"Chappelle's Show" Alum Melle Powers Brings Solo Show to Fringe Festival | Playbill

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News "Chappelle's Show" Alum Melle Powers Brings Solo Show to Fringe Festival Melle Powers, known to television audiences as a regular on David Chapelle's "Chapelle Show" for Comedy Central, will present her solo show, Whence Came Ye Scarlett O'Hara O'Hanrahan?, as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

"When Scarlett O'Hara O'Hanrahan runs away from her Irish home in search of her African-American roots, she has no idea what she's in for," press notes state. "After stowing away on a freighter, and landing in New York City, she journeys through a city populated with street entrepreneurs, identity ambivalent journalists, shamanistic office workers, tech savvy teens, indifferent bureaucrats and pop superstars - each struggling to understand their place in the 2007 version of the American melting pot, but none reluctant to steer Scarlett along her path. As she ventures to the Bronx Hall of Records to discover from whence she came, she might just learn what being Scarlett O'Hara O'Hanrahan truly means." Melle Powers is a graduate of the NYU Graduate Acting Program. Her two-woman show, The Adventures of Lock and Kay, previously enjoyed a successful run at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She also appeared at Playwright's Horizons in Fabulation.

Powers' work as a diversity trainer led to her inspiration for Whence Came Ye Scarlett O'Hara O'Hanrahan? which explores how color, communication and culture inform and misinform one another.

Jeremy Brisiel will direct the production running Aug. 12–26 at The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place (between Bleeker and W. 3rd Streets) in Manhattan. For tickets and information call (212) 279-4488 or visit www.fringenyc.com.

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