LGBT related play ‘Treya’s Last Dance’ exploring feminism, homosexuality and discrimination benefits Face Forward LA
Hollywood’s hilarious new one-hour comedy play, set in South London, Treya’s Last Dance (www.treyaslastdance.com) premieres at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, directed by Brandon Drea (Broadway’s War Horse) and Tiffany Nichoile Greene (Lincoln Center Directors Lab Director 2013), at The Hudson Theatres, Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood on June 8th at 8pm.
Written by actress Shyam Bhatt (Nice 2 Meet U) and produced by actress Ceri Bethan (Cavemen), Treya’s Last Dance, takes the audience on a journey through the life, love and cultural struggles of Treya, played by British-born Shyam Bhatt. The one-woman show openly explores LGBT-related issues, feminism and discrimination in a hilarious and poignant way, within the context of the second generation immigrant experience, where the struggle to preserve cultural identity within the midst of change is real and still ongoing.
“I wanted to participate in current, ongoing conversations which are deeply meaningful to me, my family and my friends. Discrimination against homosexuality, feminism and cultural integration are issues which affect us all and need further discussion, and this play explores these themes within a context I am familiar with,” said Shyam
“During Treya’s quest to find a life partner, at a speed-dating evening, she stumbles upon something far more important; the strength to deal with the recent suicide of her homosexual brother.”
Producer Ceri Bethan said. “I’ve always believed in the evocative power of art as a forum to inspire change. As a producer, I’m drawn towards stories that yearn to be told; peeling away the layers of truth to reveal the bare bones from which all humankind is created. I felt this way when I first read Treya’s Last Dance, and believe the depth of social issues it addresses holds important resonance, particularly in the accessible way in which they are communicated.”
All performances for Treya’s Last Dance will benefit Face Forward LA (www.faceforwardla.org ), an organization whose mission is help survivors of violent and disfiguring crimes put their face forward after suffering from domestic abuse.
Preview night for Treya’s Last Dance will be June 8th at 8pm (red carpet 7pm) at The Hudson Theatres, 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, with performances on June 12th and 19th at 10pm, June 21st at 9pm, June 23rd 8pm with the final performance on June 26th at 10pm.
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