LYRICAL ARTS

Genre: Comedy, Other
Written by Rashawn Strife, Directed by Davin McLeod

Strife's Way Productions presents...LYRICAL ARTS! An intense live action martial arts hip hop stage comedy! Featuring LIVE RAP BATTLES where the audience determines the winner!


STORY: Two best friends born and raised in the same city gifted with the art of the freestyle. They have the reputation as being the best lyricists throughout their city. One day, a representative from a major record label announced their First "Battle or Die" Freestyle Contest. The winner will receive a trophy, a cash prize and possibly a recording contract. One of the two friends is in favor to win. However, there are people out there who will do whatever it takes for the friends to be unable to compete even if it means murder.


About the Company: Strife's Way Productions, Ltd
To produce good quality formats for film, theatre, and television and to provide more acting opportunites for minority actors/actresses and REAL martial artists.

Open:   10/03/07
Close:   10/21/07

Schedule:
Wednesday to Saturday @8pm
Sundays @3pm
Theater:   American Theatre Of Actors
Address:   314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$20 Advance through Smart Tix / $25 Door
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444
RASHAWN STRIFE (Executive Producer/Writer/Reign) is a native of Westchester County, NY and CEO of Strife's Way Productions, Ltd. He studied acting and Criminology at Westchester Community College. His martial art styles are Tae Kwon Do and Karate Okinawa Te Style. He has acted in numerous films and stage productions. He just recently wrapped filming, "Detric's List" a teen comedy where he played as Detric Locke, an over-confident troublemaker. It was also the first film he has ever written, directed, and produced. His upcoming projects are "It Takes Only Noise" filming in Miami, FL in Spring 2008 by Iton Entertainment. "F3" a brutal martial arts action feature that's about a women's only underground fighting tournament where Rashawn is the writer, producer, and supporting actor. Rashawn has also produced a trailer to help pitch his action/drama TV series, "The Mercenaries" to major networks such as HBO and F/X. Rashawn gives thanks to everyone who has helped made this production possible.

BONNIE R. JONES (Elaine) originally from Baltimore, Maryland has been studying dance since the age of 4 and acting since the age of 14. She studied acting, dance at Bowie State University, Bowie, Md. where she received a BS in Mathematics. She has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Howard University. She studied acting on scholarship at the Folger's Institute, Folger's Shakespeare Library, Wash., D.C. and has appeared in numerous stage production and dance concerts in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York. She studied ballet, jazz, modern, and tap on scholarship at Broadway Dance Center, NYC. She appears in "Othello", "Aida", and "Fidelo" at the MET, Lincoln Center during the opera season, and has performed in a national tour of "Funny Girl". She has made several movies and TV appearances. She is currently filming "The Challenger" and can soon be seen in "GUERRILLA" directed by Steven Solderbergh in 2008. Bonnie says "This has all been possible because of the love and support of my family".

KOFI NSAFOAH (SHAKE DOWN/MASKED THUG)RECENT GRADUATE OF HUNTER COLLEGE MAJOR FILM/SOCIOLOGY MINOR THEATERE. HIS MARTIAL ART STYLE IS TAEKWONDO IN WHICH HE STUDIED SINCE 1989 AND IS A 5TH DEGREE BLACK BELT. BESIDES MARTIAL ARTS HE IS AN EXCELLENT BASEBALL PLAYER BUT ONLY VALUES THAT AS A HOBBY WHICH WHY HE DECIDES TO PERSUE HIS LOVE IN MARTIAL ARTS AND DOING ACTION FILMS. HE HAS DONE SUCH FILMS AS CATWOMAN DIAMOND EXCHANGE WHICH IS A FAN FILM WHICH IS IN VMIX, YOU TUBE, AND ANY INTERNET VENUE AND CURRENTLY ABOUT WRAP HIS SCENES IN FIGHT PANDA SYNDICATE A HUGE ACTION FLICK ABOUT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AFTER WORLD WAR 2 IN WHICH INVOLVES FORMER WRESTLERS IRON SHEIK AND KING KONG BUNDY. KOFI IS VERY THANKFUL FOR EVERYONE THAT HE GET TO WORK WITH AND GIVES HIM OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK WITH THEM AND HE PUTS 200% INTO EVRYTHING HE DOES. AND HE ESPECIALLY LIKES TO THINK STRIFE WAY PRODUCTIONS FOR ALOT OF OPPORTUNITIES.

HELEN TONG (KAIN)comes from a diverse background of training at various schools including the Neighborhood Playhouse, Stella Adler Studio, and the Second City. Her recent credits include HBO's "Flight of the Conchords", Visa's 48-Hour Film Festival Finalist, "Cinderella", and Off-Off Broadway's "The Dining Room". Helen excels in sports such as swimming and skiing, and she is also skilled in singing, and playing the piano and trumpet. Fluent in Mandarin, French, and Cantonese, she loves to travel and continuously learn and grow. She is currently studying acting with Michael Howard and singing with Ron Shetler. Helen is very happy to be part of "Lyrical Arts".

Cherish Monique (TINA) Duke developed a love of acting in the D.C. area where she was born and raised. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Studios and the Stonestreet Film/TV Studios. She also studied Shakespeare acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, England. Her recent theater credits include the plays Two Noble Kinsman for the Hudson Shakespeare Company, For Colored Girls... at the Hudson Guild, and The Bacchae (Coryphaeus) for Shakespeare in Riverside Park. Cherish's upcoming production of "Sister Bertha from Another Planet" for the Afrikan Women's Repertory begins the last week in October. Her recent movie credits include "House Guest" for Big Critter Productions and the major Japanese motion picture, "Sushi Prince" (Zazou Productions). For more information please visit her website at www.cherishduke.com.

