Written by Karen Abercrombie
Directed by Zadia Ife
June 8–18, 2017
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.
Chaz Shepherd, has been called "EXTRAORDINARY" and has been placed among the likes of the greats such as Donnie Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. Not only is he an amazing singer, he is also an accomplished songwriter who happens to be one of Steve Harvey's favorites. His debut album, "Love & Truth", reached top ten on ITunes Top Ten Indie Albums List. Chaz is also a phenomenal actor. Perhaps you saw his brilliant work on Broadway when he played Harpo in "The Color Purple" with Fantasia or in "Dreamgirls." If you saw "The Nutty Professor" with Eddie Murphy, or "Set it Off" with Queen Latifa and Jada Pinkett Smith, you saw Chaz! If you were a fan of the TV show 7th Heaven, you definitley saw Chaz. He was a regular on the show . He played that adorable, John Hamilton. A multi faceted diamond, Shepherd shines brilliantly in everything that he does.