Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, August 06, 2009, Page A2, Image 2
Stephanie Berry in "The Shaneequa Chronicles." Funny Blunder?? Stephanie Berry gets the award for best sense of umor at this year's National Black Theatre Festival. kn acclaimed actress of stage, screen and television* erry has brought her Obie Award-winning one 'oman show "The Shaneequa Chronicles" to the rBTF. The show, which is directed by Jeffery V. hompson, debuts tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 7) at 8 p.m. t the Black Box at the Reynolds Auditorium. It will Iso hit the stage at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, ^g. 8. When actor Horace Rodgers, a longtime NBTF upporter, introduced Berry to the managing editor of "he Chronicle (who shall remain nameless) on londay, Rodgers mentioned that the photograph that in with a profile of "The Shaneequa Chronicles" in le paper's popular NBTF Special Section was not of erry. To confirm whether his statement was true or ilse, the trio tracked down one of the special editions nd feverishly found the page in question. IT IS NOT 1ER!!!! Berry and Rodgers had a big laugh over the gaffe, 'hile The Chronicle's managing editor looked for a lace to bury his head, shame and embarassment. The hotogragh is from the play "Katrina: The Bridge," a lluunwi School o( Thtauc and-Awce roduiffOTfin which Berry did star. But the imagS is Of nother actress in the play. A still laughing Berry said tat she would send a copy of the section to the actress d that she too could get a laugh or two. Our sincere apologies to Ms. Berry, who has shown lat she is a real pro in every sense of the word. Tickets to her show, which is being staged with The Resurrection of Alice," are $37 and can be pur hased in advance at the Benton Convention Center cket desk or at the door (if they are still available) efore the performance. Theater icon Woodie King Jr. Poitier gives shout-out to King, NBTF Fittingly, the presenter of this year's Sidney Poitier Lifelong Achievement Award was Poitier himself - well sort of. The trailblazing actor sat down with up-and-coming director/actor Karamu Kush in Los Angeles soon before this year's NBTF started and taped a tribute to Woodie King Jr., who received the honor this year. The video was to be shown during Monday's Opening Night Gala, but the sound system failed, so Poitier's message was not shown in its entirety. Festival organizers corrected the oversight on Tuesday by screening it in the lobby of the downtown Marriott, the NBTF's central hub. King is a highly respected producer, director and founder of the New Federal Theater in New York, which launched the careers of too many stars to name. He was present at the make good screening, smiling humbly as Poitier - with his trademark articulate, lyrical voice - praised King for uplifting black theater, calling him "a source of inspira tion that will inspire the movement of African-American theater for generations to come." "You are a credit to your profession," said Poitier of King. Poitier also had kind words for the National Black Theatre Festival, an event he attended several years ago. "Black theater would not be standing as tall if it were not for the New Federal Theater and the National Black Ik. i? t Hhoio b> Ralph Meadow* "Good Times" cast members John Amos, Hern Sadette Salnis and Ralph Carter pose after the gala. Photo by Ralph Meadows Actress and Winston-Salem native Faye Hauser, left, poses with actress Barbara Montgomery. Photo* hy Kevin Walker Left: NHTF Superfan Sylvia K i m b ro u g h poses with actor I. amman Rucker. Right: Dallas ' Lucy Ewing, actress Charlene Til ton. Photos by Kevin Walker Winston- Salem -horn actress/talk show host Rolonda Watts with her mother, the accomplished Dr. Vebna Watts. Starletta DuPois gets excited as she recites I.angston Hughes' "Mother to Son." Photo by Ralph Meadow ?> Dorien Wilson with "Extremities'1 co-star Wendy Raquel Robinson. City native Ken Lewis, who just announced his intentions to run for the U.S. Senate next year, with his wife. Holly, and sister, Robin Lewis (far left), an accomplished local nurse. Chester Gregory, star of the NBTF classic, "The Jackie Wilson Story." NRTF favorite F.lla Joyce. Broadway legend Andre De Shields. Actor Hawthorne James. Sesame Street's Gordon, actor Roscoe Orman. Magnum, P.l.'s Roger E. Mosley.