Swimming Upstream Benefit Evenings to Feature Shirley Knight and LaChanze

News   Swimming Upstream Benefit Evenings to Feature Shirley Knight and LaChanze Tony Award winners Shirley Knight (Kennedy's Children) and LaChanze (The Color Purple) will take part in benefit performances of Swimming Upstream next month in New Orleans and Manhattan.

LaChanze
LaChanze

Performances are scheduled for Sept. 10 at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans and Sept. 13 at Harlem's Apollo's Theater.

Eve Ensler will direct Swimming Upstream, which was written by 16 women from New Orleans.

The evenings will also feature the talents of Troi Bechet, Asali Njeri DeVan, Anne-Liese Juge Fox and Karen-kaia Livers as well as singers Michaela A. Harrison and Leslie Blackshear Smith.

Swimming Upstream, according to press notes, is a "powerful theatrical production that tells the raw and soulful stories of women who lived through the flood with grace, rage and great resiliency, punctuated by a flair for story telling, humor and music that comes from being New Orleanian."

For tickets to the evenings, call (800) 745-3000. The Mahalia Jackson Theater is located at 801 N. Rampart Street. The Apollo Theater is located at 253 West 125th Street. For more information visit www.vday.org/sus.

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