*Another piece of history unfolds on the stage and FREE tickets have been made available.
This announcement came exclusively to EURweb from Wren T. Brown, founder of the Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT), a recently formed Equity Company, that is the Resident Company and Operator of the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, under the artistic direction of Israel Hicks.
ERT’s commitment is to bring diverse, high standard, professional performing arts to the Mid-City community, as well as the greater Los Angeles area, to engender business development along the Washington Boulevard corridor, and to make the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center Los Angeles’ Newest Cultural Destination!
Now that the company’s mission is established, six years later the task is to garner continued enthusiasm for the quality productions that take the stage there. Currently Wren T. Brown urges support for the vast array of theatrical presentations going on all over Los Angeles, especially the Ebony Rep and it’s encore production of “Fraternity” by Jeff Stetson, and directed by Henry Miller.
Wren, an accomplished actor, producer & director, passionately refers to the Langston Hughes quote, which famously asks: “What happens to a dream deferred?” Wren speaks his heart, mind and soul as it relates to preserving our culture on the stage, and why it is so important to act now by making sure that each of these productions play to a packed house!
Wren Brown to EURweb: “Today one might ask what happens to black artists and their art if their work isn’t sufficiently supported. There has been a recent Renaissance in black theater with many plays being produced throughout the country to critical acclaim. But such acclaim is meaningless if patrons don’t continue to fill empty seats and provide opportunities for those works to reach larger audiences over extended periods of time.The Ebony Repertory Theatre is currently producing Jeff Stetson’s award-winning play, “Fraternity,” with an extraordinary cast seldom seen on any stage.”
100 pairs of FREE TICKETS to see FRATERNITY are now made available thanks to The Ebony Repertory Theatre, a generous supporter and EURweb.com. Remaining performances are: Friday May 31 at 8:00pm, Saturday June 1st at 2:00pm, Saturday June 1st 8:00pm and Sunday June 2nd at 3:00pm. Complimentary tickets MUST BE RESERVED, are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST and are distributed per performance at the discretion of the producer. Click here for info or to make your reservations contact:Info@ebonyrep.org or call (323) 964-9768. The Ebony Repertory Theatre is located at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center: 4718 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, California. 90016.
Wren T. Brown is a forth generation Los Angeles resident and a descendent of many noted performers. Mr. Brown was this year’s recipient of the Theatrical Arts Icon Award, presented by Our Authors Study Club, the Los Angeles branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. Wren is a renown actor who has appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, Eli Stone, Waiting To Exhale, Hollywood Shuffle and countless other productions. To see his impressive list of credits click here.
Have a talk with Jesus in Pure Flix’s Encounter: Paradise Lost, now on DVD
*“I first played Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew in the ‘90s. That was a landmark film all over the world, so I developed a reputation because of it,” said Bruce Marchiano who stars as Jesus in the new Pure Flix Entertainment film Encounter: Paradise Lost, which also stars Robert Miano, Gary Daniels, Rif Hutton, Shelley Robertson, Ammy Chanicha, Sahajak Boonthanakit and David A.R. White. “It’s very challenging because the issues were challenging, a couple lost a child. How many of us shake our fist to God saying, ‘How could you let this happen.’ We live in a broken world. I would hope that my Jesus characteristics are warmth and goodness…warmth personified…with compassion and love for people. Every moment has to be those qualities…without saying a word.”
This faith-based dramatic/action film is a sequel to the “Encounter” film franchise. This one takes placed seven years after the world’s most devastating Tsunami in Thailand. Six strangers find themselves trapped at a Thai resort owned by a grieving couple, Chris Ward (Hutton) and Helen Ward (Robertson) – who lost their only child, a son. Trapped there also is a retiring drug smuggler Bruno Mingarelli (Miano) and his ruthless body guard Charles Doles (Daniels), and the DEA Agent hot on their trail Rik Capernia (White). Just as things get heated Jesus shows up (Machiano) offering redemption.
