Press Release for 7th Season Opener of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show

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Sierra Leone, 937-241-4957
The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show Launches Its Seventh Season

Dayton, March 28, 2014 – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will host the opening show for the seventh season of its Off Broadway Theatrical Revue The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 25.
Advance tickets are $20 and are available by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting Season tickets also are available, and subscribers receive 15 percent off single ticket prices, priority seating, an invitation to attend an exclusive meet-and-greet with artists and more.
Lemon Andersen, an original member of the Tony Award-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and award-winning spoken word artist Sonya Renee Taylor will headline the show. Gem City will be the featured house band, performing a variety of jazz, funk and blues. James Pate is the featured visual artist and a spotlight performance will be provided by Comedian Chris Alan.  
“We are excited to open our seventh season and continue our partnerships with the Human Race Theatre Company, University of Dayton’s ArtStreet and Signature Educational Solutions,” said Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry Productions. “This show will be an exciting mix of creativity and talent sure to inspire and entertain.”
Lemon Andersen is a performance artist, writer and Tony Award-winning poet. In 2012, the Sundance Institute commissioned the development of ToasT, his new play to be staged at the Public Theater in New York City. For a decade, Andersen’s performances have rocked such iconic venues as Harlem’s Apollo Theater, San Francisco’s Theatre On The Square, Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, the Chicago Theatre, New York State’s Spiegeltent, and Hollywood’s Kodak and Montalban theatres.
Spike Lee produced Andersen’s coming-of-age autobiographical memoir County of Kings at the Public Theater in 2009, and the show has since been staged throughout the United States and in Europe and South Africa. Andersen was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2010 New York Book Festival for the play’s script. STRAIGHTRAZOR, his second book of poems, was published in November 2013.
Andersen won a Tony Award in 2003 for Def Poetry Jam, and on the big screen, he’s appeared opposite Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s Inside Man and in The Soloist with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. LEMON, a documentary film portrait of Andersen’s life and career path, was a success at domestic and international film festivals and aired nationwide on PBS.
Sonya Renee Taylor is a poet, humanitarian and social justice activist. She became the National Individual Poetry Slam Champion only four months into her slam career in ’04, had back-to-back Top 8 finishes at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship, a second place finish at the International Poetry Slam Championship in 2005 and first place title at the Four Continents International Slam Championship in 2006. She’s performed throughout the world, including alongside then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C.
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 In addition to having her work appear in numerous journals and anthologies, Taylor recently released her first collection of poetry entitled A Little Truth onYour Shirt published under GirlChild Press. Her poetry has been translated into Dutch and German, used as curriculum in college and university courses across the country and abroad, and as an HIV education resource with HIV Campus Education. She also has appeared on HBO, Oxygen
Network, BET, CNN and MTV.
Taylor still finds time to devote herself to the causes she has fought for since her teenage years. With a
 master’s in nonprofit management, she is the former capacity building and training director for the Black AIDS Institute. She also serves on the national board of directors for the arts and activism organization Blackout Arts Collective and is a teaching artist for Lyrical Minded, an arts education program working with incarcerated, at-risk and mentally ill youth in locked facilities in San Francisco.
 “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” has earned a reputation across the Midwest for being edgy, thought provoking, groundbreaking, funny, engaging, sexy, diverse and spontaneous. More information and details are available online at








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