“My Story, My Voice”, a one-woman play featuring Ivy Omere

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Saturday, June 4 at 7 pm and Sunday, June 5 at 5 pm

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Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton Village

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Tickets: $ 25 general admission; $ 15 for students under 21 available in advance

at scc-arts.org or at the door before the performance.

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Synopsis

My Story, My Voice is a one-woman play, a classic ‘Jane Eyre’, and a true story about a young British girl of Nigerian descent who is cast out of her family home into the world of a children’s home and multiple foster parents, only to return to the troubled home of her own parents. It is set in 1970’s England. In this story, the main protagonist struggles to find acceptance in an environment of hostility and child abuse. The play brings into focus some of the struggles and pressures that might be experienced by children of immigrants in western society. It highlights the more universal experience of the vulnerability of childhood and the ways in which children are completely at the mercy of adults, often internalizing all the misplaced messaging they receive about their identities. ‘My Story, My Voice’ reminds us that even in the bleakest of beginnings, there is hope and even triumph (please see website for more information at www.mystorymyvoicetheplay.com).

The performance will include the sharing of candy with the audience as a symbolic return to childhood…

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‘… an evocative journey through the depths…of childhood…we taste the jelly tarts and sweets, we see the bright colors of paints in toilet water, and we hear the solace in the local music teacher’s piano… and the unspeakable vulnerabilities of human skin. My Story, My Voice is a tale of beauty and violence, wounds and healing, and the hope that endures through all’. Dr. Mahlika Hopwood, Fordham University 01/21/19

“ We need to see this play…” Estelle Parsons “You have a gift wonderful talent for performing, charismatic, wonderful instincts” Estelle Parsons

“I can’t stop thinking about your piece. It was deeply affecting” Anonymous “

“ It resonates straight through people…” John Rooney

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A view of typical audience responses to this play: https://vimeo.com/711855767

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Ivy Omere Actor/Playwright. Trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She left with a distinction and began her career in a critically acclaimed role as Rosalind in As You Like It with the English Shakespeare Company, directed by the internationally acclaimed multiple-award winning director, Michael Bogdanov. Ivy is considered by the US government as an alien of “extraordinary ability” and as a result, received an O1 Visa for work in her field as an actor. Ivy then moved to the US and now has a Green Card. Theater credits include Iris, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ ESC, directed by Michael Bogdavov; Ida Jackson & Sister Sally in James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, Tricycle Theatre; Constance Bonacieux, The Three Musketeers, Young Vic Theatre; Juliette, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document from Young Lady from Rwanda, Oxford Playhouse; Sojourner Truth & Marguerite, Stamping, Shouting & Singing Home, MAC Theatre (UK). Woman Born for Love, The Child Dreams, The Krane Theater; Eve, Someone Like You, Chain Theatre; Jenny1, Jenny2, Chain Theatre (NYC). TV credits include Darla, Law & Order SVU, NBC; Jessica Campbell, Holby City, BBC; Jill, London’s Burning, ITV; Gwen Baker, Doctors, BBC. Film credits include: Nadia, Moi Caesar directed by Richard Berry.

Ivy is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, British Equity and the Actors Studio where she has been directed in two of her original one-act plays – Jenny and He Told Me Everything I Ever Did – by Ellen Burstyn and Lee Grant and more recently by Estelle Parsons in My Story, My Voice, which is Ivy’s first full-length play. In November 2018 the legendary Woodie King Jr. chose My Story, My Voice for his Ntozake Shange Reading Series. As a result of that Ivy was invited back to the New Federal Theatre to play the title role of Medea in Medea of Euripides, In May 2019. Ivy is honored to have been invited to share her play with you.

Thank You

I’d like to thank Elaine Bromka, Byam Stevens, Burnadair Lipscomb-Hunt, Susan Batson, Estelle Parsons, The Actor Studio, Dame Harriet Walter, Jo Ann Tedesco, Janet Conrad, Woodie King Jr. Bayo, Count Stovall, Simon Smart, Dr. Simon Mills, Dr. Mira Shin, The Producers Circle, my friends at Manhattan Church of Christ including Larry & Cynthia Mudd, Dr. Tom & Sonja Robinson, Steve & Emily Cahnmann, and many more who have helped my project along.

Music: Gnossienne 1, by Eric Satie, Performed by Alessio Nanni. Dododo by Sir Victor Uwaifu, All The Way, by Simon Smart

Sound cues: By SFX (Freesfx.co.uk) 

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AAQ / Resource: 1708 House, Southampton / Bed & Breakfast

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