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Lorey Hayes’ HELL in a HAND BASKET, THE UNOFFICIAL STORY OF CONDOLEEZZA RICE Reading at Lula Washington Dance Theatre on March 24, 2013

Lorey Hayes

Lorey Hayes

Bee-be Smith Johnson and Thyais Walsh present a Special Women’s Month Reading of Hell in a Hand Basket,The Unofficial Story of Condoleeza Rice, A Dream Play, by award-winning playwright Lorey Hayes, on on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Lula Washington Dance Theatre, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd, L.A. Zadia Ife directs a cast featuring Doreene Hamilton-Hudson, Bee-be Smith Johnson, Skeeter Ellis Williams, Bernard Addison, Duane Shepherd Veralyn Jones, Recoe Walker, Christopher Carroll, Peter Trencher, Lisa Martel, Hugh Dane and Lorey Hayes. The reading is free with suggested donations. Cal 323.860.8787, to R.S.V.P.

Doors Open at 3pm *
Reading Starts at 4pm

For a look at Hayes’ other works Visit:

Sponsored in part by: The Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Developed through Grant from Harlem Community Development Fund

Lorey Hayes is a Broadway, Television/Film Actress turned writer (an original cast member of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide). Hayes is a 2011 Princess Grace Playwright Finalist for Haiti’s Children of God, her play with music that enjoyed a critically acclaimed 2011 run in New York as a co- production between Mr. Voza River’s New Heritage Theatre Group (Broadway’s Sarafina and Asinamali) and Mr. Rudy Shaw’s Caribbean Arts Repertory. Hayes is also the proud recipient of a 2011 Harlem Arts Alliance Community Arts Fund Award to create a new historic play. The play created under this grant is Hell in a Hand Basket, the Unofficial Story of Condolezza Rice, recently read at Harlem’s Dwyer Cultural Center sponsored by Frank Silvera’s Writer’s Workshop. The Dragonfly Tale, co-written with Robert Crear was the winner of the 2007 Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Southern Writer’s Project and a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill 2006 Playwright’s Conference from more than 800 entries. Several plays have enjoyed acclaimed productions. As an actress, Hayes (an original cast member of For Colored Girls) starred on Broadway with Melba Moore in the late A. Marcus Hemphill’s Inacent Black as well as in the Negro Ensemble Company’s production of Home. She starred in London, England at the Royal Shakespeare festival as Eunice Evans in Miss Ever’s Boys. A regular face on TV commercials, Hayes is featured in the film Dream Girls and has guest starred in numerous television shows; including “Judging Amy,” “Family Law,” “Sister, Sister” and “All My Children.”