Publishers of San Francisco Bay View newspaper to be feted at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Dec. 29
For tickets, call the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Box Office, (415) 474-8800, with the code “WE.” Treat your family and friends to a joyous evening and support the Bay View!
by Wright Enterprises
“We are pleased that the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is giving not only a platform for multicultural dialogue and cultural change, but they are giving back to the community in a financial way by allowing this fundraiser to begin funding our Youth Media Project,” said Mary Ratcliff, co-publisher and editor of the Bay View newspaper, which was founded by Mohammed al Kareem in 1976.
Tickets for “Our Media Matters” Theater Night, the perfect launch for the New Year’s celebrations, are $45 for general admission if purchased before Dec. 27 and $50 after the early-bird special. A no-host bar will be provided 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. prior to the performance. Also in advance of “REJOICE!” there will be a short ceremony honoring the Ratcliffs.
VIP tickets are $65 with an early bird special of $55, if purchased prior to Dec. 27. VIP tickets include an after-party with the cast of “REJOICE!” hors d’ oeuvres, and special guest Tony Saunders, who has written music for television and films and will be sharing from his latest CD, “Romancing the Base.” Visual art by artist Malik Seneferu and others will be on display. A percentage of the artists’ sales will be donated to the Youth Media Project.
“The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is creating an atmosphere of unity as it reaches out to individuals, businesses and nonprofits that can utilize an entertaining play to raise capital,” said Jacquie Taliaferro, filmmaker and director of LaHitz Media. “We hope everyone comes out for a wonderful time and in support of Willie and Mary, who have sacrificially given to the community via the San Francisco Bay View newspaper,” added Taliaferro.
The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is an independent Black-owned arts company that has overcome many challenges over the years, including the deaths of founders Quentin Easter and Stanley Williams within months of each other in 2010. “Community, businesses, nonprofits, visitors from around the world can continue to enjoy the legacy started by Quentin and Stanley and the thousands of supporters and volunteers that held the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre together for over 30 years,” said Wright.
“Thanks to Shirley Howard Johnson, Al Dixon and the board of directors, the theatre functioned in its darkest period last year until they found a new home in Union Square and hired their new artistic director, Steven Anthony Jones. Now in its 31st year, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is worthy of our support as it gives a platform for Black voices and Black talent in a multicultural enterprise that benefits all of San Francisco and the arts world,” added Wright.
Now in its 31st year, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is worthy of our support as it gives a platform for Black voices and Black talent in a multicultural enterprise that benefits all of San Francisco and the arts world.
“The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is a multicultural artistic business that positively impacts the City’s tourism,” said Shirley Howard Johnson, general manager. “By allowing individuals, businesses and nonprofits to benefit from Theater Nights which are available throughout our entire season, it’s our way of promoting community combined with commerce.”
To purchase tickets, call the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Box Office, (415) 474-8800, with the code “WE.” Tax-deductible sponsorships for “Our Media Matters” Theater Night include promotion and visibility into January 2012 and are still available. Contact Jackie Wright at (415) 525-0410 for sponsorships that begin at $500. The San Francisco Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women is the fiscal agent.
To purchase tickets, call the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Box Office, (415) 474-8800, with the code “WE.”
For more information about the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, visit www.lhtsf.org. Group sales and Theater Nights are still available through Dec. 31.
Wright Enterprises is a full service public relations firm headed by Jackie Wright, who has 20 years of media experience, including more than a decade of award-winning journalism experience in radio, television and print communications. She holds BAs in both journalism and drama from the University of Georgia, home of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards. Wright can be reached at Jackiewright@wrightnow.biz or (415) 525-0410.