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MOIST!
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MARIANN AALDA (Co-Creator /Writer/Producer) Mariann Aalda’s “Little Woman Gone Wild" was born in 2003 with the creation of her one-woman show and comedy CD, Black Don’t Crack…But Don’t Try and Spread It Too Thin! As Ginger-Peechee Keane, Aalda continues to expound on the hilarity – and heartbreak – of the archetypal “little woman” experience, with art closely imitating her life. Having trained in legitimate theater at Southern Illinois University and in NYC at the prestigious Negro Ensemble Company, Joe Papp’s Public Theatre and Woody King’s New Federal Theatre where she made her stage debut with the legendary Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee in Take It from the Top, Aalda honed her comedic talents as a writer and performer with the sketch troupe, Off-Center Theatre, which also launched the comedy career of John Leguizamo; and touring with the improv group, The Proposition, where Jane Curtin got her pre-SNL start. The bulk of Aalda’s career, however, is in television: four years in a ground-breaking role for African-American women in daytime television as “DiDi Bannister” on the ABC soap opera, Edge of Night; three seasons as “Ellen Parker” on the HBO, series First & 10, opposite O.J. Simpson; co-starring with Redd Foxx and Della Reese as “Elizabeth Royal-Winston” in the CBS sitcom, The Royal Family; two years as “the tragically disfigured ‘Lena Hart’” on the NBC soap opera Sunset Beach; co-hosting Designs for Living on USA, and guest-starring on shows too numerous to mention. Notoriously, though, she is recognized for recurring as “Lita Ford” opposite Meshach Taylor as his buppie-from-hell girlfriend on CBS’ Designing Women, and for going toe-to-toe with Mo’Nique as her nemesis, “Hannah Foster,” on The Parkers. After twenty years in L.A., Aalda moved back to New York, in 2007 to launch a stand-up career, playing comedy clubs like Caroline’s, Comix and Stand-up NY -- returning to LA in 2009, to continue her collaboration with Iona Morris on “MOIST!” as a multiple-platform entertainment vehicle. (Anybody up for a Peechee Sisters’ cookbook of aphrodisiac appetizers, entrees and desserts?) www.mariannaalda.com / www.littlewomangonewild.com.

IONA MORRIS (Co-Creator /Writer/Producer) Iona Morris is Sonia Peechee “The Goddess of Love and Sexual Freedom” – “born with a natural sensuality taking years of maturity to understand.” She writes from her soul about the beauty and magnificence of a “hot, confident, self-loving, joyful, intelligent, sexually aware woman” and how every woman can achieve their own level of that for herself. An actress, writer, voice over talent and director, Iona has been in the business 30 years. Guest star roles on Cold Case, Lincoln Heights, House Of Payne, The Shield, Star Trek: Voyager to name a few. Recurring roles on Moesha, The District, As The World Turns, Passions, and General Hospital. A series regular on The Adventures Of Ark. Film credits - Tim Reid’s Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, Ride or Die, Patient 14, and others. Iona originated the voice of Storm from the 80’s hit X-Men cartoon series and many others. Awards - 2 Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theater Awards (Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble Cast), 2 DramaLogue Awards (Kevin Arkadie’s Up The Mountain and Two Rooms.) Regional Theatre work - As Bees In Honey Drown, Cuttin’ Up, Home, Piano Lesson, and Blues For An Alabama Sky along with unlisted Los Angeles and New York productions. She directed and was a contributing monologist on Penny Johnson Jerald‘s one-woman show Not My Child, directed and co-wrote Blair Underwood’s one-man show IM4, directed Kim Wayans’ A Handsome Woman Retreats, directed the 21 person musical SHEBA in L.A. and for the N.Y. Musical Theatre Festival, asst. directed Purlie and Ray Charles Live! under Sheldon Epps (Pasadena Playhouse), directed several VAGINA MONOLOGUES productions; the most recent, V-DAY SANTA MONICA with Calista Flockhart, Doris Roberts, Christine Lahti, Penny Johnson Jerald and other terrific actresses. Directed ANSA’s (Artists for a new South Africa) annual musical event, Los Angeles Women Theatre Festival’s Awards Show, the NAACP B. H./Hollywood Theatre Awards and more. She is working on her 2nd book comprised of poetry and prayers. Iona is so very happy to have created this wonderful show with Mariann and hopes that “MOIST!” inspires, frees and brings joy... with a chaser of titillation for all.

PENNY JOHNSON JERALD (Director) DIRECTOR -- "PENNY JOHNSON JERALD IS A NASTY PIECE OF WORK" "...PENNY’S FROM HEAVEN" "...HELL ON WHEELS, POWERFUL, AND JUST PLAIN TALENTED" - have all been used to describe Penny Johnson Jerald and some of the memorable characters she's portrayed, most notably, the scheming, conniving, "female JR" of television, Sherry Palmer on FOX Television hit, 24. Penny won critical acclaim for her role as Sherry and made the list of "Television's 50 Most Powerful Divas." She recently completed two seasons as Dean Etwood on ABC’s drama series October Road. Penny has also recurred on the sitcom, Eve, as the sassy, sexy and outspoken mother of the young star. She was nominated for both a Cable Ace Award and NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series while creating the quick-witted, assistant Beverly on the Larry Sanders Show for HBO. Ms. Jerald spent four seasons on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Captain Kasidy Yates, Commander Sisko’s love interest and then loving bride. She is proud to have a huge Trekkie following. When not shooting film or television Penny can be found working side by side with husband, Gralin for the couple's theatre group, OCTC (Outreach Christian Theatre Company). She may be directing a play, teaching a class, producing vocals in her recording studio, Behind The World Productions (www.behindtheworld.net) or imparting knowledge in her areas of strength to those who seek it. She continues to do public speaking engagements, personal appearances and charities close to her heart. Penny is a veteran of the theater (her first love) with Julliard, circus and Suzuki training. She has been directing theater for over 20 years and is excited to be directing the talented Iona Morris (for the third time) and Mariann Aalda in “Moist!” Most recently, Penny Jonson Jerald has ventured into the producing world of television, recently closing a Network TV deal to make a pilot for a series based on her experiences growing up in Baltimore.
MUNYUNGO JACKSON (Musical Director / Arranger- Composer) (Musical Director/Arranger-Composer & Percussionist) Seasoned percussionist Darryl Munyungo Jackson possesses an ever-increasing collection of instruments with which to execute his craft. This unassuming West Coast artist can be found in virtually any musical setting— Funk, Pop, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, or traditional dance music of such countries as Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Haiti, Brazil & Cuba. In his over thirty years of playing, he has performed with Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Kenny Loggins, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, the Zawinul Syndicate, George Howard, Ronnie Laws, The Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes, Bennie Maupin, Bill Summers, Marcus Miller, & dozens of others, including numerous ethnic music & dance troupes. www.munyungo.com
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