REPARATIONS WITH OT AND MAMA NOLA

Saturday, March 26, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM—Theatre REPARATIONS WITH OT AND MAMA NOLA Performance and Conversation Join Councilman Oliver Thomas and Kathy Randels in the staged reading of a new play that brings the conversation about Reparations for Black New Orleanians front and center into the city’s mind, heart, and budget! Directed by Asali…

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Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes

Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes is a mother, daughter, educator, organizer, author, event producer, performance artist, and community servant. This writer knows herself and the world through her exploration of the word. Embedded in New Orleans’ cultural soil and watered by her idols’ writings, Kalamu ya Salaam, Sonia Sanchez, and Toni Morrison, Asali basks in the sun…

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Oliver M. Thomas

The Honorable Oliver M. Thomas was elected in 2021 to serve as Councilmember of District E-Orleans Parish. Councilmember Thomas relies heavily on his experience as a servant leader to evaluate the needs of every resident, seamlessly integrating resources, and diligently performing his duties with his constituents’ priorities at the forefront of his office’s agenda. Oliver,…

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Sunni Patterson

Sunni Patterson is a New Orleans native and visionary, an internationally acclaimed poet, performer, lecturer, workshop facilitator, and certified life coach. As a diligent student in the healing and spiritual arts, she uses art and culture to recognize, address, and eliminate all forms of oppression. Her artistry has allowed her to grace a plethora of…

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Jen Pagan

Jen Pagan is a Honduran-American writer/performer born in New Orleans. Her award-winning solo show Shoebox Lounge garnered Big Easy Theatre Award nominations for Best Original Work and Best Actress. In Los Angeles she was an ensemble member of the Ford Amphitheater’s Latino Series and alumna of Second City’s Conservatory. Currently she’s developing her solo piece…

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Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones, a daughter of New Orleans and its public school system,  graduated from McDonogh #35 High School, received her BA in Communication from Clark Atlanta University, and an MFA in Film from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is a founding student of Students at the Center (SAC) who later became a SAC…

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Elena Gross

Elena Gross is an independent writer, curator, and culture critic living in Oakland, California. Her research specializes in conceptual and material abstractions of the body and representations of identity in fine art, photography, and popular media. She received an MA in Visual & Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts in 2016, and…

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Harry Mayronne

Harry Mayronne recently appeared as musician and puppeteer at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival in Mahagonny Songspiel. He is currently doing musical direction and arrangements for One Night with Billie and Ella at the WWII Museum’s Stage Door Canteen. Together with Anaïs St. John, Harry performed over 72 livestreamed Porch Fest concerts beginning in April…

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David Williams

David Williams is the current Programs Director  at the Beaubourg School, which pays teachers to offer classes tuition-free to New Orleanians and people worldwide. A NOCCA-trained actor, they originated the part of Olga in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Strange Play.

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Wendell Brunious

Wendell Brunious was bandleader of world-famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band from 1987 to 2010. He learned trumpet from his father, renowned musician John “Pickett” Brunious, and studied at Southern University. He is an internationally renowned jazz artist and has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of jazz greats, including a stint with the Lionel Hampton…

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