Marley was one of the sponsors for the 19th annual NAACP Theatre Awards to be presented by Loretta Devine on August 31st 2009, and was here today at the LATC new building in downtown Los Angeles where the nominations being made to the press. Categories included best male and female actor, best choreography, best costumes, best director of a drama and best director of a musical, best ensemble cast, best lightning, best set design, best sound, best supporting with categories being separated for equity and local.
Introductions were made by Ron Hasson, president of the Beverly Hills Hollywood Branch of the NAACP, and Willis Edwards, a local board member but also member of the national NAACP board. Presentations and announcements were made by Brian White, Elise Neal and Hosea Chanchez
Many of those being honored as actor, actresses and producers walked the red carpet this morning Lisa LaNicole Bell,Jermaine Taylor,Lauren Lolls,Stephanie Stephens,Charles Watson,R.J. Mitte,William Christopher Williams,Kim Killous,Karen Robinson,Tangerine Martin,Brian White,Hosea C,Brandon Rachal,Suzette Tomlinson,William Romeo,Bresford Bennett,Nidnadjah Dabnay,Linda Bannister,James Hern Jr.,Keena Ferguson
Sload Robinson,Sara Brown,Brandi Burks, Thae’la Brown, Clarence Williams, Stephanie Stephanie, Richard Gad, Elise Neal and Lauren Lotts. Also among the artists were the theatre group, Coffee Will Make You Black.
It was in 1987 that the Theatre Awards were transformed and expanded to include technical awards, as well. This makes only sense because without good sets and good sound; without good lightning and good producers and directors, the actors are at a loss to perform at their best. Also included in the new awards were Lifetime achievement, community service, Humanitarian, Philanthropic and Exemplary service.
This year the theatre festival will also have several ten minutes one act plays. In fact, if you happen to have one, the NAACP Hollywood office is still looking for more plays to add to their list. The awards are being produced by Clarence Williams.
In addition to the coffee, samples were being given out by Bradford Beckerman’s Bradford Tonic. Having been in a near fatal accident, Bradford recovered with the help of herbs as Irish Moss and Ginger. He decided to encourage a healthier diet among his friends and hence the tonic was developed. He and Marley will soon have a coffee tonic that will have the benefits of the organic coffee and the health giving perks of the tonic.
Some of the other sponsors for the Theatre Awards are Wells Fargo Bank, Disney Corporation, Nestle, Paramount, CBS, Fox, AT&T, Cal Fed Bank, City of Beverly Hills, Crown Royal, Ciroc, the Music Center, Allstate Insurance, L A Cultural Affairs Department, Toyota Motor Sales, Hilton Hotels, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, UPS, Health Net, Sempra Energy, TVOne, Honda Corporation, and Delta Airlines.
Passes for the festival (August 29-30) will be $25 for 2 days or $15/day. For festival passes and tickets call 323 464 7616. Seminars there will include such things as on How to Finance and Produce a Play, What is Legitimate Theatre, From Page to Stage – collaboration of director and playwright, and The Perfect Audition: What casting directors want.
For more information, please go to www.bhwdnaacptheatreawards.com or www.beverlyhillshollywoodnaacp.org.