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Pieces

Loser takes all…….. or something.

Nile Winters is the new millennium woman. She is a beautiful therapist with her own practice. She is educated , financially stable , has a great relationship with her family and is always surrounded with great friends. Nile Winters has everything. Everything that is, except a man. Her high standards and Christian morals won’t allow her to accept just anything. He must be well educated, financially stable well groomed and yes , a family man. It seems that combination is no where to be found….. until her patient Charles Bass walks into her life. Although he is experiencing some tough times that lead him to Niles office, It seems that he has lived his life by Nile’s check list. He has the career, the stability, & is quite easy on the eyes. He is even a family man. He can prove it! He already has a wife and child! Surely Nile’s Christian values will never allow her to entertain the thought of building a “friendship” with a married man. After all, she is so deeply rooted in her Christian values that she doesn’t believe in same sex marriage. Even when she Is confronted by her flamboyant assistant, she is quick to stand her ground in regards to her beliefs .   It isn’t long before Charles creative thinking and take control demeanor causes Niles hard fast stance to soften. Although she tries to remain private with her forbidden friendship , her twin brother and her 3 close girlfriends put together the pieces. Vanessa, Dian and Melissa were the center of Niles world until Charles. With 3 very different personalities and 3 very strong opinions about Niles new friendship Nile is forced to face her truth. Having her best friend walk out on her was not a consequence that she considered. But Vanessa’s loyalty to the union of marriage over rode her commitment to her friendship with Nile.   Nile is perplexed. It all happened so fast! Nile is confronted on every level and even has to face the threat of losing her practice. How did it come to all of this? Her whole world seems to be crumbling and she has to decide if pieces of a man is truly better than nothing it at all.

“With wit,wisdom and wonderful performances… Kinnik Sky’s “Pieces” is engagingly complete.”

Angela Bassett

American Actress & Film Director

“PIECES is a highly entertaining, joy filled, and often moving theatrical ride.  Kinnik has clearly given her passion, her wide range of emotions, and her feminine insight to this project as both a writer and a performer.  The results are truly audience winning and stimulating on a number of levels.  It is a delight to have this project in our Carrie Hamilton theatre as a very welcome guest.  I suggest that all join the party!”

Sheldon Epps

Artistic Director Pasedena Playhouse

Meet The Cast

Kinnik Sky

Kinnik Sky (Writer/Producer/Nile) Kinnik Sky – an American Idol finalist, is also a national / regional theatre, T.V. and film actress turned award winning playwright.  She is the writer, producer & star of Sunday Mourning under her production company Dazzal Mi Entertainment (Dazzle Me).  Sunday Mourning was nominated for 7 NAACP Theatre Awards and won 3.  Kinnik was nominated for Best Playwright and won Best Female Lead.  Kinnik’s sophomore production Pieces is also a NAACP Theatre Award winning production.  After rave reviews in Atlanta and Los Angeles, Sunday Mourning was selected as the featured production for the 2014 NAACP Theatre Award festival presented Wells Fargo. Kinnik is honored  to reprise her production PIECES at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse.

Bryan Terrell Clark

Bryan Terrell Clark (Director)  Clark is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Yale School of Drama he moved to California to begin a career as an Actor, Singer/Songwriter, and Host. Currently starring in Broadway’s MOTOWN: The Musical in the iconic role of Marvin Gaye, he has also starred opposite Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett in “FENCES”, and appeared in numerous television shows such as Person of Interest, Mysteries of Laura, Unforgettable, Royal Pains, CSI:NY, The UNIT, and Tyler Perry’s HOUSE OF PAYNE. Bryan is also a co-writer on MARY J. BLIGE’s current release “Irreversible”, on the album My Life II.  Musically he has performed with such artists as Ne-Yo, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Ciara, Yolanda Adams, Maxwell and many others. He is a featured vocalist on Michael Buble’s current release Crazy Love, and is currently in the studio recording his solo album.  He has also been the host of the “Bryan Terrell Clark’s Tribute”, and has had such guest artists as Stevie Wonder, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, and Kenny Lattimore. There is so much more to come from this rising star.

SYR LAW

SYR LAW (Melissa): Law’s stage credits include DAY OF KINGS at The Alliance Theatre; Tyler Perry’s national tour WHAT’S DONE IN THE DARK; Understudy in Ovation winning play STICKFLY; Don Welch’s SOUL CAFÉ; Kinnik Sky’s PIECES & SUNDAY MOURNING.  Recent TV credits  include ONE LIFE TO LIVE; DROP DEAD DIVA; BARELY FAMOUS; ABC pilot ROM COM; HOME.  Recent film credits include GINA’S JOURNEY; CHARITY’S END.  Law is honored to revise her role as Angela at the Pasadena Playhouse

THAI DOUGLAS

THAI DOUGLAS (Charles): is delighted to be making his debut with Dazzal Mi Entertainment. As A Member of SAG/AFTRA . He Recently worked on the NBC COMEDY CROWDED. January 2016,FOX TV AMERICAN CRIME STORY “O.J.SIMPSON”. Past T.V. Credits; Guest Starring As “WILL” ON TYLER PERRY’S “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR”,CBS SCORPION, ABC GREY’S ANATOMY,ABC FAMILY THE FOSTERS and TNT MURDER IN THE FIRST. Numerous Commercial Credits . Most Recent ING/VOYA, KAY JEWELERS, & ENTERPRISE. Last  Stage Appearances was his ONE MAN SHOW “PRETTY BOY” & FREEDOM THEATERS ORIGINAL STAGE ADAPTATION”SPARKLE” as SATIN. He thanks all of his Loved Ones and Friends for their Loving support on this journey and endeavor!

