Friday, December 27, 2013


The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival
in association with
The Fremont Centre Theatre
is proud to present

Kim Coles (Oh, But Wait, There's More!)

 Chrystee Pharris, (In Search of O) 

  Kiha S. Lee, (The Red Ribbon)

 Clarinda Ross, (Spit Like a Big Girl)
WHO: Produced by Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festivaland the California Performing Arts Centre at Fremont Centre Theatre (FCT) 

WHAT: "FROM THE BEST OF THE FEST" A selection of the finest performances by female solo performing artists from the first 20 years of the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival (LAWTF)

WHERE: Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro), South Pasadena, CA 91030. Ample free parking behind theatre.

WHEN: February 6 - February 23, 2014. Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm.

ADMISSION: $20 with advance reservation, $25 at the door. Students, seniors and groups of twelve or more, $15.

RESERVATIONS: (866) 811-4111 (toll-free).


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 818-760-0408

            As a kick-off  to the 21st Annual Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival in March, the Fremont Centre Theatre will co-produce a diverse roster of powerful encore performances by artists from years past.
            For two decades now, the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival has presented outstanding female solo performing artists from around the world. At Fremont Centre Theatre for three weekends only, audiences old and new will have a chance to see some of the Festival's best performances.


Here is a roster of the performances:
Weekend #1: February 6 - 9, 2014. Theme: "Resilience"

Thursday, February 6, 2014

SARIYAH IDAN ("Homeless in Homeland")
A young Jewish-American woman's struggle to understand her identity and the meaning of home through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Friday, February 7, 2014

BRENDA ADELMAN ("My Brooklyn Hamlet")
Brenda Adelman's tour de force personal story about what's possible when you forgive the unforgivable.

INGRID GRAHAM ("The Passage") (5-7)
This dance explores one woman's journey to self-acceptance through gratitude and meditation. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

INGRID GRAHAM ("The Passage")
See above.

ADA LUZ PLA ("Tracing My Lineage: A Story of a Puerto Rican Spitfire") 
A proud Puerto Rican woman shares the colorful array of Latin women in her life in this excerpted storytelling piece.

PAULINA SAHAGUN ("Nahuatl-Now What?") 
From the Mercado in Guadalajara to bad hair days in LA, there is only one question: Does she know how to make tortillas?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

CLARINDA ROSS (Spit Like a Big Girl)
This piece looks back on what a daughter learned from her college professor parents during her coming of age South, as well as her experience being the mother of a special needs child.

Weekend #2: February 13 - 16, 2014. Theme: "Love, Identity and Giving Voice"

Thursday, February, 13, 2014

VANESSA ADAMS-HARRIS (Who Will Sing For Lena?)
This poignant theatre piece chronicles the true story of the first and only woman to be executed in the state of Georgia.

Friday, February 14, 2014 (VALENTINE'S DAY)

A woman shares her roller coaster journey with men as she explores online dating.

AMY MILANO (Dancing With Crazies)
One woman's search for love and a place to call home.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

BARBARA COLE (Surviving Chrysalis)
One woman reconciles aging, motherhood, and career with her journey toward self-actualization.

KIHA S. LEE (The Red Ribbon)
The work deals with the realities of human nature. It reflects a woman's experiences as a female, as an Asian living in a culturally-diverse society.

Karen A., through music, poetry and storytelling reflects on the women in her family, and particularly her mother who provided a "wow" factor.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Storyteller Chrystee Pharris asks the question: What do you do at the age of 32 after reading every book, asking all the experts, and you still haven't found your O?"

CECE ANTOINETTE (Watermelon: Git It While Its Hot)
This coming of age and rites of passage journey looks at one woman's life growing up Black, female and spiritual in Dallas, Texas

Weekend #3: February 21 - 23, 2014. Theme: "Still Standing"

KIM COLES (Oh, But Wait, There's More!)
This zany and at times irreverent solo show chronicles the ebb and flow of Kim's show biz career with titillating inside Hollywood anecdotes and personal stories from her amazing world. (Ms. Coles is well-known as a TV star, with series regular roles on "Living Single," "In Living Color," "The Geena Davis Show," and much more.)

Special added FREE event: "Meet and Greet the Artists" on Saturday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m. Hear the inspirations behind their one-person shows. Meet them over coffee and cookies and ask them questions in this kick-off to the February events.

The 21st Annual Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival will take place at the Electric Lodge in Venice beginning March 27, 2014. For more information on the Festival, please call (818) 760-0408.

We hope to see you there!

Brenda AdelmanMy Brooklyn Hamlet

Monday, December 23, 2013

Well Wishes This Holiday Season From LAWTF

The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival
would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Holidays! 

We would like to Thank You for the continued support of our non-profit arts organization and hope that you will continue to join us in 2014 for all of our exciting programming coming up in the new year. Please check in with us via updates on our website at for scheduling and announcements of all future LAWTF programs.

