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Lorey Hayes’ Power Play Featured in The Carolina Peacemaker: A&T Alumna to Showcase Talent at Theatre Festival

Lia Chang, Natalie Clark, Debra Ann Byrd, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washing and Andre Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang, Natalie Clark, Debra Ann Byrd, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washing and Andre Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang

The Carolina Peacemaker: A&T Alumna to Showcase Talent at Theatre Festival

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Hal Williams, S. Epatha Merkerson, Ben Guillory, Oz Scott, Jonathan McCrory and Starletta DuPois among 2013 National Black Theatre Festival® Honorees

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“An International Celebration and Reunion of Spirit”, is the theme for the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival which is held in Winston-Salem, NC from Monday, July 29 – Saturday, August 3, 2013. Actors Tonya Pinkins and Dorien Wilson are this year’s celebrity co-chairs. To purchase tickets or for information on group discounts please visit the website or contact the Festival Office at 336-723-2266 or nbtf@bellsouth.net.

The Festival kicks off on Monday, July 29, 2013 with the star-studded opening night gala, a black-tie/international formal affair that includes a sit-down dinner and awards ceremony at the M. C. Benton Convention Center, followed by a performance of THE EVE OF JACKIE: A Tribute to Jackie Wilson, starring Chester Gregory, the Festival’s showcase production, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Stevens Center. Save your theatre ticket stubs and join the fun at the after-theatre celebrity reception at the Marriott. Gala tickets are $255 per person or $2,550 for a table seating 10. To purchase tickets or for information on group discounts please visit the website or contact the Festival Office at 336-723-2266 or nbtf@bellsouth.net.

The Gala dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. The star-studded celebrity procession begins at 6:30 p.m.

2013 NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL® HONOREES
Sidney Poitier Lifelong Achievement Award
Hal Williams

Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award
Ben Guillory

Emerging Producer Award
Jonathan McCrory

August Wilson Playwright Award
Richard Wesley

Lloyd Richards Director Award
Oz Scott

Living Legend Award
Starletta DuPois
Barbara Molette
Carlton Molette
Chapman Roberts

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
Paul Tazewell

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
Kathy A. Perkins

Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design
Patrice Andrew Davidson

Theatre Longevity Award
Black Theatre Troupe
Phoenix, AZ

Special Recognition Award
S. Epatha Merkerson

Marvtastic Philantrophy Award
Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Theatre Arts & Humanitarian Award
The Late Rex Aaron Bowman

9:00pm – THE EVE OF JACKIE: A Tribute to Jackie Wilson
Chess, Not Checkers, Inc., New York, NY
Broadway actor and NAACP Theatre Award winner Chester Gregory again embodies the dynamic Jackie Wilson in an exciting new production. In The Eve of Jackie, the troubled star “tells all” during his final live
performance, just one night before his legendary collapse onstage. Written and performed by Chester Gregory.
(University of North Carolina School of the Arts Stevens Center)

10:30pm – CELEBRITY RECEPTION
Mix and mingle with the honorees, celebrity guests, and other theatre patrons.
(Marriott Hotel)

More on The Festival:
· Theatrical Productions – Approximately 120 performances are held during the six-day event. A dynamic collection of new works and Black classics are performed by professional Black theatre companies from around the world. Collegiate theatre is also represented through the Festival’s Fringe component. The shows are presented at multiple venues throughout the City of Arts and Innovation, Winston-Salem., North Carolina.

General admission tickets generally range from $8-$45. Tickets may be purchased online, by mail, and at the NBTF office. They may also be purchased during the week of the Festival at the Benton Convention Center and at production venues. Call (336) 723-2266 for group rate requests.

· Readers’ Theatre of New Works – A showcase of original works written and read by renowned and aspiring playwrights for an audience of theatre professionals and the general public. There is no admission fee for this Festival component.
· Youth/Celebrity Project – Children interact with celebrities and theatre professionals, attend age appropriate productions, and have the opportunity to perform. A subset of the Project is the Storytelling Festival conducted by members of the North Carolina Storytellers Association.
· TeenTastic (Collaborative Youth Initiative) – Focuses on providing teens ages 15-19 with Marvtastic experiences developed to capture the talent and creativity of this generation and motivate them to excel in their areas of interest.
· Youth Talent Show – performed by and for children of all ages. NBTF is currently accepting audition tapes.
· International Colloquium – This is a collaborative effort between NBTF, Winston-Salem State University and the Black Theatre Network. Theatre in Black Life / Black Life in Theatre: Form, Space, Audience, Function is the theme for 2013.Each year a panel selects the theme and keynote speaker. The opening session for this four-day forum, facilitated by international theatre professionals and academicians, is Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
· Midnight Poetry Jam – some of the hottest professional and amateur poets of today showcase their talent.
· Workshops and seminars facilitated by celebrities, academicians, and theatre professionals. Check information desks for workshop schedules.
· National Black Film Fest – This is a showcase of work from independent filmmakers.
· International Vendors Market – This is the place to be when the shows are over. Join vendors representing all corners of the globe juxtaposed with sponsor booths. Live entertainment adds to personal shopping pleasure. The Vendors Market will be open July 31-August 3 at the Benton Convention Center. To contact vendor coordinator Rhonda Caldwell call (704) 332-5819.
· The Collegiate One-Act Play Reading Marathon, coordinated by North Carolina Central University’s Department of Theatre and hosted by The National Black Theatre Festival®, aims to acknowledge and foster student playwrights through the recognition and exposure of their dramatic works.
· Larry Leon Hamlin Solo Performance Series – This specialized series, named after the festival’s founder, Larry Leon Hamlin, are historical biographies of known and unknown African Americans. Some of the historical characters that have been featured in this series are Rosa Parks, Paul Robeson, Zora Neal Hurston, Josephine Baker, Emmett Till, Jim Beckwourth, and Lena Baker. It was Mr. Hamlin’s vision that plays continue to live beyond the Festival. These solo performances are specifically designed and directed toward higher learning institutions with the immediate intention of hiring these shows for schools, special events, fraternity and sorority organizations, and cultural celebrations throughout the year and especially during Black History Month.

If you are interested in being one of the 1,500 volunteers, download a volunteer application from www.NBTF.org or call (336) 723-2266.

The NBTF official hotels are:

Marriott Twin City Quarter Embassy Suites
425 N. Cherry Street 460 N. Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 Winston-Salem, NC 27101
336/725-3500 – 877/ 888-9762 336/724-3400 – 800/362-2779
www.marriott.com http://www.embassysuites.com

Visit www.NBTF.org for other festival hotels.

The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NCBRC), Winston-Salem, NC. The Festival was founded in 1989 by the Late Larry Leon Hamlin and is produced by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company.

Articles on the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival:
Celebrity Actress, Pauletta Pearson Washington returns home to North Carolina starring at 2013 National Black Theatre festival with Roscoe Orman (Sesame Street, Willie Dynamite) and all star cast in Lorey Hayes’ award-winning “Power Play”, a play about Politics, Passion and The Power of God
Video: Power Play’s Lorey Hayes and Lia Chang on The Carmen Mathis Show
Photos: Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss Starring André De Shields Featured in Encore Performances at The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, July 30-August 1, 2013
Lorey Hayes’ Power Play Set for National Black Theatre Festival 7/30-8/1

Tonya Pinkins, Dorien Wilson, Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Rain Pryor, André De Shields, Debbi Morgan, Chester Gregory, Tommy Ford and More Set for National Black Theatre Festival® in Winston-Salem, NC

The 2013 National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) held in the city of the arts Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from Monday July 29th- Saturday August 3rd, 2013, will be yet another starr-studded affair, with actors Tonya Pinkins and Dorien Wilson serving as celebrity co-chairs.

Tonya Pinkins. Photo by Lia Chang

Tonya Pinkins. Photo by Lia Chang


The NBTF is one of the most historic and culturally significant events in the history of black theatre and is produced by The North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NCBRC). NBTF is the only theatre festival in the country offering six consecutive days of professional theatre. Other components of the festival include workshops, a reader’s theatre of new works, a film festival, a poetry jam, a youth celebrity project, a vendor’s market, and The International Colloquium. NBTF officials have also created exciting events for teens during Festival week with TEENtastic. Events include a dance contest, a gospel music workshop and concert, formal event and much more. Officials say over 60,000 people are expected to attend the event, along with celebrities from stage, screen, and television.

Tonya Pinkins received the coveted Tony Award for her performance as “Sweet Anita” in the Broadway musical, Jelly’s Last Jam. She also received Tony nominations for her role in the Broadway musical Play On and for the title role in Caroline, Or Change. Although she is probably most admired for her stage work, soap opera fans remember her as “Livia Frye” on “All My Children” or “Heather Dalton” on “As The World Turns.” Pinkins returns to Winston-Salem after having performed in two previous NBTF productions: Pandora’s Box with Kim Fields and the celebrity staged reading of What Would Jesus Do? She will perform her one-woman show Tonya Pinkins UNPLUGGED at this year’s festival.

Lia Chang, Tommy Ford and Lorey Hayes at The James Stephens III Foundation Scholarship Gala in Florence, S.C. on May 4, 2013. Photo by B. Charles

Lia Chang, Tommy Ford and Lorey Hayes at The James Stephens III Foundation Scholarship Gala in Florence, S.C. on May 4, 2013. Photo by B. Charles


Dorien Wilson may be best known for his portrayal of Professor Olglevee on The Parkers, a role which solidified him as a mainstay in television. He received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for this role. His career includes many other television roles as well. He first became known as the smooth-talking talk show host “Eddie Charles” in HBO’s hit comedy series “Dream On.” He appeared in recurring roles in “Sister, Sister,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” and was the first African-American to have a recurring role on “Friends.” Wilson has strong roots in theatre and has appeared in more than 75 plays. A longtime supporter of the NBTF, Wilson has performed in several productions in previous Festivals. Wilson will be starring in the production of Love and Other Four Letter Words along side popular television actor Tommy Ford best known for his work from the TV show “Martin.” The N.C. Black Repertory Company will present the gospel musical Crowns.
Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington in Lorey Hayes' Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

The NBTF is also proud to bring back, Broadway actor and festival-favorite Chester Gregory in his show The Eve of Jackie: A Tribute to Jackie Wilson.This dynamic musical will open the festival following a star-studded opening night gala. Gregory took audiences by storm with his portrayal of Wilson in The Jackie Wilson Story during two previous festivals.This year’s festival offers a wide range of theatrical performances including drama, comedies, musicals, choreoplays and multi-media productions. The shows will include celebrity performances throughout the week, featuring actors like Rain Pryor, daughter of famed comedian Richard Pryor, Debbi Morgan, Kim Coles, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington, wife of Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play, and theatre icon, André De Shields, who returns to the Festival in Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss after playing to soldout houses in 2011, and many more.
André De Shields as Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois in Charles Smith's Knock Me A Kiss. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields as Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois in Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss. Photo by Lia Chang

S. Epatha Merkerson. Photo by Lia Chang

S. Epatha Merkerson. Photo by Lia Chang

“We are so excited about all of our main stage productions this year. Our selection committee did an excellent job. The talent we will be bringing to the 2013 NBTF will be Marvtastic and will reach audiences of all ages” said Gerry Patton, Executive Director NCBRC. Patton also added that the NCBRC is happy to honor some theatre greats during the award ceremony at the opening night gala. Those being honored include veteran actor and longtime festival supporter Hal Williams. Williams will receive the Sidney Poitier Lifelong Achievement Award. Other awardees include star of stage and screen, Starletta DuPois, and S. Epatha Merkerson, who captivated audiences for years as Lt. Van Buren on Law & Order. Visit www.nbtf.org, for a complete list of performances and awardees.

NBTF is proud to be in partnership with the following sponsors this year: City of Winston Salem, The Millennium Fund, Reynolds American, Visit Winston-Salem, Hanesbrands, Inc., Twin City Quarter, Branch Banking and Trust (BB&T), Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, N.C. Arts Council, Truliant Federal Credit Union, Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, Winston-Salem State University, Novant Health, Duke Energy Foundation, American Express, Verizon Wireless and The Marvtastic Society.