ANGEL PAYNE

ANGEL PAYNE (Dian): A recent graduate of the AMDA Acting Conservatory, Angel made her LA theatre debut as Bianca in a Queer Classics’ Production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW: AN EXPLORATION OF GENDER EXPRESSION. Film and TV Credits include ABC’s Revenge; The Failure and Hard Lemonade, an original short written by her.

MEREDITH THOMAS

MEREDITH THOMAS (Jennifer): It has been a couple of decades since Meredith first walked across the Pasadena Playhouse stage to accept her diploma from the AMERICANACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS. Since that time she has appeared in over 70 films and television shows, countless plays and was named TOP FOUR FUNNIEST COMIC IN THE CITY. Her resent stage appearances include THE TRIP BACK DOWN at the Whitefire Theatre; Light Up the Sky at Theatre 40;  and the World Premiere of THE BELLFLOWERS SESSIONS. Meredith is honored to be back at the playhouse with a group whose talent and passion reminds her of why she started this journey right here many years ago

DEOSICK BURNÉ

DEOSICK BURNÉ (Miles), a Los Angeles based actor and musician, is elated to be part of the cast of , “PIECES”.  Some theatre credits include: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE; RENT; TO KILL AMOCKINGBIRD; and CHICAGO.  Some television credits include: GENERAL HOSPITAL;PRIME SUSPECT; and MADE.  Some music credits include: HAIRSPRAY; CHRISTINA AGUILERA; ROD STEWART; and R. KELLY.  Find out more about Deosick on IMDB.com andDeosick.com.

KiKi Finley (Brandi)

KiKi Finley (Brandi) KiKi is an award winning equity actress and has toured the entire United States and Alaska. Throughout Kiki’s career, she performed in some of theatre’s most recognized productions, such as: SWAN LAKE; WEST SIDE STORY; FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF; LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE; THE COLOR OF JUSTICE; THE PORCINI TEST and many others. She has performed in some of the most prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, The Promenade Theatre in New York and The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. She was able to garner rolls on such films as: ROAD TRIP; REMEMBER THE TITAN’S; DRUMLINE.

KARIMAH WESTBROOK

KARIMAH WESTBROOK (Vanessa): After crashing an audition and snagging a role in the Paramount box office hit SAVE THE LAST DANCE, this Chicago native has never looked back. She has since amassed an impressive list of credits, earning recognition for her roles as Ginnie, in the critically acclaimed bio-pic BAADASSSSS, as Claudia in AMERICAN VIOLET, and as Papa Nebo in THE RUM DIARY. Westbrook experience includes acting in theater, films as well as primetime TV.

Tom Williamson(Malik)

Tom Williamson(Malik): Tom is currently a heavily reoccurring character on the hit ABC Family (FreeForm) show ‘The Fosters’. He made his professional stage debut last year in Patricia Cuffie-Jones’ ‘Love Soul Deep.’  This is Tom’s first time working with Ms. Sky and Dazzal Mi Entertainment, and he is beyond grateful for the opportunity to share his love.

AUSTIN KLICH (Jovi )

AUSTIN KLICH (Jovi ): Austin is a performer/director/activist from San Diego, CA and a recent graduate of Pace University’s School of Performing Arts in NYC. Some favorite past credits include THE BIRDS AND THE BEES: UNABRIDGED (Honest Accomplice); THE SANDY HOOK THEATRE PROJECT (Stop Gun Violence Now Theatre Festival); and PRESENCE AND RESPECT (WOW Café Theater). Much love to their parents and thanks to Wendy & Caroline for convincing them to make the move. austinklich.com

OTTAVIO TADDEI

OTTAVIO TADDEI (Actor/Dancer): from Italy, After performing for several years in musicals, operas, Tv shows  and dance productions in Italy, Qatar, Oman and USA, Ottavio interests converged more and more into acting. He moved to NYC in 2012 to receive a more well rounded education in theatre at the “Stella Adler studio of Acting” conservatory and he appeared in the productions of LA RONDE; ANNA IN THE TROPICS; MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM; ALTAR DANCE; and shot several short film and independent features such as: SINS OF IDENTITY; STEFANO!; SILVER; THE OUTCAST; & MORE.

A portion of the proceeds from PIECES went to benefit the children of L.E.A.P. 

LEAP

 

Dazzal Mi Entertainment  is excited to announce that  PIECES will be the  2015 Fundraiser for LEAP!  
 
The mission of Learning Enrichment After-School Program (leap) is to develop the critical thinking skills of students from under-served communities by delivering the most engaging experience after-school.  Today leap is 12 campuses and 1100+ students strong, providing a safe space to discover nutritious meal alternatives, receive academic tutoring and homework support, participate in enrichment classes and recreational activities such as field trips, mind challenging chess instruction, sports–and much more for free! leap is a safe haven for youth to learn and build the confidence necessary to be successful in school and beyond.
 
Youth will participate in a 2 day master class workshop that will include, discovering the various roles that are pivotal to creating a play, reading and performing a vignette, and receiving mentorship from the cast of Kinnik Sky’s PIECES.
 
I love children and am excited that myself and my incredible cast will have this opportunity to expose inner city youth to our passion for the arts! 
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