February 3, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
University to Present a One Woman Drama Celebrating Black
To celebrate Black History Month, Dianne Oyama Dixon will
perform “Claim the Dream,” a one-woman drama at 7 p.m. on
Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Main Theater of Shawnee State
University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
Dream” is a chronology of noted female black leaders
including depictions of slaves, Harriet Tubman’s underground
railroad, Mary McLeod Bethune’s last will and testimony,
Rosa Park’s bus ride, Sojourner Truth’s Ain’t I a Woman?”
and Mary Church Terrell’s right-to-vote speech.
Dixon is an
accomplished actress and graduate of the Stephens College of
Theater/Dance. She is a native of Nashville, Tenn. And she
has performed in numerous film and TV shows including “The
Cradle Will Fall,” “As the World Turns,” “A Piece of the
Action” and “Good times,” among others.
experience on both the east and west coasts include the New
York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center, Los Angeles
Actor’s Theater and the Ebony Theater. Dixon also toured
performing the one-woman show “Sister Can I Speak for You.”
She is also
author of “Ladies, Your Place Please” which appeared at
Nashville’s Circle Theater. She has produced, directed,
written and performed in hundreds of television and radio
commercials that have aired in all markets and
The event is
sponsored by the SSU Student Programming Board and
Multicultural Student Affairs.
to celebrate Black History Month is a Gospel Fest presented
from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 in Clark Memorial
Library’s Flohr Lecture Hall. The fest is sponsored by AHANA
(African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American) club
are free and open to the public.