January 5, 2003  


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(Canoga Park, Calif.) - Theatergoers are in for a mesmerizing journey into the lives of seven African American women when award-wining stage, motion picture and television actor Adilah Barnes, presents her powerful, nationally touring one-woman historical play I Am That I Am: Woman, Black at the Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, March 1st, 7:00 pm & March 2nd, 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $8.00 to $12.00. 

Barnes states "It is an honor to have been asked by the City of Los Angeles to perform my solo show at the Madrid Theatre for both student and adult audiences alike. Although my show has toured 34 states nationally, Europe and the Caribbean, I rarely perform locally. It is especially heartwarming to perform my show in my own backyard." 

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. 

Barnes currently plays the recurring role of "Judge Randall" in For the People, Lifetime Television and portrays the historical figure "Ida B. Wells" in HBO's Iron Jawed Women starring Angelica Houston and Hilary Swank (airing May, 2003). She is best known to film audiences for her role in Universal Pictures' Award-winning Erin Brockovich and to television audiences for her role as "Anne Marie" on ABC's Roseanne, for five seasons. 

Last season Barnes played the starring role of "Etta" in Little John a CBS/Hallmark made-for-television special opposite Ving Rhames, Gloria Reuben and Patty Duke and has guest starred on various television sitcoms including CBS' Family Law and The Agency, WB's The Gilmore Girls and UPN's Roswell. 

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 34 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 and last year toured the British Virgin Islands. Barnes is also the founder of the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival (the 10th Annual Festival will be held on March 26-30th at Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), Downtown, Los Angeles. She has also authored a soon to be released book, On My Own Terms: One Actor's Journey.


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