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Events : Silver Rose Weekend 2005 : Awards


“Honoring our Friend Nelsan Ellis, writer and producer of UGLy. We are grateful for the way you opened your heart and shared your pain in a way that changed so many lives for the better. We will never forget your kindness.” - Love, Karen Earl



The West Coast Premiere of UGLy -

A story of unconditional love and how it masks a multitude of sins


"Sometimes love isn't logical"


Santa Monica, CA - April 20, 2005 - Soul UpRising Productions announced today that the West Coast Premiere of Nelsan Narie Ellis's play UGLy (sic), a story of unconditional love and how it masks a multitude of sins, winner of the prestigious Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, opens Friday, May 6th at 8:00 PM on the Main Stage at Santa Monica Playhouse for twelve performances only.


UGLy is based on the true story of Alice Marie, a casualty of the epidemic of domestic violence that claims a reputed three million lives a year and is the number one cause of murder of African-American women. UGLy is about the emotional destruction of loved ones who've suffered a loss and the complexities of love's bond. It sheds light on the experiences of women trapped in the struggle between love and pain. "There was a time when this subject matter was only discussed in secret corners. Nelsan Narie Ellis has declared NO MORE SECRETS.


UGLy was first produced at the Julliard School and was later awarded a grant to be produced off-off Broadway, where it debuted at the Storm Theatre. Playwright and Director Nelsan Narie Ellis won the prestigious Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal award for its productions both at The Juilliard School and The Storm Theatre. UGLy was also a part of the 2003 New York Fringe Festival. It is one of only two plays written by the talented Ellis, his other play Trespass was also produced at Juilliard and was selected to take part in the Strawberry One Act Festival in New York City.


UGLy features a diverse cast of talented Julliard graduates: Abby Gerdts, Christopher Mowod, Toi Perkins, Damali Scott, and DeSean Terry joined by David Shanks (winner of Chicago's Black Stage Alliance 2003 Sidney Poitier Prize for Best Actor), Lynn Wactor (International Touring Company of STOMP), and Raymond T. Williams ("Their Eyes Were Watching God" starring Halle Berry). Musical accompaniment is by composer/musical director/guitarist Eric Picotte-Harper with Victor Paredes on percussion and Abdul Salaam on flute. Set design and construction by The Attic Room, mural by Misha Maynerick. Stage Manager Melany Love and assistant director Brandon Sweeney fill out the crew. A Guest Production at Santa Monica Playhouse, UGLy is produced by Soul UpRising Productions, supported by Community Partner Jenesse Center of South LA.


Twelve performances only. UGLy previews, Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th at 8:00 PM and opens Sunday, May 8th at 6:00 PM continuing through May 21st with performances May 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th and 21st at 8:00 PM and May 15th at 6:00 PM. A post-show discussion facilitated by Jenesse Center will follow each performance. All preview tickets are $10.00. Regular admission is $25.00 with discounts available for students and groups of 10 or more. Mondays are 2-4-1 Industry nights. A percentage of all tickets sold go to benefit the Jenesse Center Moms and Children (JAMAC) Program. Reservations recommended, some shows already sold out. Advance tickets are available at 323-960-7735 or online at www.plays411.com/UGLy

The Main Stage at Santa Monica Playhouse is located at 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona). Convenient parking is located across the street from the Playhouse in Municipal Lot #1.


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