“Our goal is to bring different human…struggles to light and how Jesus relates to it so we can see ourselves and identify with that,” said David A.R. White who also serves as producer on the Rated NR film, along with Michael Scott, Russell Wolfe and Elizabeth Travis. “Each one (characters) have different struggles. The writer Sean Paul Murphy does just a wonderful job. People want to know if Jesus was in their living room, what would he say? Life delivers blows to us on different levels. (We question) why God allows bad things to happen to good people – we wanted to address this issue.”
Pure Flix has developed a reputation of staying true to the tone of Jesus, so if you want to see what Jesus might actually say, watch Encounter: Paradise Lost and find yourself also in one of the characters. This outstanding film is directed by Bobby Smyth, presented by Kaos Film Production and is now available on DVD. You can log onto www.PreFlix.com/ParadiseLost for more information or to see the trailer.
Disney’s Santa Paws 2, a must see for puppy lovers, now on DVD and Blu-ray
*Sheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels) leads the cast in the Disney film Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, which also stars George Newbern (The Father of the Bride), Pat Finn, Jose Feldman (“The Closer”), Danny Woodburn (Mirror, Mirror), Kaitlyn Maher and Obba Babatunde (Miss Evers Boys). Ladd plays Mrs. Clause who travels to Pineville, run by the mayor (Babatunde), and stowed away on her sled is mischievous Santa pups out to prove they can handle dishing-out wishes, when they learn an important lesson that a wish can change everything.
A sequel in the Disney Buddies franchise the inspiring film is a must see for puppy lovers.
“I was thrilled to be a part of the film. I play the mayor of Pineville. I make sure Pineville stays happy until I get hit with the Christmas cold,” said Tony Award nominee Obba Babatunde (Broadway’s Dream Girls) about his character. “Robert Vince is brilliant in directing the film. It’s a beautiful story of what one positive spirit to another positive spirit can do – uplift.”
That uplifting spirit Obba talks about is what will save the day when the Santa Pups (Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble) grant a wish for Christmas to go away. If that’s not bad enough, the pups have lost the magic crystal – the key to reverse the wish – so the hunt is on.
“I love animals,” Sheryl Ladd said about working on set with the Great Pyrenees puppies. “I had a wonderful time. What I want the audience to get from the film is the joy of family – Christmas and family.”
Disney’s Santa Paws 2 is written by Robert Vince, Anna McRoberts and Philip Fracassi, and is produced by Robert Vince and Anna McRoberts. You can watch the Rated G holiday film trailer at www.disneydvd.disney.go.com/santa-paws-2-the-santa-pups.
Grammy Award nominated Reggae hit-maker Wayne Wonder releases new album, ‘My Way’ and video for ‘Drop It Down Low’ single
*“We’re performing in Europe,” said Reggae hit-maker Wayne Wonder about upcoming shows to promote his latest album release “My Way”. The video was shot in the Netherlands and is the second single, ‘Drop It Down Low,” off the album.
The video is produced by Triple Dee, and directed by Sicerow and Ruban Solognier. The “My Way” project is his first in six years. It was recorded in his native country Jamaica and his resident state of Florida. Wonder has guest appearances by Shaggy on “Don’t Say No” and R&B superstar Maya on “If I Ever.”
“In 1988 I hooked up with King Toby (a producer) he was the gateway into the industry,” said Wayne, a Grammy Award nominee. “The ride has been great. The (new) video is all about fun, everybody joyful…all fun”
Wayne Wonder reached the national spotlight in 2003 with his album “No Holding Back” (Atlantic Records) when his hit “No Letting Go” dominated Urban radio and reach #11 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart. This led to performances on national shows such as NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The next album collaborated with Hip-Hop superstars like Foxy Brown, Trina, TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Capone & N.O.R.E. His last album “Foreva” in 2007 debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums Chart. “My Way” is his first fully creatively controlled project on Singso Music.
Learn more about Wayne Wonder or listen to clips of his album at www.WayneWonde.com.
(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com
The highly debated film, “Joy Road” which stars Wood Harris, Jamie Hector, Nbushe Wright, Obba Babatunde, and Roger Guenveur Smith will be in theaters on Oct. 21 at select theaters in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Chicago, and of course Detroit, where it was filmed.
