Tackling weight issues, Luckett Productions and the Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University Dominguez Hills presents the world premiere production of “YoungGiftedandFat,” a powerful play conceived and performed by assistant professor of directing and acting, Sharrell D. Luckett, Ph.D.
The play is directed by internationally acclaimed director Freddie Hendricks, and includes musical direction by recording artist sensation RAHBI, and choreography by Guy Thorne, artistic director of FuturPointe dance company and former principal dancer with Garth Fagan Dance.
Performances will be held in the intimate 70-seat Edison Theatre located in the University Theatre Complex on June 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. and June 14 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Once 100 pounds heavier, Luckett serves up a heaping helping of interesting insights in this autobiographical solo show about her emotional struggle to adjust to life after her major weight loss. Though she’s gained a newly slender body, her inner self seems to have trouble letting go of her status as a morbidly obese person. Woven through with elements of music and dance, “YoungGiftedandFat” explores the prejudices and real-world limitations placed upon the severely overweight and the Fat Acceptance movement that’s fighting those pre-conceptions.
“This play is very personal, but universal at the same time. Nearly all women know what it feels like to have body image issues and to struggle with weight,” Luckett said.
WHEN: June 12 & 13 at 8 p.m.; June 14 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
WHERE: Edison Theatre, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747
TICKETS: General admission – $12; Purchase tickets online at: www.younggiftedandfat.brownpapertickets.com or call (310) 243-3588. Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash only.
Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” states, “Sharrell’s talent is truly extraordinary!” while Broadway composer (“Other Desert Cities”) Justin Ellington proclaims, “Sharrell is truly a force to be reckoned with in the arts! Her vision and dedication to the craft is what theater deserves and needs!”
Luckett has enlisted some of the best play makers in the business to help bring her story to life on the stage. Hendricks has directed in South Africa, Belgium, Amsterdam and throughout the United States. He is the founder of the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, a training ground for Broadway, film, and television actors. RAHBI recently opened for Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu. He has also shared the stage and collaborated with PJ Morton of Maroon 5, Lauryn Hill, and India.Arie. Thorne recently touring the UK with his company, FuturPointe Dance.
The production will be underscored with live piano accompaniment performed by recent CSUDH music graduate Osbaldo Maravilla, who composed the original music for the university’s spring production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Topdog/Underdog.”
Directly following the June 13 performance, there will be a “Talk Fat Session,” in which Luckett will engage further with the audience about her very personal, but universal struggle with weight loss and weight gain.
Tickets are $12 for general admission. The show is suitable for ages 14+. For more ticket information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.younggiftedandfat.brownpapertickets.com Tickets purchased at the door are cash only. For other payment options, please call the Theatre & Dance department at (310) 243-3588.
For more information about “YoungGiftedandFat” or Sharrell Luckett and the artistic team, please visit: www.sdluckett.com, www.younggiftedandfat.com, www.thedirectress.wordpress.com, www.futurpointe.org.
The University Theatre complex on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills is located on Toro Center Drive/Tamcliff Street off Victoria Street in the city of Carson. Metered parking lots are within walking distance. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at yellow kiosk machines near each lot.