A Salute to Indira, Pauletta and Toni Powerhouses in Brooklyn’s Arts and Culture Scene share their agency with 50 women writers

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By Bernice Elizabeth Green - March 2, 2019

Three women have changed how arts activism looks and what it does. And Brooklyn is the proud beneficiary.

Dr. Indira Etwaroo, executive director of the Billie Holiday Theatre; renowned actress Pauletta Washington and savvy media powerhouse Antonia Yuille Williams have answered a directive wending its way through nearly 50 years — from the hands of such greats as Marjorie Moon, je franklin and the late Ruby Dee – to now. In 1972, The Billie (Billie Holiday Theatre) was born with a purpose to bring our stories to center stage and empower community theatre as a viable community resource.

The collective work takes the early mission one giant leap forward to a commitment to bring audiences center stage to the creative arts. It all comes together this Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 9 when “50in50: Letters to Our Daughters” delivers ancestral and millennial messages in two shows, 3:00pm and 7:00pm at the Kumble Theatre at LIU. (Tickets: $25. See Back Page, this issue, for details.)

In this production, poignant words of 50 community-based women writers with unique points of view … and abundant love … will be read by established stars of the stage, television and film.

“50 in 50: Letters to Our Daughters,” created by Dr. Etwaroo, is the third annual installment of what’s become a highly anticipated, and sold-out, theatrical reading event. This year, a new group of 50 women “consider both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create.”

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