A few months ago, we received an inquiry from Christine Jackson from Baltimore Magazine in order to publish a story about the work that WombWork Productions, Inc. does. After interviews involving Mama Kay, Mama Rashida, and Brother David, the result is an article in the January 2019 monthly issue of Baltimore Magazine in the Arts & Culture section.
By: Marvin Roxas
On November 25th, Brother David Fakunle, Griot and President of WombWork Productions, Inc. Governing Board, met with Myles Lewis in Towson to record a podcast for the Alt Black podcast show.
“Values, truth, and understanding. This week we look at an organization that is utilizing performance art to heal and self reflect on the community. We learn some valuable lessons on how to change an institution, how kids can be more knowledgeable than adults, and the importance of expression.”
By: Louis Williams
Saturday, November 10th was an exciting day for The Nu Generation Art Ensemble. This day marked the resurrection of WombWork Productions, Inc. teenage company with a performance at The Enoch Pratt Waverly Branch library. Our teenage performers prepared their show entitled Intergeneration Complications: Finding Common Ground in an attempt to spark a conversation with the elders about how to bridge various generational gaps. From the funny moments of the generations arguing about who had better musical taste to the serious scenes about elders not respecting the dreams of the youth; the audience was deeply engaged from the opening drum roll. Our show ended with the performers asking the audience if they could work together to solve these conflicts and the audience answered with a resounding “YES!”. The Nu Generation Art Ensemble was energized from this performance and will continue to produce the stories that give voices to the youth of Baltimore!
By: Marvin Roxas
On Saturday November 17, 2018 a group from the Conference for Community Arts Education went on a site visit to the WombWork BlackBox Theatre. The site visit included observation of the Next Generation Art Ensemble rehearsal, lunch catered by a local caterer, and a virtues unity circle facilitated by Mama Rashida and Olayinka Lawal in the afternoon.
By: Marvin Roxas
On Saturday November 17, 2018 members of the Next Generation Art Ensemble along with two Nu World Art Ensemble drummers spent the day drumming at the residence of the T. Rowe Price Foundation’s President John Brothers who wanted to share the programming of WombWork Productions, Inc. with his guests during a dinner event.
By: Mama Kay Lawal-Muhammad
“I Played Lena Younger (“Mama”) - Walter and Beneatha’s mother. The matriarch of the family, Mama is religious, moral, and maternal. She wants to use her husband’s insurance money as a down payment on a house with a backyard to fulfill her dream for her family to move up in the world.”
Also featured in this play were Nu World Art Ensemble instructors Parrish Allison and Stevanie Williams.
“Veteran actors Kay Lawal-Muhmmad (Lena Younger) and Carltaise Ransom (Walter Lee Younger) helm a stellar, potent ensemble cast, one of the best I’ve seen on the Baltimore small stage. Lawal-Muhammad hits every aching beat, her matriarch a dethroned queen seated on a decaying couch, trying to graft her spine onto a son made frustrated and weak by his circumstances… Stephanie Anita Thomas-Williams is a steely-eyed Ruth whose palpable, heartbreaking desperation to fly the coop is instantly relatable…”