Nicole Ari Parker, Shoshana Bean, Samuel L. Jackson, Blair Underwood and More Set for 2012 NAACP Theatre Awards

By Michael Gioia
October 4, 2012

The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch will present the 22nd annual NAACP Theatre Awards Nov. 5 at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood. Nicole Ari Parker and James Pickens, Jr. are among the 2012 honorees.



Scheduled to present at the ceremony are Samuel L. Jackson (The Mountaintop), Blair Underwood (A Streetcar Named Desire), Kate Burton ("Grey's Anatomy"), Judy Reyes ("Scrubs"), Richard Roundtree ("Shaft"), Victoria Rowell ("The Young and the Restless"), Nadine Velazquez ("My Name is Earl"), Jamie Kennedy ("Malibu's Most Wanted"), Clifford "Method Man" Smith, LisaRaye McCoy ("Single Ladies"), Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam), Brian White ("Good Deeds"), Rochelle Aytes ("The Forgotten"), Vicci Martinez ("The Voice"), Russell Hornsby ("Grimm"), Selita Ebanks ("Celebrity Apprentice"), Tory Kittles ("Sons of Anarchy") and Nadine Ellis ("Let's Stay Together").

Shoshana Bean, who starred on Broadway in Wicked and Tichina Arnold ("Everyone Hates Chris") will perform.

Parker, who starred as Blanche in the recent Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, will receive The Spirit Award, which is presented to an individual who "brings energy, tenacity, innovation, commitment, talent and, of course, spirit to the theatre scene"; and Pickens, Jr. (8 in Los Angeles, "Grey's Anatomy") will receive The Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual whose "theatrical contributions have been revolutionary, and whose efforts have 'made a historic difference' in the entertainment profession."

Stephen C. Byrd & Alia M. Jones, producers of Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, will also be honored. They will receive The Trailblazer Award, which is presented to individuals whose "pioneering theatrical contributions have been outstanding and unique, and whose efforts have 'blazed a trail' in the entertainment profession."

Willis Edwards, longtime vice president and national board member of the NAACP, will receive the 2012 Humanitarian Award, presented to a group or an individual who has a "history of giving back to the community."

For tickets, call (323) 384-5303. For more information on the NAACP Theatre Awards, visit NAACPTheatreAwards.com or call (323) 464-7616.