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Subject: Black History at the Prescott Center

Press Release: Mama at Twilight: Death by Love
Flowers for the Trashman by Marvin X

For Immediate Release
Kill February 23, 2009
Contact: Ayodele Nzinga

Mama at Twilight: Death by Love, is an intimate expose' of a black family dealing with AIDS in the middle of their struggle to be a family. The Lower Bottom Playaz, open their 9th season at the Sister Thea Bowman Theater with this play by troupe founder/director, Ayodele WordSlanger Nzinga, MA, MFA.

This play debuted in limited engagement last season at the Sr. Thea, it played to sold out audiences that continue to discuss an evening of theater crafted to provoke thought and action in the audience.

This leanly crafted chronicle of a family implosion promises to be one of the best talking points of the summer as WordSlanger pokes into firmly closed closets to suggest conversations we have neglected. The topic is timely, the language breathtaking, the acting stellar; this is The Lower Bottom Playaz and WordSlanger at
their best.

The Lower Bottom Playaz offer a preview of the first shows of the season in a one day tribute to Black History Month hosted at the Prescott Joseph Center For Community Enhancement, 920 Peralta St February 22, 2009. They will offer a One Act, Flowers for the Trashman by Marvin X and an excerpt of, Mama at Twilight: Love by Death. There will be a 2: 00PM and a 5:00PM showing with an author discussion to follow. The excerpt of Love by Death, features Lower Bottom Playaz; Adimu, Wolf Hawk Jaguar, Madyun, (Hairdoo), Stan Doe Boy Hunt, (Turf Starz) reprising their original roles.

Flowers for the Trashman is a Black Arts Movement classic that is the West coast production of a Marvin X play. His short play Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam, was produced late last year at Woody King's New Federal Theatre in New York.

These plays deal with critical issues North American Africans must grapple with now rather than later, AIDS and parent/child relationships. The plays offer an opportunity for dialogue and healing.

This is an indoor showing. Call 510-208-1912/510-457-8999 to make phone reservations or information. Limited seating: $10 at door, $5 in advance, no one turned away.

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