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Love, Locs & Liberation
SoloFest 2019 Whitefire Theatre
Sherman Oaks, CA
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Love, Locs & Liberation
This solo show weaves together Ella Turenne's own stories of struggles with identity and beauty. From rituals that Black women hold in relation with their hair, to Ella's experience as an American woman with strong ties to her Haitian culture, the play explores many deeply personal issues. Blending poetry, song and humor, Ella unlocks the history of locs experienced by Black women, revealing many mishaps and triumphs. Through the eyes of 21 different characters, a 5th grade bully to Madam CJ Walker, she exposes the hair connection to politics, identity and culture, illustrating why hair is an intimate and essential part of Black life.

Written and performed by Ella Turenne
Directed by Kathryn Ervin

Hollywood Fringe Festival Scholarship Award Recipient
Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producer's Award Recipient
Rated 100% Sweet on Better Lemons

Following this ONE NIGHT ONLY performance at the Whitefire Theatre, there will be a Q&A followed by a wine reception. Please join us!


Ella's masterful storytelling, exuberance, honesty, and rawness keeps you glued to her performance as you meet a host of characters including her mother and her childhood hairstylist. I was able to relate to every moment of the journey and can't wait to bring my daughter and friends back to bear witness to this hilarious story of learning to love yourself outside of the social constructs of what society deems beautiful. - Monique Hankerson

Love, Locs, & Liberation is a wonderful weaving of humor, celebration, nostalgia, and social commentary. Never a dull moment. You don't need to be black, or a woman to be captured and moved by this story and you SHOULD see it, but if you are black, and a woman, then you damn sure NEED to see it!" - Eden Jeffries

Kudos to Ella Turenne and Love, Locs & Liberation! I could so relate to her journey, as a black woman with kinky hair, having experienced a similar one. But really anyone will be able to relate. It's a journey about acceptance and embracing who you are. About defining beauty and life on your own terms. Ella beautifully executed that through her fun and relatable characters and life story. - Pamela Shaddock


SoloFest 2019 Whitefire Theatre (View)
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
United States


Arts > Performance

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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