My Womanifesto production at The Playground Theater on yesterday was simply AMAZING! I’m not just saying it because it was a Felicia T. Simpson Productions show — ok well I am, but seriously, these women did not come to play with us!
This production was inspired by Robyn Durham who was also in my Love ‘Em All Monologues back in November 2016. One day in rehearsal, Robyn was just chatting off to the side with me about what she goes through in the acting industry as a plus size woman. So me being the writer, instantly jumped on the idea of doing a set of monologues all about stories from other plus size women. I can not tell you how each woman who auditioned has truly changed my views and the audience on how society views plus size women.
Now back to the recap…… my beloved sister, Crystal Iris was definitely a great M.C.!!!! She had us laughing and no doubt chile she made sure we noticed those S-E-X-Y legs of hers as she ripped the runway for us. Everyone knows I love a great party with food and adult beverages, so know that my productions are exactly that — A MUTHAEFFIN PARTY!!!!!!!
Theater is all about entertainment so no matter what topics are discussed in my productions, you will be entertained. There’s never a good party without food, so we had food catered by the wonderful Mellynda Williams of Simple Sensations. Mellynda makes dishes and fruit trays during our rehearsals and the day of the show. Her services are GREAT and my favorite, AFFORDABLE!!!!!! She made some jerk sliders and let.me.tell.you.something……… chile, those were so delicious!!!!
Let me tell you about these beautiful ladies (l-r) Tatiana Griffin, Quanteisha Carter and Jenine Carter, who are related by blood. Beyonce and Rihanna don’t have nothing on them because they were FRESH off the runway and gave us serious body as they modeled. I was in the sound booth dancing and having a good time. Jenine came out in one scene to the song Fine by Mary J. Blige and she rocked a MJB look that had the audience up on they feet and dancing their chairs with her.
The one thing that I love about these women were only ONE of them is a professional actor, they were simply women sharing their stories and they did an awesome job! My prayer was for NEW doors of opportunity will open for them because they stepped out on faith and told their most intimate and private stories, to a room full of people and that is not an easy thing to do for everyone.
So after the performances and the models did their thing, my favorite part of the show was next, CURTAIN CALL. LOL I get excited about the END of a production because that means that another dream of mine has successfully manifested. During curtain call, I highlight everyone in the production individually and I always give my ladies their flowers while they are still here. I allow them to shine by updating everyone on new things that they are doing or apart of and the services they provide to help them network (I’m a die hard networker). Finally, I get my chance to announce everything that’s coming up as far as new productions and anything with me personally.
I announced a million times that I had “one more announcement” like they do in church lol and that announcement was that Tatiana, Jenine and Quanteisha had the most ticket sales so they each won a free spa day with……ME!!!!!
I then closed out the show with an after party per the usual. I dj’d while we cleaned up the aftermath. The attendees got their dance on and continued to P-A-R-T-Y.
NEXT UP: is my NEW play KARMA on May 21, 2017 at 3pm at the Playground Theater…. you do NOT want to miss this show!!!! I’m playing the role of Keisha the crazy bartender so come check us out.
If you came to see Womanifesto, comment your favorite part(s) of the show.