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“I AM THAT I AM: Woman, Black” 



Barnes Honors African American Women Through

A Mesmerizing Historical Journey. . .


(Pella, Iowa) - 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 Central College, Pella, Iowa, 812 University Street April 11th 7:30 p.m.

Barnes states "I am pleased to be performing at Central College for such an important conference that deals with the notion of 'white privilege.' The subject is open for interpretation on many levels. Hopefully, it will keep this much needed dialogue happening."

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 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. Barnes recently returned from shooting the ABC pilot, 111 Gramercy Park in Toronto.

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 ran March 3-31st at Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), Los Angeles.
She has also authored a soon to be released book, On My Own Terms: One Actor's Journey.

Recent and upcoming performances of I Am That I Am: Woman, Black includes:

February 11, 2003 : Rust College, Magnolia Mississippi
Contact: Ms. Pegues at (662) 252-8000 Ext. 4010

February 14, 2003: Pike County Arts Council, McComb Mississippi
Contact: J. Johnson at (601) 684-2072

February 27, 2003 Madrid Theatre, Canoga Park, California (performance not open to public)
February 28, 2003 Madrid Theatre, Canoga Park, California (performance not open to public)

March 1st & 2nd 2003: Madrid Theatre, Canoga Park, California
Contact: Susie Cairns at (818) 347-9419

March 7th 2003: African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) Film Festival
TriBeCa Film Center, New York
Contact: Sharon Parker-Frazier at (212) 932-1977

April 11, 2003: Central College, Pella, Iowa
Contact: Eddie Moore at (641) 628-9000

May 3, 2003: Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Contact: Saundra Pemberton (609) 371-9571

May, 2003 (TBA) Stanford University

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