NBTF is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, founded by the late Larry Leon Hamlin in 1979. The Festival, also founded by Hamlin, has been held biennially since 1989. The event attracts thousands of national and international patrons, theatre professionals and scholars to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was named one of the Top 100 events in North America by the American Business Association. This is the only national black theater festival in the country offering six consecutive days of professional theater, film, poetry, workshops, seminars and shopping.

For additional information and a schedule of events, call the festival office at (336) 723-2266, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit www.nbtf.org online.

Lorey Hayes’ Power Play Cast at 2013 National Black Theatre Festival® has North Carolina Connections

Power Play's Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

Power Play’s Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

Actress and North Carolina native Pauletta Pearson Washington, wife of Denzel Washington, stars with Roscoe Orman (Gordon on “Sesame Street”) in a celebrity staged concert reading of Power Play, at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival this summer in Winston-Salem, and is one of five productions with ties to North Carolina among the more than 40 productions presented.

The festival, organized by the N.C. Black Repertory Company and held every other year, will be held from July 29 to Aug. 3 with 120 performances of new works and black classics presented by professional black theatre companies from throughout the United States as well as Brazil, Bermuda and Canada.

This award-winning play explores passion, politics and the power of God through the story of a powerful politician and four women who find themselves caught in a whirlwind of personal and political intrigue. Pauletta Washington grew up in Catawba County and is a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts.

Power Play has a two-fold North Carolina connection, in that it was written by Lorey Hayes, a native of Wallace and graduate of NC A&T University. Hayes is a Broadway and film actress-turned-writer whose credits include The Dragonfly Tale, winner of the 2007 Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Southern Writer’s Project. Power Play is presented by the New Heritage Theatre Group of New York. Helmed by Andre Robinson, Power Play also featuring Lia Chang, Phynjuar and Marcus Naylor, will have 4 performances at Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center, Stadium Dr, Winston-Salem, NC, 27108, on Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm, Wednesday, July 31st at 3pm and 8pm, and Thursday, August 1st at 3pm.

COAH Enterprises of Charlotte will present The Evolution of Black Gospel Music, a crowd-pleasing musical that retraces the roots and evolution of black gospel music. Through key characters and vignettes, the play shows how the music helped shape our culture and sustain a people.

Another crowd-pleasing production, Crowns, explores black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black girl who goes south to stay with her grandmother after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Crowns is based on the book of the same name by Greensboro’s Craig Marberry and will be presented by the N.C. Black Repertory Company.

Mama Juggs, a one-woman show presented by Anita Woodley of Chapel Hill, is an intimate performance about women’s health, motherhood and living with breast cancer as told through the voices of three generations of women. A tale of life in all its wonderful and difficult moments, Mama Juggs surprises the audience with a story that has universal appeal.

For Brothers and Sisters Who Chose Life – When Death was not an Option is a mash-up of two separate works, the choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntozake Shange; and For Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide When the Streets Were Too Much, by Keith Mason. Presented by NC Central University, this intriguing play examines how men and women forge a path to discovery, self-worth, mutual respect and interdependence.

Show times and tickets to these and all the performances presented during the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival are available at www.NBTF.org. Group rates are available by calling the festival office at (336) 723-2266.

NBTF is proud to be in partnership with the following sponsors this year: City of Winston Salem, The Millennium Fund, Reynolds American, Visit Winston-Salem, Hanesbrands, Inc., Twin City Quarter, Branch Banking and Trust (BB&T), Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, N.C. Arts Council, Truliant Federal Credit Union, Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, Winston-Salem State University, Novant Health, Duke Energy Foundation, American Express, Verizon Wireless and The Marvtastic Society.

The NBTF is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company. The festival has been held biennially since 1989 and attracts thousands of national and international patrons, theatre professionals and scholars to Winston-Salem for six consecutive days of professional theatre, film, poetry, workshops, seminars and outreach programs to develop the next generation of Black theatre.

Video: Power Play’s Lorey Hayes and Lia Chang on The Carmen Mathis Show

Power Play's Lia Chang and Lorey Hayes on the set of The Carmen Mathis Show in New York on June 4, 2013.

Power Play’s Lia Chang and Lorey Hayes on the set of The Carmen Mathis Show in New York on June 4, 2013.

Power Play‘s playwright and cast member Lorey Hayes and Lia Chang visited The Carmen Mathis Show, to perform excerpts from Hayes’ award-winning play Power Play, about Politics, Passion and the power of God, which is slated for 4 Celebrity Staged Concert Reading Performances at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC., July 30-August 1, 2013.

Click below to watch the show.

(L-R) Lorey Hayes, Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lia Chang, Phynjuar and Marcus Naylor will perform at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, for 4 Celebrity Stage Reading Performances of Lorey Hayes' Power Play, directed by André Robinson and produced by Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group. Dynamic producing duo Executive Producer, Mr. Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre and Ms. Debra Ann Byrd’s Take Wing And Soar will team up to bring Pauletta Pearson Washington (Star of Love, Loss, and What I Wore and wife of Mr. Denzel Washington – also a North Carolina Native) and Roscoe Orman (“Sesame Street”’s Gordon and star of Willie Dynamite) to the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C. for 4 Celebrity Staged Concert Reading Performances of Hayes’ POWER PLAY, a story about politics, passion and the power of God. Joining Washington and Orman in the cast are original cast members Lia Chang and Phynjuar, playwright Lorey Hayes and Marcus Naylor. The play is directed by Mr. André Robinson, producer/director of The Good Fellas of Baltimore and a producer at Belafonte Enterprises.

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Lia Chang. Photo by Andre Robinson

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Lia Chang. Photo by Andre Robinson

POWER PLAY will have 4 performances at Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center, Stadium Dr, Winston-Salem, NC, 27108, on Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm, Wednesday, July 31st at 3pm and 8pm, and Thursday, August 1st at 3pm.
Andre Robinson, Lorey Hayes, Harry Belafonte, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. Photo by Lia Chang

Andre Robinson, Lorey Hayes, Harry Belafonte, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. Photo by Lia Chang

POWER PLAY will also have a “Signed” performance for the deaf and hearing impaired. Playwright Hayes feels a “signed” performance is of the utmost importance – to allow all audiences to experience this unique opportunity. Hayes’ mother – Edna Brown’s best friend (Mrs. Mary Wright…Iron Mine, North Carolina) is deaf and has written two books about her experience. To purchase tickets or for information on group discounts please visit the website or contact the Festival Office at 336-723-2266 or nbtf@bellsouth.net.

POWER PLAY’s unique theater styled performance (Similar to Off Broadway’s hit play Love Letters), presented in October 2012, at New York’s Schomburg Center with producing partner City College was an overwhelming success, attracting sold out house and standing room only audiences.

Lia Chang as Carole Barbara and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes' Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

Lia Chang as Carole Barbara and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

SYNOPSIS
Senator Franklin Wright is living the American Dream. Propelled to political stardom by a campaign manager who is Asian American and female, he stands on the threshold of making history: becoming California’s first African-American Governor. Or does he? It is a question Franklin must answer when, as campaign front runner, he finds himself thrust in the midst of a scandal that threatens to ruin the election, his career, his marriage and forces him to make a life and death decision.
Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

The chilling fact is: the scandal is based on a secret his wife has harbored for 17 years.

POWER PLAY is about the women behind this powerful man who find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of personal and political intrigue that threatens to destroy them all.

The play examines friendship, love integrity, public scrutiny and the question we still face today; What are we voting for? A candidate’s private life or the record of his or her accomplishments and the depths of his or her commitment?

With political scandal an everyday occurrence that continues to occupy front page news and the minds of our nation, the producers felt it was a great time to take a fresh look at POWER PLAY, a play about a candidate’s dilemma and unselfish decision that helps us examine the criteria by which we choose and elect our officials. “How will confession play with swing voters? How important is winning?” Will informed voters allow character assassinations to inform their decisions?

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang


POWER PLAY is an uplifting, inspiring play that celebrates the integrity of Black Men and takes a positive look at the courageous women who live “behind the glory”. POWER PLAY received critical acclaim in its 1996 National Black Theatre Production, produced by Tunde Samuels and Van Woods (Sylvia’s Restaurant and Enterprises) directed by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer and Adunni, winning the Audelco Award for Best Play and again for its 2005 Billie Holiday Theatre Production with an extended run directed by Artistic Director Marjorie Moon; earning Lincoln Center Library’s honor of inclusion in their prestigious Bound Edition of “Highlights from the 2005 New York Theater Season”.

DATES & TIMES: THEATER: TICKETS:
Dates: Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm
Wednesday, July 31st at 3pm and 8pm
Thursday, August 1st at 3pm

Place:
Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center
Stadium Dr
Winston-Salem, NC, 27108

Phone: 336-723-2266
Fax: 336-723-2223
Email: NBTF@BELLSOUTH.NET Website: www.NBTF.org

WHAT CRITICS SAY ABOUT POWER PLAY
“Fresh, risky and ultimately riveting”
David Hinckley, New York Daily News

“Captivating ….Powerful piece of theater… will have you laughing, shocked, entertained ….”
Linda Armstrong, Amsterdam News

“…. Leaves room for enough laughs to make 2 hours fly like 15 minutes.”
David Hinckley, New York Daily News

“Akin to a Eugene O’Neill play”
Claude Neil, Amsterdam News

“Reflects African Americans in a positive way, even if they have made mistakes and have a lesson to learn…”
Linda Armstrong, Amsterdam News

A TRUE REUNION
POWER PLAY was first showcased as a reading by producer Voza Rivers in 1990 featuring: Hattie Winston (“Becker”), Denise Burse (“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”), Lia Chang, Dean Irby and Iris Little and subsequently chosen to kick off the 1991 National Black Theatre Festival’s inaugural Midnight Reading Series. Lia Chang was part of the 1991 cast. 1991 is the same year Pauletta Pearson Washington’s husband (Denzel Washington) was honored and the year she gave birth to their twins. Lorey and Pauletta are both North Carolina natives and both Mrs. Washington’s Father and Ms. Hayes are Alumni of North Carolina A&T University. Hayes and Orman had the great fortune of performing together in John Henry directed by Morgan Freeman.

Lorey Hayes as Susan Bradley and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes' Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

Lorey Hayes as Susan Bradley and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play. Photo by Will Chang


Playwright Hayes goes on to say, “Though POWER PLAY was first showcased in 1990, it is still timely today. Fortunate for the production, but unfortunate for our country that a candidate’s election still hinges on public scrutiny of their private lives.” Scenes from POWER PLAY have been featured regularly in the CBS, Fox, and ABC Diversity Showcases by Ben Guillory and Danny Glover’s Robey Theatre.

POWER PLAY AUDIENCE RESPONSE
“…celebrates the spirit and integrity of African American men”
“…is not about the powerful wielding power, it is about the vulnerability and sense of powerlessness that we all can experience regardless to our station in life…”
“…powerful commitment to integrity”
“…I laughed, I cried, I cheered”

COMPANY BIOS

Roscoe Orman

Roscoe Orman


ROSCOE ORMAN (Frank) Roscoe Orman’s film roles include the title role of Universal Pictures’ Willie Dynamite and also FX, Follow that Bird, Striking Distance, New Jersey Drive, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, 30 Days, Drive By, Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life. On television, he is best known for his many years as Gordon on “Sesame Street’ and has also been seen on : “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” “The Wire,” “Sex and the City,” “Kojak,” “A Man Called Hawk,” “All My Children” “Hard Time on Planet Earth, “Sanford and Son,” and “Cosby”. National Black Theatre Festival Audiences will remember Mr. Orman from his dynamic one man show Confessions of Stepin Fetchit and his performance in festival’s highlight production Do Lord Remember Me. Orman recently performed the role of Becker in August Wilson’s Jitney at Baltimore’s Murphy Fine Arts Center. A Bronx native, Orman was an early member of the Free Southern Theater in New Orleans and a founding member of Harlem’s New Lafayette Theatre, where he acted in and directed many plays, including Who’s Got His Own, We Righteous Bombers, The Duplex, The Devil Catchers, and The Fabulous Miss Marie. Additional stage work includes The Great MacDaddy, The Sirens, Every Night When The Sun Goes Down, The Last Street Play, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, The Sixteenth Round, Driving Miss Daisy, Fences, The Talented Tenth and many others. He is a five time nominee and recipient of an Audelco Theatre Award for his performance in Do Lord Remember Me at Manhattan’s Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse. As a voiceover artist, Orman has narrated many audio books, commercials, and documentary films for PBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN, National Geographic, and others. He is the author of two books, his memoir, “Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor” which was published in 2006, and his children’s book “Ricky and Moho” (which he also illustrated) published in 2007. In 2008 Roscoe was named “Chief Storyteller’ and national spokesperson for Audible Kids, the nation’s leading provider of digitally downloaded children’s literature.

