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Quick Takes: GRACE JONES/ AMANDA SEALES/ CRISTELA ALONZO/ ROBERT SCHENKKAN/ IRIS SCOTT

AMANDA SEALES:

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Formerly known by her stage name Amanda Diva, the recording artist, actress, disc jockey and radio personality, has been promoted to a series regular in the breakout hit, Insecure, for season two. Seale appeared in several season one episodes as Tiffany in the HBO hit created by former YouTube phenomenon Issa Rae (Awkward Black Girl, remember?). Seales, along with her solo career, was also a touring member of the musical group Floetry. And we saw her name on the marquee last week in Hollywood at the Laugh Factory. Also a content creator, Deadline.com reports that her comedy competition show has been greenlighted for pilot presentations: http://deadline.com/2017/01/new-pilot-presentations-spring-premieres-announced-by-trutv-1201887098/

Get Your Life, episode 1:

CRISTELA ALONZO:

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The star rises for this popular comedian and has burst into the Netflix universe. After appearances all across the world of television, this is an expected stop along her path. Anyone who has experienced her show will agree. As with many comedians, she uses her life to inform her comedy. An example: I’m so excited to be here today because it means that I haven’t been deported. Yet.” And “First time (my mother) saw Girl Scouts, she thought they were border patrol agents … in training.” Yeah…funny, but SO serious.

From NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/03/05/518212330/from-mom-jokes-to-trump-era-racism-cristela-alonzo-aims-to-skewer-latino-stereot?

ROBERT SCHENKKAN:

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter takes  on a current maelstrom in his  Building The Wall, a searing, topical play premiering at Hollywood, California’s multi-award winning Fountain Theatre. Directed by Michael Michetti and produced by the team of Simon Levy, Stephen Sachs, and Deborah Lawlor, the play pulls from the energy and emotions behind today’s headlines in addressing one of the most contentious topics on the political and social landscapes. The Fountain Theatre, always in front, is known for premiering probing, thoughtful art. This is no exception. It stars Bo Foxworth and Judith Moreland.

Director Michael Michetti on Building The Wall:

Actress Judith Moreland on Building The Wall:

Robert Schenkkan on Building The Wall:

From The Daily Texan:  http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/03/03/pulitzer-prize-winning-ut-alum-uses-writing-as-a-force-for-change

“MUST SEE! Local legend Fountain Theatre scores the official opening of this world premiere rollout written by a national legend: Pulitzer Prize–and Tony Award–winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way).” – Time Out Los Angeles

Fountain Theatre Box Office contact & hours

(323) 663-1525

boxoffice@fountaintheatre.com

Monday-Wednesday 11 – 6pm

Thursday-Saturday 11 – 9pm

Sunday 11 – 5pm

or until showtime on

performance days.

www.FountainTheatre.com

GRACE JONES:

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The smoldering documentary on model, singer, and actress – Diva – Grace Jones is slated to debut this year. Jones, a cultural icon in every field she entered, will have her journey presented in ‘The Musical of My Life,’ in production since 2005. Directed by Sophie Fiennes, the film creates a mixed-media presentation comprised of personal and live show footage. Grace Jones folded and ruptured the envelopes – categories – meant to contain her.  No dates or venues for the release are as yet available.

IRIS SCOTT:

Photo Credit: Sunshine Press

Finger painting extraordinaire https://www.facebook.com/NowThisNews/videos/1306796656077122/

Written by Kato Cooks, RM Entertainment Contributor

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