The story focuses on a successful lawyer who finds himself a bit overwhelmed after he agrees to help this troubled sister defend her boyfriend after he’s been arrested for murder. He ends up in the middle of a conspiracy to pass laws that fill up prisons. It looks like a good one.
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*Raven Symone was among the big winners at the 2011 NAACP Theatre Awards this week in Los Angeles.
The star of ABC Family’s new show “The Great State of Georgia” accepted the Spirit Award, given to an individual who brings energy, tenacity, innovation, commitment, talent, and of course, spirit, to the theater scene.
The 25-year-old actress starred in the play “Father’s Day” this year with Rosie Perez and Andre Royo.
The biggest honor of the night went to Diahann Carroll, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
*Los Angeles – Tri Destined Studios and Seminal Films are pleased to announce the theatrical release of ‘Why Am I Doing This?’, a multi-award-winning, hilarious and inventive comedy about two talented but perennially down-on-their-luck guys trying to find fame, love and their Hollywood dream.
The film stars Anthony Montgomery (I’m Through With White Girls, Star Trek: Enterprise), popular stand-up comic Joe Torry (Sprung, Poetic Justice), Tony-nominated Valarie Pettiford (Stomp the Yard, TV’s Half & Half), Emmy-nominated Obba Babatunde (Ms. Evers’ Boys), Gerry Bednob (40-Year-Old Virgin), Emma Caulfield, (TV’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Tamlyn Tomita (Joy Luck Club), Sheetal Sheth (Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World) and James Kyson Lee (TV’s Heroes), among others. It is written and directed by Tom Huang, produced by Tri Destined Studios and distributed by Seminal Films.
The story follows African-American comic Lester (Anthony Montgomery), who is trying be the next Seinfeld … except everyone wants him to be Martin Lawrence, including his driven step-brother and manager Kenny (Joe Torry). Lester struggles in the stand-up world while also dealing with his drama-queen mother Natalie (Valarie Pettiford), and chasing the beautiful Nira (Sheetal Sheth).
Meanwhile, his best friend Tony (Tom Huang), an Asian-American actor, is trying to be the next Tom Cruise… except everyone wants him to play the Chinese delivery boy. He works dead-end jobs while trying to save his want to-be thug brother Danny (Dion Basco) and doing favors for the hot but also failing actress Amber (Emma Caulfield). Against all odds, Lester and Tony chase the Hollywood dream, while juggling relationships, crazy families and the feeling that they¹re never going to make it in this funny, award-winning film.
‘Why Am I Doing This?’ recently finished a successful Los Angeles theatrical run, as well as playing in numerous film festivals, winning the Director’s New Visions Award at the Cinequest International Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, and Best Feature Film at the Philadelphia Asian-American Film Festival.
The Boston Herald called it “a raucous look at life in Los Angeles for an actor,” while the Los Angeles Times observed “the micro budget aesthetic charms. Be it Tony’s Ferris wheel date with romantic prospect Katie (Lynn Chen), the growing intimacy between Lester and longtime chum Nira (Sheetal Sheth), or a peaceful accord between Lester and his divorced, boy-crazy and hopelessly self-centered mother- played to the vivacious hilt by Valerie Pettiford- it’s the more subdued moments that, for Huang at least, answer the titular question.” Variety said the film “merits time-capsule placement as a dead-on representation of what it’s like to be struggling talent on the Hollywood periphery, circa 2010… (the film) is at its best in the realm of character writing, and in two-hander scenes that quietly reveal the heart of relationships.”
About Tri Destined Studios Tri Destined Studios was created to fill the void in the market place for quality entertainment that reflects all cultures of America with emphasis on exposing communities that are underrepresented yet craved in the marketplace. Recent film releases include the DVD hit “Perfect Combination,” and the upcoming “We Are Family.”
About Seminal Films Seminal Films, LLC is a film company specializing in independent film acquisition and production based in Los Angeles, California and Edmonton, Alberta. Seminal Films is a division of the Da Silva Group, a well-established media group with radio interests in Canada as well as music and film labels.
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