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WANTED is a solo-play with music, about how a little girl from West Texas overcomes abandonment, celebrity obsession and the juvenile justice system to become a woman with her own song to sing.
Because supporting writers is what we do.
Because, like everyone else, little black girls from West Texas deserve to have their stories heard.
As Artistic Director, Valerie Curtis-Newton puts it, "When I heard Tina Vernon's personal story, I immediately felt a kinship with both the singer's silence and the little girl's big dreams". We believe that, after seeing WANTED, you will too.
TINA VERNON, playwright/performer/singer-songwriter: Tina has written several plays exploring themes that are universal to women from the black American female perspective. WANTED is an autobiographical solo piece, and Vernon’s first fusing of her music together with playwriting in the form of a theatrical score. Vernon was the recipient of the Hansberry Project's Louise McKinney Playwriting Fellowship. Her work has been presented in numerous festivals and produced by regional theatres in Los Angeles, and Seattle. Her plays include Psychology of Chromosome X, A Lovely Malfunction, Women of the Wild Root, and Etta Phifer’s Testimonial Shoe Kismet. A graduate of the University of Washington, Vernon holds a Master of Fine Arts degree.
VALERIE CURTIS-NEWTON, director, development, dramaturgy: Currently Head of Performance at the University of Washington’s School of Drama and an artistic associate at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), Valerie is Artistic Director of The Hansberry Project. She has previously served as the Artistic Director of Hartford Connecticut's Performing Ensemble, Inc. (1987-1993) and the Artistic Director for Seattle's Ethnic Cultural Theatre (1993-1998). Her national credits include work with A Contemporary Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Southern Repertory Theatre. Her most recent work was the critically acclaimed ALL MY SONS for Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. Valerie was a participant in the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors in 1997-1999 and was also the recipient of the 2001-2002 SDCF Gielgud Directing Fellowship. Valerie holds an MFA from the University of Washington.
DAVID BAILIS, co-composer, musical arrangements: David is a multi-talented musician best known for his skills as a guitarist and bassist in the worlds of rock, jazz, funk and R&B. Equally accomplished as a composer, arranger, producer, bandleader and educator, David has showcased his musical talents throughout the world, appearing at legendary venues such as Lincoln Center and the Blue Note in New York City and the House of Blues and Key Club in Los Angeles. In addition to touring internationally with a variety of artists, David is the founder and leader of the hip-hop/jazz collective BQEZ. He plays regularly with The Superpowers, ELIZABETH, Mobius Collective, Player’s Inc., and has performed with many other greats including Jon Scofield, George Porter Jr. of the Meters, Talib Kweli/Idle Warship, Christian McBride, Members of Slightly Stoopid, G Love, Butch Morris, Ceelo of Gnarls Barkley, Jojo Kuo and MC Supernatural. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, David has been awarded numerous accolades and received enthusiastic attention from the music press, most recently in the New York Times.
Theatre Off Jackson: TOJ exists to advance Seattle’s vibrant artistic community. We accomplish this by operating a sustainable venue, facilitating a collaborative network for artists and engaging audiences by providing accessible, innovative work.
Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas: CD Forum is focused on presenting and producing Black cultural programs that encourage thought and debate for the greater Seattle area. CD Forum seeks to inspire new thoughts and challenge assumptions about Black culture.
Risks and challenges
It goes without saying that there are always unexpected contingencies. Still, we expect this show to go on. We have the space, the performers and the story. We know how to make something from nothing. This Kickstarter is intended to insure that this is not just another workshop but a fully designed production. Through this effort, we want to make sure that WANTED has the resources needed to support a full design: not just, the appropriately paid designers but also the materials they'll need to execute their respective visions for this project. So, for us, the ultimate issue isn't "if" but "how".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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