For three (3) days, audiences are invited from all over the world to West Tennessee to enjoy quality theatrical performances written by women, directed by women and about women at the first annual Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis.
Everyone is welcome to join in on the celebration!
the Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis (WTFM)
ANGELIQUE WATT: MY RELEASE by Brenda Bell Brown
Theater that is missing the work of women is missing half the story, half the canon, half the life of our time. - Marsha Norman
What is WTFM?
The Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis (WTFM) is a 3-day festival planned for August 2-4, 2012, in the Midtown Theatre District of Memphis, TN at The Circuit Playhouse, Playhouse on the Square and TheatreWorks.
The Festival is designed to highlight and award the contributions of women in theatre arts and showcase theatrical productions.
Peforming and Literary Artist Brenda Bell Brown enjoyed her theatrical beginnings on the stage of Circuit Playhouse, performing in the play Aesop: A Musical Fable, touring with the Circuit Playhouse Youth Theatre and honing her craft as the youngest member of the newly founded Beale Street Repertory Company and its companion literary group. She returns to the heart of her theatrical beginnings over thirty-five years later, performing her one-woman play Angelique Watt: My Release for the inaugaration of Memphis' first Women's Theatre Festival.
Festival performance is an excerpt of a full-length play of the same title.
Prematurely released from a mental hospital, Angelique Watt
navigates herself to freedom the only way she knows how
-- wit, determination, and by following the North Star.
Pursued by a mother who now sees her as her salvation,
Angelique struggles to find her purpose for living outside
the hospital walls. Away from the hospital, away from her
mother, away from her father, Angelique is free. And with
a vision as unbelievable as that of her heroine Harriet
Tubman, Angelique dares to take others on the freedom road
Angelique Watt: My Release celebrates the inner-strength
upon which one calls when faced with a death of spirit
and loss of self-worth. Despite the dismal reality of
Angelique’s hospitalization and the events that lead to it,
her perspective on life turns her story into one of great
triumph and whimsy. Set in the 1980s, the play explores
issues surrounding the black bourgeoisie, classicism,
racism, homelessness, and mental illness, among others.
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If you'd prefer to contribute off-line: Request Brenda Bell Brown's snail-mail address via email: email@example.com
Your dollars fund:
- the writer/performer's travel, food and lodging;
- performance set and props;
- fees for technical and production services; and
Thank you, in advance, for your support!
The show goes on at the Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis: Saturday, August 4th, 7pm, TheatreWorks in Overton Square. For more Festival information, clink on this link. http://www.womenstheatrefestivalofmemphis.org/home.html
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
It was a success! View the performance intro given by Brenda's daughter Naima, as well as the opening to the performance of Angelique Watt: My Release. Thank you to everyone that made this theatrical effort happen!
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