Ella Joyce's acclaimed one-woman play
"A ROSE AMONG THORNS"
was presented by the
Rosa Parks Museum with Troy University
on the beautiful and prestigious Alabama Shakespeare Festival Stage (ASF)
in honor of Mrs. Parks' 95th birthday on Feb. 4th, 2008.
Nominated by NAACP !! (Los Angeles-Hollywood Branch)
Over 70 Performances delivered since Feb. 4, 2007 !
This play has Traveled to over 28 cities...
" ...thoroughly fantastic, energetic and powerful.
It is like sitting and watching Rosa Parks..."
--Vice Mayor Carlton B. Moore, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
"Joyce Channels Rosa Parks..." The Chronicle, Winston-Salem NBTF
" 'A Rose Among Thorns' is a well-crafted play on Rosa Parks".
--Jack Zink, South Florida Sun-Sentinel (1/23/08)
|EDUCATING USING THE ARTS!
Ella Joyce Doesn't play Rosa Parks--she channels her in
"A Rose Among Thorns"... JEBA
"Educating using the Arts"
More REVIEWS :
"...It becomes hard to remember that it is Joyce, not Parks,
who is holding court, educating and entertaining the audience".
"Ella Joyce is spellbinding." -Ed Bumgardner, Winston-Salem Journal
"...Joyce transformed herself completely...."
--Mary E. Montoro, Los Angeles Sentinel
"refreshingly intimate. ...Ella Joyce's writing deeply echoed
the love for Rosa Parks..."
--Nicole Zaza, Houston Arts
A Big THANK YOU !
to all Presenters & Sponsors of
"A Rose Among Thorns"
WHERE THIS SHOW performed (over 5 years, 28 cities):
RACCA's Seaport Salon-Richard Allen Center, Shirley Radcliffe, Imani - New York City first public Reading
Lucy Florence Cultural Center, Solo Sundays - Los Angeles, CA Previews
The Black Academy of Arts & Letters (TBAAL) - Mr. Curtis King - Dallas, TX - "world premiere" !
Black Spectrums Theater - Mr. Carl Clay - Jamaica Queens, New York
Raytheon Aerospace Corporation - El Segundo, CA
Black Student Union of California - Burbank, CA
Stage 52 Playhouse - Los Angeles - (nominated by NAACP- Hollywood Branch)
Transforming Life Ministries - JB Productions - Saginaw, Michigan
NATIONAL BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL - Winston-Salem, NC
Communities In School (CIS) - Detroit, MI
OMEGA PSI PHI Fraternity-Zeta Rho Chapter -Nate Holden Theater - Los Angeles, CA
THANK YOU ROSA PARKS-- Dorthula Green -New Haven, CT
The Shadow Theatre Company at The Newman Center-- Jeffrey Nickelson - Denver, CO
St. Paul AME Church - JEBA -- Coconut Grove, FL
Parkway Middle School for Performing Arts--JEBA - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Concerned African Women - JEBA-- Miami Gardens, FL
Lou Rawls Center-Florida Memorial University - JEBA - Miami Gardens, FL
JEBA - Ed Haynes & Julia Brown - Miami, FL (Awarded by Concerned African Women .
