WE HAVE STORIES TO TELL… An Evening with Lisa Gay Hamilton, Tonya Pinkins and Lillias White February 9 2015 in NYC

From a media release:

An Evening with Lisa Gay Hamilton, Tonya Pinkins and Lillias White
Moderated by Angela Bronner-Helm

Monday, February 9, 2015
7pm-8:30 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm

The Pershing Square Signature Center
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
480 West 42nd Street at 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

 • The event is free and open to the public. Click here for reservations.
• Seating is limited. Reservations will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.

"All right, when I tell my daughter stories at night, invariably a few things happen. Number one, I use my imagination. I always start with life and I build from there. And then the other thing that happens...she always says, 'Mommy can you put me in the story?' It starts from the top up, so I'd like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Besty Beers...and Pete Nowalk…for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark skinned African-American woman who looks like me." ---Viola Davis, Acceptance speech after receiving the SAG Award for Best Female Actor in a Drama Series

Three award-winning African-American female actors are appearing simultaneously in separate productions on the New York stage: LisaGay Hamilton in The Liquid Plain, Tonya Pinkins in Rasheeda Speaking, and Lillias White in Texas in Paris. All three plays delve into the politics of race, gender and respectability.

On Monday, February 9, at 7pm in The Pershing Square Signature Center, these women will talk career, craft and placing themselves in the story. Acclaimed journalist Angela Bronner-Helm (AOL Black Voices, Essence) will moderate this illuminating conversation about claiming and changing the narrative.

WE HAVE STORIES TO TELL is presented by Signature Theatre, The New Group, and The York Theatre Company in association with Walk Tall Girl Productions/Black Theater Online and Project1Voice.

Photo credits: poptower.com (LisaGay Hamilton), Serge Nivelle (Tonya Pinkins), KenWerther.com (Lillias White)