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HOLLYWOOD LEGEND JUANITA MOORE PASSING THESP TORCH TO CAMBRIDGE PLAYERS - NEXT GENERATION
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-- Academy Award-nominated actress Juanita Moore (“Imitation of Life,” 1962), founding member of the L.A.-based African-American theater troupe the CAMBRIDGE PLAYERS, will introduce the newly-formed CAMBRIDGE PLAYERS - NEXT GENERATION at the Fri. Sept. 5 opening of its debut production -- Celeste Bedford Walker’s comedy-mystery “Reunion in Bartersville” -- at the Egyptian Arena Theater here, it was announced by Kirk Kelly-Kahn, show’s producer with Doug Fager.
The nonagenarian Moore will welcome cast members from the two-act play about a 50th high school reunion gone wrong, including star Roger E. Mosley (“Magnum P.I.”), Aloma Wright (“Scrubs”), Jeris Lee Poindexter (“Everybody Hates Chris”), Mitch Ward (“Murder in Mind”), Susan Fallender (“The Last Dance”), and Amentha Dymally (“Lord Help Us”).
Reconstituted company’s first outing in 24 years, directed by Sherrie Lofton with set design by Ji Byeon, will run Fridays through Sundays throughout September.
Event also will celebrate the achievements of the CAMBRIDGE PLAYERS and honor the man for whom the troupe was named, the late Edmund J. Cambridge. In addition to serving as artistic director of the CAMBRIDGE PLAYERS, Cambridge was a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company in New York, and was a stage and television director.
The CAMBRIDGE PLAYERS was formed in the 1970s by award-winning black actresses over 40 who could not find roles in Hollywood and wanted an outlet for their acting skills. In addition to Moore, the founders included Esther Rolle (“Good Times,” “Driving Miss Daisy”), Helen Martin (“227,” “Pineapple Express”), Lynn Hamilton (“Sanford and Son,” “The Waltons”) and Royce Wallace (“Murder in Texas ”).
The new CAMBRIDGE PLAYERS - NEXT GENERATION will be headed by Kirk Kelley-Kahn (Learning Curve, In Her Shoes) and Doug Fager (Groundlings).
Proceeds from the play will benefit the CAMBRIDGE PLAYERS Scholarship Fund. For show times, tickets or more information, call 323.960.7787 or visit www.plays411.com/reunion.
General admission is $25. Theater is at 1625 North Las Palmas Ave., south of Hollywood Blvd.

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