Ammunition Theatre Company Presents
HOW TO RAISE A FREEMAN
Written by Zakiyyah Alexander Directed by Fred Thomas Jr.
March 3rd – March 26th 2017 Fridays-Sundays at 7:30pm
New Collective LA – 6440 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tickets go on sale February 6th, 2017
Los Angeles, CA – Ammunition Theatre Company, a powerful force on the LA theater scene, is proud to announce its 2017 full-length production of HOW TO RAISE A FREEMAN, March 3rd thru March 26th, Fridays thru Sundays at 8pm. Tickets go on sale February 6th, 2017.
HOW TO RAISE A FREEMAN presents a layered, oftentimes comedic take on a family dealing with the fears and concerns of what it means to raise a black child in a climate that includes police brutality, gentrification, and the disconnect and hope of a younger burgeoning generation. The child’s charming naiveté forces his parents to walk that delicate tightrope of wanting to keep a child’s hopes and dreams alive while honestly confronting the harsh realities of the outside world. Writer Zakiyyah Alexander, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has had numerous plays produced Off-Broadway and around the country, including 10 Things To Do Before I Die (commissioned and produced by Second Stage), Sick? (Summer Play Festival), The Etymology of Bird (Central Park Summerstage, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Providence Black Repertory Theatre), and Blurring Shine (Market Theater, Johannesburg, NY International Fringe Festival). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwriting Award, ACT New Play Award/Lorainne Hansberry Prize, Van Lier Award at New Dramatists, Drama League New Directors/New Works, and New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award.
HOW TO RAISE A FREEMAN is directed by Fred Thomas Jr., a three time NAACP Theatre Award winner for Best Writer, Best Director and Best Producer for the play 12’x9’. His credits include the live broadcast of the stage play The Divalogues for TV One’s R&B Divas LA, the film 24 Hour Love, the TV/stage play Ladies Book Club, and the 2016 Imagen Award-nominated film 22 Years. Thomas is a former member of Society Hill Playhouse and the recipient of a Film Independent Screenwriting Fellowship.
HOW TO RAISE A FREEMAN stars Ammunition company member Karla Mosley, who currently portrays “Maya Avant Forrester” – the first transgender lead character on broadcast TV – on The Bold & The Beautiful, for which Mosley has received an NAACP Image Award Nomination. Other TV/film credits include Hart of Dixie, Law & Order: CI, Gossip Girl, Men in Black 3, and Burn After Reading. Mosley is a former board member of Covenant House for homeless youth. She is an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, as well as the co-owner of 1 to 1 Productions for women of color in film and TV. The play also stars Aric Floyd (A Raising in the Sun and Galileo with Cleveland Playhouse, A Christmas Carol with Great Lakes Theater), and Terry Woodberry (Oedipus Machina at the Odyssey Theater, and SHORT + SWEET HOLLYWOOD short plays festival at the Stella Adler Theatre).
Rounding out the cast is Leonard Robinson from the critically-acclaimed ESPN mini-series The Bronx is Burning, and The Exonerated at The Culture Project, Off-Broadway. Other TV/film credits include Life of Crime with Jennifer Aniston, NCIS, Parks & Recreation, Law & Order, and Wilfred. The play also features Burl Moseley, who was last seen in the Emmy-winning Series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, as well as Bosch, Rizzoli & Isles, The Mindy Project, It’s Always Sunny, Dexter, and Grey’s Anatomy. His theatre credits include Christopher Shinn’s Where Do We Live (Vineyard Theatre), Kemp Power’s NAACP award-winning play One Night In Miami, and Greg Kalleres’ Honky (Rogue Machine Theatre). The play also stars Nick Unger, who was last seen in the HBO short film, IMAGINE.
The mission of Ammunition Theatre Company is to produce work that features underrepresented stories told in innovative ways, while actively working and creating in the community. Ammunition is a member of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program. This program enables all donations made to Ammunition Theatre Company to be tax deductible. For more information about the Pasadena Arts Council please visit: http://www.pasadenaartscouncil.org/
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