Pauletta Pearson Washington

Pauletta Pearson Washington


PAULETTA PEARSON WASHINGTON (Lou) Pauletta’s return to the stage after raising her children has been exciting and fulfilling. She has been blessed to work with Jule Styne, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Weber, to name a few. Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tulley Hall, The Ahmanson, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, on and Off-Broadway Theaters have been stages that Pauletta has performed and received highly acclaimed notices. Her studies include Juilliard, The North Carolina School of the Arts, and North Texas University. Her recent work includes Love, Loss ,and What I Wore, a limited presentation of Micki Grant’s Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope with Chapman Roberts. Pauletta just completed a run of Two Trains Running in Atlanta and prior to that: Regina Taylor’s Crowns at the Goodman Theatre. She is very excited to be a part of the production of POWER PLAY and share with a phenomenal cast of talent.
Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma

Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma


LIA CHANG (Carole Barbara) made her stage debut as Liat in the national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet, directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald, and last appeared onstage in Derek Walcott’s Marie Laveau at the Castillo Theatre (New Federal Theatre). She was featured as Sally and Joy in the Signature Theatre Company’s revival of Sam Shepard’s 1965 Obie award winning play, Chicago, directed by Joseph Chaikin at the Public Theatre. Off Broadway credits include: Jeff Weiss’ Obie Award winning Hot Keys (Naked Angels), Diana Son’s Raunchy Asian Women (Ohio Theatre), Lonnie Carter’s Gulliver opposite André De Shields ( La MaMa E.T.C.), The Confirmation (The Vineyard), Behind Closed Doors (MCC), Power Play (Billie Holiday Theatre), Marina Shron’s King of Rats at Soho Rep (New Georges), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Underground Soap, and Famine Plays (Cucaracha Theatre). Chang recently portrayed Sam Shikaze and Chuck Chan in readings of R.A. Shiomi’s Yellow Fever, with an all-female cast for Mu Performing Arts. Chang’s feature film credits include: Wolf, New Jack City, Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, and Taxman. Ms. Chang has had recurring roles as Nurse Lia on the daytime soap operas “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns,” and guest starred on “New York Undercover”.

Lorey Hayes

Lorey Hayes


LOREY HAYES, PLAYWRIGHT 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. Ms. 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 is 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, Lorey 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.” NBTF Festival Audiences saw Lorey perform her one woman show Little Lorey’s Song (about growing up in the one traffic light town of Wallace, North Carolina) in 2003. She returned with the two character Lipstick, Chilli, Grits and Grace in 2007 to sold out performances.
Marcus Naylor

Marcus Naylor


Nominee, and an Ira Aldridge Award Winner Los Angeles. Credits include: Fences (Denver Center,) Homage 3: ILLMATIC (Urban Stages) Cool Blues(B)Charlie Parker at (New Federal Theatre,) Requiem: Love Letters on Ripped Paper (The Joyce Theatre,) When the Chickens Came Home to Roost (NFT), Othello in Othello (NESE), Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare on the Sound), Waitin 2 End Hell (NFT), directed by Woodie King, Jr., Cave Dwellers (The Pearl Theatre Company), No Dogs (Primary Stages), Cast Me Down (Theatre Four), Malcolm X in The Meeting (Crossroads Theatre), True West (Lincoln Centers Clark Studio), Huey P. Newton in Servant of the People (JOMANDI Theatre), and Bobby in Rats directed by Al Pacino. Regional: Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Kennedy Center, Cincinatti Playhouse in The Park, The Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, Oakland Ensemble Theatre, Arena Stage, and Karamu House Alumnus. Televison and Film: Boardwalk Empire on HBO, Law and Order SVU, Without A Trace, Law and Order, Only in America, Retribution on Showtime, The Meeting: KTOP Oakland, Slings and Arrows on the Starz Network, Malcolm X, Soliloquy, The Assassin, and Reunion A Jazz Fantasy.
Penwah

Penwah


Phynjuar (Penwah) (Fifi) is a two-time Audelco award winning actor, a Grammy nominated singer, a comedian, a music producer, a gifted lyricist, a music historian, and a radio talk show personality. Phynjuar hails from Boston, Massachusetts and is classically trained. She recently appeared in Naughty by Nature’s FLAG video as a distraught gang member’s mother, and is noted for her award-winning portrayal as Pearl Bailey in Cooking With Pearl at the Harlem Arts Theater. Her film work includes title roles in Yes Madame directed by Magaly Colimon, and Hush directed by Reg E. Gaines (Bring the Noise, Bring the Funk), as well as Manslaughter and Lavender. On television, she guest starred as Mitzi Monkhouse, the mother of Myra Monkhouse on “Family Matters,” and has appeared on “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” “The Cosby Show,” “A-List,” “100 Center Street,” “Unsung,” “Stars of Tomorrow Today,” and “Sister Talk”. At the age of fifteen, she appeared in the original Boston Broadway Company of Hair With Donna Summer at the Wilbur Theatre Boston. Her other theater credits include Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Vital Theater); For Colored Girls (American Theater); Testify (National Black Theatre); The Colored Museum directed by George C. Wolfe (City Center); Nothing But the Blues (Harlem Center Stage); Piano Bar (Inner City LA); Primitive World (Nuyorican Poets Café); C Above C above High (Nuyorican Poets Café); House on Fire (Theatre for the New City); and Tribes directed by George C. Wolfe (LA Theatre of the Arts). Phynjuar was the first female addition to super group Kool and the Gang; She has worked as a percussionist, vocalist and songwriter. Her voice can be heard in such classic recording as “Summer Madness” “Rhyme Tyme People” “Spirit of the Boogie” and Roy Ayres “Running Away”, in addition to countless television and radio voiceovers. She is also credited for discovering the likes of Wyclef Jean, world renowned visual artist Paul T Goodnight While grooming, raising and training “The Cosby Show” and “Family Matters” star Michelle Thomas, Phynjuar has traveled to all six continents and appeared in almost every major concert venue in the world.
Andre Robinson

Andre Robinson


ANDRÉ ROBINSON (Director) André Robinson has an extensive background as an actor, producer, director, executive producer, community activist, consultant, promoter, project manager and technical consultant on feature films, television and variety shows, Broadway and regional theatre plays and musicals, documentaries, concerts, conferences and other special events. He currently serves as a creative executive and producer for Belafonte Enterprises and executive producer of Carbon-Fibre Media, a graphic storytelling and new media production company. He produced and directed the reality series, “The Good fellas of Baltimore”; was associate producer of Friday (New Line Cinema); “Love and Action in Chicago” (HBO), technical director for Sony Music and executive director of the Black Filmmaker Foundation. Andre was also general manager of the art gallery and performance space, Linen Life Park Avenue and the production company, Favor International (Megafest); Executive Producer for Crossroads Theatre Company (It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues) and Artistic Director of The New Heritage Theatre in Harlem (Striver’s Row, Asinamali, Jonin’). He produced the Harlem Week Festival, the McDonald’s Gospelfest, the Rhythm and Blues Awards and many other live events and TV specials. Andre has produced and/or directed dozens of plays and musicals and continues to serve on several cultural organization and educational boards. He continues to consult for arts, community and cultural organizations around over the country.
Voza Rivers and Lorey Hayes. Photo by Lia Chang

Voza Rivers and Lorey Hayes. Photo by Lia Chang


VOZA RIVERS/NEW HERITAGE THEATRE GROUP (Executive Producer) is the oldest Black nonprofit theater company in New York City, originally established in 1964 by the late Roger Furman, a revered playwright, director, actor and lecturer who began his career in the 1940’s with the American Negro Theatre in Harlem. It was created to present entertaining, informative and quality productions and to preserve and institutionalize classic works of Black Theater. In 1983, Voza Rivers, an award winning music and theatre producer took over the company. Today, New Heritage Theatre Group serves the community through presentations of entertaining, informative and quality productions of performing arts events, stage readings, and documentary shorts and films. Through its umbrella organizations Impact Repertory Theatre, Furman Theatre Rep and New Heritage Films we reach out to the New York City and world community, giving training, exposure and experience to new and emerging artists. Our works reflect the historical, social, and political experiences of African and Latino descendants in America and abroad. We seek to bring attention to works by international writers, directors and performing artists who have achieved success in their respective country but lack exposure in the United States. Jamal Joseph serves as Artistic Director. Visit: www.newheritagetheatre.org
Debra Ann Byrd

Debra Ann Byrd


DEBRA ANN BYRD/TAKE WING AND SOAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. (Company Manager/Co- Producer) founded in 1999 by classically trained actress Debra Ann Byrd, is a women-led, New York State, 501c3 Professional Theatre Arts Corporation, dedicated to supporting women, youth and especially classically trained actors of color. In its brief history, TWAS has enjoyed many successes and is the 2009- 2010 recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award, presented in recognition of the theatre’s body of work in the community, audience development in Harlem – and in celebration of the International Exchange Program between TWAS and London’s Hackney Empire Theatre. Other TWAS honors include five AUDELCO Awards and 24 AUDELCO Award nominations for its mainstage productions of Richard III, The Darker Face of the Earth, Hamlet, Medea, King Lear, Pecong and Anthony and Cleopatra. Lorey Hayes’ Massinissa and the Tragedy of the House of Thunder (nominated for three Audelco Awards) was Take Wing And Soar’s 31st production and tenth main stage project, produced in conjunction with Mr. Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre Group. For more information about Take Wing And Soar check out www.takewingandsoar.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
Larry Leon Hamlin founded the National Black Theatre Festival® in 1989. His goal was to unite black theatre companies in America and ensure the survival of the genre into the next millennium. With the support of Dr. Maya Angelou, who served as the Festival’s first Chairperson, NBTF was born. The ’89 Festival offered 30 performances by 17 of America’s best professional black theatre companies. It attracted national and international media coverage. According to The New York Times, “the 1989 National Black Theatre Festival® was one of the most historic and culturally significant events in the history of black theatre and American theatre in general.” Over 10,000 people attended. It lived up to its theme: An International Celebration and Reunion of Spirit. The NBTF enables Black theatre professionals to express cultural values and perspectives inherent to the African Diaspora candidly, dramatically and powerfully. Staged components of the NBTF foster the creation and sharing of new works while educational components document and preserve the history and traditions of the genre. Intense week-long interactions focus on renewing their commitment to preserve professional Black theatre and to revitalize its genre. Held biennially, the NBTF attracts more than 65,000 people during the six-day event. The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, founded by the late Larry Leon Hamlin in 1979. The Festival, which runs from July 29 – August 3, 2013, was also founded by Hamlin and has been held biennially since 1989.

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Power Play’s Lorey Hayes and Lia Chang visit The Carmen Mathis Show on June 20, 2013

2013-6-4 Lia Chang_Lorey Hayes (81)Tonight, Power Play playwright and cast member Lorey Hayes and Lia Chang are guests on The Carmen Mathis Show at 9:30PM ET. We’ll be performing excerpts from Hayes’ Power Play, an award-winning play about Politics, Passion and the power of God, which is slated for 4 Celebrity Staged Concert Reading Performances at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC., July 30-August 1, 2013.

