Shakespeare in Shoreditch: The Best Pies in London


Shakespeare in Shoreditch

Shakespeare in Shoreditch is a Festival which reconnects the Shoreditch that the young Shakespeare worked in with its vibrant 21st Century counterpart.

For 10 days, plays, films, talks and workshops will populate the streets of Shoreditch to celebrate how Shakespeare can inspire our busy lives today.

To purchase tickets select your preferred date and path. Book tickets for The Hoxton Path and The Pitfield Path over two different days to see all 10 newly written plays. The full tour of each path lasts 90 minutes.

The Hoxton Path
Three Loose Teeth by Thomas McMullan
Disnatured by Sabrina Mahfouz
*The Best Pies in London by Abi Zakarian
Community Payback by Ali Muriel
The Isle is Full of Noises by James Soldan and Katie Lambert

The Pitfield Path
A Pit of Clay by Brad Birch
We Two Alone by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Heir to the Throne by Tobias Wright
Bobby D by Sebastian Baczkiewicz
The Strumpet’s Plague by Nick Coupe

Please note: Performances take place in venues across Shoreditch. Latecomers will not be permitted.

* Denotes a friend of Black Chick Media

Press Release: SRO Theatre Company Presents The Sound of Music

579607_563315477022569_1830330220_nSRO Theatre Company Presents


February 20 – March 2, 2014

SRO Theatre Company presents The Sound of Music to be staged February 20-March 2, 2014, at the Shedd Theatre in the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, the musical, which tied as a 1960 Tony Award winner, tells the story of a postulant who becomes a governess to the seven children of a widowed father and how their lives change through love and music. The story is based on Maria Augusta Trapp’s memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

The director is award-winning director/producer Frank A. Barnhart whose work has been acclaimed in Columbus with awards that include a Best Director award from the Central Ohio Theatre Round Table and in New York with an Off-Off Broadway Review Award for producing and directing.

Sharon M. Kibe plays Maria Rainer, Heather Carvel plays The Mother Abbess, and the von Trapp family is played by William Darby (Captain Georg von Trapp), Paula Shtein (Liesl), Nathaniel Thomas (Friedrich), Taryn J. Huffman (Louisa), Keegan Sells (Kurt), Avery Bank (Brigitta), Sophia Caraline Ribar (Marta), and Jillian Savage (Gretl).

Additional cast members are Taryn Melynn Barton (Elsa Schraeder), Ronald E. Nocks (Max Detweiler), Devon Porter (Rolf Gruber), Dakota Thorn (Sister Berthe), Cassie Gress (Sister Margaretta), Angie Duncan (Sister Sophia), John Feather (Franz), Dawn Farrell (Frau Schmidt), Francois Dean (Herr Zeller), Bruce F. Huffman (Admiral von Schreiber), Catherine J. Huffman (A New Postulant/Nun), Meredith Hunsaker (Ursula/ Nun), Alicia Brown (Nun), and Melissa Christophersen Redmill (Nun).

Musical director is Bryan Babcock and choreographer is Catherine J. Huffman.

Showtimes and dates for The Sound of Music are 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20; 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21; 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22; 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23; 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28; 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1; 2:00 p.m. on Sunday March 2.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (55+), $15 for SRO members, $10 for students, and $15 for adults and seniors for the 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 28, performance. Tickets can be purchased by going to the website at Discounted group tickets (10+ people) are available. For group sales, call 614-258-9495.

SRO’s mission is to build upon decades of internationally acclaimed professional theater, emphasizing inclusive “theater for life,” through our strong community and educational involvement, as well as growing corporate partnerships.  For more information, please visit

Women in Arts: Look What’s Possible

It is hard to believe it has been an entire week since I attended the launch of Women in Arts in London, England. This amazing three-day festival was presented by the inimitable Sarah Berger of the So & So Arts Club, in association with The Tristan Bates Theatre and the Actors Centre. I was utterly thrilled and quite honored to have been a part of such a marvelous event, and I can hardly wait until next year. (Which brings us to another point–events of this scale can only be had when we all pitch in and help. So please, members, PAY YOUR DUES! Yes, I am totally calling you out. For if I, a member ALL THE WAY in America can make sure I’m all paid up, so can you. It is not fair to the glorious Sarah, or the rest of the group if you don’t do your part)

Women in Arts was possibly one of the most amazing celebrations of women and gender equality across the disciplines that I have been to yet. It was full to the brim of rehearsed readings like “Tree of Seeds” by Kayhan Irani, “Doing Well” by Chandeep Uppal and “Character” by Florence Vincent. Interactive panel discussions focusing on Role Models for Women (this was probably my favorite event!) and Writing for Women in the arts. The one woman show, “What’s My Age Again?” performed by the hilarious Merry Ross. Plays like “Frozen Heart”, “Win or Die”, the renowned “Request Programme” starring Cecilia Nilsson, and “LuLu 7” directed by the one and only Ms. Berger (where and how this woman finds the time and energy to direct a play AND run a three day festival I’ll never know).

