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Black Women: State of the Union returns to the Company of Angels

Black Women: State of the Union returns to the Company of Angels

Black Women: State of the Union, "a theatrical and community event that celebrates black women as complex and resilient people," returns to the Company of Angels' black box theatre in the Alexandria Hotel from Feb. 15-24. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

This edition, subtitled Taking Flight, features a collection of short theatrical pieces examining motherhood, activism, definitions of beauty and survival.

Sigrid Gilmer, a member of Center Theatre Group's 2011-2012 Writers' Workshop, will present "Simulacra," which wryly mocks representations of black women in recent films. 

Other featured writers include Tanya Alexander-Henderson, Kellie Dantzler, Penelope Lowder and Lisa B. Thompson. Ayana Cahrr, Nataki Garrett and Kila Kitu will direct the event.

Inspired by President Obama's election, BWSOTU formed in 2008 to empower black women. According to its website, "American society has numerous conflicting images and false ideals about Black women — we need a forum where we can understand and define our own images and the ways that we wish to be perceived."

To purchase tickets to the show, visit the Company of Angels website.