If you are a Cable subscriber in Manhattan, The Carmen Mathis Show airs on channel 56 for Time Warner Cable; on channel 83 if you subscribe to RCN; click on channel 34 for Verizon FIOS. Otherwise, the show streams live simultaneously on MNN2 Lifestyle Channel —http://www.mnn.org/live/2-lifestyle-channel
(L-R) Lorey Hayes, Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lia Chang, Phynjuar and Marcus Naylor will perform at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, for 4 Celebrity Stage Reading Performances of Lorey Hayes' Power Play, directed by André Robinson and produced by Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group. Dynamic producing duo Executive Producer, Mr. Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre and Ms. Debra Ann Byrd’s Take Wing And Soar will team up to bring Pauletta Pearson Washington (Star of Love, Loss, and What I Wore and wife of Mr. Denzel Washington – also a North Carolina Native) and Roscoe Orman (“Sesame Street”’s Gordon and star of Willie Dynamite) to the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C. for 4 Celebrity Staged Concert Reading Performances of Hayes’ POWER PLAY, a story about politics, passion and the power of God. Joining Washington and Orman in the cast are original cast members Lia Chang and Phynjuar, playwright Lorey Hayes and Marcus Naylor. The play is directed by Mr. André Robinson, producer/director of The Good Fellas of Baltimore and a producer at Belafonte Enterprises.

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Lia Chang. Photo by Andre Robinson

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Lia Chang. Photo by Andre Robinson

POWER PLAY will have 4 performances at Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center, Stadium Dr, Winston-Salem, NC, 27108, on Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm, Wednesday, July 31st at 3pm and 8pm, and Thursday, August 1st at 3pm.
Andre Robinson, Lorey Hayes, Harry Belafonte, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. Photo by Lia Chang

Andre Robinson, Lorey Hayes, Harry Belafonte, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. Photo by Lia Chang

POWER PLAY will also have a “Signed” performance for the deaf and hearing impaired. Playwright Hayes feels a “signed” performance is of the utmost importance – to allow all audiences to experience this unique opportunity. Hayes’ mother – Edna Brown’s best friend (Mrs. Mary Wright…Iron Mine, North Carolina) is deaf and has written two books about her experience. To purchase tickets or for information on group discounts please visit the website or contact the Festival Office at 336-723-2266 or nbtf@bellsouth.net.

POWER PLAY’s unique theater styled performance (Similar to Off Broadway’s hit play Love Letters), presented in October 2012, at New York’s Schomburg Center with producing partner City College was an overwhelming success, attracting sold out house and standing room only audiences.

Lia Chang as Carole Barbara and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes' Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

Lia Chang as Carole Barbara and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

SYNOPSIS
Senator Franklin Wright is living the American Dream. Propelled to political stardom by a campaign manager who is Asian American and female, he stands on the threshold of making history: becoming California’s first African-American Governor. Or does he? It is a question Franklin must answer when, as campaign front runner, he finds himself thrust in the midst of a scandal that threatens to ruin the election, his career, his marriage and forces him to make a life and death decision.
Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

The chilling fact is: the scandal is based on a secret his wife has harbored for 17 years.

POWER PLAY is about the women behind this powerful man who find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of personal and political intrigue that threatens to destroy them all.

The play examines friendship, love integrity, public scrutiny and the question we still face today; What are we voting for? A candidate’s private life or the record of his or her accomplishments and the depths of his or her commitment?

With political scandal an everyday occurrence that continues to occupy front page news and the minds of our nation, the producers felt it was a great time to take a fresh look at POWER PLAY, a play about a candidate’s dilemma and unselfish decision that helps us examine the criteria by which we choose and elect our officials. “How will confession play with swing voters? How important is winning?” Will informed voters allow character assassinations to inform their decisions?

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang


POWER PLAY is an uplifting, inspiring play that celebrates the integrity of Black Men and takes a positive look at the courageous women who live “behind the glory”. POWER PLAY received critical acclaim in its 1996 National Black Theatre Production, produced by Tunde Samuels and Van Woods (Sylvia’s Restaurant and Enterprises) directed by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer and Adunni, winning the Audelco Award for Best Play and again for its 2005 Billie Holiday Theatre Production with an extended run directed by Artistic Director Marjorie Moon; earning Lincoln Center Library’s honor of inclusion in their prestigious Bound Edition of “Highlights from the 2005 New York Theater Season”.

DATES & TIMES: THEATER: TICKETS:
Dates: Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm
Wednesday, July 31st at 3pm and 8pm
Thursday, August 1st at 3pm

Place:
Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center
Stadium Dr
Winston-Salem, NC, 27108

Phone: 336-723-2266
Fax: 336-723-2223
Email: NBTF@BELLSOUTH.NET Website: www.NBTF.org

WHAT CRITICS SAY ABOUT POWER PLAY
“Fresh, risky and ultimately riveting”
David Hinckley, New York Daily News

“Captivating ….Powerful piece of theater… will have you laughing, shocked, entertained ….”
Linda Armstrong, Amsterdam News

“…. Leaves room for enough laughs to make 2 hours fly like 15 minutes.”
David Hinckley, New York Daily News

“Akin to a Eugene O’Neill play”
Claude Neil, Amsterdam News

“Reflects African Americans in a positive way, even if they have made mistakes and have a lesson to learn…”
Linda Armstrong, Amsterdam News

A TRUE REUNION
POWER PLAY was first showcased as a reading by producer Voza Rivers in 1990 featuring: Hattie Winston (“Becker”), Denise Burse (“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”), Lia Chang, Dean Irby and Iris Little and subsequently chosen to kick off the 1991 National Black Theatre Festival’s inaugural Midnight Reading Series. Lia Chang was part of the 1991 cast. 1991 is the same year Pauletta Pearson Washington’s husband (Denzel Washington) was honored and the year she gave birth to their twins. Lorey and Pauletta are both North Carolina natives and both Mrs. Washington’s Father and Ms. Hayes are Alumni of North Carolina A&T University. Hayes and Orman had the great fortune of performing together in John Henry directed by Morgan Freeman.

Lorey Hayes as Susan Bradley and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes' Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

Lorey Hayes as Susan Bradley and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play. Photo by Will Chang


Playwright Hayes goes on to say, “Though POWER PLAY was first showcased in 1990, it is still timely today. Fortunate for the production, but unfortunate for our country that a candidate’s election still hinges on public scrutiny of their private lives.” Scenes from POWER PLAY have been featured regularly in the CBS, Fox, and ABC Diversity Showcases by Ben Guillory and Danny Glover’s Robey Theatre.

POWER PLAY AUDIENCE RESPONSE
“…celebrates the spirit and integrity of African American men”
“…is not about the powerful wielding power, it is about the vulnerability and sense of powerlessness that we all can experience regardless to our station in life…”
“…powerful commitment to integrity”
“…I laughed, I cried, I cheered”

COMPANY BIOS

Roscoe Orman

Roscoe Orman


ROSCOE ORMAN (Frank) Roscoe Orman’s film roles include the title role of Universal Pictures’ Willie Dynamite and also FX, Follow that Bird, Striking Distance, New Jersey Drive, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, 30 Days, Drive By, Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life. On television, he is best known for his many years as Gordon on “Sesame Street’ and has also been seen on : “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” “The Wire,” “Sex and the City,” “Kojak,” “A Man Called Hawk,” “All My Children” “Hard Time on Planet Earth, “Sanford and Son,” and “Cosby”. National Black Theatre Festival Audiences will remember Mr. Orman from his dynamic one man show Confessions of Stepin Fetchit and his performance in festival’s highlight production Do Lord Remember Me. Orman recently performed the role of Becker in August Wilson’s Jitney at Baltimore’s Murphy Fine Arts Center. A Bronx native, Orman was an early member of the Free Southern Theater in New Orleans and a founding member of Harlem’s New Lafayette Theatre, where he acted in and directed many plays, including Who’s Got His Own, We Righteous Bombers, The Duplex, The Devil Catchers, and The Fabulous Miss Marie. Additional stage work includes The Great MacDaddy, The Sirens, Every Night When The Sun Goes Down, The Last Street Play, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, The Sixteenth Round, Driving Miss Daisy, Fences, The Talented Tenth and many others. He is a five time nominee and recipient of an Audelco Theatre Award for his performance in Do Lord Remember Me at Manhattan’s Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse. As a voiceover artist, Orman has narrated many audio books, commercials, and documentary films for PBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN, National Geographic, and others. He is the author of two books, his memoir, “Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor” which was published in 2006, and his children’s book “Ricky and Moho” (which he also illustrated) published in 2007. In 2008 Roscoe was named “Chief Storyteller’ and national spokesperson for Audible Kids, the nation’s leading provider of digitally downloaded children’s literature.

Pauletta Pearson Washington

Pauletta Pearson Washington


PAULETTA PEARSON WASHINGTON (Lou) Pauletta’s return to the stage after raising her children has been exciting and fulfilling. She has been blessed to work with Jule Styne, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Weber, to name a few. Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tulley Hall, The Ahmanson, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, on and Off-Broadway Theaters have been stages that Pauletta has performed and received highly acclaimed notices. Her studies include Juilliard, The North Carolina School of the Arts, and North Texas University. Her recent work includes Love, Loss ,and What I Wore, a limited presentation of Micki Grant’s Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope with Chapman Roberts. Pauletta just completed a run of Two Trains Running in Atlanta and prior to that: Regina Taylor’s Crowns at the Goodman Theatre. She is very excited to be a part of the production of POWER PLAY and share with a phenomenal cast of talent.
Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma

Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma


LIA CHANG (Carole Barbara) made her stage debut as Liat in the national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet, directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald, and last appeared onstage in Derek Walcott’s Marie Laveau at the Castillo Theatre (New Federal Theatre). She was featured as Sally and Joy in the Signature Theatre Company’s revival of Sam Shepard’s 1965 Obie award winning play, Chicago, directed by Joseph Chaikin at the Public Theatre. Off Broadway credits include: Jeff Weiss’ Obie Award winning Hot Keys (Naked Angels), Diana Son’s Raunchy Asian Women (Ohio Theatre), Lonnie Carter’s Gulliver opposite André De Shields ( La MaMa E.T.C.), The Confirmation (The Vineyard), Behind Closed Doors (MCC), Power Play (Billie Holiday Theatre), Marina Shron’s King of Rats at Soho Rep (New Georges), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Underground Soap, and Famine Plays (Cucaracha Theatre). Chang recently portrayed Sam Shikaze and Chuck Chan in readings of R.A. Shiomi’s Yellow Fever, with an all-female cast for Mu Performing Arts. Chang’s feature film credits include: Wolf, New Jack City, Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, and Taxman. Ms. Chang has had recurring roles as Nurse Lia on the daytime soap operas “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns,” and guest starred on “New York Undercover”.

