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

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival was founded by Executive Producer Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed. The Festival is an annual event unique among American cultural institutions.

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Mari Provencher

Continued from Part I article, following are the performances scheduled for March 29 and 30.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Theme: “Rising Above”

Dacyl Acevedo: “Will Work For.” This farcical journey uses clowning, storytelling and physical theatre to illustrate how one actor navigates through the trials of unemployment to survive the economic crash.

Jozanne Marie: “Beautiful.” Jamaican-born, Jozanne shares her brave story of survival, faith and victory in a personal story about a girl, an island and a secret.

Anita Noble: “Polly Bemis.” From “Unbinding Our Lives” by Geralyn Horton, Anita portrays the historical Polly Bemis, a pioneering Chinese woman who was bought and sold as a saloon girl and ultimately became a famous figure of the Wild West.

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Theme: It’s All Relative”

Estela Garcia: “Remedios Varo: La Alquinista.” In Spanish and with supertitles, this piece uses multimedia to bring alive paintings by visual artist Remedios Varo that speak as metaphors for her personal family life.

Jennifer S. Jones: “Appearance of Life.” An Argentine woman searches for her daughter, Rosa, who becomes one of many desaparecidos (disappeared) during the Dirty War of Argentina, from 1976 to 1983. This piece is based on the writer’s first-hand interviews.

Ciera Payton: “Michael’s Daughter.” One woman’s paper-trail relationship with her incarcerated father.

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Theme: “Riffs”

Karen Bankhead: “Etta Mae Humphries: And the Rest Is History.” Etta Mae Humphries, better known as “the Black Forrest Gump,” is full of wisdom, humor and anecdotes of her influence on celebrities. She knows everybody who is anybody.

Mwanza Furaha: “Excerpts from Cabaret Underground.” This jazz cabaret artist speaks to her own life and pays tribute to some of the vocalists she has had the pleasure of working with during her career.

The Lindz: “WASP.” This poet speaks on relationship-related, socially conscious, goofy, insightful, sardonic and riotous poetry.

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

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