Saturday, October 01, 2011

Don't Get Me Started at TBAAL

T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, will appear at The Black Academy of Art & Letters (TBAAL) in their DRESS PERFORMANCE THEATRE SERIES production of her brand new stage show, "DON'T GET ME STARTED" on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 20111 @ 8:15pm. Clarence Muse Café Theatre, Dallas Convention Center Theater Complex, 650 South Griffin Street, Dallas, TX 75202 (At the corner of Canton and Akard Streets). Tickets are $15, and are available at TicketMaster, Hosted by Jack and Jill, Inc. 
David Mills, while a staff writer for the Washington Post, called T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh's work "Comedy with a Conscience".  A social activist for many years, T'Keyah says about Don’t Get Me Started, "My friends are tired of hearing me rant and rave about social-political issues, so I decided to take my two cents to the stage." That's exactly what T'KEYAH CRYSTAL KEYMÁH does in this engaging and thought provoking, one-woman show. She’ll charm you, inspire you, and hit you over the head, and you'll love her for it. In her signature style, T'Keyah brings her messages to the stage through the voices of a host of lovable characters old and new.  “Scary things are happening all over the world,” the actress says.  “Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. I help people along with that." (214) 743-2440

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Co-Chairs Lamman Rucker and T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh preside over the 'marvtastic' opening night festivities of the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival, August 1-6 in Winston-Salem, NC.  Founded in 1989 by Larry Leon Hamlin, and produced by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, the National Black Theatre Festival attracts close to 60,000 people to Winston-Salem and the city welcomes festival visitors with open arms. 
The week long event features a wide array of theatrical productions from across the country and beyond, NBTF Fringe, National Black Film Fest, NBTF Poetry Jam,  Youth / Celebrity Project, National Youth Talent Showcase, TeenTastic, The Readers Theatre, Collegiate Play Reading Marathon, Larry Leon Hamlin Solo Performance Series, International Colloquium, NBTF Artists Networking Showcase, Workshops & Seminars, International Vendors Market, and Celebrity Receptions!  Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and The People’s Choice Award winner Lillias White’s solo musical show, “LILLIAS WHITE… LIVE!  AT BLACK THEATRE HOLY GROUND” is the opening night gala performance.   

Amun Ra Theatre in Nashville, TN boasts two productions in the festival: the international premiere of jeff obafemi carr’s “Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole” (directed by T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh) and “Before the People Came.”  "Route 66," which debuted last fall at Amun Ra to sold out houses and rave reviews, explores how an actor struggles to fill the dramatic role of the great Nat “King” Cole and how he comes to grips with a life-long calling to present the story of one of the greatest performers in American history. Written and performed by jeff obafemi carr. (Solo Performance - General Audience).  

"Route 66" is part of a festival double bill with "Dr. May Edward Chinn", based on the life of May Chinn, the first African-American woman doctor at Harlem Hospital, who landed on the ground floor of early cancer detection in the 1940’s; Written by Laurence Holder. (Historical - General Audience)  
 The shows take place at Wake Forest #2 - The Ring Theatre, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, on Tuesday, August 2 at 3PM and 8PM, and Wednesday, August 3, at 3PM and 8PM.  
"Before the People Came," also written by jeff obafemi carr, returns after the big splash it made at the 2009 NBTF.  In this show, African animals rule the world.  But during a deadly drought the only salvation is a pear tree guarded by a fierce, rare liger.  Will the animals resolve their differences and unite for survival?  (Children’s Theatre).   
The show takes place at Wake Forest #2 - The Ring Theatre, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, on Wednesday, August 3, at 10AM and 1PM.