Lorey Hayes

Lorey Hayes


LOREY HAYES, PLAYWRIGHT 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. Ms. 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 is 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, Lorey 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.” NBTF Festival Audiences saw Lorey perform her one woman show Little Lorey’s Song (about growing up in the one traffic light town of Wallace, North Carolina) in 2003. She returned with the two character Lipstick, Chilli, Grits and Grace in 2007 to sold out performances.
Marcus Naylor

Marcus Naylor


MARCUS NAYLOR (Jimmy Day) is a five-time Audelco nominee and has appeared onstage in He Who Endures, Cool Blues (B) Charlie Parker (NFT), When the Chickens Came Home to Roost directed by Allie Woods, Waitin 2 End Hell directed by Woodie King (NFT); Fences (Denver Center), Homage 3: ILLMATIC (Urban Stages); Othello in Othello (NESE); Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare on the Sound); Cave Dwellers (The Pearl Theatre Company); No Dogs (Primary Stages), The Meeting (Crossroads Theatre); True West (Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio); and as Bobby in Rats, directed by Al Pacino. Regionally, he has worked at Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Cleveland Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, Karamu House and Arena Stage. His television and film credits include: “Without A Trace,” “Law and Order SVU,” Only in America, Retribution (Showtime) The Meeting (KTOP Oakland), Slings and Arrows (Starz Network) Malcolm X, Soliloquy, The Assassin and upcoming: Reunion A Jazz Fantasy.
Penwah

Penwah


Phynjuar (Penwah) (Fifi) is a two-time Audelco award winning actor, a Grammy nominated singer, a comedian, a music producer, a gifted lyricist, a music historian, and a radio talk show personality. Phynjuar hails from Boston, Massachusetts and is classically trained. She recently appeared in Naughty by Nature’s FLAG video as a distraught gang member’s mother, and is noted for her award-winning portrayal as Pearl Bailey in Cooking With Pearl at the Harlem Arts Theater. Her film work includes title roles in Yes Madame directed by Magaly Colimon, and Hush directed by Reg E. Gaines (Bring the Noise, Bring the Funk), as well as Manslaughter and Lavender. On television, she guest starred as Mitzi Monkhouse, the mother of Myra Monkhouse on “Family Matters,” and has appeared on “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” “The Cosby Show,” “A-List,” “100 Center Street,” “Unsung,” “Stars of Tomorrow Today,” and “Sister Talk”. At the age of fifteen, she appeared in the original Boston Broadway Company of Hair With Donna Summer at the Wilbur Theatre Boston. Her other theater credits include Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Vital Theater); For Colored Girls (American Theater); Testify (National Black Theatre); The Colored Museum directed by George C. Wolfe (City Center); Nothing But the Blues (Harlem Center Stage); Piano Bar (Inner City LA); Primitive World (Nuyorican Poets Café); C Above C above High (Nuyorican Poets Café); House on Fire (Theatre for the New City); and Tribes directed by George C. Wolfe (LA Theatre of the Arts). Phynjuar was the first female addition to super group Kool and the Gang; She has worked as a percussionist, vocalist and songwriter. Her voice can be heard in such classic recording as “Summer Madness” “Rhyme Tyme People” “Spirit of the Boogie” and Roy Ayres “Running Away”, in addition to countless television and radio voiceovers. She is also credited for discovering the likes of Wyclef Jean, world renowned visual artist Paul T Goodnight While grooming, raising and training “The Cosby Show” and “Family Matters” star Michelle Thomas, Phynjuar has traveled to all six continents and appeared in almost every major concert venue in the world.
Andre Robinson

Andre Robinson


ANDRÉ ROBINSON (Director) André Robinson has an extensive background as an actor, producer, director, executive producer, community activist, consultant, promoter, project manager and technical consultant on feature films, television and variety shows, Broadway and regional theatre plays and musicals, documentaries, concerts, conferences and other special events. He currently serves as a creative executive and producer for Belafonte Enterprises and executive producer of Carbon-Fibre Media, a graphic storytelling and new media production company. He produced and directed the reality series, “The Good fellas of Baltimore”; was associate producer of Friday (New Line Cinema); “Love and Action in Chicago” (HBO), technical director for Sony Music and executive director of the Black Filmmaker Foundation. Andre was also general manager of the art gallery and performance space, Linen Life Park Avenue and the production company, Favor International (Megafest); Executive Producer for Crossroads Theatre Company (It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues) and Artistic Director of The New Heritage Theatre in Harlem (Striver’s Row, Asinamali, Jonin’). He produced the Harlem Week Festival, the McDonald’s Gospelfest, the Rhythm and Blues Awards and many other live events and TV specials. Andre has produced and/or directed dozens of plays and musicals and continues to serve on several cultural organization and educational boards. He continues to consult for arts, community and cultural organizations around over the country.
Voza Rivers and Lorey Hayes. Photo by Lia Chang

Voza Rivers and Lorey Hayes. Photo by Lia Chang


VOZA RIVERS/NEW HERITAGE THEATRE GROUP (Executive Producer) is the oldest Black nonprofit theater company in New York City, originally established in 1964 by the late Roger Furman, a revered playwright, director, actor and lecturer who began his career in the 1940’s with the American Negro Theatre in Harlem. It was created to present entertaining, informative and quality productions and to preserve and institutionalize classic works of Black Theater. In 1983, Voza Rivers, an award winning music and theatre producer took over the company. Today, New Heritage Theatre Group serves the community through presentations of entertaining, informative and quality productions of performing arts events, stage readings, and documentary shorts and films. Through its umbrella organizations Impact Repertory Theatre, Furman Theatre Rep and New Heritage Films we reach out to the New York City and world community, giving training, exposure and experience to new and emerging artists. Our works reflect the historical, social, and political experiences of African and Latino descendants in America and abroad. We seek to bring attention to works by international writers, directors and performing artists who have achieved success in their respective country but lack exposure in the United States. Jamal Joseph serves as Artistic Director. Visit: www.newheritagetheatre.org
Debra Ann Byrd

Debra Ann Byrd


DEBRA ANN BYRD/TAKE WING AND SOAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. (Company Manager/Co- Producer) founded in 1999 by classically trained actress Debra Ann Byrd, is a women-led, New York State, 501c3 Professional Theatre Arts Corporation, dedicated to supporting women, youth and especially classically trained actors of color. In its brief history, TWAS has enjoyed many successes and is the 2009- 2010 recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award, presented in recognition of the theatre’s body of work in the community, audience development in Harlem – and in celebration of the International Exchange Program between TWAS and London’s Hackney Empire Theatre. Other TWAS honors include five AUDELCO Awards and 24 AUDELCO Award nominations for its mainstage productions of Richard III, The Darker Face of the Earth, Hamlet, Medea, King Lear, Pecong and Anthony and Cleopatra. Lorey Hayes’ Massinissa and the Tragedy of the House of Thunder (nominated for three Audelco Awards) was Take Wing And Soar’s 31st production and tenth main stage project, produced in conjunction with Mr. Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre Group. For more information about Take Wing And Soar check out www.takewingandsoar.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
Larry Leon Hamlin founded the National Black Theatre Festival® in 1989. His goal was to unite black theatre companies in America and ensure the survival of the genre into the next millennium. With the support of Dr. Maya Angelou, who served as the Festival’s first Chairperson, NBTF was born. The ’89 Festival offered 30 performances by 17 of America’s best professional black theatre companies. It attracted national and international media coverage. According to The New York Times, “the 1989 National Black Theatre Festival® was one of the most historic and culturally significant events in the history of black theatre and American theatre in general.” Over 10,000 people attended. It lived up to its theme: An International Celebration and Reunion of Spirit. The NBTF enables Black theatre professionals to express cultural values and perspectives inherent to the African Diaspora candidly, dramatically and powerfully. Staged components of the NBTF foster the creation and sharing of new works while educational components document and preserve the history and traditions of the genre. Intense week-long interactions focus on renewing their commitment to preserve professional Black theatre and to revitalize its genre. Held biennially, the NBTF attracts more than 65,000 people during the six-day event. The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, founded by the late Larry Leon Hamlin in 1979. The Festival, which runs from July 29 – August 3, 2013, was also founded by Hamlin and has been held biennially since 1989.

Check out the Lorey Hayes’ POWER PLAY Facebook page and twitter @TweetPowerPlay.

Check out the official NBTF website for updates and schedules.

Celebrity Actress, Pauletta Pearson Washington returns home to North Carolina starring at 2013 National Black Theatre festival with Roscoe Orman (Sesame Street, Willie Dynamite) and all star cast in Lorey Hayes’ award-winning “Power Play”, a play about Politics, Passion and The Power of God.

(L-R) Lorey Hayes, Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lia Chang, Phynjuar and Marcus Naylor will perform at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, for 4 Celebrity Stage Reading Performances of Lorey Hayes' Power Play, directed by André Robinson and produced by Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group.

(L-R) Lorey Hayes, Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lia Chang, Phynjuar and Marcus Naylor will perform at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, for 4 Celebrity Stage Reading Performances of Lorey Hayes’s Power Play, directed by André Robinson and produced by Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group.

Dynamic producing duo Executive Producer, Mr. Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre and Ms. Debra Ann Byrd’s Take Wing And Soar will team up to bring Pauletta Pearson Washington (Star of Love, Loss, and What I Wore and wife of Mr. Denzel Washington – also a North Carolina Native) and Roscoe Orman (“Sesame Street”’s Gordon and star of Willie Dynamite) to the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C. for 4 Celebrity Staged Concert Reading Performances of Hayes’ POWER PLAY, a story about politics, passion and the power of God. Joining Washington and Orman in the cast are original cast members Lia Chang and Phynjuar, playwright Lorey Hayes and Marcus Naylor. The play is directed by Mr. André Robinson, producer/director of The Good Fellas of Baltimore and a producer at Belafonte Enterprises.
Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Lia Chang. Photo by Andre Robinson

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Lia Chang. Photo by Andre Robinson

POWER PLAY will have 4 performances at Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center, Stadium Dr, Winston-Salem, NC, 27108, on Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm, Wednesday, July 31st at 3pm and 8pm, and Thursday, August 1st at 3pm.
Andre Robinson, Lorey Hayes, Harry Belafonte, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. Photo by Lia Chang

Andre Robinson, Lorey Hayes, Harry Belafonte, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. Photo by Lia Chang

POWER PLAY will also have a “Signed” performance for the deaf and hearing impaired. Playwright Hayes feels a “signed” performance is of the utmost importance – to allow all audiences to experience this unique opportunity. Hayes’ mother – Edna Brown’s best friend (Mrs. Mary Wright…Iron Mine, North Carolina) is deaf and has written two books about her experience. To purchase tickets or for information on group discounts please visit the website or contact the Festival Office at 336-723-2266 or nbtf@bellsouth.net.

POWER PLAY’s unique theater styled performance (Similar to Off Broadway’s hit play Love Letters), presented in October 2012, at New York’s Schomburg Center with producing partner City College was an overwhelming success, attracting sold out house and standing room only audiences.

Lia Chang as Carole Barbara and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes' Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

Lia Chang as Carole Barbara and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

SYNOPSIS
Senator Franklin Wright is living the American Dream. Propelled to political stardom by a campaign manager who is Asian American and female, he stands on the threshold of making history: becoming California’s first African-American Governor. Or does he? It is a question Franklin must answer when, as campaign front runner, he finds himself thrust in the midst of a scandal that threatens to ruin the election, his career, his marriage and forces him to make a life and death decision.
Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

The chilling fact is: the scandal is based on a secret his wife has harbored for 17 years.

POWER PLAY is about the women behind this powerful man who find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of personal and political intrigue that threatens to destroy them all.

The play examines friendship, love integrity, public scrutiny and the question we still face today; What are we voting for? A candidate’s private life or the record of his or her accomplishments and the depths of his or her commitment?

With political scandal an everyday occurrence that continues to occupy front page news and the minds of our nation, the producers felt it was a great time to take a fresh look at POWER PLAY, a play about a candidate’s dilemma and unselfish decision that helps us examine the criteria by which we choose and elect our officials. “How will confession play with swing voters? How important is winning?” Will informed voters allow character assassinations to inform their decisions?

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang


POWER PLAY is an uplifting, inspiring play that celebrates the integrity of Black Men and takes a positive look at the courageous women who live “behind the glory”. POWER PLAY received critical acclaim in its 1996 National Black Theatre Production, produced by Tunde Samuels and Van Woods (Sylvia’s Restaurant and Enterprises) directed by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer and Adunni, winning the Audelco Award for Best Play and again for its 2005 Billie Holiday Theatre Production with an extended run directed by Artistic Director Marjorie Moon; earning Lincoln Center Library’s honor of inclusion in their prestigious Bound Edition of “Highlights from the 2005 New York Theater Season”.

