Press Release


Tasia Sherel
EMBODI Entertainment Company. Inc.
(818) 754-2559,


(January 14, 2005 - Los Angeles) The NAACP and Los Angeles Mayor's Office named Angela Matemotja as a nominee for its coveted Theater Award. The director was recognized for her choreography in EMBODI Entertainment's staging of november dawn's Sunshine for a Midnight Weary. The riveting piece was featured in the repertory's 2003-04 season and returns April 8th, 2005 for a four week encore run at the Open Stage West Theatre, 14336 Ventura Blvd., 1st Flr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP founded the Annual Theatre Awards to honor trailblazers who continue to recreate and invigorate theatre. The 15th annual gala sponsored by Comcast, was held on Monday, February 21 at the historic Vision Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Matemotja vied for the honor alongside fellow nominees Debbie Allen and Madonna Grimes. The Gala also awarded its 2005 Trailblazer Award to the Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) and it's illustrious 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award to Laurence Fishburne (Matrix Trilogies, Mystic River, What's Love Got To Do With It).

Sunshine for a Midnight Weary has been described as "chaotic soul searching with the grace and simplicity of a sublime ballet." Tailored from it's co-ed format to EMBODI's all-female company, the robust characters grope through their past and present grasping for one last attempt at a life in the light. On the way, the audience is reminded of bitter realities such as: dreams deferred, domestic violence, racism, poverty and suicide. Onlooker witness, "planets colliding in a desperate attempt to find the sun." This collision of raw energy between dissimilar characters proves to be a fusion of jubilee and lamentations in the portrayal in the portrayal of issues that plague this colorful sector of mankind.

About Angela Matemotja
Born in the former Soviet Union, Angela Matemotja came to America at the tender age of eight and discovered a passion for acting. This passion led Angela to Shakespeare's Globe Theater, British American Drama Academy, and American Academy of Dramatic Arts of which she is a graduate. Her rich training and productive partnership with her husband Alan Mulhall is apparent in every production.

About EMBODI Entertainment
EMBODI Entertainment is Los Angeles' first African-American female theatre repertory. The company, founded by Tasia Sherel, strives to provide a venue to exalt diversity through the arts. To learn more about their commitment to producing though-provoking art, visit EMBODI online at

About November Dawn
After the publication of Cries of a Young Girl and her sophomore book the dawning, november dawn returns with her haunting choreoplay, Sunshine for a Midnight Weary. She is a tireless advocate of human decency and respect, no matter how she gets it across. For more information on november dawn, visit

Performance begin: Friday, April 8th and runs every Friday & Saturday at 8pm ($12 adv/$16 door rate), Sunday 7pm ($8 adv/$12 door rate) till May 1st, 2005. At the Open Stage West Theatre, 14336 Ventura Blvd., 1st Flr, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. (Ample Free Underground Parking)
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