Actress, singer, author, and activist Eartha Kitt might be best known as the singer behind "Santa Baby" and "C'est si bon," or as the third Catwoman on the sixties Batman TV series. However, a government-led blacklisting following anti-war statements she made at a President Lyndon Johnson White House luncheon in 1968 halted her career for an entire decade. The infamous blacklisting forms the basis for Down To Eartha, the AUDELCO nominated one-woman show which will begin its residency at the Ruby Theater at the Complex (6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90036), October 9 - 12, 2020. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
"I simply loved her as a young girl growing up in the theater," said Down To Eartha producer and director Marishka Phillips. "After seeing her comeback performance in Timbuktu! I knew I wanted to be a part of this business."
"I was first inspired to play Eartha Kitt by acting coach Susan Batson, in 2010," said McDowell. "After performing an animal exercise in class, she simply stated, 'I see Eartha.' From there, I felt the need to tell Kitt's story."
Down to Eartha explores Kitt´s personal re-encounter of that fateful day in 1968 in detail, while also delving into her personal journey of power and freedom. Stemming from a life ridden with years of child abuse, Eartha´s personal journey proves to be at times a nightmare of a hurdle. It is one that could only be conquered by the power of love.
"In today's political climate, the right to be heard continues to resonate," said Phillips. "Kitt's outspoken views are just as relevant and inspiring today as they were in 1968."
This production, in association with MPTP Productions Int'l, and Associate Producer Miko Branch, is sponsored by Miss Jessie's (https://missjessies.com/), Down to Eartha will begin its run at The Ruby Theater at The Complex from October 9th through the 12th at varying times.
TICKETS - https://downtoeartha.bpt.me/
ABOUT MARISHKA S. PHILLIPS
As an acting coach, in 2011, Marishka founded the Marishka Phillips Theatrical Preparatory. Having coached and trained some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Nicole Beharie, Deborah Cox, Kerry Washington, Terri Vaughn, Nafessa Williams, Tasha Smith and Elizabeth Rohm to name a few. Marishka's ingenious acting method combines the traditional art of storytelling through a spiritual connection.
ABOUT DIERDRA MCDOWELL
Dierdra McDowell was born in Brooklyn, New York. As an actress, Ms. McDowell is honored to claim guest star appearances in current television shows, such as POWER, Odd Mom Out and Mr. Robot.