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EARTHA KITT: UnAuthorized Confessions of a Sex Kitten
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Barnsdall Art Park)
Hollywood, CA
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EARTHA KITT: UnAuthorized Confessions of a Sex Kitten
Eartha Kitt: UnAuthorized Confessions of a Sex Kitten

An Intimate One Woman Show

Eartha Kitt: UnAuthorized Confessions takes the audience on an enlightening yet entertaining journey through the life and times of the LEGENDARY EARTHA KITT.  From unsavory beginnings, to overcoming it all, only to be shunned by her country, Eartha Kitt was a quadruple threat. She conquered Films, Television, Stage and was a famed singer with an unmistakable signature growl. She  was also a published author. She managed to cross all audiences, with each generation knowing and loving her for different pieces of her work.  

With her strong and seasoned acting skills and her remarkable resemblance to the legend, Tyra "Ms. Kitt" Hughes draws the audience deep into this UNSUNG talent's world, causing viewers to experience sadness, struggle, joy, laughter and triumph all from this one powerful performance.  This is truly a must see show that will have you petitioning for more.    

"Every child deserves the opportunity to express their hopes, dreams and fears, to unleash their imaginations and breathe life into the creativity that lives inside us all."  In keeping with this theme, our productions always utilize the talents of young dreamers.  This production will share with the world, the co-directorial debut of Kefir Rylan Emery, a 7 year old visionary.

Eartha Kitt: UnAuthorized Confessions of a Sex Kitten was written for stage by Sanedria Potter of FastLane Pictures, who will also serve as Director for this performance.

Coming from a theatrical background, TYRA "Ms. Kitt" HUGHES has been on stage all of her life. Writing, producing, casting, and directing her 1st stage play at the age of 14 for her high school's Family Night. This caused her to be lauded by many, especially her family who was not aware that she was the mind behind the play until the end of the night when she was called to stage and awarded for such great work. Winning trophy after trophy each week during high school and Best Actress every year, Tyra went on to represent her high school in the National tournaments bringing home National trophies every time!

This went on into her college years as well where she won the 'National Association of Speech and Dramatic Arts', the coveted award also won by Samuel L Jackson during his college years.  Tyra faithfully served her country in the United States Air Force from 1998 to 2004.  While serving her country, Tyra also managed to obtain a four year degree in only two years from Dilliard University in Theater Arts and Creative Writing, hold down a fulltime job at the post office and raise three daughters.  

Being a phenomenal Actress, Writer, Poet and Comedian, Tyra worked in the Post Office at night and dreamed of Hollywood all day. After several visits, she relocated herself and three daughters from New Orleans, Louisiana to Los Angeles California. Tyra hit the ground running and over the years she has been named in the Top 40 UNDER 40 by Gambit Weekly. She has had her original comedy featured on Bet's Comic View, Comedy Central's Chocolate News, the famed HA!HA! in Hollywood and Chicago's Second City Theater Company.  Tyra Hughes has appeared in national commercials such as Big Lots, A &P Sav a Center and Secret Deodorant. Her many TV credits include Bravo's Work Out TV Series, HBO's Treme' series, HGTV's Deserving Design and ABC's InJustice series. She has also graced the big screen in movies such as Baggage Claim, Cordially Invited and Nobody Smiling. Never one to only have one focus, Tyra Hughes is also known for the Oscar Award winning movie Ray, working alongside Jamie Fox as famed Costume Designer Sharon Davis's Costume Seamstress for the film.   Tyra has always been approached about her remarkable resemblance to Eartha Kitt and she feels that she was born to play this role.



KEFIR RYLAN EMERY, is a 7 year old visionary. Kefir came into the world fascinated by the creative world of film and television. Always clowning around and creating characters for himself and his little sister Rayn Kamali, she soon became his little 'star in the making'. At the age of 3, while watching the TV One network, Kefir blurted out, "That's what I'm going to do, I'm going to be an actor, but I'm also going to be the Director and Producer. Shortly after, at the age of 4, Kefir created his own TV show called 'The Kefir and Rayn Rayn Show'.  He plotted it out, did the blocking and was eager to perform for anyone that came within his eyesight. Atlanta Filmmaker and Director, Zina Brown, summoned Kefir and Rayn to Atlanta to shoot segments of their show, which turned out to be a hit with family and friends.

By age 6, Kefir went on to study the arts with Wendy Raquel Robinson's 'Amazing Grace Conservatory' and the creative bug bite got bigger. The award winning Writer/Director Sanedria Potter was shocked and exited to receive a call from Kefir himself as he informed her that he wanted to co-direct the Eartha Kitt project with her. He simply informed her that "I'm Ready, I was born for this".  As pre-production and rehearsals got underway, Sanedria was often amazed at Kefir's maturity and ability to see and understand topics well beyond his years. "He actually gives relevant notes and direction and has a resilient attention span, at an age when most kids can't even sit still for five minutes. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with him," says Sanedria Potter.



Sanedria Potter
Founder and President of FastLane Pictures, LLC, a company that develops TV/FILM/STAGE projects, Sanedria Potter is without a doubt one of the most passionate personalities in the entertainment industry. She is a multi-talented powerhouse.  www.fastlanepictures.com.

True to her fearless character, North Carolina born Sanedria Potter, left her job as a 911 operator and moved across the country to California and attended the NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY at Universal Studios. She studied Filmmaking, Editing, Stage, and Screenwriting. During that time she participated in numerous productions.

Currently she is creating several Television Pilots and developing Screenplays.  Her film "Split Decision", that tackles the issues of the HIV virus in relationships, was screened at the "Women of Color Arts and Film Festival", in Atlanta, Ga. and the The Texas Law Enforcement Commission added it to their HIV Training curriculum.  Her latest screenplay, which chronicles the life of one of the members of the Legendary OJay's Singing Trio, is currently in development with some great talent attached.

Most recently she directed an All-MALE cast in the acclaimed stage play titled "Chess" that premiered at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center. She also brought the Los Angeles hit one man show "Did You Do Your Homework" (Winner of the 2010 NAACP Theatre Award) to the Atlanta market and was Co-producer on the project. In addition, she recently debuted "The Adventures of Cory", a children's musical that she adapted from a popular children's book, to rave reviews. She has also worked with NBC's America's Got Talent-Atlanta Casting and cofounded and produced the 2008 through 2013 NC Underground Music Awards (NCUMAS).

Eartha Kitt: UnAuthorized Confessions of a Sex Kitten was written for stage by Sanedria Potter, who will also serve as Director for this Intimate One Woman Show that will premiere in Hollywood California at the Barnsdall Theatre. "Just as important as the message of Endurance and Courage that this show has for today's young people, is the opportunity to create much needed jobs and renewed interest in Theatre" says the New York Film Academy alumna Sanedria Potter. Sanedria Potter has developed several other historical stories in the one woman/man format. "Oftentimes in our culture the same stories get told and usually only in February. Furthermore, when my 12 year old son could only name six African American Historical figures, I knew something had to be done," says Sanedria.

The writing of her book "Behind the Pulpit" was something she felt she had to do. She wanted people, young and old, to know that even if you did not have a storybook childhood, that it does not have to dictate your adult life, you can overcome anything.  The book took her to many cities for book signings and readings. She was featured on WGHP FOX 8 for their "Meet the Author" segment. She has had speaking engagements at schools, focusing on topics of "bullies" and "being inspired". These issues are tackled in her book. She is currently working on her next book.

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Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Barnsdall Art Park)
4800 Hollywood Blvd.,
Hollywood, CA 90027
United States


Categories

Arts > Burlesque/Cabaret
Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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