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The musical based on the novel by Gloria Naylor Directed by Tommye Myrick
For years the two well-known and respected directors have worked independently of one another until now. Myrick, who has won several Big Easy Awards, including best director for August Wilsons Fences at Le Petit and "FlyinWest" written by Pearl Cleage at Southern Repertory Theatre is delighted with the collaboration. This is just the beginning, I hope she said. It is a wonderful space, she continues
that is intimate and comfortable. I am honored to be working with Anthony.
Bean is also very well known, respected and revered in the community. ABCT has also been nominated for several awards and was the winner of a Big Easy honor in 2003 for its production of John Henry Redwoods No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs as Best Drama, directed by its founder, Anthony Bean. Its a wonderful union , says Bean. No muss and no fuss. Tommye is quite the professional. I am very pleased with our collaboration.
First written in 1982, The Women of Brewster Place- the novel, was adapted into a miniseries starring Oprah Winfrey in 1990. The novel addresses the lives of several women all trapped inside an urban city in a small community called Brewster Place. It examines the lives and relationships developed between African American women. It explores unwedded motherhood, single parenthood, unrequited love, friendships and homosexuality.
The cast is also compiled of some of New Orleans finest actresses, singers and dancers. All women, the cast is led by Pastor Fran Love first lady and pastor of Greater Antioch Church The City of Love. Fran plays the matriarch of this community of women Mattie Michaels. This is her acting debut. Nicole James-Francois plays the sultry seductress and Matties best friend Etta Mae. Award winning actress and singer Idella Johnson portrays the role of Kiswana Brown the revolutionary and community activist. Idella won the Big Easy Award and the Ambie as best actress in a musical for her portrayal of Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins in Ossie Davis play Purlie directed by Tommye Myrick. Cora Lee, the unwed mother of 7 children ,is played by another award winning actress and singer and nominee Brittany James. Samantha Beaulieu plays the role of the young mother waiting for her wandering husband to return to Brewster Place. Well known jazz vocalist Michaela Harrison and Chase Kamata (daughter of famed jazz vocalist Leah Case and granddaughter of restaurateur Leah Chase Senior owner and master chef of Dooky Chase) play the lesbian couple committed to pursuing a life of contentment and happiness within the walls of Brewster Place. Tomeka Bob as Sophie is the nosey, nasty neighbor and her inquisitive posse is played by Kirsten Charbonnet as Mavis and Cherlyn Rainey-Luna as Wanda.Starring
The Women of Brewster Place