Tapestry Entertainment Presents:

Ciao Bella

Written by Karen Abercrombie
Directed by Zadia Ife


June 8–18, 2017

Loreto Theater

Ciao Bella is a drama with music written by Karen Abercrombie. It is the story of Annie Baxter, a one time highly respected singer and brilliant composer, who is now homeless and living on the streets of New York City, due to a string of tragedies in her life. Though she is living on the street, she is still composing beautiful music. As her story unfolds, the audience will get to experience a love story that rivals that of Mark Antony and Cleopatra & Romeo and Juliet. Ciao Bella will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride that you don't want to miss!

Ciao Bella is the hauntingly beautiful tale of love, betrayal, and the illusion of contentment. It is the story of what happens to a brilliant mind that has suffered the indignities of life and is struggling to merely survive in a world that has ignored it's genius. It's lyricism will reach out and tug at the recess of one's soul. The message; ultimately reminding us that there but by the grace of God, go you and I.

Ciao Bella is written and produced by Karen Abercrombie (Tapestry Entertainment)

Producer  and writer, Karen Abercrombie is also an award winning actress, singer-songwriter and Parents' Choice Award winning storyteller. She recently received the Movieguide Grace Award, for her performance in the Kendrick Brother's film, War Room. Karen played the spicy, 80 year old prayer warrior, Miss Clara in the film. She has guest starred on numerous television shows and her most recent roles include playing the character, Zelda Molskey on CBS's show, The Inspectors, recurring character, Aberdeen, on AMC's hit show, Turn, and playing oncologist, Stephanie Briggs on Vampire Diaries. Karen has also appeared on Ally McBeal, Saved By The Bell, Judging Amy and Strong Medicine to name a few. Karen just completed work on a feature film with Romeo Miller, Robin Givens and David Banner and is set to star in three new film projects this year.

Karen recently formed her own production company, Tapestry Entertainment, LLC, where she is creating and producing uplifting, thought provoking entertainment for the big screen and for the stage, These touching, informative, character driven stories of hope, courage and the resiliency of the human spirit, are intentioned to show the world that we have more in common than we realize and to weave us together using common threads. Ciao Bella is the first stage production to come out of Tapestry Entertainment. An avid lover of jazz music, Karen decided to pull some of the jazz music that she had been writing over the years, off the shelf, and record it. She released her debut jazz album, "Matters of The Heart" to very favorable reviews. The jazz magazine, The Jazz in M.E.E., listed her as one of the top new jazz singers to watch.

Singer, writer, producer and actor Tony Grant is on a mission and the entertainment industry has taken notice. As the former lead vocalist of the internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated group Az Yet (LaFace Records), it was Tony's patented first-tenor voice that dazzled audiences worldwide on such hit songs as "Last Night" and "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" following the departure of singer/songwriter Marc Nelson. Tony has performed and recorded with an array of talented and accomplished artists over the last decade, including Peter Cetera, Brian McKnight, Dr. Dre, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Shirley Murdock, Dave Hollister and Stevie Wonder. It was Tony’s strong vocal talent that breathed new life into the Chicago hit “You’re The Inspiration” on Peter Cetera’s remake of the classic song, introducing a new generation of music lovers to the beauty of true musicianship. While singing has always been Tony's first love, he has proven over and over that he is not just a one-dimensional entertainer. He is also an accomplished stage actor. A North Carolina native currently residing in Los Angeles, Tony has had star billing in dozens of stageplays Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married," "Tell Hell I Ain't Comin’,” and " Love Ain’t Supposed To Hurt." His love and passion for theater started in 1991, when he was cast for the lead role in the hit stage play "A Good Man is Hard to Find." From there he has became one of the most popular leading men in the industry. He also has starred in Mike Matthews "Mama, I'm Sorry," Bishop TD Jakes and Tyler Perry's "Behind Closed Doors," "Dave Talberts "Fabric of a Man," Angela Barrow Dunlap and Lizzie Berry’s "Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys," Kim Fields’ "Barefoot in the Park," Angela Barrow Dunlap’s "If These Hips Could Talk.”

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