We are so proud to say that Diamonds In The Waiting Room opened this past May at the Willie Agee Playhouse to a theater full of inspired patrons, desiring more. Attendees connected to the gritty story lines due to the vulnerability of each character, and the poetic delivery. The showcase demonstrated the power of sistahood', while addressing well known social issues-namely, in the black community. And now...we're ready to hit the road!
Set in the 90’s, DITWR is a play about five San Bernardino women that maintain their childhood bond in spite of fame, tragedy, poverty, and the decline of love in their own homes. Both career women, Bernice finds her marriage in shambles as she sits in a welfare office, while the fabulous Nicki obsesses over the bondage she feels comes with love. In the midst of being interrogated by a detective after her fiance is killed, Tia is shattered by the realization that her unborn child will be fatherless. On the flip side, Reeci is the woke’ drug dealer that refuses to be a victim of social hypocrisies, and Sheena is the full figured songstress that keeps everyone together while her insecurities break her apart!
The stories on stage are a live adaptation of author T'ana Phelices' books, Jaded Diamonds and Pigs & Pearls. In 2015 she directed and produced the original work, The Diamond Monologues, and now the show is ready for an official tour.
WHAT INSPIRED THE WRITING;
Growing up in San Bernardino, CA, T'ana wrote each story from personal experience, and tragedies that hit close to home. Between watching her mom suffer through abusive relationships, and losing her grandmother to gang violence, she has found a way to combine reality and entertainment in a way that leaves you informed and inspired. Her goal is to empower, employ, and evolve using her gift of writing!
With your help, the funds raised through this campaign will be used to mount the shows first tour. The cost will include, but will not be limited to, hiring the production team: actors, stagehands, travel, rehearsal space, lighting designer, promo, booking the venue and etc...
Whatever you give is enough! Thank you for taking the time to check out this campaign!!!