The Signature Returns for Season 8, May 8th! Attendees Enter to Win a Pair of Tickets to see Iyanla Vanzant! June 16, 2015

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Sierra Leone, 937-241-4957

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Grammy-Winning Actor from The Cosby Show,

Headlines Kick Off of Eighth Season of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show

Dayton, Ohio (April 24, 2015) – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will host the first show in the eighth 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, May 8. The Signature Lounge opens in the lobby at 8 p.m., featuring live music and a full bar.

Advance tickets are $23 and available by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting Season tickets for all four shows also are available at upcoming shows include Poetic Revival on July 10, the 2015 installment of Last Poet Standing on Aug. 7, and Poetic Soul Fusion on Dec. 4.

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“The Signature season eight opening show will be a great event to kick off Mother’s Day weekend,” said Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry Productions. “Audience members are in for a real treat at this one-night-only experience. Malcom-Jamal Warner will give an eclectic medley performance inclusive of his entire life’s journey. He will be joined by other great storytellers, performers and musicians.”

Malcom-Jamal Warner — Grammy Award-winning actor, director, musician and performing artist — will headline the season opener. Best-known for his roles as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show and as Malcolm McGee on Malcom & Eddie, Warner has appeared on numerous TV series, including Sons of Anarchy, Dexter and American Horror Story. In 2011, he produced, directed and starred in the BET original series Reed Between the Lines. Warner also has appeared in numerous films, and his short film MUTED won the HBO Short Film Competition at the American Black Film Festival in June 2014. Warner has to his credit two hit albums, The Miles Long Mixtape and Love & Other Social Issues, and he is a host and performer at the National Black Theatre Festival and has performed in several Off-Broadway plays.

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The show also will include spotlight performances by Anita “Amala” Jones, Tye and A. Slate. The Back Talk Blues Band will provide musical entertainment.

Anita “Amala” Jones, formerly known as Pure, has been a spoken word artist for more than 15 years and has performed throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. She also founded Inner Seeds of Pure, a business geared toward producing and developing inspiration and creativity within herself and others. She holds two master’s degrees and serves on community boards to provide small businesses with project management assistance.

Tye, a New Jersey native, is a multi-instrumentalist with a background in acting. He is one of the top songwriters in Columbus, Ohio, and his music explores numerous genres. A. Slate is the mother of four sons and, for 18 years, was a nurse’s assistant. She is now a Dayton-area writer, poet and spoken word artist. She has been featured at The Spoken Word Stage Play Coochie Chronicles and at previous The Signature shows, where she competed in the spoken word competition Last Poet Standing.

The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show is co-sponsored by the Human Race Theatre Company. The Signature has earned a reputation in the Midwest for being edgy, thought provoking, groundbreaking, funny, engaging, sexy, diverse and spontaneous. More information is available online at, Home of Urban Creative Arts.


On Friday, May 8, 2015 @ The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show Season Opener,  One Attendee will win two tickets to see Iyanla Vanzant, June 16, 2015 at the Schuster Center! 

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