Wednesday, December 14, 2011

BANANAS! A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker



BANANAS! A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker is an award-winning, one-woman tour-de-force play based on the extraordinary life of international star and civil rights freedom fighter, Josephine Baker. Drama, comedy, and music recount Baker’s “rise from the slums of East St. Louis to the grand stages of Europe.”

Written and performed by Sloan Robinson, directed by Joyce Maddox, with musical direction by Aeros Pierce, it will run December 20 – February 29 at J.E.T. Studios in NoHo.

La Baker, also known as ‘The Duchess of Europe’, overcame limitations imposed by the color of her skin to become one of the world's most versatile entertainers and intriguing personalities of the 20th century. Decorated with the highest French military medal, Josephine Baker was a member of the French Resistance carrying secret documents across the borders during World War II. From her rousing speech standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial next to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., her refusal to perform for segregated audiences, to adopting twelve children from around the world and raising them together to prove by example that nations could live together in harmony, Josephine Baker was a civil rights activist, humanitarian & performer extraordinaire.

J.E.T. Studios is located at 5126 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo 91601 Click Here for tickets and more information or call (818) 358-3453.

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