Los Angeles, CA– Actress Ella Joyce, best known for her co-starring role of Eleanor on FOX TV’s “Roc”, and Jasmine on “My Wife & Kids”, captures the famous moment in the life of Rosa Parks, affectionately called “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement”, in her highly praised, one-woman tribute A Rose Among Thorns.
This show recently performed as part of the Rosa Parks Sculpture Project and ArtPrize celebration in Grand Rapids, MI sponsored by the Grand Rapids Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in the Aquinas College Theatre to a rousing standing ovation in a packed house. It is presently booked to perform at the new Muhammad Ali Center, Sunday, Dec. 19th at 3PM presented by The Muslim Journal. The show will return to Los Angeles for one special performance sponsored by Judge Mablean’s Ephriam Foundation next year, January 15, 2011 at West Angeles Performing Arts Theatre on Crenshaw Blvd.
Words which continue to describe the performances are “mesmerizing… like a chat with Parks” Susan Gilmore, Winston-Salem Journal, “Refreshingly intimate” Nicole Zaza of the Houston Arts, “..well crafted play… classy” Jack Zink, South Florida Sun Sentinel, “incredible performance” Mary Montoro, Los Angeles Sentinel, “…spellbinding…” Ed Bumgardner, National Black Theater Festival. A “must see” is echoed by all. The show continues to be booked throughout the year between other projects that Joyce engages in such as Warner Bros. popular film “Preacher’s Kid”, and a cameo in the hilarious comedy “Our Family Wedding”. After rave reviews from the National Black Theatre Festival, the show traveled to 26 cities performing for churches, schools, and special events. For more information including the official booking Calendar, tickets, and reviews, visit the official website www.aRoseAmongThorns.com.
A Rose Among Thorns, written and performed by Ella Joyce, and directed by Dan Martin (“The Bold & The Beautiful”), takes audiences on a mesmerizing journey not only exploring the “famous incident”, but also exploring the deeds of many other unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Rosa Parks as she infuses social change for the betterment of mankind.