Thursday, March 23, 2017

Festival 2017 Performer Spotlight #1: The Award-winning International Vocalist, Ms. Eloise Laws!


The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival
is proud to present
The 24th Annual Festival
"TAKING FLIGHT"
  
Champagne GALA and Awards Ceremony
"Standing On The Shoulders Of"
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Barnsdall Theatre
4800 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

and
 Friday-Sunday, March 24- 27, 2017
The Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA 90219
The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 24 years of producing well over 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe.
  
The longest-running Annual Solo Festival for women in Los Angeles, LAWTF will kick-off Festival 2017 with our Champagne GALA and Awards Ceremony on March 23, 2017, "Standing On The Shoulders Of," which will honor extraordinary women who have made laudable contributions in the world of theatre.

Following the reception at 7:00 p.m., the festivities continue at8:00 p.m. and will be hosted by  Hattie Winston (Becker) and Ted Lange (The Love Boat.)

Entertainment for the evening of
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 8pm  
will include:
           
Eloise Laws
Special Celebrity Guest
Award-winning International Vocalist

Eloise Laws, known to her fans simply as "El", is a world renowned Broadway actor, singer, and author with more than 30 years in the entertainment industry. She is critically acclaimed for her harmonious jazz, soul and R&B music.

Laws' voice has resonated through continents with her signature, unique vocals, amazing musical expertise and easy-going style. Her superlative lyrics have been featured in songs like "Love Comes Easy," "Love Factory," "You're Incredible" and  "Stay With Me".
These songs are documented as her incredible and unforgotten work in great history of melodious jazz, blues and soulful R&B Music.
Laws' new single, "Can't Let Myself, Hurt Myself", is an authoritative and demonstration to the power and independence of the female spirit and advocacy of women expressions and souls. This song is dedicated to all people, especially women. It calls for them to stand up and take back their inherent strength and role as a person.

"Don't Move, Don't Blink", is a powerful composition enthusiastic to the alluring beauty and advocacy of love and romance. It speaks to advocates of adoration and believing in oneself.

Laws' musical career has bestowed upon us with more than 5 Albums and CD's, as well as a career in the theatre where she featured in and co-developed the musical, "It Ain't Nothing but the Blues", which premiered at the Denver Center Theatre Company and opened on Broadway at the Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. This stellar, astonishing and stylish performance acknowledged four (4) Tony Nominations considered as great addition to her majestic portfolio.

Laws also received a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Actress in a Broadway musical, and a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for her stunning performance at the Kennedy Center.



 
Eloise Laws has never ceased creating extraordinary music. She continues to perform at sites worldwide, including Japan where she performed at the Cotton Club alongside her brothers Hubert andRonnie Laws and sister Debra Laws. She was bestowed the esteemed Cherry Blossom Award at the Tokyo Music Festival. She continues to perform music festivals around the world including the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Long 
Beach Jazz Festival and many others.

When performing on stage, Laws commands a presence like that of no other. She melts the crowd's hearts, grabs their attention and holds their hearts with her passionate unique vocal. Eloise Laws is a legendary songstress who continues   to anoint and music connoisseurs with her amazing voice.

To see Eloise Laws' spirited performance and other dynamic solo shows, please join us for the 23rd Annual Festival "Telling Our Truths" to be held at the Electric Lodge in Venice.

For tickets and any additional information, please call LAWTF at (818) 760-0408, visit our website at www.lawtf.org or to purchase tickets click here.


We hope to see you there! 


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

LAWTF Announces Festival 2017 “TAKING FLIGHT!” Line-Up


The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) is excited to announce our exciting line-up for Festival 2017, marking our  24 years of producing well over 500 solo shows. The 24th Annual Festival, “TAKING FLIGHT! will include 18 powerful female solo artists performing their diverse one-woman shows. The oldest women's solo Festival in Los Angeles, LAWTF will hold our Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony on March 23, 2017 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90027 and the five subsequent programs March 24-26, 2017 at the Electric Lodge located at 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291. The theme of Festival 2017 is “TAKING FLIGHT”.




Our dynamic line-up for Festival 2017 includes:

LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL
24TH  ANNUAL FESTIVAL
“TAKING FLIGHT ”
MARCH 23-26, 2017


CHAMPAGNE GALA AND AWARDS CEREMONY
BARNSDALL GALLERY THEATRE
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90027
MARCH 23, 2017


THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

CHAMPAGNE GALA
7PM
AWARDS CEREMONY
8PM
“STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF”

CO-HOSTS:HATTIE WINSTON(“Becker”) and TED LANGE (“The Love Boat”)




PERFORMERS:
Eloise Laws Back By Popular Demand!)
Award- winning vocalist Ms. Eloise Laws will return to the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival to sing.