Some of the many other festival highlights include:  a celebrity dramatic reading of Ifa Bayeza’s “A Charleston Olio” based on her new novel with her sister, Ntozake Shange; “ALL AMERICAN GIRLS: A NEGRO LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN,” The Layon Gray Experience & The Black Gents of Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA; “Da Kink in My Hair,” Trey Anthony Studios, Toronto, Canada; “Juneteenth Blues Cabaret,” Juneteenth Legacy Theatre in New York; 
Knock Me A Kiss” starring Andre de Shields and directed by Chuck Smith, New Federal Theatre, New York and Legacy Creative Arts Company, Chicago; Samm Art Williams’ “The Waiting Room,The Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX; “Shakin the Mess Outta Misery,” the NC Central U, Durham, NC;  “Three Sistahs,” Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix, AZ; “Those Sensational Soulful 60’s,” Black Ensemble Theatre, Chicago; 
Gus Edwards’ “Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking,” Penumbra Theatre Company, St. Paul, MN; Poet Kwame DawesVOICES OF HAITI: A POST-QUAKE ODYSSEY IN VERSE (photography by Andre Lamberston and music by Kevin Simmonds), Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Washington, DC ;  “Soul on Fire: The Musical,”  Onyx Vizion Productions, Oklahoma City, OK; “Mother to Mother” starring Thembi Mtshali-Jones from FreeVoice Productions, Cape Town, South Africa.  Other celebrity performers/attendees include Dorien Wilson, BernNadette Stanis, Richard Lawson, Vanessa Williams, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Dawnn Lewis, Nathan Purdee, Barbara Montgomery, Count Stovall, Phylicia Rashad and Glynn Turman, whose incredible show "Moving Man" opened the 2009 NBTFTickets are on sale now at  

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Keymah Chairs Habitat WE Build May 14-15, 2011

Calling All Women:  
Grab a Hammer and Join the Fun!
Habitat For Humanity Helping Women And Families Build New Lives « CBS Los Angeles
Last summer Habitat for Humanity San Fernando / Santa Clarita Valleys (SF/SCV) held their first Women's Empowerment (WE) Build, in Pacoima, CA. Working on the Entertainment Industries Council's team, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh helped to frame a house that is now inhabited by a deserving family. The actress was so moved by the experience that she is chairing the 2011 WE Build on May 14 and 15, 2011. WE Build supports and celebrates women who work in non-traditional careers and those at the tops of their professions who encourage others by example and by sharing their success while women from all paths gather to uplift a community.
Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV is strengthening communities through their pioneering Enriched Neighborhoods program, whose services include health and nutrition training, dental hygiene, teen empowerment, tutoring, and ESL classes. In Pacoima, only 43% of high school students graduate, but in Habitat's Enriched Neighborhoods, Every child has graduated high school and 92% are attending or have graduated from college or trade school. 
The 2011 build will continue construction at the Pacooima build site., this time plastering, painting and building a playground.    Teams include "Days of Our Lives," "Bold & Beautiful," 'Entertainment Industries Council," and of course "Team T'Keyah,"  which includes Alison Arngrim, Margaret Laurena Kemp, Angela Nesbitt, Kristie LaTray, Dawnn Lewis, and Anneliese van der Pol, Please donate one or two days of your time. To participate, you need to go to the Habitat website, From there you can: Sponsor T'Keyah, Join T'Keyah's Team, "Team T'Keyah" or Form a team of your own, under Upcoming Events at The event takes place on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 9AM - 3PM each day, at 12600 Carl Street, Pacoima, CA. and you can participate for either or both days.  Advance registration is required.  The suggested donation to participate in the build is $40 per day which covers the cost of your  shirt, hardhat , tools and lunch, but no donation is required! You can participate without a donation of any kind!  Or, if you can't make it and would like to sponsor T'Keyah in the build for as little as $5, Click Here!  Every bit helps! Really!     Sponsor anyone on Team T'Keyah by clicking here! 
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Supporting One Supports All

Please support the independent film, "I Will Follow."  If this one does well, more... will follow!  Currently, it is showing in five cities: New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, Santa Monica and Seattle.  For tickets, click here Hopefully more screens... will follow.