDaniel…What I Need You to Know!”)
This excerpt of the musical play gives a glimpse of the first African American to receive an Oscar in Hollywood.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 RD
“AGAINST ALL ODDS”
Dawn Didawick (Erin Brockovich)
Rosie Lee Hooks (Knock Me a Kiss)
PAM LEVIN (“Modern Motherhood: This Sh*t Just Got Real”)
This comedic personal story gives an honest perspective of the hardest job in the world, PARENTING!
VICKI SUMMERS (“Bella, An Immigrant’s Tale!”)
Paying homage to her Jewish immigrant grandmother from Russia, Vicki follows one woman’s journey to America.
HEATHER KELLER (“Chemo Barbie”)
A breast cancer diagnosis forces one woman to confront such issues as mortality, body image, relationships, fertility and mental health.
SATURDAY, MARCH, 23 RD
“ONE VOICE, MANY STORIES”
Karen A. Clark (The Women)
Roger Guenvere Smith (Queen Sugar)
LAURA BIAGI (“The Breath of Self-
This piece explores longing and belonging of an immigrant woman living in Chicago.
MONIQUE DEBOSE (“Mulatto Math”)
A biracial little girl’s journey to womanhood explores her uprooted confidence and vulnerability in a story centered around family, race and identity.
LANESSA LONG (“Nobody’s Really Helped Me”)
Filled with spicy, fluid piano riffs and slick character-
SARAH ROSE REYNOLDS (“Squirrell!!!)
“Squirre!!!” follows a quirky, nutty, girl as she fearlessly confronts her battles with ADHD, while facing the unbearable challenges of adulthood, LGBTQ issues and suicidal ideations.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH
“FAMILY. FOOD AND FREEDOM”
Margaret Avery (The Color Purple)
Jude Narita (Coming Into Passion/Song for a Sansei)
DEBRIANNA MANSINI (“The Meatball Chronicles”)
As the dough is kneaded and the sauce thickened in Italian recipes, so too is the complexity of childhood, family and relationships in this culinary journey.
This unvarnished story of family, faith, fear and freedom is a testament to one woman finding truth and transformation along the way.
JULIA VALLY (“Mal Coupé”)
A young girl grows up with a dream of becoming a prima ballerina but is unable to reach the standard of perfection that the classical aesthetic demands, causing her to spiral downward.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH
Kat Kramer (TURNOVER)
DELINA BROOKS (“Seeds of Peace”)
The deeply expressed songs “I Am Enough” and “Rise Up” speak words of empowerment and encouragement.
ADA CHENG (“Loving Across Borders”)
An intense personal journey, this piece weaves tales of breaking rules and broken hearts across gender-
KAMAKSHI HART (“Wild at Hart”)
This is a brave story of transformation and triumph from the ravages of trauma, depression and abusive relationships.
JULI KIM (For Those Who Dream)
This dance is a tribute to beauty in the midst of finding resiliency in the human spirit.
LA WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL 2019!
5112 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA, USA