DIVAS IN DANGER CAST
Brenda Adelman received a best actor award from Zaki Gordan Institute for “Daddy’s Girl,” a short film based on her one-woman show, My Brooklyn Hamlet: A Meshugenah True Story. She received a best actress nomination at The Orlando International Fringe Festival and a Critics Pick at The Orlando and San Diego Fringe Festivals. She also performed her critically acclaimed solo show, My Brooklyn Hamlet for the Best of the Fest held by The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. She’s performed MBH at The New End Theatre in London; The Jewish Ensemble Theatre in Michigan; Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles; The Marsh, San Francisco; for Coalitions against Domestic Violence in NY, AZ and NM; and for women prisoners in Los Angeles correctional facilities.
She has performed MBH for spiritual communities (Church of Religious Science, Center for Spiritual Living, Unity Church, and Jewish congregations) in HI, CA, AZ, and OK, at theatres, women’s groups, for college students and faculty in NY, AZ, MI and HI, for the US Air Force and at International Theatre Festivals in England and Austria. She is the recipient of a Hero of Forgiveness award from The Hawaii International Forgiveness Project and has been interviewed on Fox TV morning news and NPR.
At the tender age of seven, Kingston, Jamaica native, Debra Ehrhardt knew her dream was to come to America. By 18, her dream was realized. She studied acting with Katherine Kerr from Playwrights Horizons and Suzanne Esper at the William Esper Studios in New York City. After honing her craft on the east coast she concluded that her tropical blood would never get used to the east coast winters. She threw away the ice scraper and moved west. Los Angeles has been her home base for the past fifteen years. Ehrhardt, with her strong Jamaican accent, found that there were very few roles in theater, film or television that she could play.
She was encouraged to change her accent but opted against it. Instead she began writing her own plays based on her life experiences in Jamaica and has been working ever since.
Previous productions include Mango, Mango which received two NAACP Awards and Invisible Chairs, which was produced by David Strasberg at the Marilyn Monroe Theater in West Hollywood and later optioned as a situation comedy by Fox. She received a 2007 Proclamation from the City of New York for Jamaica Farewell – The Play for her “Outstanding Contribution to the Jamaican Community,” and was also a 2007 NYC Fringe festival award-winner.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Mariana Williams has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of the Americas, in Puebla, Mexico. After college, she worked as a pianist/singer performing in the U.S. and Japan. She sharpened her wit booking comedy in LA, then found her own voice as a storyteller finalist in the nationally acclaimed Moth GrandSlam. This led to producing “Long Beach Searches for Greatest Storyteller” now in its ninth year. She penned three novels in the Veronica Bennett Series: Happy New Year, Darling, The Valentine State, and Stars or Stripes 4th of July. The protagonist of the novels is also a musician, talent booker, and mom of a wild teenager. By mixing humor, love, and accidental crime, the successful series was born. Her first non-fiction book, Love, Regret, and Accidental Nudity was a 2014 International Book Award finalist.
Mariana lives in a southern California beach town with her songwriter husband, Paul Williams. Her son and daughter have left the nest, and have been (almost) replaced by two calico cats.