Saturday, December 8, 2012

COMIC ROMP TAKES NO PRISONERS @ STRAND THEATER

WHAT A GIRL WANTS
Written and directed by Deletta Gillespie

WHEN: December 6-22 (see below for performance times)
WHERE:
Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles St., Baltimore
TICKETS: Adult: $20; Senior(over 65): $15;
Student(with ID): $10
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Start with six women responsible for preparing a charity clothing sale and fashion show. Add copious amounts of coffee, wine, arguments, gossip, a copy of Playstud magazine and an eight-hour deadline, and you have the recipe for a comic romp through the minds and lives of women who have lived enough to know exactly what they want out of life...or...not. Playwright, performing artist and educator Deletta Gillespie directs her own take-no-prisoners show.

Cast: Cheri George, Quiera Monet, Peg Nichols, Erica Poe, Signe Renn, Lisa F. Scott, Renee Timms, with Monica Clory understudying the role of Patience, played by Erica Poe.

Performances:
Saturday, December 8, 8 PM
Wednesday, December 12, 8 PM
(School Night - $3 Admission for Teachers and Students with valid IDs)
Thursday, December 13, 8 PM
Friday, December 14, 8 PM
Saturday, December 15, 8 PM
Thursday, December 20, 8 PM
Friday, December 21, 8 PM
Saturday, December 22, 8 PM

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Deletta
Gillespie considers herself an artist who creates work around historically and socially relevant issues, and admits that age discrimination fueled her determination to write What a Girl Wants. She noticed that she had stopped getting juicy parts in shows and was constantly being cast in the chorus or in other supporting roles. When she inquired, she was told that it was because of her age. “At that moment I realized that I had to take my creative life into my own hands. If I was going to be onstage I would now have to create work for myself, and for other women who had also ‘aged out’ of leading lady or interesting character parts.”

Gillespie is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the Towson University MFA Theatre program. Currently she is a Lecturer in the Theatre Arts Department at Morgan State University, and has just recorded her first CD entitled Triumph—which features music with inspirational messages from many genres of music—all flavored with a sprinkling of jazz.