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We went to see a great performance by Adilah Barnes at Whitworth University late in the Fall and wanted to share the information with you. Here is a quote from Diane’s review and a link to the full article:

Adilah Barnes performance in the one woman show I Am That I Am: Woman, Black at Whitworth University on October 26 was an evening of inspiring theater. The choice of women portrayed (from Sojourner Truth forward to Angela Davis and May Angelou), the interesting and meaningful selection of their words woven together with song in a dark theater was moving. As the excellent questions from students, faculty and community members revealed something of Ms. Barnes life and spirit and because some of her life path seemed to parallel my own I decided to buy her book so I could find out more.....

We think that a visit by her to Eastern would be of benefit to the campus. It would be nice if you would arrange some interaction with a smaller group in the Africana Education department as well. Links to her webpage and contact info is at the bottom of the review.

Best wishes for the new year.

Bob & Diane





"Because of my great love and respect for these women, I have chosen to create a portrait of them. This historical play pays homage to the immortal spirits of Sojouner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis and Maya Angelou. The goals of this show are threefold: to entertain, educate and inspire all of those who witness this piece."

This show is dedicated to the memory of Mosea Lee Barnes and Adrienne Lynn Troxler Summerlin.


My name is Jasmine Crossland and today I was able to see you perform I Am That I AM: Woman, Black. I just wanted to thank you again for coming to my school, it was informative and amazing to watch you act. You did such a good job and I know you have heard that plenty of times.  I learned more about some of the inspirational women that I admire and I am glad that I got to see the play. Please be safe on your travels to where ever you go and just know that my friends and I appreciate the message that you are portraying in your shows.


Jasmine Crossland.



Award-winning actress/UCSC alumna to perform "I Am That I Am: Woman, Black"—Jan. 28

By Scott Rappaport (831) 459-2496;


Award-winning actress and UCSC alumna Adilah Barnes will perform her one woman show—I Am That I Am: Woman, Black—on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in the College 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Barnes is best known to television audiences for her five-year run as Anne Marie on ABC's Roseanne.

She has also appeared on a variety of other TV programs, including Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, Roswell, Family Law, Suddenly Susan, and Mad About You.

Barnes's film credits include Murder By Numbers with Sandra Bullock and Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts. She also played opposite Hillary Swank in the HBO film, Iron Jawed Angels.

In her one-woman play, I Am That I Am: Woman, Black, Barnes will take a historical journey through the lives of seven renowned women: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, and Maya Angelou.

Her portrayal of these seven exceptional women takes the audience through time—from the days of slavery to the present. Barnes has toured the show across the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean for more than a decade.

The performance will be followed by a book signing for Barnes's new publication, On My Own Terms: One Actor's Journey. She will also appear at a free reading and book signing event the following day, Jan. 29, at UCSC's Bay Tree Bookstore, beginning at noon.

Barnes earned her B.A. in theatre arts from UC Santa Cruz in 1972, and later served on the UCSC Alumni Council for a seven-year term beginning in 1998.

Her stage credits include the role of Martha Pentecost in August Wilson's award-winning play, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, at both the Los Angeles Theatre Center and the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco.

Barnes earned a DramaLogue Award for Outstanding Performance in the Julian Theatre's Jo Anne!, and Bay Area Critics Circle Award nominations for both Jo Anne! and Daddy in San Francisco.

She is also cofounder of the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival, an annual multicultural event that showcases female artists in dance, music and theatrical performances, spoken word and comedy. Now in its 14th year, the festival has produced more than 400 artists globally.

For more information, contact the UCSC Alumni Office:



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