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The Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center and Restoration Stage Brings Inspirational “Veils” the Musical to Los Angeles
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 5, 2020

PHOTO BY KIMBERLY C. GAINES

“Gut-wrenching, eye-opening, and inspiring Veils– is a scrapbook, a dream book—a record of women’s work.”
— DCTheatreScene.com

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) has teamed with Restoration Stage (Washington, DC) to bring the popular musical “Veils” to the Los Angeles area for a short run Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8:00PM and Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM and 8:00PM (with a special private performance for local high school students) at the Nate Holden Performing Art Center in Los Angeles, California. These performances commemorate the 55th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”

So much has been written about the men lost in the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements. Unexplored, however, are the stories of the women whose lives are affected by these tragedies—the women who wear the “Veils.” This musical is described as “an emotional historical pageant of grief and resilience, that pays tribute to women veiled in mourning, with a focus on Black lives lost in bloodshed during the sixties Civil Rights Movement.”

“Veils,” the musical, is written by Steven A. Butler, Jr. and directed by Courtney Baker-Oliver. The cast includes Roz White*, Desire’ Dubose*, Jeremy Keith Hunter*, Andrea Gerald, Corisa Myers, Kandace Foreman, Jenna Murphy, Suli Myrie, Ayana Reed & Catrina Brenae (*member of Actor’s Equity Association). Stage Management by Ronald Lee Newman, Musical Direction by Justin Thompson, Sound/Video Design by David Lamont Wilson, Lighting Design by Jerry Dale, Jr., Graphic Design by Kimberly C. Gaines; Executive Producer, Sandra Evers-Manly and Producers: Courtney Baker-Oliver and Steven A. Butler, Jr.

Accolades include:

“The singer-actors have created an exquisitely beautiful experience of enduring sorrow, honor, and healing.” – John Stoltenberg

“The surprise is that with ‘Veils’ two such multitalented African American young men have undertaken this profoundly womanist theme with such deep empathy and authentic respect. This, to my knowledge, is a first in theatre history.” — DCMetroTheatreArts.com

“Tackles roles ranging from Sybrina Fulton and Mamie Till to Jacqueline Kennedy and Viola Liuzzo.” — The Washington Informer

“I’m thrilled that my mother’s story is one being told in this production which brings history to life and to light.” — Mary Liuzzo, daughter of civil rights martyr Viola Liuzzo

“Often these voices and fighters get lost in history. But not this time.” — Sandra Evers-Manly

Tickets are $45.00 each. $40.00 for students and seniors. $35.00 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets, log onto www.bherc.org or call 310.284.3170.

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