Award-Winning Hollywood Filmmaker Charles Burnett said it was the subject matter that attracted him to the controversial theatrical production Mulatto Saga, written and performed by Juliette Fairley.
“This play picks up where Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever left off 20 years ago. I’ve not seen a movie or play deal with mixed marriages and bi-racial offspring in this way,” said Burnett, who directed Halle Berry in the Wedding and the late Lynn Redgrave in the Annihilation of Fish. “It’s a new era, an inside look into what transpires over time in a marriage between a white woman and black man. With Tiger Woods’ divorce, Juliette’s show is timely.”
Mulatto Saga is Miss Fairley’s 3rd solo show. Her first one woman show Mulatto’s Dilemma won the African American Playwrights Exchange Award for Best Actress in 2008 while Fairley’s 2nd one woman show The Making of a Mulatto was reviewed in 2009 in the New York Times, Show Business Weekly, the Amsterdam News and featured on NBC and WBAI radio.
A number of celebrities have been supportive of this show, including Halle Berry who extended a personal invitation to Ms. Juliette Fairley for an event in L.A. Halle Berry showed her support for this event by providing gift bags for the guests with Mixed Chicks hair products and Halle Berry’s new scent by COTY, ‘Pure Orchid’ ( which I just loved).
The Daily Venus Diva sits down for a Q & A with Juliette
“Mullato Saga is an intimate portrayal of Juliette Fairley’s most personal life stories. I felt her struggle as a bi-racial child and young adult was deeply moving and relatable for any audience. Her show revealed a journey into womanhood, both courageous & passionate.”~ Jodi Leib, NYC Artist/Filmmaker
Q) If you could have just one thing good happen to you for your career as an actress what would this be??
I would like to turn my play into a film. Most importantly would love for Holly Berry to play my role.
Q) How do you prepare yourself physically and mentially for your stage performances?
I like to get a massage right before I to on stage the very same day and right before curtain call I cry. I give myself one good cry and I let it all out. Like this when its my turn to cry on stage, it is not pretend anymore for me. It is real tears. I think of the song, ‘Strange Fruit’ by Billie Holiday and the tears just flow.
Q) If you can ask society for one thing only, what would that one thing be??
I would tell them how much it hurts when we are put into a category because of the color of our skin. I am not white, I am not black, I am both. I am too light for my black friends and too dark for my white friends. So where do I fit in? It is not fair to have my mind or my heart judged because of the color of my skin. I would ask them to speak with me, spend a day with me, hear my laughter, see the goodness in my heart and then judge me.
Show Time & Dates:
Saturday’s at 4:45 pm
Sunday’s at 7:00 pm
October 23, 24, 30, and 31
November 6, 7, and 21, 2010
Richmond Shepard Theater
309 East 26 Street & 2nd Avenue
Tickets can be purchased at the Theater or online at www.theatermania.com
Images were provided by Wilson Morales of www.blackfilms.com