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                                   February 2014
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Griot Theatre's Inaugural
New Voices Festival

We are excited to announce the new play selections for Griot Theatre's inaugural New Voices Play Festival:

TOUCH TOUR by Todd Bauer  
Friday, March 28 at 8pm
When he ventures out for his first-ever trip to the theatre, Cody meets Vivika, an engaging audio describer and potentially Cody's soul mate.  In order to win Vivika's affection, he enlists his best friend to charade as his blind brother, and ultimately discovers more about Vivika - and life - than he initially expected.

Todd Bauer is a blind playwright, director, and lecturer who currently lives in Chicago, IL.

THE FINEST THING by Malik B. El-Amin
Saturday, March 29 at 8pm  

Set in St. Louis during the early nineties, the play follows Heru as he spends the winter break from college at the home of his sometime-girlfriend Khet and her family. While Khet struggles to define her relationship with Heru and confronts the failing health of her grandfather, Heru raises suspicion with his frequent late-night visits to East St. Louis. The arrival of a mysterious visitor propels the play toward its tragic conclusion.


Malik B. El-Amin is an actor, director, and co-founder of Griot Theatre.   


Please RSVP to reserve your spot at the
New Voices Festival:

The Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

TOUCH TOUR - Friday, March 28 @8pm
THE FINEST THING - Saturday, March 29 @8pm

FREE ($10 suggested donation) 

Questions?  Please contact Regan at

Griot Theatre is seeking volunteers to assist with the New Voices Festival.  Interested in helping out?  Please contact Regan at

Catching up with


Griot Theatre audiences may remember Devereau Chumrau from her winning portrayal of multiple characters in
Julius Caesar
during our inaugural season. She played Metellus Cimber, Flavius, Lucilius and other characters. Deverau's versatility as an actor did not stop with our production. We recently caught up with her and here's what she had to say about her recent work:



"In January I closed a fantastically well received 5 week production of The Mystery Plays by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (playwright of the Broadway Musical "American Psycho, and screenwriter for Glee, Carrie) with the Visceral Company. And a few weeks later opened another show! Currently I am working on Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, which is in its 2nd run. Back by popular demand, we've been getting great reviews! That show closes on Mar 2, 3pm at the Lex Theatre. Lastly, I'm currently writing and starring in (like most LA actors) a sketch comedy web series (still untitled) with my fellow actor partner Amy Urbina. We start production next week!" 


Learn more about Devereau at: 

Congrats to Devereau on her current successes! 


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                   Malik B. El-Amin                                                 Sabah El-Amin

Artistic Director & Co-Founder                   Executive Director & Co-Founder

Griot Theatre of the West Valley is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional theatre in the West San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.  
Our mission is to create a forum for professional theatre artists from underrepresented groups - including women, artists of color and artists with physical disabilities - to interpret theatre in new ways. 
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