Release Date: 1/21/1999
Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks will be the site of actress Dianne Oyama Dixon's presentation of "Claiming the Dream," a one-woman drama celebrating the black American female experience.
The production, held in conjunction with Black History Month, is a part of the university's Walton Arts & Ideas Series (WAIS). The play begins at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 2, in the Seay Theatre on campus. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (501) 979-1349.
In "Claiming the Dream," Dixon portrays many historical black women, including Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Mary Church Terrell and an African slave.
The Honolulu Star Bulletin stated that the "one-woman play expresses the wonder of being female and a black American." The Nashville Tennessean reported "Dixon...is a sensuous and dynamic performer."
Dixon, a native of Nashville and a graduate of Stephens College in Theatre Arts and Dance, has numerous film and television credits, including: "A Piece of the Action," The Choirboys," "The Cradle Will Fall," "As the World Turns," "The Guiding Light," and "Good Times." She has also appeared in numerous commercials and voice characterizations. Her theater credits include performances with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Henry Street New Federal Theatre, The American Place Theatre, The Los Angeles Actor's Theatre and the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center.
Dixon is a published playwright, director, choreographer and producer.
The theme for the 1998-99 WAIS is "Year of the Woman," in observance of the Sesquicentennial of the First Women's Rights Convention, held in Seneca Falls, N.Y. in 1848