Al Williams (Smack Down/Manager) studied liberal arts and played football at Hofstra University where he obtained a BA in Sociology. He studied Shotokan and Kenpo for a period of time. He also is a certified personal trainer and a NYC Police Officer. He performed in VH1 s "The White Rapper Show" in a memorable scene where the rapper Persia is eliminated and has done off broadway productions.

EMMANUEL BROWN (Fight Director/Spin) was born and raised in S. Florida where he nurtured a love for acting and the martial arts at an early age. After attaining his black belt and studying a variety of martial arts styles, Emmanuel went on to win numerous national and international awards in martial arts competition. He still maintained his passion for acting, receiving his BFA from the University of Florida in 2004. Since moving to NY, Emmanuel has acted and choreographed for the stage and screen and has trained celebrities such as Keri Russell (TV's "Felicity") and Reggaeton sensation Don Omar. Emmanuel would like to thank God, his family and friends for all their love and support.
Emil Mequita (Anti-Aftermath) is an aspiring actor from the Bronx. Despite all the negativity of pursuing an acting career, Emil decided to take a chance to pursue what he loves. His acting debut was as the leading role of Corey Carson in the feature film, "Detric's List".He recently booked the role of Marty in an internet series called, "Winners". He took classes are TVI Acting studio and is a current student at John Jay College majoring in Sociology. Emil hopes to have a long and prosperous acting career because he has the dedication and drive that not many people his age possess.
Tamarra Scott (Lyricist, Hooker, Tina Understudy) aka Scottie R.O.X. Has came back into the world of entertainment in 2005 and it's like she never left. Contributing to her craft as much as possible, there is not one genre she has not explored at least once. She has taken on more than acting roles. Rightfully earning the nickname the Triple A; she has expressed herself in writing lyrics and screenplays for her people. Performing poetry at open mics all over the city. She is now known as the actress, artist, and activist. She would like to salute all the go getters and followers of their dreams; because you never know an opportunity until you take it. Peace, the R.O.X.

  Davin McLeod (Director / Casting Director / Thug / Master) born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, NY. Started singing and acting at age 3 in church. Began to pursue a professional career as an entertainer in 1999. Since then, he has acted in numerous independent films including One Day in January, Detric's List- which he was also the assistant director, The Rodnees, etc. He has been in numerous stage plays and has worked with Periwinkle National Theatre. He also sings and records with 'Bout Time Prod. and Bass and Snare Prod. He is currently writing his own play based on his family's culture Trinidad and Tobago, as well as his full length feature film, "Paradigm of the Immortals".

Elizay Pierre Louie a.k.a. Zay (Venom) is a talented NYC actor and performing artist. Weather he is Acting, writing, dancing, Dj-ing (or expressing himself with any of his other many talents), this versatile artist is always striving for the best in all of his creative endeavors. A consummate professional, he honed his craft majoring in Theatre and Drama studies, at the prestigious State University, Purchase College (alma matter to artist such as Wesly Snipes). He's also trained in the theatre studies program of BMCC, Studied Misner technique in an intensive 2yr program at the Anania acting studio (formerly Phil Gushee studios). With varied appearances in multiple feature films and television, from American Gangster to Law and order, Zay is consistently proving himself a future star in this industry. He would like to thank His family and friends and all those that have believed in his talent for all their love and support. To learn more about this performer and the different projects he has and is currently working on, check out his space at www.myspace.com/crazaytalent

(LATASHA / WOMAN / FEMALE VOICE) Born in Paris, France from Vietnamese parents, To-Tam has always been a natural performer. She grew up in Montreal, Canada where she attended both Jam Vocal School and the Actor Studio Montreal Performing Arts to obtain her vocal and acting training while completing a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Journalism. To-Tam has been actively involved in the performing arts as a singer/songwriter for a number of years and has performed in numerous venues in Canada as well as in the U.S. You can find out more about her at: www.totammusic.com.

Jenny Reagan (Sherry / Teller) has been involved in theater since her first role as Stanley Stutz the perfect klutz in her 5th grade musical. Her roles have become more exciting and diverse (and sometimes more cool) since then. She attended UMass Amherst and received her BA in theater, and has worked on numerouse plays (both original and common classics) in the Boston area. She is extremely happy to be apart of the cast of Lyrical Arts and looks forward to her future in New York. Last year she broke new ground and started appearing films, but nothing beats the thrill of theater. She loves her family and counts her blessings everyday.
Holmes Lindsay IV (Words) has made his acting debut with Lyrical Arts in 2006. Since then he has been in numerous off off broadway shows. From his past experiences he hopes to put on a greater performance then before. He would like to thank Rashwan for asking him to come back.

LeRoy Hankins (PRESSURE) has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. He is a musician, singer, composer, and actor. He has played in various popular bands, including The Blue Notes, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters, Frank Cornelius of the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, Herman Kelly and Life Beat, Timmy Thomas and Leon Parker. Recently, he has branched out to performing his own music. His songwriting and stage performances blend world beat, pop and

inspirational influences. Check out his CD's, ANTERIAN, THE ANTERIAN EXPERIENCE and IN THE SHADOW. He made his debut in "A Murder At The Church" as conductor and sound engineer for the musical play "Hip Hop Musical Murder Mysteries". "Leroy Hankins' work as the musical director shines as he leads the church choir's singing." Angel L. Martinez, Independent Media Center,

Aug. 6, 2002. He made his acting debut In "Cooking The Books: A Recipe For Murder", portraying "Ron, 'The Bull' Carson, Hit man". Leroy shows his diversity as an actor in the role of the impatient "Juror, Randy Wilson, Army Retiree", in "A Weapon Most Unusual".