DATES & TIMES: THEATER: TICKETS:
Dates: Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm
Wednesday, July 31st at 3pm and 8pm
Thursday, August 1st at 3pm

Place:
Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center
Stadium Dr
Winston-Salem, NC, 27108

Phone: 336-723-2266
Fax: 336-723-2223
Email: NBTF@BELLSOUTH.NET Website: www.NBTF.org

WHAT CRITICS SAY ABOUT POWER PLAY
“Fresh, risky and ultimately riveting”
David Hinckley, New York Daily News

“Captivating ….Powerful piece of theater… will have you laughing, shocked, entertained ….”
Linda Armstrong, Amsterdam News

“…. Leaves room for enough laughs to make 2 hours fly like 15 minutes.”
David Hinckley, New York Daily News

“Akin to a Eugene O’Neill play”
Claude Neil, Amsterdam News

“Reflects African Americans in a positive way, even if they have made mistakes and have a lesson to learn…”
Linda Armstrong, Amsterdam News

A TRUE REUNION
POWER PLAY was first showcased as a reading by producer Voza Rivers in 1990 featuring: Hattie Winston (“Becker”), Denise Burse (“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”), Lia Chang, Dean Irby and Iris Little and subsequently chosen to kick off the 1991 National Black Theatre Festival’s inaugural Midnight Reading Series. Lia Chang was part of the 1991 cast. 1991 is the same year Pauletta Pearson Washington’s husband (Denzel Washington) was honored and the year she gave birth to their twins. Lorey and Pauletta are both North Carolina natives and both Mrs. Washington’s Father and Ms. Hayes are Alumni of North Carolina A&T University. Hayes and Orman had the great fortune of performing together in John Henry directed by Morgan Freeman.

Lorey Hayes as Susan Bradley and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes' Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

Lorey Hayes as Susan Bradley and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play. Photo by Will Chang


Playwright Hayes goes on to say, “Though POWER PLAY was first showcased in 1990, it is still timely today. Fortunate for the production, but unfortunate for our country that a candidate’s election still hinges on public scrutiny of their private lives.” Scenes from POWER PLAY have been featured regularly in the CBS, Fox, and ABC Diversity Showcases by Ben Guillory and Danny Glover’s Robey Theatre.

POWER PLAY AUDIENCE RESPONSE
“…celebrates the spirit and integrity of African American men”
“…is not about the powerful wielding power, it is about the vulnerability and sense of powerlessness that we all can experience regardless to our station in life…”
“…powerful commitment to integrity”
“…I laughed, I cried, I cheered”

COMPANY BIOS

Roscoe Orman

Roscoe Orman


ROSCOE ORMAN (Frank) Roscoe Orman’s film roles include the title role of Universal Pictures’ Willie Dynamite and also FX, Follow that Bird, Striking Distance, New Jersey Drive, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, 30 Days, Drive By, Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life. On television, he is best known for his many years as Gordon on “Sesame Street’ and has also been seen on : “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” “The Wire,” “Sex and the City,” “Kojak,” “A Man Called Hawk,” “All My Children” “Hard Time on Planet Earth, “Sanford and Son,” and “Cosby”. National Black Theatre Festival Audiences will remember Mr. Orman from his dynamic one man show Confessions of Stepin Fetchit and his performance in festival’s highlight production Do Lord Remember Me. Orman recently performed the role of Becker in August Wilson’s Jitney at Baltimore’s Murphy Fine Arts Center. A Bronx native, Orman was an early member of the Free Southern Theater in New Orleans and a founding member of Harlem’s New Lafayette Theatre, where he acted in and directed many plays, including Who’s Got His Own, We Righteous Bombers, The Duplex, The Devil Catchers, and The Fabulous Miss Marie. Additional stage work includes The Great MacDaddy, The Sirens, Every Night When The Sun Goes Down, The Last Street Play, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, The Sixteenth Round, Driving Miss Daisy, Fences, The Talented Tenth and many others. He is a five time nominee and recipient of an Audelco Theatre Award for his performance in Do Lord Remember Me at Manhattan’s Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse. As a voiceover artist, Orman has narrated many audio books, commercials, and documentary films for PBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN, National Geographic, and others. He is the author of two books, his memoir, “Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor” which was published in 2006, and his children’s book “Ricky and Moho” (which he also illustrated) published in 2007. In 2008 Roscoe was named “Chief Storyteller’ and national spokesperson for Audible Kids, the nation’s leading provider of digitally downloaded children’s literature.

Pauletta Pearson Washington

Pauletta Pearson Washington


PAULETTA PEARSON WASHINGTON (Lou) Pauletta’s return to the stage after raising her children has been exciting and fulfilling. She has been blessed to work with Jule Styne, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Weber, to name a few. Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tulley Hall, The Ahmanson, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, on and Off-Broadway Theaters have been stages that Pauletta has performed and received highly acclaimed notices. Her studies include Juilliard, The North Carolina School of the Arts, and North Texas University. Her recent work includes Love, Loss ,and What I Wore, a limited presentation of Micki Grant’s Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope with Chapman Roberts. Pauletta just completed a run of Two Trains Running in Atlanta and prior to that: Regina Taylor’s Crowns at the Goodman Theatre. She is very excited to be a part of the production of POWER PLAY and share with a phenomenal cast of talent.

Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma

Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma


LIA CHANG (Carole Barbara) made her stage debut as Liat in the national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet, directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald, and last appeared onstage in Derek Walcott’s Marie Laveau at the Castillo Theatre (New Federal Theatre). She was featured as Sally and Joy in the Signature Theatre Company’s revival of Sam Shepard’s 1965 Obie award winning play, Chicago, directed by Joseph Chaikin at the Public Theatre. Off Broadway credits include: Jeff Weiss’ Obie Award winning Hot Keys (Naked Angels), Diana Son’s Raunchy Asian Women (Ohio Theatre), Lonnie Carter’s Gulliver opposite André De Shields ( La MaMa E.T.C.), The Confirmation (The Vineyard), Behind Closed Doors (MCC), Power Play (Billie Holiday Theatre), Marina Shron’s King of Rats at Soho Rep (New Georges), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Underground Soap, and Famine Plays (Cucaracha Theatre). Chang recently portrayed Sam Shikaze and Chuck Chan in readings of R.A. Shiomi’s Yellow Fever, with an all-female cast for Mu Performing Arts. Chang’s feature film credits include: Wolf, New Jack City, Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, and Taxman. Ms. Chang has had recurring roles as Nurse Lia on the daytime soap operas “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns,” and guest starred on “New York Undercover”.

Lorey Hayes

Lorey Hayes


LOREY HAYES, PLAYWRIGHT 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. Ms. 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 is 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, Lorey 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.” NBTF Festival Audiences saw Lorey perform her one woman show Little Lorey’s Song (about growing up in the one traffic light town of Wallace, North Carolina) in 2003. She returned with the two character Lipstick, Chilli, Grits and Grace in 2007 to sold out performances.
Marcus Naylor

Marcus Naylor


MARCUS NAYLOR (Jimmy Day) is a five-time Audelco nominee and has appeared onstage in He Who Endures, Cool Blues (B) Charlie Parker (NFT), When the Chickens Came Home to Roost directed by Allie Woods, Waitin 2 End Hell directed by Woodie King (NFT); Fences (Denver Center), Homage 3: ILLMATIC (Urban Stages); Othello in Othello (NESE); Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare on the Sound); Cave Dwellers (The Pearl Theatre Company); No Dogs (Primary Stages), The Meeting (Crossroads Theatre); True West (Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio); and as Bobby in Rats, directed by Al Pacino. Regionally, he has worked at Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Cleveland Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, Karamu House and Arena Stage. His television and film credits include: “Without A Trace,” “Law and Order SVU,” Only in America, Retribution (Showtime) The Meeting (KTOP Oakland), Slings and Arrows (Starz Network) Malcolm X, Soliloquy, The Assassin and upcoming: Reunion A Jazz Fantasy.
Penwah

Penwah


Phynjuar (Penwah) (Fifi) is a two-time Audelco award winning actor, a Grammy nominated singer, a comedian, a music producer, a gifted lyricist, a music historian, and a radio talk show personality. Phynjuar hails from Boston, Massachusetts and is classically trained. She recently appeared in Naughty by Nature’s FLAG video as a distraught gang member’s mother, and is noted for her award-winning portrayal as Pearl Bailey in Cooking With Pearl at the Harlem Arts Theater. Her film work includes title roles in Yes Madame directed by Magaly Colimon, and Hush directed by Reg E. Gaines (Bring the Noise, Bring the Funk), as well as Manslaughter and Lavender. On television, she guest starred as Mitzi Monkhouse, the mother of Myra Monkhouse on “Family Matters,” and has appeared on “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” “The Cosby Show,” “A-List,” “100 Center Street,” “Unsung,” “Stars of Tomorrow Today,” and “Sister Talk”. At the age of fifteen, she appeared in the original Boston Broadway Company of Hair With Donna Summer at the Wilbur Theatre Boston. Her other theater credits include Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Vital Theater); For Colored Girls (American Theater); Testify (National Black Theatre); The Colored Museum directed by George C. Wolfe (City Center); Nothing But the Blues (Harlem Center Stage); Piano Bar (Inner City LA); Primitive World (Nuyorican Poets Café); C Above C above High (Nuyorican Poets Café); House on Fire (Theatre for the New City); and Tribes directed by George C. Wolfe (LA Theatre of the Arts). Phynjuar was the first female addition to super group Kool and the Gang; She has worked as a percussionist, vocalist and songwriter. Her voice can be heard in such classic recording as “Summer Madness” “Rhyme Tyme People” “Spirit of the Boogie” and Roy Ayres “Running Away”, in addition to countless television and radio voiceovers. She is also credited for discovering the likes of Wyclef Jean, world renowned visual artist Paul T Goodnight While grooming, raising and training “The Cosby Show” and “Family Matters” star Michelle Thomas, Phynjuar has traveled to all six continents and appeared in almost every major concert venue in the world.
Andre Robinson

Andre Robinson


ANDRÉ ROBINSON (Director) André Robinson has an extensive background as an actor, producer, director, executive producer, community activist, consultant, promoter, project manager and technical consultant on feature films, television and variety shows, Broadway and regional theatre plays and musicals, documentaries, concerts, conferences and other special events. He currently serves as a creative executive and producer for Belafonte Enterprises and executive producer of Carbon-Fibre Media, a graphic storytelling and new media production company. He produced and directed the reality series, “The Good fellas of Baltimore”; was associate producer of Friday (New Line Cinema); “Love and Action in Chicago” (HBO), technical director for Sony Music and executive director of the Black Filmmaker Foundation. Andre was also general manager of the art gallery and performance space, Linen Life Park Avenue and the production company, Favor International (Megafest); Executive Producer for Crossroads Theatre Company (It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues) and Artistic Director of The New Heritage Theatre in Harlem (Striver’s Row, Asinamali, Jonin’). He produced the Harlem Week Festival, the McDonald’s Gospelfest, the Rhythm and Blues Awards and many other live events and TV specials. Andre has produced and/or directed dozens of plays and musicals and continues to serve on several cultural organization and educational boards. He continues to consult for arts, community and cultural organizations around over the country.
Voza Rivers and Lorey Hayes. Photo by Lia Chang

Voza Rivers and Lorey Hayes. Photo by Lia Chang


VOZA RIVERS/NEW HERITAGE THEATRE GROUP (Executive Producer) is the oldest Black nonprofit theater company in New York City, originally established in 1964 by the late Roger Furman, a revered playwright, director, actor and lecturer who began his career in the 1940’s with the American Negro Theatre in Harlem. It was created to present entertaining, informative and quality productions and to preserve and institutionalize classic works of Black Theater. In 1983, Voza Rivers, an award winning music and theatre producer took over the company. Today, New Heritage Theatre Group serves the community through presentations of entertaining, informative and quality productions of performing arts events, stage readings, and documentary shorts and films. Through its umbrella organizations Impact Repertory Theatre, Furman Theatre Rep and New Heritage Films we reach out to the New York City and world community, giving training, exposure and experience to new and emerging artists. Our works reflect the historical, social, and political experiences of African and Latino descendants in America and abroad. We seek to bring attention to works by international writers, directors and performing artists who have achieved success in their respective country but lack exposure in the United States. Jamal Joseph serves as Artistic Director. Visit: www.newheritagetheatre.org
Debra Ann Byrd

