City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center presents free reading and discussion on Jackie “Moms” Mabley
10/30/2012  4:14:00 PM

Alfred Love
(206) 684-4758

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center presents free reading and discussion on Jackie “Moms” Mabley

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (LHPAC) is creating an original theatrical piece on Jackie “Moms” Mabley on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 at the center, 104 17th Ave. S, and the public is invited. Free readings take place Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.

LHPAC’s Artistic Director, Jacqueline Moscou, in collaboration with Seattle Playwright Dan Owens and Seattle actress/singer Josephine Howell, explore information gathered thus far around the life of Jackie “Moms” Mabley. Be an interactive part of this major play development funded by a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Work Grant. The public is invited to come and share thoughts and favorite Moms routines, jokes or anecdotes in a theater setting.

Moscou reminds us that “Creating an original work is a long process and  requires feedback from as many interested parties as it can get. The public is an extremely important part of the creative process and feedback is very important during development.”

Jackie “Moms” Mabley was one of the most successful American entertainers of the 20th century. Billed as "the funniest woman in the world," she tackled touchy social issues too hot for many other comics of her time, including racism, with her own gift for creating original material laced with a strong message. She performed in movies, in clubs and on television. She delighted audiences with her elderly persona, honed at an early age, who regularly ogled and flirted with handsome young men. She danced, told jokes and sang, primarily her original material, and at 75 she became the oldest person ever to have a US Top 40 hit with her version of  Abraham, Martin and John. Mabley died in 1975 at the age of 81.

For more information on ‘Moms” Mabley, please see


LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (LHPAC) celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies. Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAC is a multi-media performing arts institution that brings a consistent artistic and pluralistic voice by and about Black people, local, national and global, for the greater Seattle artistic landscape. Year round programming includes, film, dance, theatre and music with a broad array education components, including the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center Youth Academy.

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