Dee Wright Productions and Mona Moan Productions are presenting “16-44,” a play that explores the subject of African American women contracting AIDS, for a five-week run on Sundays, beginning May 3rd, at The J Spot Comedy Club, 5581 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester.

“16-44” was written by Dr. Shirlene Holmes, whose dramas are rooted in the African American experience. For over 25 years, Holmes has used theater as a vehicle for education, inspiration and to facilitate social change, according to Dee Wright Productions.

African American women in the “16 to 44” age bracket are the fastest growing number of new casualties of the AIDS epidemic.

Shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door with a two-item purchase.

The production is directed and produced by Daphne “Dee” Wright, the owner of Dee Wright Productions who has been mentored by Holmes for over 13 years. The play is co-produced by Mona Moan Productions and the J Spot Comedy Club.

The J Spot Comedy Club is owned by comedian and club/restaurant owner J. Anthony Brown.

The show will be hosted by Guy Williams and the opening performance is by Dionna Nichelle. The cast includes Denise Milfort, Darley Rice, Megan Weaver, Thela Brown, Romona Stephens, Remi Majekodunmi, Chriscynthia Calhoun, Tyra Mason and Dee Wright.

Female comedians on the showcase include Jo Mani, Aja Kimmons, Rosie Tran, Wright and headliner Stephens.

Information, Dee Wright Productions at (310) 709-1734.

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