Center Theatre Group launches Not a Moment, But a Movement, a series of events that amplify and center Black artists. The first event, premiering on demand beginning January 21, 2021, at 5 pm Pacific, is introduced by Vanessa Williams, hosted by Bruce Lemon and features Angelica Chéri’s one-person play “Crowndation; I Will Not Lie to David” paired with the music of Jessica Lá Rel and the work of visual artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle.
The video will be free to Center Theatre Group subscribers and supporters and $10 for all others – except on Martin Luther King Day January 18, 2021 when the event will be offered free to the public in a sneak peak streaming at 6 pm Pacific. Not a Moment, But a Movement will be available at www.CTGLA.org/NotAMoment.
Also on January 18, at 4pm PT, Center Theatre Group will hold a pre-show panel discussion moderated by artist and educator Erin Michelle Washington. The panel will be offered free to the public through Center Theatre Group’s The Forum series on the Digital Stage.
Directed by Cezar Williams and performed by Sheria Irving, “Crowndation” is a one-woman show following 29-year-old Fatima Seed. Now the same age as her mother when she died of breast cancer, Fatima battles her inner-contradictions, yanked in multiple directions by her faith, her sexuality, her purpose and a secret she discovers about her father, all in pursuit of becoming whole before her time runs out.
Presented in conjunction with Watts Village Theater Company and The Fire This Time Festival, Not a Moment, But a Movement events feature a host who guides the audience through the work of a visual artist, a musician and a theatre artist. Each event is paired with a panel discussion to create a uniquely comprehensive cultural experience.
“I am excited to be partnering with The Fire This Time Festival and Watts Village Theater Company to create and curate this series that amplifies, centers and celebrates Black voices,” said Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director Tyrone Davis. “There is so much insightful, inspiring and illuminating work for us to choose from that it would be impossible to fully represent the breadth of Black artists but I feel that these three women, expressing and exploring their own unique voices and experiences, offer an excellent start to the countless conversations that our theatre and our community needs to have.”
Jason Martin- CTG
Photo – Angelica Cheri