Debra Ann Byrd


DEBRA ANN BYRD/TAKE WING AND SOAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. (Company Manager/Co- Producer) founded in 1999 by classically trained actress Debra Ann Byrd, is a women-led, New York State, 501c3 Professional Theatre Arts Corporation, dedicated to supporting women, youth and especially classically trained actors of color. In its brief history, TWAS has enjoyed many successes and is the 2009- 2010 recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award, presented in recognition of the theatre’s body of work in the community, audience development in Harlem – and in celebration of the International Exchange Program between TWAS and London’s Hackney Empire Theatre. Other TWAS honors include five AUDELCO Awards and 24 AUDELCO Award nominations for its mainstage productions of Richard III, The Darker Face of the Earth, Hamlet, Medea, King Lear, Pecong and Anthony and Cleopatra. Lorey Hayes’ Massinissa and the Tragedy of the House of Thunder (nominated for three Audelco Awards) was Take Wing And Soar’s 31st production and tenth main stage project, produced in conjunction with Mr. Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre Group. For more information about Take Wing And Soar check out www.takewingandsoar.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
Larry Leon Hamlin founded the National Black Theatre Festival® in 1989. His goal was to unite black theatre companies in America and ensure the survival of the genre into the next millennium. With the support of Dr. Maya Angelou, who served as the Festival’s first Chairperson, NBTF was born. The ’89 Festival offered 30 performances by 17 of America’s best professional black theatre companies. It attracted national and international media coverage. According to The New York Times, “the 1989 National Black Theatre Festival® was one of the most historic and culturally significant events in the history of black theatre and American theatre in general.” Over 10,000 people attended. It lived up to its theme: An International Celebration and Reunion of Spirit. The NBTF enables Black theatre professionals to express cultural values and perspectives inherent to the African Diaspora candidly, dramatically and powerfully. Staged components of the NBTF foster the creation and sharing of new works while educational components document and preserve the history and traditions of the genre. Intense week-long interactions focus on renewing their commitment to preserve professional Black theatre and to revitalize its genre. Held biennially, the NBTF attracts more than 65,000 people during the six-day event. The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, founded by the late Larry Leon Hamlin in 1979. The Festival, which runs from July 29 – August 3, 2013, was also founded by Hamlin and has been held biennially since 1989.

Actors Tonya Pinkins and Dorien Wilson are the celebrity co-chairs of this year’s 2013 festival. Pinkins is an accomplished Broadway actress who won a Tony Award for her performance as Sweet Anita in Jelly’s Last Jam and was nominated for her performance in Play On! Ms. Pinkins has also had a long television career, including roles on “As the World Turns,” “All My Children,” “Law & Order,” “The Cosby Show” and others.

Wilson is best known for his role as Professor Stanley Oglevee on TV’s “The Parkers” and his role as talk-show host Eddie Charles on HBO’s “Dream On.” He has had roles on “Sister, Sister,” “The Steve Harvey Show” and “Goode Behavior.” He has performed in such stage productions as Dreamgirls, The Tempest and To Kill a Mockingbird.

S. Epatha Merkerson (“Law & Order”) is coming to the festival will be honored during the opening gala. The lineup will be announced in June, and tickets will go on sale then.

One highlight will be the introduction of encore performances, bringing back productions popular at previous festivals. This year, the encore production will be 2011’s Knock Me a Kiss with Andre De Shields.

Check out the Lorey Hayes’ POWER PLAY Facebook page and twitter @TweetPowerPlay.

Check out the official NBTF website for updates and schedules.

National Black Theatre Festival Articles
North Carolina Native, Lorey Hayes Brings Celebrity Cast starring Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman to the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Award-winning POWER PLAY: A play about Politics, Passion and the Power of God
Winston Salem Journal: Actors Tonya Pinkins and Dorien Wilson to co-chair National Black Theatre Festival

North Carolina Native, Lorey Hayes Brings Celebrity Cast starring Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman to the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Award-winning POWER PLAY: A play about Politics, Passion and the Power of God

(L-R) Lorey Hayes, Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lia Chang, Phynjuar and Marcus Naylor will perform at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, for 4 Celebrity Stage Reading Performances of Lorey Hayes' Power Play, directed by André Robinson and produced by Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group.

(L-R) Lorey Hayes, Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lia Chang, Phynjuar and Marcus Naylor will perform at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, for 4 Celebrity Stage Reading Performances of Lorey Hayes’s Power Play, directed by André Robinson and produced by Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group.

Dynamic producing duo Executive Producer, Mr. Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre and Ms. Debra Ann Byrd’s Take Wing And Soar will team up to bring Pauletta Pearson Washington (Star of Love, Loss, and What I Wore and wife of Mr. Denzel Washington – also a North Carolina Native) and Roscoe Orman (“Sesame Street”’s Gordon and star of Willie Dynamite) to the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C. for 4 Celebrity Staged Concert Reading Performances of Hayes’ POWER PLAY, a story about politics, passion and the power of God. Joining Washington and Orman in the cast are original cast members Lia Chang and Phynjuar, playwright Lorey Hayes and Marcus Naylor. The play is directed by Mr. André Robinson, producer/director of The Good Fellas of Baltimore and a producer at Belafonte Enterprises.
Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Lia Chang. Photo by Andre Robinson

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Lia Chang. Photo by Andre Robinson

POWER PLAY will have 4 performances at Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center, Stadium Dr, Winston-Salem, NC, 27108, on Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm, Wednesday, July 31st at 3pm and 8pm, and Thursday, August 1st at 3pm.
Andre Robinson, Lorey Hayes, Harry Belafonte, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. Photo by Lia Chang

Andre Robinson, Lorey Hayes, Harry Belafonte, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. Photo by Lia Chang

POWER PLAY will also have a “Signed” performance for the deaf and hearing impaired. Playwright Hayes feels a “signed” performance is of the utmost importance – to allow all audiences to experience this unique opportunity. Hayes’ mother – Edna Brown’s best friend (Mrs. Mary Wright…Iron Mine, North Carolina) is deaf and has written two books about her experience. To purchase tickets or for information on group discounts please visit the website or contact the Festival Office at (336)723-2266 or nbtf@bellsouth.net.

POWER PLAY’s unique theater styled performance (Similar to Off Broadway’s hit play Love Letters), presented in October 2012, at New York’s Schomburg Center with producing partner City College was an overwhelming success, attracting sold out house and standing room only audiences.

Lia Chang as Carole Barbara and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes' Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

Lia Chang as Carole Barbara and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

SYNOPSIS
Senator Franklin Wright is living the American Dream. Propelled to political stardom by a campaign manager who is Asian American and female, he stands on the threshold of making history: becoming California’s first African-American Governor. Or does he? It is a question Franklin must answer when, as campaign front runner, he finds himself thrust in the midst of a scandal that threatens to ruin the election, his career, his marriage and forces him to make a life and death decision.
Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

The chilling fact is: the scandal is based on a secret his wife has harbored for 17 years.

POWER PLAY is about the women behind this powerful man who find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of personal and political intrigue that threatens to destroy them all.

The play examines friendship, love integrity, public scrutiny and the question we still face today; What are we voting for? A candidate’s private life or the record of his or her accomplishments and the depths of his or her commitment?

With political scandal an everyday occurrence that continues to occupy front page news and the minds of our nation, the producers felt it was a great time to take a fresh look at POWER PLAY, a play about a candidate’s dilemma and unselfish decision that helps us examine the criteria by which we choose and elect our officials. “How will confession play with swing voters? How important is winning?” Will informed voters allow character assassinations to inform their decisions?

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

Lorey Hayes, Roscoe Orman and Pauletta Pearson Washington. Photo by Lia Chang


POWER PLAY is an uplifting, inspiring play that celebrates the integrity of Black Men and takes a positive look at the courageous women who live “behind the glory”. POWER PLAY received critical acclaim in its 1996 National Black Theatre Production, produced by Tunde Samuels and Van Woods (Sylvia’s Restaurant and Enterprises) directed by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer and Adunni, winning the Audelco Award for Best Play and again for its 2005 Billie Holiday Theatre Production with an extended run directed by Artistic Director Marjorie Moon; earning Lincoln Center Library’s honor of inclusion in their prestigious Bound Edition of “Highlights from the 2005 New York Theater Season”.

DATES & TIMES: THEATER: TICKETS:
Dates: Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm
Wednesday, July 31st at 3pm and 8pm
Thursday, August 1st at 3pm

Place:
Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center
Stadium Dr
Winston-Salem, NC, 27108

Phone: (336) 723-7907
Fax: (336) 723-2223
Email: NBTF@BELLSOUTH.NET Website: www.NBTF.org

WHAT CRITICS SAY ABOUT POWER PLAY
“Fresh, risky and ultimately riveting”
David Hinckley, New York Daily News

“Captivating ….Powerful piece of theater… will have you laughing, shocked, entertained ….”
Linda Armstrong, Amsterdam News

“…. Leaves room for enough laughs to make 2 hours fly like 15 minutes.”
David Hinckley, New York Daily News

“Akin to a Eugene O’Neill play”
Claude Neil, Amsterdam News

“Reflects African Americans in a positive way, even if they have made mistakes and have a lesson to learn…”
Linda Armstrong, Amsterdam News

A TRUE REUNION
POWER PLAY was first showcased as a reading by producer Voza Rivers in 1990 featuring: Hattie Winston (“Becker”), Denise Burse (“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”), Lia Chang, Dean Irby and Iris Little and subsequently chosen to kick off the 1991 National Black Theatre Festival’s inaugural Midnight Reading Series. Lia Chang was part of the 1991 cast. 1991 is the same year Pauletta Pearson Washington’s husband (Denzel Washington) was honored and the year she gave birth to their twins. Lorey and Pauletta are both North Carolina natives and both Mrs. Washington’s Father and Ms. Hayes are Alumni of North Carolina A&T University. Hayes and Orman had the great fortune of performing together in John Henry directed by Morgan Freeman.

Lorey Hayes as Susan Bradley and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes' Power Play. Photo by Will Chang

Lorey Hayes as Susan Bradley and Roscoe Orman as Franklin Wright in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play. Photo by Will Chang


Playwright Hayes goes on to say, “Though POWER PLAY was first showcased in 1990, it is still timely today. Fortunate for the production, but unfortunate for our country that a candidate’s election still hinges on public scrutiny of their private lives.” Scenes from POWER PLAY have been featured regularly in the CBS, Fox, and ABC Diversity Showcases by Ben Guillory and Danny Glover’s Robey Theatre.

POWER PLAY AUDIENCE RESPONSE
“…celebrates the spirit and integrity of African American men”
“…is not about the powerful wielding power, it is about the vulnerability and sense of powerlessness that we all can experience regardless to our station in life…”
“…powerful commitment to integrity”
“…I laughed, I cried, I cheered”

COMPANY BIOS

Roscoe Orman

Roscoe Orman


ROSCOE ORMAN (Frank) Roscoe Orman’s film roles include the title role of Universal Pictures’ Willie Dynamite and also FX, Follow that Bird, Striking Distance, New Jersey Drive, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, 30 Days, Drive By, Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life. On television, he is best known for his many years as Gordon on “Sesame Street’ and has also been seen on : “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” “The Wire,” “Sex and the City,” “Kojak,” “A Man Called Hawk,” “All My Children” “Hard Time on Planet Earth, “Sanford and Son,” and “Cosby”. National Black Theatre Festival Audiences will remember Mr. Orman from his dynamic one man show Confessions of Stepin Fetchit and his performance in festival’s highlight production Do Lord Remember Me. Orman recently performed the role of Becker in August Wilson’s Jitney at Baltimore’s Murphy Fine Arts Center. A Bronx native, Orman was an early member of the Free Southern Theater in New Orleans and a founding member of Harlem’s New Lafayette Theatre, where he acted in and directed many plays, including Who’s Got His Own, We Righteous Bombers, The Duplex, The Devil Catchers, and The Fabulous Miss Marie. Additional stage work includes The Great MacDaddy, The Sirens, Every Night When The Sun Goes Down, The Last Street Play, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, The Sixteenth Round, Driving Miss Daisy, Fences, The Talented Tenth and many others. He is a five time nominee and recipient of an Audelco Theatre Award for his performance in Do Lord Remember Me at Manhattan’s Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse. As a voiceover artist, Orman has narrated many audio books, commercials, and documentary films for PBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN, National Geographic, and others. He is the author of two books, his memoir, “Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor” which was published in 2006, and his children’s book “Ricky and Moho” (which he also illustrated) published in 2007. In 2008 Roscoe was named “Chief Storyteller’ and national spokesperson for Audible Kids, the nation’s leading provider of digitally downloaded children’s literature.

