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The Root of the Soul
Stage 52
Los Angeles, CA
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The Root of the Soul
The Root of the Soul
Written and performed by Toni Malone
Directed by Brian Sonia-Wallace
Special thanks to Pamela Evans, Everlyn Thomas, and Bree Cardenas

Friday, August 8
Saturday, August 9
Sunday, August 10

at 7pm

Stage 52
5299 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 549-9026

Tickets $25 online, $35 at the door
Group (10+) discounts available

A story of love, loss, and faith based on true stories and filled with old gospel spirituals, Root of the Soul will make you laugh, cry, sing, and shout! Susana Callahan, aka Button, takes the audience on a journey from her childhood at Macedonia church in South Carolina in the early 1900's to the moment of her death 100 years later. Left a voiceless orphan at a young age and raised from the attic of the church by the Church Mothers, Button learns the songs and stories of the gospel and learns about the deeper nature of faith and family. The Church Mothers each had a story to tell and a song to sing, and these songs and stories become the root of young Button's soul, nourishing her and helping her grow up to meet life. Her story is a powerful lesson for all of us about dealing with loss, finding family, and discovering meaning through faith.

Using her family's stories and her own love of Gospel music, Broadway stage veteran Toni Malone combines entertainment and education on an amazing journey using her gifts of song and storytelling. Toni delights her audiences with a strong and powerful voice as a vocalist, and with a delightfully vigorous personality and a dazzling stage presence, leaving each heart touched and uplifted. Credits Include: "The Apollo Theater", "The Gospel Truth", "Fame," "The Beat Goes On", H.B. Barnum Life Choir and Orchestra, "The African American", "Smokey Joe's CafĂ©", "Hollywood P.O.",  "You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down", "Voices", "A Good Man Is Hard To Find", "Harlem Gospel Choir", "Dream Girls",  "Stella Awards", "Big Break", "Hats", and "The Buddy Holly Story". Toni was last seen onstage as Harriet Tubman in "Harriet Tubman: Woman of Faith".

NEA-funded Director/Producer Brian Sonia-Wallace directed "Harriet Tubman: Woman of Faith" earlier this year and is pleased to reunite with Toni. He ran his own theatre company in Scotland, producing 10 shows, 5 world premieres, and an Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut. His current Los Angeles project, Bike Odyssey LA, was one of LA Weekly's 'Top 5 in LA' picks and has garnered support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Brian apprenticed for 5 years under director Cheolseung Kim with Three Chairs Theatre Company  in Los Angeles and Pure Theatre Lab MACHAL in Korea, as well as with Tim Robbin's The Actors' Gang, The Groundlings, and Director's Lab West, and has worked extensively in the US, UK, Korea and Ecuador.



Stage 52 (View)
5299 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
United States

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Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Gospel
Other > Spiritual

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


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