|January 7, 2002|
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ADILAH BARNES' ONE-WOMAN SHOW, "I AM THAT I AM: Woman, Black" BEGINS NATIONAL TOUR, STARTING JANUARY 16, 2002 IN NEBRASKA
Nationally Touring One-Woman Show Honors African American Woman Through A Mesmerizing Historical Journey. . .
(Los Angeles, Calif.) - Theatergoers are in for a mesmerizing journey into the lives of seven African American women when award-winning stage actor Adilah Barnes, presents the powerful one-woman historical play I AM THAT I AM: Woman, Black, on January 16, 2002 at Midland Lutheran College in Midland, Nebraska. During this jubilant and captivating journey through time, Barnes brings to life on stage, the lives of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis and Maya Angelou. I AM THAT I AM: Woman, Black celebrates the ability of these women to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and achieve their life callings by their undaunted faith and belief in themselves. The nationally touring show stars award-winning stage actor, Adilah Barnes, best known to film audiences for her role in Universal's Award-winning Erin Brockovich and to television audiences for her role as "Anne Marie" on ABC's Roseanne, for five seasons. This season Barnes has been a guest star on CBS' Family Law and The Agency, WB's The Gilmore Girls and UPN's Roswell. Barnes is currently in production for a CBS Hallmark made-for-television movie, Little John, where she plays the nurturing role of "Etta," one of the lead characters opposite actors Ving Rhames, Gloria Reuben and Patty Duke. Little John is a touching story about family, love, forgiveness and redemption. I AM THAT I AM: Woman, Black has been described as a "whirlwind trip through time, beginning in the years of slavery and leading up to recent years." (The Daily Kent Stage, Kent State University). "She lifts off the pages the life and times of these women, instead of reading it in literature." (Iowa Daily News.) Barnes concludes the show with a post-performance exchange with the audience in which she discusses the characters she portrayed and herself. I AM THAT I AM: Woman, Black has toured throughout the United States in 31 states, coast to coast from Alaska to Maine and California to Florida. In 2000, Barnes received international acclaim in the Rotterdam Fabrikaat Festival in Holland. Barnes is also the founder of the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival and author of a soon to be released book, On My Own Terms: One Actor's Journey. Upcoming performances of I AM THAT I AM: Woman, Black include:
January 16, 2002: Midland Lutheran College Contact Kathy Tittles at (800) 642-8382
February 5, 2002: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Contact Dr. Sandra Jones at (414) 229-2298
March 5, 2002: University of Nebraska, Omaha Contact Karen Falconer at (402) 554-2800
March 8, 2002: University of Nebraska, Kearney Contact Diane Wysocki at (308) 865-8441
April 19, 2002: Valley High School, Sacramento, California Contact William Parker at (916) 688-0990
For additional information, please contact Queen Publicity at (310) 674-1776.