Now in it's 49th year, Company of Angels Theatre, located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, is the oldest non-profit, professional repertory theatre in Los Angeles. The original Company was incorporated by entertainment attorney Bertram Fields and included actors Richard Chamberlain, Leonard Nimoy and Vic Morrow. Coming up at Company of Angels is their latest theatre production The Peacock Men, written by Ronald McCants and directed by Ayana Cahrr. Next Friday, February 5 is the opening night performance of this play, and they are donating 100% of all ticket sales and proceeds that evening to Fonkoze and the people of Haiti for their recent tragedies.
Fonkoze is an organization known as "Haiti's Alternative Bank for the Organized Poor." It is the largest microfinance institution (MFI) in Haiti, offering a full range of financial services to the rural-based poor in Haiti. Fonkoze is committed to the economic and social improvement of the people and communities of Haiti and to the reduction of poverty in the country. It will help distribute the funds generated from The Peacock Men's performance to the people in need in Haiti. Visit their website to find out more about this organization and its efforts at fonkoze.org.
The Peacock Men tells the stories of five black men who explore contemporary American culture, images, labels, dreams deferred and their own subconsciousness in this wacky, lyrical, quirky, dark comedy about N*ggas in America. The show is dedicated to the memory of Bennett "Ben" Bradley, who directed the workshop production of The Peacock Men at The Kennedy Center in 2008. He was in rehearsals for The Ballad of Emmett Till at The Foundation Theatre recently, when he was tragically murdered.
The Haiti benefit will take place on Friday, February 5 at 8 p.m. The after show party will feature Haitian cuisine, rum drinks and Haitian music for a small donation. There will also be a silent auction and bids are being taken now for these items. The Peacock Men runs February 5 - March 7, 2010. It stars Chris P. Daniels, Will Dixon, John Jordan, Michael Thompson, Hari Williams. It is produced by Lee Sherman.
For tickets and information, visit companyofangels.org