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42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Pre-Show Gala

On Thursday, March 3, 2011 The NAACP hosted The 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Pre-show Gala at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA from 7:45 pm.
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Some of the celebrities the attended event were Smokey Robinson, Tamera Mowry, Dr Regina Benjamin, Affion Crockett, Aisha Hinds, Marla Gibbs, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Wendy Davis, Beth Payne, Aaron D. Spears, Yvette Freeman and Michael Colyar.

The NAACP Image Awards show will be broadcast live for two-hours on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX Channel 11.
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About NAACP Image Awards:
The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. For more information visit http://www.naacpimageawards.net

About the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP):
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information visit http://www.naacp.org

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Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, Premieres at The Whitmore Theater directed by Veronica DiPippo

July 31, 2010 by  
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Crimes of the HeartOn Friday, July 30 ,2010 Get Real Productions announced in a press release the limited engagement of Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, premieres at The Whitmore Lindley Theater directed by Veronica DiPippo.

The prestigious play will be directed by Award Winning Filmmaker, Director and Writer Veronica DiPippo and produced by Sonia Curtis Acerra and Alicia Benavides Greenfield.

The cast members starring are Sonia Curtis as Lenny Magrath, Brenda Lasker as Chick Boyle, Nate Orr as Doc Porter, Victoria Profeta as Meg Magrath, Kincaid Walker as Babe Magrath Botrelle and Alec Beard as Barnette Lloyd.
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The play opens on Friday, August 13th at 8:00 pm and runs to Sunday, August 29, 2010. It will be held Fridays and Saturdays night at 8:00 pm & Sundays at 2:00 pm. The event will be held at The Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center at 11006 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601.
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This special limited event is offering tickets to the general public if purchase in  advance for VIP and General Pre-Sale Seats. Individual Pre-Sale Seats for $16.00, and VIP Pre-Sale Seats for $20.00, also they welcome any charitable donation of $25.00 which it do not include ticket to see the play. For tickets and information visit http://crimesoftheheart2010.blogspot.com/ At the door General Seats cost $16.00.

About Crimes of the Heart:
At the core of this tragic comedy are the three Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The trio was raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments and each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as they’re forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the “Crimes of the Heart” she has committed. 

About award-winning Filmmaker, Director and Writer Veronica DiPippo:
An award-winning filmmaker, director and writer, Veronica has directed numerous original works for theatre including Sins of the Father at The Met Theatre, Los Angeles, Off-the-Wall at the Writers Theatre, New York, and Roaring Girls at Musical Theatre Works, New York, as well as classics such as August Wilson’s Fences. As a playwright, over thirty productions of her plays and one-acts have been produced at theatres across the country.  Her newest play Lulu’s Last Stand is set to premiere at Theatre 40 in Los Angeles in October, 2010. 

Veronica began her career as an actor with John Strasberg’s Mirror Repertory Company in New York City where she also studied acting with fellow company member Geraldine Page.  She is a graduate of The Drama Studio, London at Berkeley and SUNY where she holds a degree in writing for film and television.  She is a member of the Writers Guild, Women In Film, the Alliance of Women Directors and The Dramatists Guild. For more information, please visit http://www.crunchentertainment.com/about_ver.php

About Producer Sonia Curtis Acerra:
Sonia Curtis Acerra was introduced to Hollywood through her father, a famous Hollywood Stuntman. She grew up visiting film and television sets regularly and after playing the lead role in her high school musical “Bye Bye Birdie” she was hooked on acting. Sonia was accepted to the USC BFA Program for acting but was unable to attend because she began working right after high school. While working on various TV shows she continuously trained with great teachers such as Bill Traylor at The Loft, Roy London, Cameron Thor and Sandra Seacat. She went on to book recurring roles on “Family Ties”, “Days of Our Lives”, and “Roseanne” and her film credits include “The Monster Squad” and “Terminal Bliss.”

After many years of acting Sonia also began to coach actors privately and in groups and began writing and developing scripts for film and television. Last year Sonia produced and starred in a short film “Deception” directed by award winning director Pamela Dresser. Currently she has several projects in various stages of development. “Crimes of the Heart” is the first theater production Sonia has undertaken. She is very grateful for all the support she has received from Victoria Profeta, Veronica Dipippo, Alicia Benavides Greenfield, Zac Polhamus and all of the wonderful cast and crew and her amazing husband Jeremiah Acerra who has helped with many aspects of this production. For more information, please visit http://www.soniacurtis.com

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About Producer Alicia Benavides Greenfield:
In 2000 Alicia Founded the NewMan theatre Company a non-profit theater company in NYC. She produced original pieces such as “Dinner at the Manse” by Ara Anasa, as well as “‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” by pulitzer prize winning writer/directer John Patrick Shanley in which she played the lead role as Roberta.
Alicia Majored in Film/Media at NYU and has consistently trained and worked as an actress for the past 15 years.
Currently she studies with Joanne Barron/DW Brown in Los Angeles. Alicia is honored to be debuting as a producer here in LA NOHO with “Crimes of the Heart.” For more information, please visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2079758/

About Get Real Productions:
Get Real Productions was founded in 1999 by Sonia Curtis with a creative vision to teach actors, inspire, write, produce and direct various projects in the entertainment industry. The main goal at Get Real Productions is to find and develop new talent and projects and encourage partnership with other talented positive people who bring hard work, good attitudes, dedication and professionalism to their craft. For more information, please visit http://www.getrealproductions.biz

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Editor’s Note: Article was first published on the Hollywood Events Examiner page at Examiner.com

Sources: Wikipedia.org, Alicia Benavides Greenfield & Sonia Curtis Acerra, Producers