Tough Brown Leather

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Reviews: 4

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A sexual hero's journey. Sara is the spunky, eight-year-old star running back of her street football team. But off the field, she can't outrun the attack of a sexual predator. As Sara transitions into womanhood, the effects of the childhood attack stay with her. She takes a few hits, but never stays down for long. Tough Brown Leather is a testament to the human capacity to survive, heal and embrace one's sexual power. Writer-performer Tonya Jones depicts thirteen characters in this solo show. Tonya Jones is a Los Angeles-based writer and performing artist who is interested in using art as a common language to facilitate dialogue, bridge cultures and communities, and inspire civic engagement. Originally from Newark, NJ, she holds a BA from Howard University and a MFA from Columbia University. At Columbia, Tonya was awarded the Schubert Presidential Fellowship and starred in the world premiere of James Baldwin's Another Country, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. She has appeared in several independent films, commercials and stage productions, both off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Some of her credits include Richard III, As You Like It, Intimate Apparel, The Hound of the Baskervilles and Low Level Panic. Additionally, Tonya has written for the stage, magazines, and comedy sites. Michael Philip Edwards directs. He is an award-winning writer, director and actor for stage and screen, recently nominated for a 2016 Stage Raw Award for Best Playwright for his play Sister. Other notable works for the stage include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Scotsman Award Winner Runt (First Black writer-performer in history of that festival to receive that award). Michael has directed tours for New York Off-Broadway, London, Adelaide, Australia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Canada and Jamaica. For the screen, Michael has directed 7 feature films, most recently Haunted Jamaica, a feature documentary for Netfilx and On Demand, as well as the narrative feature film Murder 101, now in wide release and VOD. The character of Sara is a woman who is simultaneously vulnerable and tough. You won't soon forget her.

Reviews

Lorenzo Marchessi

“Amazing One-Woman Show About Life, Adulthood, Family & Football –“Tough Brown Leather” Is Powerful!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi and the Hollywood Fringe Experience #01

The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood was the home of a very powerful and moving piece. It is a performance piece of a personal exposition of a young woman's experiences and embellished in a very dramatic way. Mixed with humor and various dialogues of parents, friends, mentors and more and it was called “Tough Brown Leather”. It's an amazing one hour experience and something to be seen.

Written and performed by Tonya Jones, a young actress with a wonderful bold personality and a dramatic performer who lets her passions and past reveal some very charming, warm and even some very traumatic experiences about her life and centering it all around her favorite sport, football. She created this character ‘Sara' – who is funny and warm - and used both life experiences and some colorful ties-ins to create the vivid life of an young eight year old growing into womanhood and her strength, her persecution and her desire and love of football as a metaphor for her life growing up,

Directed by Michael Phillip Edwards who allowed Tanya to have a very well blocked usage of her stage with only two chairs and the images projected behind her as her props, which gave the show a strong center and real sense of warmth and charm.

Pic 001 – All pics - Tonya Jones

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Ms. Jones weaves these narratives together, completes her metaphorical circles, and triumphs over all of her dilemmas in her life as her confident performance and credentials speak for themselves.

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Tough Brown Leather is compelling and superbly stimulates both emotion and serious thought and therefore is very worthy and well done.

sweet - Ron Irwin- Los Angeles Post Examiner - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon

Tonya Jones certainly is capable of telling Sara's frightful story in a first-person voice.

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Lorenzo Marchessi

“Amazing One-Woman Show About Life, Adulthood, Family & Football –“Tough Brown Leather” Is Powerful!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi and the Hollywood Fringe Experience #01

The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood was the home of a very powerful and moving piece. It is a performance piece of a personal exposition of a young woman's experiences and embellished in a very dramatic way. Mixed with humor and various dialogues of parents, friends, mentors and more and it was called “Tough Brown Leather”. It's an amazing one hour experience and something to be seen.

Written and performed by Tonya Jones, a young actress with a wonderful bold personality and a dramatic performer who lets her passions and past reveal some very charming, warm and even some very traumatic experiences about her life and centering it all around her favorite sport, football. She created this character ‘Sara' – who is funny and warm - and used both life experiences and some colorful ties-ins to create the vivid life of an young eight year old growing into womanhood and her strength, her persecution and her desire and love of football as a metaphor for her life growing up,

Directed by Michael Phillip Edwards who allowed Tanya to have a very well blocked usage of her stage with only two chairs and the images projected behind her as her props, which gave the show a strong center and real sense of warmth and charm.

Pic 001 – All pics - Tonya Jones

sweet - Lorenzo Marchessi - The Geek Authority - ...read full review


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Ms. Jones weaves these narratives together, completes her metaphorical circles, and triumphs over all of her dilemmas in her life as her confident performance and credentials speak for themselves.

sweet - Erin Fair - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


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Tough Brown Leather is compelling and superbly stimulates both emotion and serious thought and therefore is very worthy and well done.

sweet - Ron Irwin- Los Angeles Post Examiner - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon

Tonya Jones certainly is capable of telling Sara's frightful story in a first-person voice.

sweet-sour - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review