Monday, February 22, 2016

Festival 2016 Performer Spotlight #1: Eloise Laws!

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 Companyand 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 or visit our website at

We hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Get Ready to Get Your 'Wine' On Next Week!

Greetings, friends! We hope February is treating you well. We are knee deep in preparation as we get ready to host our 23rd Annual Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival, to be held for its 6th year at The Electric Lodge in Venice Beach, California!

In the meantime, we all need a night to relax, which is what we will be doing next Wednesday (Februraty 17) from 6pm to 8pm at The Federal Bar, our neighbors here in North Hollywood at 5303 Lankershim

At The Federal, dining is beyond the usual fare of traditional taverns offering gourmet & diverse food at reasonable prices. They have a vast selection of micro beers and some of the finest bourbons & scotches made today, as well as the reason we're going, an eclectic wine list!

                                                    (Check out that grub at The Federal!)

With one of the staples of our 'Wine Down Wednesdays being the raffle prizes, you will want to get extra tickets this month as we have gifts from such other notable favorite eateries like Yogurtland and Ruby's Diner. What a great time it is to take a stroll on the pier, then go to your favorite Ruby's, no? You may just be our lucky winner of the $50 gift card we will be raffling to enjoy their burgers and shakes.

So, don't waste any time! Email us at to RSVP and we will see you February 17th at 6pm at The Federal Bar, just around the corner from us in North Hollywood!

See you soon,

Social Media Coordinator

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Please Join LAWTF's 23rd Annual Festival Alumni Reception On Easter Day!

The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival is pleased to announce we will host our Annual Alumni Reception on EasterSunday, March 24, 2016 during our 23rd Annual Festival that runs March 24-27, 2017.
We invite all who have been a part of us over the last 23 years to join us on Easter Day directly following our 3:00 pm matinee. That includes our past and present Board members, Advisory Board members, grantors, donors, performers, technicians, Marketing and PR team, advertisers, volunteers, and, in a word, EVERYBODY!
We will offer discounted tickets to those of you who plan to attend our "Striving For Balance" closing program hosted by Ingrid Graham (dancer/choreographer of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy - AMDA) and Sky Palkowitz (DelusionalDiva Productions and play "America: Don't Hang Up!")
Our exciting performer line-up includes Sharon Abreu from Washington (The Climate Monologues) Debra DeLiso (Beautiful, Terrifying Love) and Rhonda Khan (Food) of New York.
Food and  beverage will be provided.
Please RSVP by March 1, 2016 at or (818) 760-0408.
We look forward to see you there!

--Mary Lansing, Social Media Coordinator


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Advertise with LAWTF!

Greetings, friends! As we move forward (and closer!) to our annual festival happening from March 24th to March 27th, we are beginning to gather and prep for our program. What does this mean to you? If you own a business or offer a service, The LAWTF program is a great opportunity to get your name out there to hundreds of our attendees!

Here is a glimpse at what we have to offer you:

  • A full page (8 x 5) ad, $400
  • A half page ad (4 x 5), $225
  • A Quarter page ad (2 x 2 1/2), $125
 As you can see, we truly have a size for any budget. Contact us today at 818-760-0408 to learn more. Dedaline is March 1st!

*The fine print: Prefer velox. Prefer 85 line screen. Black and White photos only. Color processes or bleeds not available.  Artwork returned upon request and receipt of pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope.  No charge for normal composition and make-ready, if camera-ready ad is supplied.  Special alterations, layout, and copy writing at additional cost ($25 Minimum).
Publication trim size:  8-1/2 x 5-1/2

--Mary, Social Media Coordinator

Monday, February 1, 2016


Greetings, friends! Exciting news: LAWTF is delighted to announce that we will again return to the Electric Lodge located at 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291 23rd Annual Festival March 24-27, 2016. for our This will mark our 6th year as loyal community partners.

Our exciting line up for our 2016 "Telling Our Truths" theme include:

Thursday, March 24 at 8:00 pm

Hosted by: Starletta DuPois (The Notebook)

and Shabaka Henley (Black-ish)
                                                                     Starletta DuPois             

 Shabaka Henley 

Raissa Simpson, Study on a Butterfly. This dance piece showcases points of transformation a midst limitations of movement. From sources of her struggle with degenerative joint disease, Raisssa Simpson draws on her experience to develop metamorphic movement.

Eloise Laws. A member of a distinguished jazz family, award-winning international vocalist Eloise Laws will celebrate women through song.

Friday, March 25 
at 8:00 p.m.

"Fathers and Daughters

Hosted by: Joyce Guy (How to Get Away With Murder)
 and Lula Washington (Lula Washington Dance Company)  

Alina Cenal
 in Words From a Cuban Father. Alina's strong presence of her father guides her through a world of mambo, revolution, Fidel, hotdogs, Miami, the circus, and Hollywood, as she is yanked from her native Cuba as a child to explore a new life that challenges her roots. 

Vicki Dello Joio in What's Wrong With a Mouse? Coming from Oakland, Vicki chronicles her journey of healing a rift with her father during his last days. He had disowned her for being queer 20 years earlier.
Ciera Payton in Michael's Daughter. One woman's paper trail relationship with her incarcerated father.

Saturday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m.
"Culturally Speaking"

Hosted by: Iona Morris (The Soul Man)    
and Adleane Hunter (Director/Producer)
Andreea Kindryd in "The Hair War." Shirley Temple curls to dreadlocs, 50 years of battling mental shackles, and driving my mother crazy is the focus of this storytelling piece that comes to us from Australia.
Dina Morrone in The Italian in Me. Dina shares her Italian/Canadian family upbringing, as well as her roller coaster ride to her ancestral Italy.
Vivian Nesbitt in The Bark and the Tree, Set in Ireland and coming here from New Mexico, this personal story of connection and transformation bends time and space to discover the true legacy of Vivian's legendary ancestor, the poet Eva of the Nation.

Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. 
"Identity Revealed"

Hosted by: Rosie Lee Hooks (Sweet Honey in the Rock)
and Eloise Laws (Can't Let Myself, Hurt Myself)

Aurora Lagattuta in Inside the Whale. This multi-media piece of dance, poetry, song and video projections from San Diego explores a fantastical journey of a woman swallowed by a whale, learning how to live in her own skin.
Amy Milano in Dancing With Crazies. This is one woman's search for a place to call home after being uprooted from place to place as a child.
Cheray O'Neal in Journey This. This piece follows one's path from despair to healing. After the death of her last living relative, Journey is left with a choice- suffer or forgive.

Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 p.m.
"Striving for Balance"
Hosted by:  Ingrid Graham (Dancer/Choreographer/Producer)
  and Sky Palkowitz
 (Calling America: Don't Hang Up!) 

Sharon Abreu in The Climate Monologues. Through interviews across the country and with original songs, this piece from Washington brings to life the voices of those who speak on climate change and energy and how it has personally affected them.
Debra DeLiso in Beautiful, Terrifying Love. A personal, poetic whirlwind of Debra DeLiso's dangerously true stories that she comically navigates from a nightmarish childhood, Hollywood horror film career, and a traumatic motherhood with her beautiful, talented and bi-polar daughter.
Rhonda Khan in Food. A rhythmic tale from New York of one woman's addiction to food a midst societal pressures to be thin. Family, therapists, healers and gurus weigh in and diagnose her as she spits her truth about weight loss, gain, and healing.

               Ciera Payton                   Vicki Dello Joio                    Aurora Lagattuta                         
For performer and co-host line-up or for ticket purchases, please visit us at
See you there!
Mary Lansing, Social Media Coordinator