BREAKING NEWS: Valarie Pettiford to STAR in Life in the Cancer Lane!

4 Sep

September 4, 2014


Credit: Hareth Tayem

Credit: Hareth Tayem

The Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc. Board is excited and honored to announce that award-winning triple-threat Valarie Pettiford has joined the cast and will star in this year’s fundraiser production of “Life in the Cancer Lane” by the late Barbra Watson-Riley.

“I am beyond thrilled to be working with Valarie again,” said Carla Banks Waddles, who will be directing the play along with Crystal Houston.  Waddles worked with Pettiford as a writer on the UPN sitcom “Half & Half.”   “She brings so much talent and elegance to everything she does.  She dances, she sings, she’s a powerhouse. This audience is in for a real treat!”

The matinee and evening performances will take place at The Herberger Theater Center-Stage West on October 18, 2014 (2:00 pm and 7:30 pm). The Herberger Theater Center is a Diamond sponsor of the production and is joined by a host of corporate and individual sponsors, including our Platinum Sponsors: the Watson Family and Leslie M. Gray.

Ticket sales are already moving rapidly and both performances are expected to sell out quickly, as they did last year. Click here to purchase “Life in the Cancer Lane” tickets today or to become a sponsor (all packages include tickets).

stage west at the herberger theater

Stage West-Herberger

About Valarie Pettiford 

Valarie Pettiford’s career glitters like the lights on Broadway.  Valarie has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, but has never let her brushes with fame go to her head. Although some would argue that she is a celebrity in her own right, Valarie is still a humble girl from Queens.

valariepettiford1_HalfandHalfOn screen, Valarie has appeared in films like “The Wiz,” “The Cotton Club,” “Glitter,” “Stomp the Yard,” “Why Did I Get Married Too,” the short film musical “Not Your Time,” the award-winning short film “Response,” and Sony Pictures’ “Jumping the Broom.” Her role in the lauded independent film, “Why Am I Doing This,” earned her a glowing mention in the LA Times.

Her role as Big Dee Dee Thorne on the hit sitcom “Half and Half” earned her three NAACP Image Award nominations. Valarie plays the recurring role of Sandra Lucas on Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.” Other notable television appearances include guest starring roles on “Criminal Minds,” “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” “The District,” “The West Wing,” “Frasier,” “One Life to Live,” “Bones,” “The Cape” and “The Finder.” She was most recently a recurring guest star on the hit HBO series, “Treme.” Valarie will next be seen in a recurring role on CBS’s new series, “Golden Boy,” as Chi McBride’s wife.

Valarie’s theatre credits read like a very prestigious shopping list, with numerous accolades for the execution of her craft. Valarie won NAACP Theatre and Garland Awards for Best Actress in “The Wild Party.” She was honored with NAACP, Robby and Reader’s Choice Awards her role in “Show Boat.” Both performances were nominated for Ovation Awards. Valarie was a member of the original casts of “Sophisticated Ladies,” understudying Judith Jamison, and “Fosse,” for which she was recognized by the Drama League and nominated for Outer Critics Circle, Dora Mavor Moore and Tony Awards.

Review a complete list of Valarie’s film and television credits on her IMDB page.

About Barbra Watson-Riley and Life in the Cancer Lane

Barbra Watson-Riley Komen photoshootBarbra Watson-Riley was diagnosed in September 2011 with advanced stage 3 breast cancer. Her treatment included chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and radiation. Six months after completing treatment, she was diagnosed with metastatic cancer of the lung. 

Barbra’s valiant fight came to an end on November 7, 2013 but even after her death, Barbra’s story endures; informing and impacting the lives of anyone who has ever been touched by the disease.

All proceeds of this production benefit Pinkwellchick® Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3).

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