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Meet the Life in the Cancer Lane Production Team!

16 Oct

Life in the Cancer Lane Production Team

Carla Banks Waddles, Director

Carla is a televiscarla bio picion comedy writer in Los Angeles who has written and produced such TV shows as For Your Love, That’s So Raven, Half & Half, The Bill Engvall Show, the Fresh Beat Band, Sonny With A Chance, Let’s Stay Together, Lab Rats and The Soul Man. Most recently, she served as Creator and Executive Producer of the sitcom, One Love, which aired on Bounce TV this year.

Carla handles script rewrites, casting, rehearsals, and all creative aspects of the production.

Crystal Houston, Director

Crystal Houston

Crystal is Director of Digital and Content Marketing for Valley of the Sun United Way and an emerging screenwriter; she is currently a staff writer for the TV pilot project The Palace. As an experienced writer, Crystal oversees strategic stakeholder engagement communications leveraging digital media – from websites to blogs, video, e-communications and social media.

Crystal also serves as director of the production and handles technical and actor logistics.

Tonya M. Evans, Producer

Tonya is an Associate Professor of Law at the Widener University School of Law with expertise in the areas of intellectual property and entertainment law. She is a published author of an award-winning series of legal reference guides for writers and publishing industry professionals that was selected by Writer’s Digest Book Club as a club selection for its members. Tonya is also a nationally recognized speaker who presents to various audiences regularly on publishing law and intellectual property law.

She handles the intellectual property, contract, fundraising and finance aspects of the production.

Lori Hall Armstrong, Co-Producer

Lori Hall ArmstrongLori is the Principal and Chief Activation Officer of Verbify, a strategy activation consulting business based in New York. She specializes in strategically positioning clients and mapping out the steps to activate their ideas, needs and goals.

Lori handles outreach and fundraising aspects of the production.


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National Breast Cancer Awareness Play to Benefit Survivors & Families

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Herberger Theater Center-Stage West, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85004


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Exclusive behind-the-scenes pics of an amazing Life in the Cancer Lane cast & team!

14 Oct Image ofDirector Crystal Houston gives notes during the powerful & poignant Caregiver Scene in Life in the Cancer Lane

Life in the Cancer Lane rehearsals are in full swing and our engaging and talented cast is in full bloom!

National Breast Cancer Awareness benefit for survivors and families returns with Hollywood Actress

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Herberger Theater Center-Stage West, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Benefit Play for Breast Cancer Returns to the Valley This October

11 Sep
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Stage West-Herberger

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New Production Features Hollywood Actress in a New Venue

Life-in-the-Cancer-LanePhoenix, Ariz. – September 10, 2014 – Back by popular demand, “Life in the Cancer Lane,” will be staged as a fundraiser during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The hit play, written by the late Barbra Watson-Riley, has returned for its second run, and this year, award-winning actress Valarie Pettiford (“Stomp the Yard,” “Why Did I Get Married Too,” and “Half & Half”) has been added to the cast. A matinee and evening performance will take place at the Herberger Theater Center-Stage West on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Continue reading

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

4 Sep

September 4, 2014

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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  Continue reading

“Life in the Cancer Lane” tickets on sale NOW!

25 Aug

Dearest Family & Friends of Barbra aka our “Pinkwellchick”,

Life-in-the-Cancer-LaneWe are excited to announce that tickets are now ON SALE for “Life in the Cancer Lane”, a Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc. Production, written by our beloved BWats! This staging is the Foundation’s premier fundraiser to support our sole mission and purpose to continue the tireless advocacy and life-changing philanthropic work to which Barbra dedicated her life. Our fantastic production team, Carla Banks Waddles and Crystal Houston, has assembled a stellar cast. And now we need you! 

We encourage you to buy your tickets NOW. Last year we sold out quickly and many people near and dear to Barbra were unable to secure tickets. Although we have a bigger space and two performances, we expect to sell out again quickly. We don’t want you to miss out.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support the effort, please consider purchasing a ticket and donating it to our pool of tickets for survivors and their familiesContinue reading

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