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L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival marks 21 years, Part I

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The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 21 years of producing close to 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe.

The longest-running annual solo festival for women in Los Angeles, LAWTF will return March 27-30, 2014 to the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue in Venice.

The Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony on March 27, 2014 will be held in honor of exceptional women who have made laudable contributions in theatre. Following the reception at 7 p.m., the festivities continue at 8 p.m. with the presentation of the Integrity, Eternity, Rainbow, Maverick and Infinity Awards to distinguished women.

Entertainment for the evening of Thursday, March 27, 2014 will include:

Ingrid Graham: “The Passage.” This dance explores one woman’s journey to self-acceptance through gratitude and meditation.

Tia Matza : “Grief and Grace.” This aerialist piece channels the grace of Tia’s mother as it also honors the divine feminine in all of us.

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Theme: “Transformations.”

Tracy Silver: “Motion Cures.” A misunderstood child in a dysfunctional family shares how the beauty and grace of ballet saved her life.

Sofia Marie Gonzalez: “Bully-Mia.” This piece on bullying chronicles one person’s journey from victim to victor.

Katie Rubin: “Why I Died, A Comedy!” An unlikely exploration of forgiveness, unity and ultimately enlightenment in the life of one actor.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Theme: “Mirrored Reflections”

Cynthia Ling Lee: “Rapture.” The intimate and bittersweet rapture of poetic love-in-separation is reinterpreted through cultural and gendered difference in this contemporary abhinaya (emotional expression in Indian dance) piece.

Ansuya Nathan: “Long Live the King.” A big fan of Elvis, a young Indian woman arrives in Australia with her husband the day The King dies. She fears her marriage is drifting apart due to pressures of migration and the impending birth of their first child.

Marlene Ondrea Nichols: “Dress Kiss Me.” A dress becomes a bridge to understanding a woman’s seamstress mother who hopes to create enough beauty through clothing to block memories of war and loss.

Lisa Marie Rollins: “Ungrateful Daughter.” An adopted Black girl shares her mixed experience growing up in an Anglo family.

Admission to the Gala is $45, or two tickets for $80 (includes light fare and Champagne). Single show tickets at $20 in advance, or $25 at the door, $18 students, seniors, and groups of ten or more, $18, $10 children 12 and under. Call 818-760-0408 or visit www.lawtf.com.

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