nobody movie_And The Rest Is History’ to give a special performance at Theater West on June 16th

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Etta Mae Mumphries: And the rest is history! A comedy, an official selection of Solopalooza 2022, will have a special show for June 16th.

The show was written by Karen Bankhead with additional material from Pam Trotter and performed by Karen Bankhead. It features a musical performance by the singer Pam Trotter, and is directed by Karen Bankhead. It is produced by Free Spirit Productions. The production will be showing at Theater West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, CA 90068 on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 15:00 Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. For tickets, call (323) 851-7977 or visit us http://theatrewest.org. The show lasts 80 minutes and is recommended for ages 14+.

Etta Mae Mumphries (aka “The Black Forrest Gump”) has mesmerized and rocked audiences everywhere with her hysterical memories and witty words of wisdom, tickling her fans pink.

Nobody tells stories like Etta Mae Mumphries. And nobody has met and influenced so many important people! You may not have heard of Etta Mae, but you certainly know her Josephine Baker, Billy Holiday, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., and the list goes on and on. Sometimes known as “Geriatric Forrest Gump,” Miss Etta Mae is a source of biblical wisdom and an exceptional encourager. Her hilarious words of wisdom will bless your soul and sting you at the same time. If you are a fan of Ladies Edna, Tyler Perry‘s Madea or your own grandma – you’ll love Etta Mae. It’s topical, rhetorical and always HYSTERICAL! Enjoy this joyous journey through history with delightful musical stylings by the actor/singer Pam Trotter.

June 19th is June 16th. The theater celebrates with refreshments and treats. Karen Bankhead plays Etta Mae Mumphries. Karen is an award-winning actress/comedian and has performed on and off Broadway, including at the Antaeus Theatre, 24th Street Theater and the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival. NAACP Theater Award Winner – Best Supporting Actress. Her one-woman show The V-05 Experience screened at the San Francisco Fringe and Official Selection at the United Solo Fest in New York City.

Acting credits include: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gilmore Girls, I Am Sam,, Will and Grace, The Parkers, Bernie Mac Show,, Franklin & Bash, Reno 911. As Screenwriter: Master’ Program in Digital Media, National University; The Robey Theater Company Playwrights Laboratory; The playwright’s project; Kairos Prize for Screenwriting Semifinalist; Short Film Finalist, Broad Humor Festival; Writer’s Well Writing Competition Winner; Ira Aldridge Playwriting Award; Guest columnist for the LA Times. Spokesperson for AdoptUSKids, UCLA alum.

Pam Trotter toured the United States and Canada with Broadway shows The Color Purple, Ain’t Misbehavin Smokey Joe’s Café, Big River, Blues in the Night and numerous others. Pam currently appears on the hit TV show Life In Pieces and has appeared in the feature film Dreamgirls. Some featured TV appearances are: The Goldbergs, Shameless, The Middle, Splitting Up Together, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Everybody Hates Chris and many other primetime TV shows.

Founded in 1962, Theater West is the oldest continuously running professional theater company in the city of Los Angeles. It is a member collective of actors, playwrights, directors and technicians. Theater West alumni members include Ray Bradbury, Beau Bridges, Richard Dreyfuss, Sally Field, Betty Garrett, Martin Landauer, Lee Meriwether, Jack NicholsonCarroll O’Connor, Sherwood Schwartz, Joyce Van Pattonand Paul Winfield. Theater West has produced more than 300 plays and musicals.

Of these pieces, nearly 70% are original works developed in his workshops and many have resulted in Broadway, regional tours and feature films including A Bronx Tale by Chazz Palminteri and A Very Brady Musical by Lloyd Schwartz and Hope Juber. Our season continues with WestFest (a festival of new works), a new play by one of the company’s resident playwrights in September 2022, and Moose on the Loose by Dina Morrone in April 2023. Our storybook theater’s Little Red Riding Hood will tour throughout the year Field in June and July 2022 supported by an NEA grant. Theater West is supported in part by The Ahmanson Foundation, California Arts Council, Peter Glenville Foundation, the Kaplan-Loring Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. German Foundation.

This show is an official selection of Solopalooza 2,022, a solo performance festival. The series is produced by Dina Morrone.

The Covid-19 safety protocols in force on the performance dates will be observed. As of this writing, that means viewers must wear masks and be vaccinated (and be able to show a vax card or digital record).

Meet Etta Mae Mumphries for an afternoon of hilarity like no other.

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