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The Billie Holiday Theatre Announces Cast For Women’s History Month Program

The Billie Holiday Theatre in collaboration with Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop announces the cast and selected writers for the third annual monologue showcase, 50in50: Letters to Our Daughters to honor Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 3pm and 7pm at the Kumble Theater at LIU, Brooklyn.

In response to a curatorial statement by 2018 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dominique Morisseau, fifty original monologues – selected from hundreds of submission from women of the African Diaspora from across the globe – will be read by renowned actors Marsha Stephanie Blake (Orange is the New Black, The Merchant of Venice on Broadway), Ebony JoAnn (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Broadway, Grown Ups), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton on Broadway, Dog Days, Mistress America), LaChanze (The Color Purple and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway), Terria Joseph (Empire, Autumn at The Billie), Celestine Rae (No More Mr. Nice Guy, Boardwalk Empire), Angelica Ross (Her Story, Pose), Michele Shay (Seven Guitars and Raisin in the Sun on Broadway) Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Women of Brewster Place), and Pauletta Pearson Washington (She’s Gotta Have It, The Old Settler and Autumn at The Billie). Live music will be performed by Maritri Garrett.

As part of its continued expansion, The Billie will bring its monologue showcase to the dynamic and newly-created WACO Theater Center in Los Angeles, California for its West Coast premiere. The Waco Theater Center show will also feature Pauletta Washington and Phyllis Yvonne Stickney.

“50in50 is a global platform for Black women that speaks to the intersectionality of class, age, ability, gender identity, nationality, and sexual orientation in the 21st century” said Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Executive Director, BHT. “I am proud that we are able to provide a relevant space for artistic expression where 50 fiercely brilliant women writers can have their story come to life through live theater. These are all stories that need to be told and heard. It is not lost on us that 50in50 has become increasingly meaningful over the last two years of its existence, as women continue to grapple with historical injustices and social norms that would oppress, rather than liberate. We are deeply honored to bring 50in50 to the audiences at the WACO Theatre Center in LA.”

Through a blind adjudication process, The Billie and FSWW selected the following 50 writers’ monologues to be read: Amanda Graham, AriDy Nox, Arielle C Knight, Ashley Thomas, Benja Thomas, Bridget Doman, Camika Spencer, Colette Boston, Courtney Mericle, Cynthia L Dorsey, Daphne Busby, Debra Bramlett, Desiree Rucker, Dietra Kelsey, Donna Walker-Kuhne, Elisabeth Giffin Speckman, Eraina Ferguson, Felicia Fitzpatrick, Franceli Chapman, Geraldine Ezigbo, Ife Basim, Jackie Torres, Jameelah Nasheed, Jorjina Amefia-Koffi, Kaypri, Kendra Ann Flournoy, Kim Brandon, La’Needra “Lulu” Cornelious, Lexis Green, Lisa B. Thompson, Lola Cooper, Lyndor Jackson, Marcelle Davies-Lashley, Marcia Pendelton, Marleen Jasper, Marlow Wyatt, Paula Gillison, Penny Middleton, Renee Joshua-Porter, Robin Turner, S. Pearl Sharp, Safiya Bandele, Samantha Godfrey, Shalewa Mackall, Sharlee Taylor, Shemetra Carter, Sylvia Gail Kinard, Tajh, Terria Joseph, and Yoreel Fraser Trumpet.

Since its inception in 1972, The Billie has continued to reinforce its role as a leader in presenting and championing Black storytelling and as a vital resource for its surrounding Bedford Stuyvesant community and beyond.

TICKET INFORMATION General admission tickets for the performances at the Kumble Theatre are $25 and available for purchase online at and For tickets by phone, call (718) 636-0918. Tickets are also available in person at the Billie Holiday Theater Administrative Offices at Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street | Monday – Friday 4 – 7pm and Saturday 12 – 4pm. $25 VIP Membership tickets for “Friends of Billie” are available with an added $50 donation to support the theater’s mission and available with upgraded purchase at any of the locations noted above.

Please Note: Due to repairs and upgrades being made to The Billie Holiday Theatre, the stage is temporarily closed. In the interim, The Billie is still fully active and is presenting some of its programs off-site where indicated. 50 in 50 is presented at the Kumble Theatre, Long Island University Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

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