It was so refreshing to be in an environment where everyone, both women and men, were supporting each other, and standing up for the fact that gender inequality in the arts needs to be examined, questioned and challenged; and in its place, a new vision needs to be set forth. A vision in which women are not the minority. A vision in which texts include women as actual main characters and not just the supporting lover mother sister aunt grandmother best friend objectified hot totty. A vision in which women can and willing and eagerly identify. While powerful roles for women do indeed exist, they are all too rare an occurrence. More often than not these representations of strong, powerful, self-actualized women are relegated to the seldom known independent sector; the grassroots underground projects. The unfunded. The never (hardly ever) seen/supported/recognized. And it should not just be left up to women to write, direct and produce these roles and texts. Men need to participate as well. It is absolutely crucial that visual mass media (Here I’m including all forms of visual media and art), change the way women are viewed and presented.

During the Writing for Women panel, author, journalist and mentor Susan Grossman put a very interesting question to all of us, “Do you write for your audience?” The general consensus in the room was ‘no’. However, I beg to differ; when writing, be it a blog post, screenplay, short story, I most certainly do write for my intended audience. And just because I write for/to a certain group, does not mean I wish or intend to exclude others. The best part of writing and presenting work is its ability to reach the masses. So I put the same question to all of you that may be writers/producers/creators: Do you write (create) for your audience? And if you do, what does that mean for you? How do you ensure women are essential to your storyline and are not outnumbered? Are they presented in a fashion that would challenge the status quo? Until we can challenge (and change) our previously held notions about women’s roles in the arts, and answer these questions on a positive note, there is much work to do. And it is our belief, here at Black Chick Media, that The So & So Arts Club Women in Arts is just the beginning.



P.S. Check out another article about Women in Arts on the Female Arts website! xx

This Rocks Our Socks! Diahann Carroll, Sophie Okonedo, Anika Noni Rose Join Denzel Washington in Broadway Revival of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’.

Diahann Carroll Joins Denzel Washington in ‘Raisin in the Sun’ Revival

Diahann Carroll at the Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills on June 12, 2013.

(Diahann Carroll at the Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills on June 12, 2013.)

This, my dearest darling readers, is the stuff of my DREAMS! All my favorite actors on the stage at the same time?! Bliss. I was lucky enough to see Denzel Washington in his Tony Award winning role in August Wilson’s’ Fences (And I was right next to Halle Berry too, on opening night!), so I am happy to see him once again returning to the stage. Of course, Ms. Carroll needs absolutely NO introduction; to say I swoon over this woman would be putting it mildly. She has been such an inspiration. And Sophie and Anika too?! I can’t even handle it I adore them both.

For the past few years I have applauded Broadways attempt at diversifying the stage–at bringing together talented actors of color in popular and poignant plays. This, is what theater can be, what theater should be. I will never forget the first time (or second) I saw a play with an all Black (well, mostly) cast–I was in Stratford-Upon-Avon at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the summer I graduated from University (culturally diverse theater is QUITE difficult to come by here in the Midwest). They were showing Richard III and I sat in awe the entire time; so shocked that a play could and did have Black actors in starring roles; not neglected to the sidelines or the comic relief of any other stereotype we are often regulated to. It’s such a rare thing (which is incredibly sad), and the last thing I expected to see in the United Kingdom (perhaps I was not giving the UK as much credit as it deserved?). Most recently, I was lucky enough to attend the RSC’s all Black production of Julius Caesar, and that, too, changed my life forever. And speaking to the cast afterward only solidified that I am in the right business, I am doing the right thing–supporting the work of African-American artists; encouraging those that are unsure. Advocating for change, creating opportunities and providing guidance.

So, like the good little theater goer (fan girl) I am, I shall be sat there, opening night, beaming.



Official Playbill Announcement Below

Continue reading