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Thursday, September 10, 2009

“Little Girl Blue” Triumphant Return!

Performance in Philly, Saturday, Sept. 12th

These past few months have found me extremely busy with my life as a writer and performance artist. Here in Philly it’s Fringe Festival time and that means “Little Girl Blue” is back for a command performance. I am honored and humbled to say Bassist Warren Oree will join me with original music on his acoustic upright double bass. Once again I will reprise the role of “Little Girl Blue” as I portray 17 characters in this gut-wrenching, twisting tale of a Black woman’s sojourn across the modern American urban landscape. Experience the highs, the lows, the good, the bad, the ugly and the humorous. Everything gets underway Saturday night, Sept. 12th, 8 p.m. at the Community Education Center’s Meeting House Theater located at 3500 Lancaster Avenue, Phila., PA 19104. The evening’s MC is Radio Personality J. Michael Harrison, host of “The Bridge” on WRTI-FM, 90.1. By the way, this new performance photo was taken by the amazing photographer Hannan Saleh. Tickets @ the door; $15 each. Call (215) 877-5165 for more info. Please come out and support us. Asante Sana. Peace & Blessings Always.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lady Dove Living the Dream

“Little Girl Blue” Returns For 2009 Philly Fringe Festival

Yesterday bassist Warren Oree and I had the pleasure and honor of doing a photo shoot for our upcoming performance of “Little Girl Blue” with the awesome photographer Hannan Saleh and the amazing make-up artist Adama. It was a mystical day - dreamy, sunny, spirit-filled and surrealistic, as Hannan instructed us to “Just follow the wind.” More to come about the photo shoot. As soon as we get the new images, I will share them with you.

I am so blessed with this show because bassist Warren Oree composed an original soundtrack and joins me for performances. There are just no words to describe the sense of gratitude I have for the privilege of working with a musician of Warren’s caliber and integrity. He brings his own brand of magic to each creative collaboration. Trust me, “Little Girl Blue” would not be what it is without his incredible creative contributions and – just as importantly - his spiritual grounding.

My obsession with “Little Girl Blue” will not let up! Producing this play is my passion. This post marks the launch of the “Little Girl Blue” blog. It will keep you informed about the progress of this spoken-word and live musical show that has taken on a life of its own.

Now, exactly what is “Little Girl Blue?”

Yours truly – the Lady Dove – portrays 17 characters in this montage of monologues and spoken-word poetry. “Little Girl Blue” is not for sissies. It’s hardcore truth, in your face and not always pretty. This work-in-progress explores themes of sexual abuse, domestic violence, female sexuality and self-esteem. It deals with African American social consciousness and empowerment. It deals with Black love, relationships, family secrets and the unbreakable bonds that characterize the strength and resilience of the African American people.

“Little Girl Blue” will be staged for the 2009 Philly Fringe Festival, 8 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Community Education Center’s Meeting House Theater, 3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Asante Sana. Peace & Blessings.