Category: Theater


From Kennedy Center favorite Debbie Allen, this profoundly relevant theatrical narrative fuses movement, music, art, and cinema to explore violence and race relations with honesty and poignancy.

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This profoundly relevant theatrical narrative fuses movement, music, art, and cinema to explore violence and race relations with honesty and poignancy.

Written, directed, choreographed, and with a special appearance by Kennedy Center favorite Debbie Allen, FREEZE FRAME… Stop the Madness features acclaimed Broadway performers, young Hip Hop artists, and Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s finest along with original music by Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval, Rickey Minor, and more.

Don’t miss this captivating new production, which has the power to stun, inspire, awaken, and ultimately create change.Performance Timing: Approximately 1-1/2 hours

Oct. 29: Free Post-Performance Panel Discussion
following the 8 p.m. performance* hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. The panel will be on the topic of “Power of the Arts to Be Transformative,” and includes Nicole Hockley from Sandy Hook Promise, filmmaker Lee Daniels, actress Phylicia Rashad, professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, and Kayla Hicks, the Director of African-American & Community Outreach with the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

*For Oct. 29 ticketholders only

Recommended for age 13 and up.
Presented in association with The Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center.

Presented by: Art Creates Life

Fri – Jan. 29th @ 7 pm  ::   Sat – Jan. 30th @ 7 pm  ::  Sun – Jan. 31th @ 5 pm

Sabor Cafe  ::  6209 Georgia Avenue, NW  ::  Washington, DC

Last season, eight colored women from the east coast brought to sold out houses, honest and invigorating performances that moved audiences to demand more..This season, we are proud to answer that call by bringing to the stage “For Colored Girls Waiting to Exhale” with additional stories of women from the African Diaspora.

From the shores of Africa to the streets of Harlem, join us as we explore “herstory”, from colored girls to black women, finding their moments to exhale. This is a limited engagement opening January 29th & 30th @ 7pm and January 31st @ 5pm. Three shows only! If you missed the first two runs or even if you didn’t, you don’t want to miss this expanded version of the show.

Pre-sales have already moved us dangerously close to a sell out..again! So don’t wait to claim your seat. We appreciate your enthusiasm and support…looking forward to seeing you there!

–  The colored girls.


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Stay Tuned…“Sex in the Chocolate City” Coming Soon!


About Art Creates Life

ACL was founded by Executive Director, Tracie S. Jenkins in the summer of 2002. It was housed in the Johnson Memorial Baptist Church opening its’ program with 12 students. Art Creates Life was then given the opportunity to operate out of the Children’s Studio Public Charter School for Arts and Architecture in 2003.

It has since served over 1,400 children in the DC Metropolitan area and abroad from various institutions such as schools, family and child services, and local community centers through our year round programs. In 2006, ACL expanded its reach to the international community by taking students to West Africa annually participating in service missions as well as artistic exchange. Art Creates Life is currently located in the Howard/Shaw community.


Co-producers: Baltimore Centerstage, Philadelphia Theater Co. LORT B;

$750/week minimum

Director: Irene Lewis

Writer: August Wilson

Casting: Janet Foster

1st rehearsal/Baltimore: March 5, 2010.

Runs: April 7 – May 9.

1st rehearsal/Philadelphia: May 18.

Runs: May 26 – June 20.

This play is set in the late 1920’s in Chicago.


Sturdyvant:50s-60. Caucasian male, runs the recording studio. He is a not untypical white business man. He is no-nonsense and smart but with no understanding of black people. He is interested in staying afloat in his business.

Irvin: 40-60. Jewish man and the right hand to Sturdyvant. He thinks he understands the black musicians and does do his best to keep things going– especially balancing the two worlds he’s working with– Sturdyvant and the black “talent.”

Cutler: 40-50. Black male. Leader of the band. He is reasonable, private, and professional. Cutler is not interested in “trouble.” He plays the trombone and guitar and holds the group together.

Toledo: 40-50. Black male. The piano player and the only member of the band that can read. He has a tendency to lecture the others, but is tight with the group that he has known for many years.

Slow Drag: 40-50. Black male. The bass player. He tends to be a follower.

Levee: Black male. Younger than the others, in his 30s . Trumpet player. Good musician interested in getting ahead. He is a visionary and talented, but can be an argumentative guy. Interested in separating himself from the others who he considers old fashioned. A lady’s man.

Policeman: Caucasian male, 30-40. Not a bad sort. He’s friends with Irv. He has no time for the blacks.

Dussie Mae: Black female, 20s. She’s traveling with Ma Rainey. Young and spirited and looking for a man who’s going to make something of himself. She is great looking and sexy. Ambitious.

Sylvester: Black male, 20-30, and also with Ma Rainey. Ma Rainey is determined, despite his stutter, to use him to introduce her and the band. And after a number of “takes,” he is able to speak without stuttering. A bit comic, but a moving guy.

NYC auditions will be held by appointment only, date to be announced.

Seeking submissions from Equity Members only for these auditions.

For consideration, e-mail (preferred) picture and resume ASAP to:

Or mail to: Janet Foster 3212 Cambridge Avenue Bronx, NY 10463

Let Freedom Ring!! (DC)

Let Freedom Ring!

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present “Let Freedom Ring!” featuring India.Arie & the Let Freedom Ring Choir

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host the annual musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in a free Millennium Stage event featuring two-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter India.Arie. Free tickets required.

Jan 18, 2010 at 6 pm in the

Concert Hall

About The Program: The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host the annual musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in a free Millennium Stage event featuring two-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter India.Arie.

Known and cherished by fans and fellow musicians, India.Arie is possibly best known for the love in her music that has inspired and motivated people worldwide. Oprah Winfrey praises her for music that “really stimulates and revives the soul,” while the New York Times calls her “an artist of substance [who] recalls such soul masters as Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack.”

The concert also includes the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr., and Andrea Roane from WUSA Channel 9 hosts as Mistress of Ceremonies. NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo, chairman and president of his namesake foundation, will be recognized with the 2010 John Thompson “Legacy of a Dream” award. A graduate of Georgetown, Mutombo has long been dedicated to improving the health, education, and quality of life for the people in his birthplace, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Note: Free tickets will be given away two (2) per person in line in the Hall of Nations at 10 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 18 on a first-come, first-served basis.

All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

Group of 20 or more? Group Sales offers special terms and discounts for most performances.

About The Artist:

The Let Freedom Ring Celebration Choir was organized especially for the 2006 King celebration.  The choir is made up predominately of Georgetown University students, and also includes members of the Metropolitan Music Ministry of the Metropolitan Baptist Church and the Capitol Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  Reverend Nolan Williams, Jr., Music Director for this year’s Let Freedom Ring Celebration, is the Chief Music Editor of the critically acclaimed publication, The African American Heritage Hymnal (GIA Publications, 2001), and Minister of Music for the Metropolitan Baptist Church.