OMEGA PSI PHI Fraternity - LA Southwest College - Los Angeles, CA
The ROSA PARKS Museum, Troy University (ASF Stage) - Montgomery, AL
Georgette Norman - Rosa Parks Library & Museum - Montgomery, AL
Don Williams - Rainbow Theater - Univ. of California Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA
Woodie King, Jr. - Harlem School of the Arts - Harlem, NYC
National Black Touring Circuit in assoc. with Castillo Theatre - Harlem, NY
Laces (Los Angeles School for Enriched Studies)- Black Parent Assoc. - Los Angeles, CA
BeeBe Smith Johnson & Sharmaine Grier - Los Angeles, CA
Terrence Ivory-Ivory Arts -- Mt. Calvary Baptist Church - Fairfield, CA
Rust College -- Prof. John House & Patricia Pegues - Holly Springs, MS
Saginaw High School-Transforming Life Ministries Church -Saginaw, MI
Urban Theatre Festival 2008 - JEBA -- Miami, FL
Alabama State Council On The Arts -- Barbara Edwards/Yvette Daniel - Montgomery, AL
Camden Middle School/Paramount Jr. H.S./Lowndes County Middle School - ALABAMA
CA Chapter Stillman College Alumni/Lula Golden-Lacy--Fairfax H.S. - Los Angeles, CA
October Gallery/23rd Philadelphia International Art Expo -Mercer Redcross - Philadelphia, PA
Dorthula Green, Thank You Rosa Parks/Hill Regional Career H.S. Auditorium-New Haven,CT
Cox Communications-TVOne-Fairfax County Government-Nelfred Blanding Fairfax, VA
Tabia African American Theatre Ensemble/Mexican Heritage Theatre-Viere Whye San Jose,CA
The Houston Ensemble Theatre at The Wortham (Cullen Auditorium) - Eileen Morris Houston, TX
TCA TRavel Club - Greg Tarver Lansing, MI
A Circle Of 12 - The Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Dr. Jan Berlin Hollywood, CA
The Billie Holiday Theatre Ensemble Theatre-Marjorie Moon - Brooklyn, New York
The Jamaica Branch NAACP--Black Spectrum Theatre - Carl Clay Jamaica Queens, NY
Yale African American Affinity Group-TYRP-Dottie Green -Debbie Pierce New Haven, CT
Delta Sigma Theta Grand Rapids Alumumae, Rosa Parks Sculptor Project Grand Rapids, MI
Muslim Journal, Galt Hotel - Louisville, KY
JUDGE MABLEAN EPHRIAM FOUNDATION - West Angeles Christian Church - Los Angeles
Stage Aurora -Black Arts Festival - Jacksonville, Florida
United Methodist Church - Washington, DC
Renaissance High School - Liberty Temple Baptist Church - Detroit, MI
more Reviews FOR "A ROSE AMONG THORNS":
(for full reviews click-- http://www.ellajoyce.com/rose-press.html
"In missing this incredible performance, you will be cheating yourself and
the younger generation in knowing the real history."
--Mary Montoro, Los Angeles Sentinel
"Ella Joyce electrified some 250 people at the Wexler-Grant School....
...you-could-drop-a-pin silence from adults and kids alike
as they saw Rosa Parks come to life".
--Allan Appel, New Haven Independent
'A Rose Among Thorns' is a well-crafted play.
...classy ... warm, engaging performance. ...There is no doubt that theaters are
where Joyce's "A Rose Among Thorns" ultimately belongs.
-- Jack Zink, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"...mesmerizing.... Ella Joyce became Rosa Parks."
-- Ed Haynes, Publisher, Urban Theatre and Entertainment Magazine
"Ella Joyce is spellbinding."
--Ed Bumgardner, WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, NBTF
"Ella Joyce is mesmerizing as Parks."
--Susan Gilmor, WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, NBTF
"Ella Joyce's writing deeply echoed the love for Rosa Parks.."
-Nicole Zaza, Houston Arts
"Bravo to Ella Joyce's writing and acting. Everything works well together to make it an on the edge seat experience and one you want to sketch in your mind forever."
--Julia E. Brown, Editor-In-Chief, Urban Theatre and Entertainment Magazine
"...magnificent job. I urge every community, religious and
educational organization to bring this play to their community."
--LaShonda Green, Muslim Journal
Nominated by NAACP
AWARDED by Concerned African Women (CAW) Miami, FL
Actor of the Year Award
from the Houston Ensemble Theatre.
See A Rose Among Thorns --YouTube clip (only 6 minutes):
Other Archived Theatrical News:
Ella's enjoyed brief appearances in other plays like
Eve Ensler's THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
The Vagina Monologues" on Tom Joyner's Fantastic Voyage Cruise Sunday, May 18th,
Ella Joyce performed in the Arcadia Theater on the Royal Carribean International Cruise as part of the official opening night of entertainment on the annual
Tom Joyner's Fantastic Voyage Cruise.