Quick Silver Theater Company (QSTC) is presenting “An Evening with Pearl Cleage” on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the National Black Theatre located at: 2031 125th Street & National Black Theatre Way (5th Avenue) 10035.
The evening, ‘Champagne and Pearl,’ is in honor of Ms. Cleage. The stellar all-female cast will be led by Crystal Fox, A Fall from Grace, “Big Little Lies,” and soon to be released Burden opposite Forrest Whittaker and “The Haves and Have Nots.” Joining Ms. Fox will be Tony nominee (Eclipsed) and QSTC company member Pascale Armand, Tony nominee (Smokey Joe’s Café) Brenda Braxton and Marjorie L. Johnson (Coleman Domingo’s-Dot)
There will be a Meet and Greet Reception at 6pm with champagne and sweet treats. Reading begins at 7pm
Advanced online ticket price $20.00
Tickets purchased at the door are $30.00
Quick Silver Theater Company Founder & Artistic Producer Tyrone Mitchell Henderson first met Pearl Cleage during the 1995 Huntington Theater Company’s production of Blues for an Alabama Sky, directed by Kenny Leon, where he played Guy Jacobs opposite Phylicia Rashad as Angel. In 2015, Henderson reprised the role opposite Crystal Fox in the Alliance Theatre’s 2015 revival, directed by Susan Booth.
With ‘Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous,’ QSTC will be celebrating 25 years of Pearl’s work as a playwright. About the play: A lifetime ago, actress Anna Campbell and director Betty Samson ignited a major theatrical controversy with a performance of scenes from August Wilson’s Fences that came to be known forever after as Naked Wilson. To escape the critics, Anna and Betty accepted what they thought would be a temporary job in Amsterdam. Twenty-five years later the women receive an invitation to return to the states where the infamous piece will open a women’s theatre festival that promises to be ‘angry, raucous, and shamelessly gorgeous.’
Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta-based writer whose works include three novels, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day (Avon Books, 1997), I Wish I Had A Red Dress (Morrow/Avon, 2001) and Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do (Ballantine/One World, August, 2003;) a dozen plays including Flyin’ West, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Hospice and Bourbon at the Border; two books of essays, Mad at Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth and Deals With the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot; and a book of short fiction, The Brass Bed and Other Stories (Third World Press). She is also a performance artist, collaborating frequently with her husband Zaron W. Burnett, Jr. under the title Live at Club Zebra. The two have performed sold out shows at both the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
She is a frequent contributor to anthologies and has been featured recently in Proverbs for the People, Contemporary African American Fiction, edited by Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall and in Mending the World, Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers, edited by Rosemarie Robotham.
For tickets and more information about QSTC’s ‘Champagne and Pearl’ event, please visit www.QuickSilverTheater.com. Advance tickets are $20.00. Tickets purchased at the door will be $30.00.
Pearl’s play, Blues for an Alabama Sky, will have its New York premiere as part of Keen Company’s 2020 season directed by La Williams.
Founded in 2014, QSTC is a collective of thirteen artists dedicated to amplifying the collective voice, individual potential, the overall presence of people of color, women and other marginalized groups within the American theatrical landscape.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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