In Help Wanted, a young couple, Deana, a successful business owner, and Prince, a local university professor,hits a bump in their marriage. Desperate to find a compromise they enlist the help of a sexual surrogate, Sadira, a young academic just trying to make ends meet. As Deana battles her chronic pain and the lines between business and pleasure are blurred, can they find peace in this compromise?
Black Women's Health Imperative was founded in 1983 by Byllye Y. Avery . They were "the first nonprofit organization created Black women to help protect and advance the heallth and wellness of Black women and girls." Their mission is " To lead the effort to solve the most pressing health issues that affect Black women and girls in the U.S. Through investments in evidence-based strategies, we deliver bold new programs and advocate health-promoting policies. " We are proud to be donating 20% of our profits from our reading of 'Help Wanted' to this organization.
After the reading there will be a short break and then a Q&A Talkback with the playwright, Agyeiwaa Asante and the director, Elisabeth Christie.
As always our reading are pay-what-you-can. We have three tiers of tickets available through Eventbrite- $10, $15 and $20. If these are not representative of what you feel can or want to pay please get in contact with us directly at email@example.com and we will work with you.
We want theatre and our work to be accesible. The live reading will take place October 2nd 2020. This performance will be recorded and made available for 1 week after the live performance. allowing those who are not available night of to attend. The recording will be made availble with Closed Captioning.
Agyeiwaa Asante is a local Ghanaian- American playwright based in the DC Metro area. Her first play, Swirl, was presented at the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival before going on to the Watermelon One- Act Festival in 2019, winning best production. She was a featured playwright at the BOLD 2020 Ten Minute Play Festival this summer, and at the University of Maryland’s Fearless New Play Festival this past winter. She is also a local dramaturg and assistant director, and former literary assistant at Round House Theatre. She is a member of D.C. Dramatists. B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland.
ELISABETH CHRISTIE is an Orlando based performer, director, and choreographer. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre and Dance Minor from University of Central Florida. Director/Choreographer credits include: Mass, Of Mice And Men, Oklahoma!, and The Black History Show. Her performance credits include: Evita (Ensemble), Flashdance (Gloria), The Wild Party (Delores), Bye, Bye, Birdie (Rose Alvarez), Beauty & The Beast (Silly Girl), Singin In The Rain (Ensemble), I Love A Piano (Singer), Saturday Night Fever (Ensemble), Grinchmas: Who-liday Spectacular (Sleepy Who), Hairspray (Cindy Watkins). www.elisabethchristie.com
Evangelina M. Hakes (stage manager) is excited to be working with Elemental Women Productions for the first time. Other theatre credits include Adventure Theatre MTC: The Velveteen Rabbit; Baltimore Center Stage: Fun Home; Flying V Theatre: Crystal Creek Motel, We're Gonna Die; Happenstance Theater: Pantheon, BAROCOCO, Bon Voyage, Moxie; We Happy Few: Pericles; Woolly Mammoth: The Peculiar Patriot. She is also the Associate Producer of Flying V Theatre.
Rama Orleans-Lindsay, is a Ghanaian American actress that believes the arts are our tool for liberation. Developing her skills as producer and writer she is ecstatic to be a part of the Help Wanted cast.
Nathaniel J. Ryan is very happy to be a part of this production of ‘Help Wanted’
Ryan can be seen on The Blacklist’, ‘Blue Bloods’ and starring in the Independent Feature Film 'Luv Don't Live Here', which received a national distribution deal through Amazon.com and itunes.
Ryan, a natural athlete, enjoys track and field, canoeing, cross country, swimming and martial arts.
Nicole Michel Toum is a soon-to-be graduate of the Stella Adler Two year Conservatory program. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Nicole found her love for acting in community theatre at the age of eight and continued to perform throughout high school and university. Nicole made her stage debut at Sydney’s New Theatre as part of the ensemble in Consensual and later had a supporting role in the webseries Las Rosas.
Broghanne Jessamine is Artistic Director and Owner of Elemental Women Productions. Originally from Scotland Broghanne has worked in Theatre, Voiceover and Film since emigrating to the United States of America. Prior to moving to New York, Broghanne participated in numerous performing arts cultural festivals throughout Scotland and in Germany to bring theatre and performance that explores social issues to a wider audience.