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Mama Juggs: Three Generations Healing Fractured Body Images | Feb 5, Mar 19-20

DNA, DRAMATIC ART TAKE ACTOR FROM CAROLINA TO CAMEROON

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Actress/Writer ‘rie Shontel brings her one-woman show “Mama Juggs: Three Generations Healing Fractured Body Images” to Durham’s Common Ground Theatre on February 5, March 19, and March 20 at 8:00 p.m. The show is an African-American and Women’s History prelude to her much-anticipated tribal reunion and performance in Cameroon, Africa.

In July, ‘rie will make the transatlantic journey to reconnect with her family’s ancestral tribe and exchange art forms. Through maternal DNA testing, her family’s roots were traced to the Tikar people of Central Africa’s tropical rain forest.

‘rie Shontel (pronounced REE) is an actor, playwright, mixed-media artist, and award-winning national journalist. Born in East Oakland, California, she grew up in an area called “Funk Town” where she lived vicariously through her family and neighbors’ late night stories. As Anita Shontel Woodley, her legal name, she received a Harry Chapin Radio Media Award, several National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards and shares an Emmy with CNN for their exceptional coverage of 9/11. ‘rie has also written and produced a play called, “A Great Dream Now a Nightmare,” about African-American inner-city youth who ignored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other Civil Rights leaders’ sacrifices.

‘rie Shontel (pronounced REE) is an actor, playwright, mixed-media artist, and award-winning national journalist. Born in East Oakland, California, she grew up in an area called “Funk Town” where she lived vicariously through her family and neighbors’ late night stories. As Anita Shontel Woodley, her legal name, she received a Harry Chapin Radio Media Award, several National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards and shares an Emmy with CNN for their exceptional coverage of 9/11. ‘rie has also written and produced a play called, “A Great Dream Now a Nightmare,” about African-American inner-city youth who ignored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other Civil Rights leaders’ sacrifices.

‘rie (her mother’s nickname) will be the first to reconnect with her family’s tribe and will present “Mama Juggs” to them and the neighboring Baka (Pygmy) villagers. Together they will witness their African-American female descendants’ struggles with body image that have persisted since enslavement. Proceeds from “Mama Juggs” will support improving the Tikar communities’ access to health care and education through http://www.hitip.org

Written and performed by ‘rie Shontel, “Mama Juggs” is a powerful monologue in four parts about female body awareness. Each character– Teen Anita (age 17), Maternal Anita (age 27), Mable-Marie (age 47); and Suga Babe, (age 100) – will transport the audience into an intimate view of a woman’s body image. Collectively, they face late puberty, breast feeding, old age, and breast cancer in their Oakland Housing Project living room. Throughout the show ‘rie sings original a’capella breast-feeding songs passed down from her great-grandmother Suga Babe. This compelling show portrays how cultural taboos lead to discovering identity and hope in her family.

‘rie Shontel is an actor, playwright, mixed-media artist, and award-winning national journalist. Born in East Oakland, California, she grew up in an area called “Funk Town” where she lived vicariously through her family and neighbors’ late night stories. As Anita Shontel Woodley, her legal name, she received a Harry Chapin Radio Media Award, several National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards and shares an Emmy with CNN for their exceptional coverage of 9/11.

WHEN: February 5; March 19; March 20 at 8:00 pm

Common Ground Theatre | 4815B Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC, 27705
(919)698-3870 | http://www.cgtheatre.com/

TICKETS: $25, (800) 838-3006 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/93433

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2 Responses

  1. I am so proud of you, Anita! This is a dream come true and you are reaping the blessings!

    Everyone needs to see this show! They will laugh and cry and never forget the healing spirit you portray.

    Mama Shelia

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