ELECTRIC LODGE
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
MARCH 24-26, 2017


FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 8PM
“BREAKING FREE”

CO-HOSTS:
TICO WELLS (The Five Heartbeats)
SKY PALKOWITZ (America: Don’t Hang Up!!) 


PERFORMERS:

HEATHER DOWLING (“Unemployed: Finally”)

This is the story of a woman who had more than 30 jobs in 30 years before finally doing what everyone said she couldn’t.

NANCY MA (“Home”)
Nancy is a first generation Chinese American. Follow her as she goes from New York to new hope, from family to faith, from one mess to the next. This is her journey to find her way home.

MISTY MONROE (“Unapologetically Black”)
This woman moves through stages of “Nigrescence” having been raised in suburban Northern California and spending summers in South Central LA. She deals with culture shock, the devastating effects on crack cocaine on her family and her ultimate self-acceptance.

JOYFUL RAVEN (“Tales of a Sexual Tomboy”)
A raucous comedy about a horny tomboy, equipped with bad boundaries from her hippie upbringing, looking for empowerment in all the wrong places.


SATURDAY, MARCH, 25TH
3PM
“BABIES, BODIES AND MOTHERS”


CO-HOSTS:
STARLETTA DUPOIS (“The Notebook”)
ROSIE LEE HOOKS (“Knock Me a Kiss”)


PERFORMERS:

DIANE BARNES (“My Stroke of Luck”)
Can the good doctor become a good patient? One woman’s catastrophe and recovery looks at love, family and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

MISSY HAIRSTON (“Awkwardly Fabulous”)
A little girl’s journey to womanhood and the people, places and situations that begin to uproot her confidence in herself and plant seeds of doubt about her body, love life and life, in general.

VANNIA IBARGUEN (“Inhabited Woman”)
In search of balance, this dance piece explores the physical and emotional changes of motherhood.

LISA KOTIN (“How to Make Love with the Lights On”)
A woman receives instructions from her inner voice on how to release self-consciousness of her body during intimacy.




SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH
8PM
“AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK”

CO-HOSTS:
ELOISE LAWS (award-winning vocalist)
JAMES PICKENS, JR. (Grey's Anatomy)

PERFORMERS:
MICHELE FARBMAN (“Dora Maar”)
Dora gives voice to her seductive relationship with painter Picasso and her own art form of photography.

SLOAN ROBINSON (“Bananas! A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker”)
An excerpt of the tour-de-force play based on one of the world’s most versatile and beloved American entertainers who made Paris her home.

ANGELINA VILLAPIANO (“Sorta Rican”)
From suburbia to the block to the island, Angelina embarks on a journey of cultural identity that captures the essence of one slice of the Latino-American experience.


SUNDAY, MARCH 26TH
3PM
“AND ALL THAT JAZZ”

CO-HOSTS:
LYNNE CONNER (Filmmaker of Raising Kings)
DEBORAH SHARPE-TAYLOR (Actor/Vocalist)

PERFORMERS:
LYNNE JASSEM (“From Como to Homo”)
A ten-year-old  tap dancer on “The Perry Como” television show in 1957 juggles her aggressive stage mother and career, all the while trying to hide her burning desire to be a boy.

MELISSA RANDEL (“The Hat”)
Having been raised by one jazz musician and married to another, the themes of silence, imbalance and unapologetic love continue to resonate for this woman.

ALICE WILLIAMS (“Cousin Alice”)

A London vocalist/ukulele player shares her authentic and versatile voice that has been influenced by jazz, blues, swing and Calypso.


SUNDAY, MARCH 26TH
7PM
“UNSILENCED”


CO-HOSTS:
KAREN A. CLARK (The Women)
ANGELA ROBINSON (Filmmaker of Curtsy Mister)


PERFORMERS:
CARLA DELANEY (“Voices”)
It’s not until this voice-over artist meets the surprising voices in her head, her heart, her snotty respiratory system that she realizes the value of her own voice.

LOREE GOLD (“Snatched…Stories From Down There”)
This travelogue woven with herstory and LGBT history is a sexuality charged, soulful, and sometimes devastating ride through issues of ageism, transgenderism, family dynamics, bad choices, grief, grace, love, loss and mostly lust - and all the trouble it gets you into.

JULIETTE JEFFERS (“Judgment Day”)
Questioning motives and faith, this piece asks what if God is held responsible for all of the injustices that African Americans have endured. Thought-provoking and raw, we are left to ponder free will, destiny and culpability.

AI YOSHIHARA (“My River Phoenix”)
A woman searches for her own River Phoenix after his passing and finds him in the man she marries in America.



For more info and ticket purchases, please visit us at www.lawtf.org