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Erica Watson is coming to the Greenway Court Theater starting on Friday for the Los Angeles premiere of her solo show “Fat Bitch!” After workshops in NYC and Chicago, this new solo show written and performed by Watson will run from April 29 to May 1, 2011.

Watson will offer a humorous and honest glimpse at the American “fat and sassy” black woman stereotypes that continue to influence modern day images of black women. Written and performed by Watson as a hybrid of theater and stand-up comedy, “Fat Bitch!” responds to how black women and their bodies have always been subjected to sexualized admiration and ridicule.

Through personal vignettes, anecdotes and video clips, as well as drawing upon iconic images including “Mammy” and “Hottentot Venus,” Watson illustrates how media images have impacted herself-esteem as she touches on PETA’s “Save the Whales” campaign aimed at overweight women, the “war on obesity,” and the controversy surrounding President Obama’s nomination of a plus-sized black woman for Surgeon General.

Watson is a an actor, stand-up comedian and commentator for the TV Guide Network, Oxygen and BET.  She has appeared in films such as Precious and Dirty Laundry. She is influenced by the quick wit of Whoopi Goldberg, the blunt comedic observations of Wanda Sykes, and the larger-than-life confidence of Mo’Nique. Watson is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.

“Fat Bitch!” has been workshopped at in New York and Chicago, and was curated at The Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturdays. The show is being presented by Columbia College Chicago and Producer/Director Steve Pink. Proceeds will benefit the Columbia College Chicago Alumni Scholarship Fund.

With more than 120 academic programs and nearly 12,000 students, Columbia College Chicago is the largest and most diverse private arts and media college in the nation. They nurture the largest concentration of young creative talent in the United States. The Alumni Scholarship Fund is dedicated to financially supporting junior and senior year students at Columbia College. Established by a group of Columbia alumni in 2003, the scholarship has been awarded to 29 students who have exhibited extraordinary merit and need.

The Greenway Court Theater is located at 544 North Fairfax Avenue. Free parking is available in the lot just north of the theater. Shows will be held at 8PM on Friday and Saturday, along with a 5PM Sunday show. Get more information and tickets at http://www.colum.edu/erica

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