Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tacoma Playwright premiers

Received this press release today from Tacoma Little Theatre and thought it worth passing on:

Tacoma Little Theatre presents the world premier of UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, a new full-length play by Tacoma playwright C. Rosalind Bell. The play opens October 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

The story revolves around the long distance friendship between writer Josephine Cohen in New Orleans and up and coming writer Amanda Brown, now living in Tacoma. Together they share a love for feisty wit and fine literature. Their friendship is strained when Josephine's shocking new book is published.  UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES explores the relationship between words, friendship, and our own sense of self.

About the Playwright

Louisiana native and Tacoma resident C. Rosalind Bell is the Dollover Artist in Residence at University of Puget Sound. She is the author of three plays, 1620 BANK STREET, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES and THE NEW ORLEANS MONOLOGUES, developed and produced at University of Puget Sound in  2007.   Bell was awarded a City of Tacoma Arts Grant in 2009 and received a 2010 commission from Northwest Playwrights Alliance. One of her short stories, FIRST FRIEND, was adapted into the short film, TOOTIE PIE, and was screened at THE SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and shown on PBS' KCTS in Spring 2010.  Her play, THE NEW ORLEANS MONOLOGUES, named a Top Ten Entertainment by The News Tribune, will have simultaneous November 2010 productions at City College San Franciso and UC Santa Cruz's Rainbow Theatre. One of her screenplays, Le Cirque Noir, about the rise and fall of the Duvaliers of Haiti, received a staged reading at the 2008 Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. An excerpt of her novel-in-progress, LOVE, ME was featured in the magazine, City Arts Tacoma, May 2008. She is a director of the August Wilson Play Reading Series produced by Northwest Playwrights Alliance/Broadway Center/Washington State History Museum/The Conversation.  COLORLINES, the national news magazine on race and politics, featured Rosalind among its INNOVATORS FOR 2008. She is a member of Macondo, a Writers Workshop conceived by author Sandra Cisneros in San Antonio.  She is a member of The Conversation and The Black Collective.

UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES is directed by Tacoma Little Theatre’s Artistic Director, Scott Campbell, and features LaNita Hudson as Amanda and Julie Novak Weinberger as Josephine.

Founded in 1918, Tacoma Little Theatre is the oldest theatre company in the west.  The theatre is located at 210 North I Street in Tacoma’s historic Stadium District.  UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES  runs October 1 through October 10, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Ticket are $15.00.  To reserve seats, or for more information, please call 253-272-2281 or visit

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