Watch your skinny backs Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho and John Leguizamo –ERICA WATSON is coming to claim her crown as Queen of the theater/standup hybrid show with the Los Angeles Premiere of FAT BITCH! After workshops in NYC and Chicago, this new solo show written and performed by Watson will run April 29- May 1, 2011 at Greenway Court Theater.
“Fat Bitch!” offers a humorous and honest glimpse at the American “fat and sassy” black woman stereotypes that continue to influence modern day images of black women. Written and performed by Watson as a hybrid of theater and stand-up comedy, “Fat Bitch!” responds to how black women and their bodies have always been subjected to sexualized admiration and ridicule. Through personal vignettes, anecdotes and video clips, as well as drawing upon iconic images including “Mammy” and “Hottentot Venus,” Watson illustrates how media images have impacted herself-esteem as she touches on PETA’s “Save the Whales” campaign aimed at overweight women, the “war on obesity,” and the controversy surrounding President Obama’s nomination of a plus-sized black woman for Surgeon General.
Watson who is a commentator for the TV Guide Network, Oxygen and BET graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Film and TV (1998), and a MA in Media Management (2005).
Influenced by the quick wit of Whoopi Goldberg, the blunt comedic observations of Wanda Sykes, and the larger-than-life confidence of Mo’Nique, Watson (who is in the film “Precious” with Mo’Nique, as well as 2006’s “Dirty Laundry” with Loretta Devine) creates a universal point of view yet offers a new voice in comedy. “Fat Bitch!” has been work-shopped at New York’s “The Tank;” first during the Black Comedy Experiment in March 2008, then in May 2009, October 2009 and The Laurie Beechman Theater in February 2010 and at The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts in November 2009 and curated at The Brooklyn Museum October 2010 for Target First Saturdays.
“Fat Bitch!” is being presented by Columbia College Chicago and Producer/Director Steve Pink. Proceeds will benefit the Columbia College Chicago Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Chenese Lewis Productions, LLC is a proud sponsor of “Fat Bitch!”, a one woman show by Erica Watson!
WHERE: Greenway Court Theater 544 North Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036
FREE parking in the lot just north of the theater!
WHEN: Opens Friday, April 29, 2011, 8 p.m.
Closes on Sunday, May 1, 2011
Three shows only – 8 p.m. on April 29, 20, May 1.
YOU CAN PURCHASE TICKETS, HERE!
$15 for all regular performances
For more information about Erica Watson and her one woman show “Fat Bitch!” visit, HERE!
Chenese Lewis is giving away free tickets to see Fat Bitch to her faithful blog readers! She has more than one pair of tickets to give away, so there will be more than one winner! Only persons in L.A., and the surrounding area will receive the winning tickets. No flights, or trips for this prize. To enter leave a comment on her blog post about why you deserve to win the tickets and the best comment wins! What is she looking for in the best post? I don’t know, but she’ll know when she sees it! Make her laugh, make her cry, just make it good, and be creative! Remember there will be more than one winner! You can enter to win – HERE!
The winners will be announced Wednesday April 27th, 2011. Good Luck!