Best wishes for the Holidays and of course, wishing you magic and miracles for the New Year!

Onward & Upward,
The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival Team

Adilah Barnes, President
Karen A. Clark, Secretary
Shyla La'Sha, Managing Producer
R Sky Palkowitz, Treasurer
Shanae Sharon, Festival Director
Elizabeth Wu, Screening Panel 

Alana Duvernay, Marketing and Development Consultant
Monica Moran, Office Manager

Friday, December 6, 2013

Support LAWTF While Shopping for the Holidays!

Did you know that you can support the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival while you shop at your local Ralph's or Food4Less?


LAWTF is a part of the Ralph's and Food4Less Community Contribution Program which was designed to "make your fundraising the easiest in town" by simply using your Ralph's rewards Card or by entering our phone number, 818-760-0408, at the register.
Please visit the Ralph's Community Contribution site to get more information and to register your Rewards Card.  

Grocery shopping is something we all do, and this way of contributing requires no monetary giving on your part.

So make sure to use these cards while shopping to receive your savings and help out LAWTF at the same time! 

Thank you for your continued support of the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival!

Happy Holidays! 

Monday, December 2, 2013



On Saturday, November 16, 2013 the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival partnered with the Fremont Centre Theatre located at 1000 Fremont Place, South Pasadena, CA 91030 for this first annual event of workshops and panels geared toward solo artists and those wishing to cultivate a solo career. Close to 20 workshop co-facilitators, moderators and panelists joined this all-day educational event to share their knowledge and expertise from the solo world.

This may very well have been the first of its kind offering in the Los Angeles area.

Workshops were facilitated by director/writing instructor Debra DeLiso, director/actor Iona Morris, and director/performance coach Terrie Silverman (Creating a  Solo Show); producer/actor Adilah Barnes and actor/artist Vanessa Adams-Harris (Hitting the Road with Your Solo Show); actor/publicist Lynne Conner and producer/actor Elizabeth Wu (How to Submit a Winning Package for a Solo Festival); and publicists Lynne Conner and Philip Sokoloff (Flying Solo: Marketing a Solo Show.)

Panels included moderator actor/director Barbara Roberts and panelists producer/actor Adilah Barnes, playwright/actor Michael Philip Edwards, actor/union activist Clarinda Ross and producer/director Yetta Young (Nuts And Bolts Of The Business); moderator actor/filmmaker Joyce Guy and panelists producer/director Karen Aschenbach, actor/director Starletta DuPois, publicist/consultant Allison Queen, producer/director Shanae Sharon and director/performance coach Terrie Silverman (Teamwork Makes the Dream Work); and moderator producer/actor Adilah Barnes and panelists actor/artist Vanessa Adams-Harris, vocalist/actor Mzuri Moyo, artistic director/actor Lissa Reynolds, and dancer/choreographer Tracy Silver (Working Women: Crafting a Solo Show.)

This exciting event was also covered all-day by press and received considerable positive feedback that can be viewed at A few comments have been included here:

 “I'm so glad it's successful! I was quite inspired by everyone and the whole event! Such an empowering and inspiring day.” - Lissa Reynolds, Artistic Director of Fremont Centre Theatre/Panelist

“..very successful! …well-attended, good participation…wonderful feedback… well- structured and organized…venue was cozy…It just FELT good!...I enjoyed it.” - Elizabeth Wu, LAWTF Board member/Co-Facilitator
“Thank you, Adilah…what a journey…I love you, you have taught me so much about running a successful business for 20 years...unending drive and passion for the Festival has been truly inspirational. To have a powerful woman in your life that motivates you and sets a fine example is a testament… May you continue to soar and set the bar high for each of us…it has been an honor… added…to my experience as a publicist…and more...” - Lynne Conner, LAWTF Advisory Board/Co-Facilitator

WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY GROUP OF WOMEN - both the participants & the panelists…such generosity of spirit and passion.” - Terrie Silverman, Co-Facilitor/Panelist

“Empowerment Day was very 'empowering in so many ways.'  We accomplished a great deal…folks…were very pleased with…shared information, warmth and… expertise.  Brava and here's to next year.” - Barbara Roberts, Moderator

"Adilah thank you again for such a powerful, necessary workshop… your love for things beautiful is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!" - Starletta DuPois, Panelist

“Wow….thank you for an amazing Empowerment Day!!!
Just fantastic. I loved being there and meeting new people and listening to the speakers. It was a huge success.” - Dina Morrone, Solo Performer/Attendee

“Everything worked out well… It was a wonderful experience for a photographer. …actresses are always fun to photograph even just sitting at a table talking…insights they shared have application for any field of the arts…uplifting for me too! Thanks for inviting me--and for the lovely goodie bag!” - Martha Benedict, Photographer

For those of you solo artists who missed this year, based on the glimpse you are getting from the quotes above, you must join us next year!