|March 22, 2004|
W. REGENT STREET, UNIT 341
THE WOMAN BEHIND THE LOS ANGELES
WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL, ADILAH BARNES, MOVES FESTIVAL TO HIGHER LEVEL
(Hollywood, Calif.) –
What a difference a year makes! Award-winning
stage actor Adilah Barnes, co-founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre
Festival (LAWTF) has taken the LAWTF to a higher level in making this
year’s festival, the 11th, annual
event, one to be reckoned with. Titled
“Outside the Box,” this year’s four-day festival promises to be a hit
with celebrity performances by Ted Lange, Linda Hopkins, Edie McClurge, Lula
Washington and Linda Hopkins, to name a few.
“Outside the Box,” opens Thursday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m.
through March 28, 2004 at the Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood (4800
Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California).
“Outside the Box,”
includes men and non-traditional performances (i.e. “Breadwoman,” a
performance art piece with a masked performer with bread all over the stage)
and an entire free music program with woman musicians and singers in the
outdoor amphitheater programming. The
Festival also includes an encore “Hot Off the Press” program from their
“homegrown” writing classes. One
piece, “My Brooklyn Hamlet” by Brenda Adelman deals with the true story
of her father murdering her mother who then married her aunt.
This year’s festival
includes performances in the disciplines theatre, dance, performance art
and music by Sarah Underwood and Vertice Williams.
This year’s beautifully
remodeled and spacious Barnsdall Gallery Theatre has a capacity of 299
seats. Its grounds allow for both indoor and outdoor programming, as well as
outdoor vendors. Nestled atop a view of Hollywood, it also offers the
historic Hollyhock House designed by renowned Frank Lloyd Wright and a
lovely gallery that is open to the public.
“As our official venue
this year, we have housed not only the Festival but out celebrity UP CLOSE
series and writing classes at the Barnsdall, as well now.
We are once again partnering with the City of Los Angeles,” states
Barnes. Chairpersons Danny Glover and Hattie Winston have also played an
important role in promoting this year’s phenomenal festival. “We
especially thank the Barnsdall’s Director Anisa Hamdan, a Festival Board
member, for making this incredible space available to us.
I also pay homage to Board members Che’Rae Adams and Fay Hauser for
their significant contributions, as well as the support of our staff,
Advisory Board, Official Sponsors and volunteers because ours is a team
The LAWTF began an
electronic monthly newsletter (last June, 2003) to keep supporters and new
friends abreast of LAWTF activities regularly. Along with the Festival’s
cable access television show, “Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival: On
The Air!”, it is widening its net as it also crosses mediums.
Both increase visibility of
the LAWTF name. The LAWTF’s
Advisory Board has also taken on a front seat role in the organization by
meeting quarterly and lending their support in a number of tangible ways.
Barnes, a veteran actor has
toured her own solo show, “I Am That I Am: Woman, Black” nationally in
35 states and internationally in Europe and the Caribbean.
She is also writing another solo show based on the life of her mother
“Just Call Her A Woman Of The Soil.”
Listed among the who’s who in “The Actor’s Guide To Qualified
Acting Coaches” by Larry Silverberg, Barnes has coached some of
Hollywood’s hottest stars. Her
students have included Jada Pinkett-Smith (for Set It Off); Toni Braxton
(for Play’d and Kingdom Come); Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order); Lauren
Lane (The Nanny); comedian Don “DC” Curry; and many others.
According to previous student, Kym Whitley, “Adilah is intense,
she’s not easy, but she never gives up on you and pulls out your best.”
Barnes currently portrays
the historical figure Ida B. Wells opposite Hilary Swank in HBO’s cable
movie, Iron-Jawed Angels, which has airing dates scheduled through April.
Her first autobiography, On My Own Terms: One Actor’s Journey will be
available at book stores later this year.
This year’s Official
Sponsors and governmental funders include Daily News, City of Los Angeles
Cultural Affairs Department, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Union Bank of
California, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, California Arts Council and
Adilah Barnes Productions.
Admission prices are as
Champagne Gala & Awards
Ceremony (Thursday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m.)
VIP Pass (all shows) . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . $120
General . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20
Groups (10 or more). . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . $18
Seniors, Union Members and
Students . . .$18
For additional Information
contact the Box Office at 818-760-0408.
SAVE YOUR TICKET STUB!
Present your ticket stub from any Festival performance and receive $2
off the admission for any remaining Festival performance.
For tickets, reservations
or more information about the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, log
For information about Adilah Barnes log onto ww.adilahbarnes.com or contact Allison Queen at (310) 674-1776.