Pauletta Pearson Washington

Pauletta Pearson Washington


PAULETTA PEARSON WASHINGTON (Lou) Pauletta’s return to the stage after raising her children has been exciting and fulfilling. She has been blessed to work with Jule Styne, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Weber, to name a few. Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tulley Hall, The Ahmanson, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, on and Off-Broadway Theaters have been stages that Pauletta has performed and received highly acclaimed notices. Her studies include Juilliard, The North Carolina School of the Arts, and North Texas University. Her recent work includes Love, Loss ,and What I Wore, a limited presentation of Micki Grant’s Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope with Chapman Roberts. Pauletta just completed a run of Two Trains Running in Atlanta and prior to that: Regina Taylor’s Crowns at the Goodman Theatre. She is very excited to be a part of the production of POWER PLAY and share with a phenomenal cast of talent.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang


LIA CHANG (Carole Barbara) made her stage debut as Liat in the national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet, directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald, and last appeared onstage in Derek Walcott’s Marie Laveau at the Castillo Theatre (New Federal Theatre). She was featured as Sally and Joy in the Signature Theatre Company’s revival of Sam Shepard’s 1965 Obie award winning play, Chicago, directed by Joseph Chaikin at the Public Theatre. Off Broadway credits include: Jeff Weiss’ Obie Award winning Hot Keys (Naked Angels), Diana Son’s Raunchy Asian Women (Ohio Theatre), Lonnie Carter’s Gulliver opposite André De Shields ( La MaMa E.T.C.), The Confirmation (The Vineyard), Behind Closed Doors (MCC), Power Play (Billie Holiday Theatre), Marina Shron’s King of Rats at Soho Rep (New Georges), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Underground Soap, and Famine Plays (Cucaracha Theatre). Chang recently portrayed Sam Shikaze and Chuck Chan in readings of R.A. Shiomi’s Yellow Fever, with an all-female cast for Mu Performing Arts. Chang’s feature film credits include: Wolf, New Jack City, Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, and Taxman. Ms. Chang has had recurring roles as Nurse Lia on the daytime soap operas “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns,” and guest starred on “New York Undercover”.

Lorey Hayes

Lorey Hayes


LOREY HAYES, PLAYWRIGHT 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. Ms. 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 is 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, Lorey 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.” NBTF Festival Audiences saw Lorey perform her one woman show Little Lorey’s Song (about growing up in the one traffic light town of Wallace, North Carolina) in 2003. She returned with the two character Lipstick, Chilli, Grits and Grace in 2007 to sold out performances.
Marcus Naylor

Marcus Naylor


MARCUS NAYLOR (Jimmy Day) is a five-time Audelco nominee and has appeared onstage in He Who Endures, Cool Blues (B) Charlie Parker (NFT), When the Chickens Came Home to Roost directed by Allie Woods, Waitin 2 End Hell directed by Woodie King (NFT); Fences (Denver Center), Homage 3: ILLMATIC (Urban Stages); Othello in Othello (NESE); Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare on the Sound); Cave Dwellers (The Pearl Theatre Company); No Dogs (Primary Stages), The Meeting (Crossroads Theatre); True West (Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio); and as Bobby in Rats, directed by Al Pacino. Regionally, he has worked at Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Cleveland Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, Karamu House and Arena Stage. His television and film credits include: “Without A Trace,” “Law and Order SVU,” Only in America, Retribution (Showtime) The Meeting (KTOP Oakland), Slings and Arrows (Starz Network) Malcolm X, Soliloquy, The Assassin and upcoming: Reunion A Jazz Fantasy.
Penwah

Penwah


Phynjuar (Penwah) (Fifi) is a two-time Audelco award winning actor, a Grammy nominated singer, a comedian, a music producer, a gifted lyricist, a music historian, and a radio talk show personality. Phynjuar hails from Boston, Massachusetts and is classically trained. She recently appeared in Naughty by Nature’s FLAG video as a distraught gang member’s mother, and is noted for her award-winning portrayal as Pearl Bailey in Cooking With Pearl at the Harlem Arts Theater. Her film work includes title roles in Yes Madame directed by Magaly Colimon, and Hush directed by Reg E. Gaines (Bring the Noise, Bring the Funk), as well as Manslaughter and Lavender. On television, she guest starred as Mitzi Monkhouse, the mother of Myra Monkhouse on “Family Matters,” and has appeared on “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” “The Cosby Show,” “A-List,” “100 Center Street,” “Unsung,” “Stars of Tomorrow Today,” and “Sister Talk”. At the age of fifteen, she appeared in the original Boston Broadway Company of Hair With Donna Summer at the Wilbur Theatre Boston. Her other theater credits include Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Vital Theater); For Colored Girls (American Theater); Testify (National Black Theatre); The Colored Museum directed by George C. Wolfe (City Center); Nothing But the Blues (Harlem Center Stage); Piano Bar (Inner City LA); Primitive World (Nuyorican Poets Café); C Above C above High (Nuyorican Poets Café); House on Fire (Theatre for the New City); and Tribes directed by George C. Wolfe (LA Theatre of the Arts). Phynjuar was the first female addition to super group Kool and the Gang; She has worked as a percussionist, vocalist and songwriter. Her voice can be heard in such classic recording as “Summer Madness” “Rhyme Tyme People” “Spirit of the Boogie” and Roy Ayres “Running Away”, in addition to countless television and radio voiceovers. She is also credited for discovering the likes of Wyclef Jean, world renowned visual artist Paul T Goodnight While grooming, raising and training “The Cosby Show” and “Family Matters” star Michelle Thomas, Phynjuar has traveled to all six continents and appeared in almost every major concert venue in the world.
Andre Robinson

Andre Robinson


ANDRÉ ROBINSON (Director) André Robinson has an extensive background as an actor, producer, director, executive producer, community activist, consultant, promoter, project manager and technical consultant on feature films, television and variety shows, Broadway and regional theatre plays and musicals, documentaries, concerts, conferences and other special events. He currently serves as a creative executive and producer for Belafonte Enterprises and executive producer of Carbon-Fibre Media, a graphic storytelling and new media production company. He produced and directed the reality series, “The Good fellas of Baltimore”; was associate producer of Friday (New Line Cinema); “Love and Action in Chicago” (HBO), technical director for Sony Music and executive director of the Black Filmmaker Foundation. Andre was also general manager of the art gallery and performance space, Linen Life Park Avenue and the production company, Favor International (Megafest); Executive Producer for Crossroads Theatre Company (It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues) and Artistic Director of The New Heritage Theatre in Harlem (Striver’s Row, Asinamali, Jonin’). He produced the Harlem Week Festival, the McDonald’s Gospelfest, the Rhythm and Blues Awards and many other live events and TV specials. Andre has produced and/or directed dozens of plays and musicals and continues to serve on several cultural organization and educational boards. He continues to consult for arts, community and cultural organizations around over the country.
Voza Rivers and Lorey Hayes. Photo by Lia Chang

Voza Rivers and Lorey Hayes. Photo by Lia Chang


VOZA RIVERS/NEW HERITAGE THEATRE GROUP (Executive Producer) is the oldest Black nonprofit theater company in New York City, originally established in 1964 by the late Roger Furman, a revered playwright, director, actor and lecturer who began his career in the 1940’s with the American Negro Theatre in Harlem. It was created to present entertaining, informative and quality productions and to preserve and institutionalize classic works of Black Theater. In 1983, Voza Rivers, an award winning music and theatre producer took over the company. Today, New Heritage Theatre Group serves the community through presentations of entertaining, informative and quality productions of performing arts events, stage readings, and documentary shorts and films. Through its umbrella organizations Impact Repertory Theatre, Furman Theatre Rep and New Heritage Films we reach out to the New York City and world community, giving training, exposure and experience to new and emerging artists. Our works reflect the historical, social, and political experiences of African and Latino descendants in America and abroad. We seek to bring attention to works by international writers, directors and performing artists who have achieved success in their respective country but lack exposure in the United States. Jamal Joseph serves as Artistic Director. Visit: www.newheritagetheatre.org
Debra Ann Byrd

Debra Ann Byrd


DEBRA ANN BYRD/TAKE WING AND SOAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. (Company Manager/Co- Producer) founded in 1999 by classically trained actress Debra Ann Byrd, is a women-led, New York State, 501c3 Professional Theatre Arts Corporation, dedicated to supporting women, youth and especially classically trained actors of color. In its brief history, TWAS has enjoyed many successes and is the 2009- 2010 recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award, presented in recognition of the theatre’s body of work in the community, audience development in Harlem – and in celebration of the International Exchange Program between TWAS and London’s Hackney Empire Theatre. Other TWAS honors include five AUDELCO Awards and 24 AUDELCO Award nominations for its mainstage productions of Richard III, The Darker Face of the Earth, Hamlet, Medea, King Lear, Pecong and Anthony and Cleopatra. Lorey Hayes’ Massinissa and the Tragedy of the House of Thunder (nominated for three Audelco Awards) was Take Wing And Soar’s 31st production and tenth main stage project, produced in conjunction with Mr. Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre Group. For more information about Take Wing And Soar check out www.takewingandsoar.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
Larry Leon Hamlin founded the National Black Theatre Festival® in 1989. His goal was to unite black theatre companies in America and ensure the survival of the genre into the next millennium. With the support of Dr. Maya Angelou, who served as the Festival’s first Chairperson, NBTF was born. The ’89 Festival offered 30 performances by 17 of America’s best professional black theatre companies. It attracted national and international media coverage. According to The New York Times, “the 1989 National Black Theatre Festival® was one of the most historic and culturally significant events in the history of black theatre and American theatre in general.” Over 10,000 people attended. It lived up to its theme: An International Celebration and Reunion of Spirit. The NBTF enables Black theatre professionals to express cultural values and perspectives inherent to the African Diaspora candidly, dramatically and powerfully. Staged components of the NBTF foster the creation and sharing of new works while educational components document and preserve the history and traditions of the genre. Intense week-long interactions focus on renewing their commitment to preserve professional Black theatre and to revitalize its genre. Held biennially, the NBTF attracts more than 65,000 people during the six-day event. The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, founded by the late Larry Leon Hamlin in 1979. The Festival, which runs from July 29 – August 3, 2013, was also founded by Hamlin and has been held biennially since 1989.

Actors Tonya Pinkins and Dorien Wilson are the celebrity co-chairs of this year’s 2013 festival. Pinkins is an accomplished Broadway actress who won a Tony Award for her performance as Sweet Anita in Jelly’s Last Jam and was nominated for her performance in Play On! Ms. Pinkins has also had a long television career, including roles on “As the World Turns,” “All My Children,” “Law & Order,” “The Cosby Show” and others.

Wilson is best known for his role as Professor Stanley Oglevee on TV’s “The Parkers” and his role as talk-show host Eddie Charles on HBO’s “Dream On.” He has had roles on “Sister, Sister,” “The Steve Harvey Show” and “Goode Behavior.” He has performed in such stage productions as Dreamgirls, The Tempest and To Kill a Mockingbird.

S. Epatha Merkerson (“Law & Order”) is coming to the festival will be honored during the opening gala. The lineup will be announced in June, and tickets will go on sale then.

One highlight will be the introduction of encore performances, bringing back productions popular at previous festivals. This year, the encore production will be 2011’s Knock Me a Kiss with Andre De Shields.

Check out the Lorey Hayes’ POWER PLAY Facebook page and twitter @TweetPowerPlay.

Check out the official NBTF website for updates and schedules.