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Photos: Cast And Creative Team Announced Tanisha Fordham's SNATCH YO' FREE New Musical, World Premiere

The 2nd Annual Newark Theater In The Park Production.

Directed and produced by TaNisha Fordham in Association with TaNisha Fordham Productions, TaNisha Fordham's SNATCH YO' FREE is an unabashed celebration of who we already are regardless of what we will become. Also SNATCH YO' FREE asks the challenging questions: Why do certain people and communities not have access to opportunity/acknowledgement? Are we going to wait for acknowledgement and access to stand up and be counted? Allow Fordham to respond, the answer is, "No. We will not wait." In fact, this free and open to the public theater event, founded by Fordham in 2021, is one example of communities making opportunities and bridges where there might otherwise be walls and ceilings. Though Newark sits directly on the border of NYC, the city, and many of its experiences and opportunities can prove to be inaccessible for some Newark residents. The rising cost of travel, the time it takes to commute, access to information about experiences and opportunities all serve as a "barrier of entry," of sorts. This event (and production), centers community, access, opportunity and hope.

The production, written in rhyme (as is the novel) with hip-hop, funk, soul, traditional musical theater, gospel, neo-soul, and spoken word nods, celebrates community, not only as a theme of the production, but also in how the team was meticulously curated with love and care. Phaedra Foreman, the Artistic Assistant, is a graduating high school senior who has been Fordham's apprentice for the past four years and has assisted Fordham with film and theater productions across the country. Rescue Poetix, the Production Stage Manager, is the current Poet Laureate of Jersey City, NJ and an impeccably committed community artist and activist. The Lab Sisterz is a Newark, NJ based dance group that has several viral videos across social media platforms; this group is a group of young ladies whose ages range from 16 with the oldest member and CEO, Zaneyah, being 22. A full list of the cast and creative team can be found below. Fordham was committed to the idea that the ideals represented in this musical should be visible in the makeup of the cast and creative team; we are enough. We have all that we need to make a difference. If there aren't opportunities available, we make them.

"This ain't just a story. This is a lesson. And, maybe... Just maybe... Some kind of a blessin'. This is a story, a saga, you see of one little ole girl SNATHING HER FREE! She ain't bound by no rules. Not conforming; that's key! But instead just determined to be who she be. And, she is like... you. She is! Can't you see? Can't you see? Can't you see what you're destined to be? Free! That's the point. It's incredulously liberating. It should fill you with glee! It is what it is, what it is, what it be... You were fashioned and formed to be free. Emmys and Grammys and Oscars and such - They're good. They're great. They have a nice touch. Awards and titles and money and fame, They have their place. But, keep this in frame: you are great. And, you are good. You are enough in every hood. And if someone ain't with it, well... That someone can go straight to - This ain't just a story. Now do you see? This is an edict. This is a decree. The time is now, it has to be. Go on now; SNATCH YO' FREE."

TaNisha Fordham the EGOT, the NEW MUSICAL, will have its WORLD PREMIERE July 22 & 29, August 5 & 12, 2022 at Mulberry Commons Park in front of the Prudential Center in Newark NJ. The Theater in the Park event is free, open to the public, and an event for the entire family - you can even bring your furry friends. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis but attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite chair or blanket. Vendors will be available on site; Fordham will be doing a book signing immediately following the production. "TaNisha Fordham the EGOT" will also be available on site.

The Team

TaNisha Fordham (Director, Producer, Playwright, Music Producer, Starring).

Cast: TaNisha Fordham, Alayna Miller, Rahbert Britt, Donna Glaesener, Tiffany Ocansey, John Bronston. Shayla Mitchell (Associate Director), Phaedra Foreman (Artistic Assistant), Rescue Poetix (Production Stage Manager), Lab Sisterz (Choreography; Featured Dancers), Tricia Cooke (Artistic Designer), Mark Goble (Music Producer), DXOR (Music Producer), Freddie Mae Fordham (Producer), Monroe Fordham (Producer), Pamela Fordham (Producer), Robert Alston (Producer), Mayor Ras Baraka, Trevor Phillips, American Express, Broadway Theatre Coalition (Special Thanks), Sponsored by The City of Newark NJ.

Photos: Cast And Creative Team Announced Tanisha Fordham's SNATCH YO' FREE New Musical, World Premiere
Directing Team; (from left to right) Shayla Mitchell Associate Director, TaNisha Fordham Director/Producer, Phaedra Foreman Assistant Director

Photos: Cast And Creative Team Announced Tanisha Fordham's SNATCH YO' FREE New Musical, World Premiere
Cast; (from left to right) Donna Glaesener, Shanique Holly-Hill, Alayna Miller, TaNisha Fordham, Rahbert Britt, Shari Piontkowskie

Photos: Cast And Creative Team Announced Tanisha Fordham's SNATCH YO' FREE New Musical, World Premiere
Featured Dancers; The Lab Sisterz

Photos: Cast And Creative Team Announced Tanisha Fordham's SNATCH YO' FREE New Musical, World Premiere
Management; (Left) Rescue Poetix Production Stage Manager

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