Alabama Shakespeare Festival Partners with the Troy University Rosa Parks Museum to Present A Rose Among Thorns Written and Performed by Ella Joyce

Posted: Tuesday, 27 November 2007

MONTGOMERY - From Los Angeles to Montgomery, actress Ella Joyce performs a tribute to the late Rosa Parks on the Festival Stage, Feb. 4, in celebration of the “Mother of Civil Rights Movement” and her birthday.

“A Rose Among Thorns” is the perfect opportunity for a long sought-after partnership between the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Rosa Parks Museum.

The critically acclaimed one-woman production places the viewer at the heart of the pivotal incident for the Civil Rights Movement and gives a name and face to the anonymous civil rights ambassadors as seen through the eyes of Ms. Rosa Parks. “A Rose Among Thorns” was first performed to a standing ovation in Los Angeles and went on to perform for an audience of 1,000 at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters at the Dallas Convention Center. Since then, the demand for the tour has skyrocketed and the critics are singing the show’s praises.

“Ella Joyce doesn’t play Rosa Parks—she channels her…” says Michael Ajakwe Jr., Emmy-winning Producer and NAACP Award winning playwright, about the play’s writer and actress, a multi-dynamic actress of theater, television, and film. She is best known as “Eleanor” on the hit show “Roc” and in recent years, for her roles on “My Wife and Kids,” “Eve,” “Seinfeld,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “In the House” and many others. Her Stage works are numerous including the original role of Lily Ann Green in Lynn Nottage’s “Crumbs From The Table of Joy,” which earned the JEFF Award and Black Theater Alliance Award. From TV to the stage and then to the set of movies, Ms. Joyce has film credits which include “Set it Off” and “Selma, Lord Selma” (with Yolanda King) just to name a few. From films to music videos, she was in the singing sensation TLC’s multiple award winning music video “Waterfalls”.

Tickets for “A Rose Among Thorns” are $30. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Rosa Parks Museum. For tickets to the Feb. 4 show, call the ASF box office at 1-800-841-4ASF.