(January 14, 2005 – Los Angeles) The NAACP and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office named Angela
Matemotja as a nominee for its coveted Theatre Award. The director is recognized for her choreography
in EMBODI Entertainment’s staging of november dawn’s “Sunshine for a Midnight Weary”. The riveting
piece, executive produced by Tasia Sherel, was featured in the repertory’s 2003-04 season. It will return
on April 7 - May 1 to the Complex Theatre (www. complexhollywood.com) for an encore run.
“Sunshine for a Midnight Weary” has been described as “chaotic soul searching with the grace and
simplicity of a sublime ballet.” Especially tailored from its coed format for EMBODI’S all-female company,
robust characters grope through their past and present grasping for one last attempt at a life in the light.
On the way, the audience is reminded of bitter realities such as: dreams deferred, domestic violence,
racism, poverty and suicide. Onlookers witness, “planets colliding in a desperate attempt to find the
sun.” This collision of raw energy between dissimilar characters proves to be a fusion of jubilee and
lamentations in the portrayal of issues that plague this colorful sector of mankind.
The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP founded the Annual Theatre Awards to honor trailblazers who continue
to recreate and invigorate theatre. The NAACP’s illustrious 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award will be
presented to Laurence Fishburne (Matrix Trilogies, Mystic River). The Gala will award its 2005 Trailblazer
Award to the Negro Ensemble Company. Matemotja will vie for the honor alongside fellow nominees
Debbie Allen and Madonna Grimes. The 15th annual gala will be held on Monday, February 21 at the
historic Vision Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
About Angela Matemotja
Born in the former Soviet Union, Angela Matemotja came to America at the tender age of eight and
discovered a passion for acting. This passion led Angela to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, British American
Drama Academy, and American Academy of Dramatic Arts of which she is a graduate. Her rich training
and productive partnership with her husband Alan Mulhall is apparent in every production.
About EMBODI Entertainment & Tasia Sherel
EMBODI Entertainment is Los Angeles’ first African-American female theatre repertory. The company,
founded by Tasia Sherel, strives to provide a venue to exalt diversity through the arts. To learn more
about their commitment to producing though-provoking art, visit EMBODI online at www.embodi.org.
About november dawn
After the publication of “Cries of a Young Girl” and her sophomore book, “the dawning”, november
dawn triumphantly returns with her haunting choreoplay “Sunshine for a Midnight Weary”. She is a
tireless advocate of human decency and respect…no matter how she gets it across. For more
information on november dawn, visit www.novemberdawn.com.