BHERC Screenwriting Competition Grand Prize Winner Ayanna Maharry Tough Like Wearing Dreadlocks

Among the many prizes Ms. Maharry will receive is a stage reading of her script, Tough Like Wearing Dreadlocks, as the opening night event of the African American Film Marketplace. The reading will be directed by world class director, author, and actor Ted Lange.

The reading will be held at Raleigh Studios Thursday, November 10 at 7pm. (5300 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, CA - enter at the Van Ness gate)

Tough Like Wearing Dreadlocks tells the story of Angela Davis, a young women of mixed heritage (black mother and white father) who lived her life "on the fence" in terms of her racial identity until she was denied entrance into Harvard University. Convinced it was due to her being part black and her mother an ex Black Panther, she enrolled in a Black University and led a black lifestyle. Life in black was smooth and satisfying until she fell in love with Chad, a white aristocrat. What is she to do? How can she be true to her new found negritude and continue this relationship?


“The duty of the Artist is to find his muse then let her rip.”
TED LANGE certainly exemplifies the Renaissance Man Theatre Award that he received from the NAACP in Los Angeles and the Heroes and Legends HAL Lifetime Achievement Award. A prolific actor of stage and screen, director, author, and educator comprise the talents that have created a revered career and worldwide recognition.

An award winning theatrical director, Lange received the Artistic Director Achievement Award, as Director of an Original Play for his comedy Lemon Meringue Façade and the Dramalogue Award for outstanding directing of The Visit. Lange also received the Oakland Ensemble Theatre’s Paul Robeson Award and the James Cagney Directing Fellow Scholarship Award from the American Film Institute. Other highlights from his stage directing include: an interracial Hamlet starring Glynn Turman, an avant-garde version of Richard III, Driving Miss Daisy, a one man show- Big Daddy’s Barbecue starring Jeff Wayne and The Heart of Biddy Mason, A jazz musical which he co- wrote with noted Jazz musician Gerald Trottman. Honored to be named a mentee of James Burrows, Lange’s film directing career includes: Eve, Dharma and Greg, Moesha, Love Boat: The Next Wave, In the House. His directing expertise also encompasses a pilot he co-created for NBC, Big Daddy’s Barbecue.

A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lange has written seventeen plays and garnered multiple theatrical awards. Behind the Mask – An Evening with Paul Laurence Dunbar is Lange’s own one-man show, touring thus far to sold-out houses at Ohio State University and San Jose State. Four Queens – No Trump played to rave reviews in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Omaha, Chicago and won NAACP Best Play – 1997. Lange was bestowed The Best Actor 2001 by the NAACP for his work in Louie and Ophelia. His passion for Shakespeare has led to the roles of Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Bottom in Midsummer’s Night Dream, and leads in MacBeth, King Henry VI, and Romeo and Juliet. Other credits include Othello, in which he directed and starred in the stage version at the Inner City Cultural Center.

As a star of the television classic The Love Boat, Lange’s ten seasons as Isaac Washington earned him global recognition. His television acting career also includes That’s My Mama, Mr. T and Tina, and guest appearances on Evening Shade, Half and Half, Family Matters, In the Heat of the Night, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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Al White (Bass Reeves: Deputy U.S. Marshall - The Dead Line)
Richard Kevin Stith (Unthinkable)
Rene Rawls (Homecoming Queen)

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