May 2, 2003 



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“I AM THAT I AM: Woman, Black” - MAY 9TH


Barnes Honors African American Women Through

A Mesmerizing Historical Journey. . .



 (Palo Alto, Calif.) - The latest buzz around the Stanford University campus is that award-winning actor, Adilah Barnes is coming to perform her critically acclaimed one-woman show, I Am That I Am: Woman, Black. Barnes' performance will be held at the Campbell Recital Hall (in the Braun Music Center, next to Dinkelspiel Auditorium) on Friday, May 9th at 8:00 p.m. This performance is open to the general public and there is no cost for admission. 

Barnes will also give a one-hour lecture about the characters she portrays in her performance as well as aspects of her career beginning 12:00 noon at 200-30 History Building (lower level, main quad) on the Stanford University Campus. 

Theatergoers are in for a mesmerizing journey into the lives of seven African American women when award-winning stage, motion picture and television actor Adilah Barnes takes to the stage to present her powerful, nationally touring one-woman historical play. 

Says Barnes, "First of all, I thank my college buddy, Dr. John Rickford who is a leading linguist in the United States for making this happen at Stanford. I am also thrilled to be returning to the Bay Area to perform because it is a coming home of sorts for me. Professionally, I cut my teeth as an actor in the Bay Area and most of my longstanding theatre relationships were born there during the 17 years I resided in the East Bay. Hopefully, many I know will come out to see my Stanford performance."

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 recently returned from Toronto shooting the ABC pilot, 111 Gramercy Park with Frank Langella, Tippi Hedron, Joel Grey and Jameel White. 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 Angels starring Angelica Houston and Hilary Swank (slated to air in 2004). She is probably best known to film audiences for her role in Universal Pictures' Award-winning Erin Brockovich and Murder By Numbers and to television audiences for her role as "Anne Marie" on ABC's award-winning 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 many television sitcoms and made for tv movies. 

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. 

The New Jersey performance will mark 35 states for I Am That I Am: Woman, Black. In 2000, Barnes received international acclaim in the Rotterdam Fabrikaat Festival in Holland and last year toured the British Virgin Islands where she will return this summer for an encore performance. 

Barnes recently received the Pioneer Award in New York from the African American Women in Film and last fall received the Peace Keeper Award from Peace Quest in Los Angeles. She is also the Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival which celebrated it's Tenth Anniversary in March at Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), Los Angeles. 

She is authoring the book, On My Own Terms: One Actor's Journey, slated to be released in 2004.

performances of I Am That I Am: Woman, Black includes: 

January 21, 2003: Ross Ragland Theatre, Klamath Falls, Oregon 
January 22, 2003: Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon 
February 11, 2003 : Rust College, Magnolia Mississippi 
February 14, 2003: Pike County Arts Council, McComb Mississippi 
February 27, 2003 Madrid Theatre, Canoga Park, California 
February 28, 2003 Madrid Theatre, Canoga Park, California 
March 1st & 2nd 2003: Madrid Theatre, Canoga Park, California 
March 7th 2003: African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) Film Festival TriBeCa Film Center, New York 
April 11, 2003: Central College, Pella, Iowa May 3, 2003: Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, New Jersey 
May 9, 2003: Stanford University, Palo Alto, California 
August, 2003 (TBA) Black Boaters Summit, Tortola, British Virgin Islands 
November 13-16, 2003: Nu Purpose Entertainment Conference, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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