Poet Jennifer Falu Shares LOVE, Above All Things, In Her Debut One-Woman Show
(Brooklyn, NY- March 2014) Jennifer Falu has made poetry her life! Raised in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Jennifer attended P.S. 44, JHS 113 and Benjamin Banneker Academy. Falu has transformed one of her celebrated poems into a one-woman theatrical performance entitled “LOVE, above all things: testimonial of a woman who loses things…praise gave it back.” This nontraditional experience of sharing and healing runs Thursday, March 27th through Saturday, March 29th at 7:30 pm and ends with a matinee at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 30th. Performances are at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Spann-Washington Hall, located at 760 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216.
Approximately one year ago, during a Sunday service at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, “church extraordinaire” and led by the renowned Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood; Jennifer Falu, an award-winning spoken word artist recited her poem, “Loses Things”, to the congregation. The feedback was overwhelming! In this poem, Falu shared with the audience about losing things like her keys and the painful experience of temporarily losing custody of her children to the foster care system.
The one-woman show is a journey into the first few days of the three-year-plus battle that Falu is still fighting to get her children back. “Initially, it was like watching a movie about my life and I was invisible and powerless,” explains Jennifer Falu. “I felt like a broke-down loser inside as the reality of the accusations set in and the impact of it ALL on me and my kids.” It is also about the opportunity for growth, joy and love.
Falu’s family, church family and friends rallied to her support. With the unwavering loyalty and blessings of her pastor Rev. Youngblood, church members; Denise Gray, Producer and President of SeasonWalk Productions and Obie Award-winning Director Jessie Wooden, Jr., Falu was encouraged to share her story and be the catalyst for healing. “Jennifer Falu is a gift to the world that ought to be experienced,” states Rev. Youngblood. “For those of us who do, our lives are made ‘better.’ And for those of us who do not, well…”
About Jennifer Falu…Falu recently won first place in NBC-TV’s Amiri Baraka Poetry Slam and is currently ranked third internationally in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is a celebrated performance artist throughout NYC and across the country and as a member of the 2006, 2009 and 2012 Nuyorican Poets Café Slam Teams, became the top Female Poet of the Year in 2006, and ranked 3rd in both 2009 and 2012. As a performer, Falu has shared the stage with Jennifer Holliday, Carl Thomas and Patti LaBelle. She makes her film debut in the soon-to-be released movie, “Mania Days”, alongside Katie Holmes.
Come out and experience this insightful performance that will touch your heart and life as you experience the reality of losing things. For information and tickets call 347-915-2729 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Log on to falu-loveaboveallthings.eventbrite.com.