Monday, March 7, 2016

Nikki Powerhouse Delivers THE ART OF I AM

Philadelphia Artists Welcome the New TCI Theatre Festival
Rhonda Davis


The Think/Create/Inspire Theatre Festival brings a platform to the Philadelphia area that new playwrights will definitely want to strive to be a part of. Created in the mind of Susan C. Small, professional award winning playwright, TCI gives artists in the area an opportunity to show off their talent without the overhead that usually hinders artists who do not have the backing to fund their own venues. The TCI Festival cover the cost of the space, and the advertisements for the shows that are accepted, all artists then agree to split a portion of the sales of all tickets to the venue. TCI’s premiere season runs from March 3rd -March 6th, 2016, and submissions will be open July 2016 for the 2017 season!
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Local artist/playwright/actress Nikki Powerhouse was performing the night I attended the Festival. This Philadelphia native has truly earned her name, Powerhouse. She performed a one-woman show entitled The Art of I Am that could only be described as absolutely phenomenal. Ms. Powerhouse wrote the piece, and it was skillfully directed by Dr. Ardencie Hall-Karambe. Dr. Hall-Karambe put light and sound to the production which enhanced each and every word that Ms. Powerhouse penned. From the onset of the performance you knew you were in for an emotionally charged sixty minutes as Ms. Powerhouse immediately began depicting the birth of herself into the world. There was a hush throughout the sold out 250 seat Venice Island P.A. Center and at the climax of this part of the eight-piece drama, there was not one woman in the crowd that was not in tears, or close to them. After a series of skits that flowed one into the other about life/love/loss/abuse/pain, and reclamation, she bowed to a standing ovation with screams of “Nikki! Nikki!” Look out for this powerhouse performer, I am definitely a new follower of hers.

There was a Q & A right after her performance and we were told that the show would be running again in April during the LGBT festival.