Ella Joyce Tribute to Rosa Parks, 'A Rose Among Thorns' Receives Key to the City of Ft. Lauderdale from Vice Mayor Carlton Moore, and Moves on to Montgomery, AL

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Performances were sponsored by JEBA--Ed Haynes & Julia Brown in the Miami area, during Martin Luther King Day celebrations including St. Paul AME Church, Parkway Middle School, and Lou Rawls Performing Art Center where the play was also presented with a recognition plaque from Concerned African Women (CAW).

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a well-crafted play... classy... warm engaging performance... ultimately belongs in the theaters.

TV & film actress Ella Joyce, best known for her co-starring role of Eleanor of FOX TV's "Roc", Jasmin on "My Wife & Kids", Det. Waller in "Set It Off", and Disney's educational film "Selma, Lord Selma" captures the famous moment in the life of Rosa Parks, affectionately called "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," in her highly praised, one-woman tribute A Rose Among Thorns.

This play will perform one special show at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Octagon Stage) in historical Montgomery, AL, on Monday, Feb. 4th, sponsored by the Rosa Parks Museum on what would have been Mrs. Parks' 94th birthday. Jack Zink of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel called it "a well-crafted play... classy... warm engaging performance... ultimately belongs in the theaters."

Ed Bumgardner from Winston-Salem Journal calls Ella Joyce "spellbinding" as Rosa Parks. This show moves onto the University of Santa Cruz, The Harlem School of the Arts, and Wayne State University in Detroit to close out Black History Month, and is being booked throughout the rest of the year by community churches, schools, theaters, special events, and organizations.

A Rose Among Thorns, written and performed by Ella Joyce, directed by Dan Martin (The Bold & The Beautiful), takes audiences on a mesmerizing journey not only exploring the "famous incident," but also exploring the deeds of many other unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Rosa Parks. This loving collection of historical and precious information infuses theater-goers of all ages to seek social change for the better and seek active involvement with issues concerning us today. For more info visit http://www.aRoseAmongThorns.com.

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