SEASON 21 - 2014

2014 LITERARY READING SERIES

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner

For Outstanding Literary Work-Fiction

January 18, 2014

"ANYBODY'S DAUGHTER"

by Pamela Samuels Young

Directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS: 

Burton Chace Park - website
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA

Thirteen-year-old Brianna thinks she’s sneaking off to meet a boy she met on Facebook. Instead, the child is ensnarled into a horrifying world. Her Uncle Dre, a man with his own criminal past, scours the dark corners of L.A. determined to find her. Dre ultimately comes up with a daring plan that puts many lives in danger, including his own. But will he find Brianna before it's too late?
 

Based on the real-life horrors faced by thousands of girls, award-winning author Pamela Samuels Young takes readers deep inside the disturbing world of child   trafficking in a fast-paced thriller that educates as much as it entertains. Anybody’s Daughter hammers home the point that child predators are no longer lurking outside school grounds. Thanks to the Internet, they’re inside our homes.

CAST 

Nancy Renee • Barika A. Croom • Mark V. Jones • Gabrielle Franklin • Jamiyon Parker • 
Shonte Buford 
• Diane Sellers • Kenny Cooper • Thomas Bell • Jackie Marriott • David Hunter, Jr.

Kirkus Reviews called Anybody’s Daughter"A fast-paced, well-written thriller that’s grounded in important social issues." 

March 16, 2014

"BEFORE I SAY...I DO"

by Bryan Barnes
Directed by Diane Sellers

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS: 

Burton Chace Park - website
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA

About the Author

 

Bryan Barnes is a native of Los Angeles who graduated from UCLA.  Currently, Bryan works for INROADS, a talent development organization.  Bryan is very interested in the professional development of young talent.  He is equally interested in promoting healthy relationships through his book, entitled “Before You Say I Do . . . Only you and yours will have the answers”.

CAST 

Nancy Renee • Megan Weaver • Mark V. Jones • Zoe Cotton • Seth Austin • Raf Mauro 

• Kenny Cooper • Jackie Marriott 

May 18, 2014

"JUSTICE SERVED"

by Lonikaye Harkless

Directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis

"Justice Served" is based on a true story of love, prejudice, infidelity and murder in 1960's South Carolina. A love affair kept secret for more than twenty years ends when a young black man is unjustly accused, convicted and executed for the murder of the upper-classed white woman who helped raise him. Two lives are wrongfully taken, but justice is served when the one person left who carried the secret ensures that the guilty pays.

About the Author

 

Born the youngest of four girls, Lonikaye was spoiled rotten by her older sister Verneda. She never did any housework because the older girls had that covered. Working outside with her dad became her stomping ground. She learned to drive a tractor when she was 10 years old. After high school Lonikaye attended Lovingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Soon after, she was hired at a school for troubled children in New York. Working directly with the children became too emotionally exhausting, so she decided to become a medical assistant and worked in the infirmary at the school. Eventually, Lonikaye’s journey brought her to Los Angeles on a vacation in 1973. It was during that vacation that she decided Los Angeles was where she wanted to live and raise her children.

 

She was employed by CBS studios. While working on the movie “Coming To America”, Lonikaye received a call that she needed to return to North Carolina to take care of ailing mother. It was during that time she started doing research on “Justice Served” which is now a published book. Writing the book was a fulfillment of a promise she made to her mother. The most important thing in Lonikaye’s life is her devotion to her Baha’I Faith. 

CAST 

Jael Saran • Megan Weaver • Mark V. Jones • Zoe Cotton • Seth Austin • Barbara Fisher 

• Nancy Renee • Jackie Marriott • Daniel Stafford • Joahn Webb  

December 14, 2014

"SEX, CHEESE AND FRENCH FRIES"

by Carine Fabius

Directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS: 

Burton Chace Park - website
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA

Set in Hollywood, California, Sex, Cheese and French Fries takes a witty look at relationships, using as its premise an American woman's life with an irreverent transplanted Frenchman named Pierre Bonsoirno.

 

Following the reading will be our TST CHRISTMAS PARTY! Join in the celebration and fun and help us raise money for future TST programming.

About the Author

 

Carine Fabius was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1956. At the age of eight, she moved with her family to New York, where she grew up until she heard the call of Miami's warm ocean and clear blue skies. In 1986 she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in the public relations arena and later opened Galerie Lakaye, a home gallery now 15 years old, which offers art from the Caribbean and Latin America.

 

Ms. Fabius is involved in many creative endeavors, including running Lakaye Studio, which manufactures a line of temporary body art kits using henna and jagua, a fruit from the Amazon; creating a line of one-of-a-kind jewelry designs; and curating independent museum exhibits — but she enjoys writing best. She is the author of Mehndi: The Art of Henna Body Painting, Ceremonies for Real Life, Jagua: A Journey into Body Art from the Amazon and Saturday Comes, A Novel of Love and Vodou. She lives in Hollywood, California, with her French sculptor husband Pascal Giacomini and Tulip the dog and Scotch the cat. Ms. Fabius is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

CAST 

Aissa Diallo • Samantha Clay • Andy Ottenweller • Rich Cassone

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