Angela Brown and Lawrence Brownlee
January 2015, Philadelphia, PA.
Bridgette A. Wimberly peels away the external layers that constrain most of us. Her plays and poetry pay homage to the quiet, interior lives of unsung men and women, the sanitation workers and housekeepers, who fought a running battle during the civil rights movement to hang on to dignity and self-respect. " I do not want the struggles of the past, the people who made it possible for us to be where we are today, to be forgotten,'' she said. ''I stand on the ashes of those who sacrificed their lives for freedom. I owe them a debt."
By CHRIS HEDGES Published: July 5, 2001, New York Times
Commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, starring Tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Charlie
Parker, Soprano Angela Brown
as Addie Parker, and Baritone
WillLiverman as Dizzie Gillespie.
World Premiere June 2015, Philadelphia, New York's Apollo Theatre April 2016, Madison WI, February 2017, Chicago, March 2017, London, June 2017.
SAINT LUCY'S EYES
Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, George with Artistic Director Susan Booth, Director Billie Allen, Ruby Dee, and Playwright Bridgette Wimberly on opening night.
Breast cancer survivors learn to write short plays that are performed by professional actors on stage for the local community that empower, engage, educate, and motivate women to be more proactive about their breast health helping end late stage diagnosis of breast cancer and increase survival. (Survivor/playwright/President of Survivors Helping Other Women Survive, S.H.O.W.S. Bernadette Scruggs in photo)
CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD
Published on Feb 17, 2014
Lawrence Brownlee on Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD. Onstage at the Harris Theater March 24 & 26, 2017 as part of Lyric Opera's production of this opera, a new work from Opera Philadelphia's American Repertoire Program, that made its World Premiere at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in June 15, 2015.