Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute presents world premiere of Hello Darlin's: Mom's got Something to Tell You!
Performances: Sept. 25 - Oct. 26 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Seattle WA, -- Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) presents the world premiere of Hello Darlin's: Mom's got Something to Tell You! This hilarious one-woman show about the iconic ahead-of-her-time comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894-1975) includes fabulous music and is written by local playwright Dan Owens. LHPAI artistic director Jacqueline Moscou directs the multi-talented Josephine Howell as Jackie "Moms" Mabley, whose career spanned from the 1920's Chitlin Circuit well into the 1970s, leaving behind a legacy of over 20 albums and memorable appearances on many popular variety and talk shows including Ed Sullivan and the Smothers Brothers. Most recently Howell brought down the house with her breathtaking solo performances around the Seattle area. Howell also entertains as a singer in her band Josephine Howell and Friends as well as lead with the Seattle band Radio Raheem. Seattle's own Cedwrick Thomas joins Howell on stage as Luther the Piano Man.
"Life is like a game of poker: If you don't put anything in the pot, there won't be any to take out."
Mabley was a pioneer in her field, a black woman who pushed the boundaries of taste, politics and race, and was one of the first triple-X rated comedians on the comedy circuit. Hello Darlin's has some racy material; it is recommended for ages 16 and up. Performances will be held at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute at 104 17th Ave S., in Seattle. Previews are Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. Opening Night is Friday, September 27 at 7 p.m. Regular performances run Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
Advance evening tickets are $20 for adults and $25 day of show at the door. Advance matinee tickets are $15 for adults and $20 day of show at the door. Youth and Seniors are always $10. Tickets are available at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/431678 or 1-800-838-3006.
On October 18 the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival will be premiering a new documentary by director and executive producer Whoopi Goldberg about Moms Mabley. Titled Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You, this feature length film examines her turbulent early years and rise to fame, and includes rediscovered performance footage and unearthed photography. Information about this local screening can be found here https://www.threedollarbillcinema.org/.
LHPAI is also participating in ARTS CRUSH. The first 75 patrons to respond may purchase two-for-one tickets to the Thursday, Oct. 17 performance of Hello Darlin's. Tickets must be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com.
About Jackie "Moms" Mabley
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