Melyssa Ford to Star in J. Kyle Manzay's "For Vixens Who've Considered Homicide When the Video Was Too Much"

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Actress and Former Music Video Model Melyssa Ford will Make Her Theatrical Stage Debut Starring in a Satirical New Musical-Play by J Kyle's Korner Entertainment Examining the Lives of Music Video Vixens

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Melyssa Ford to Star in J . Kyle Manzay's Musical-Play, "For Vixens Who've Considered Homicide When The Video Was Too Much."

“For Vixens” gives a satirically colorful and candid inside look into the lives and mystique of a select set of sultry women in the music industry that have long become the ultimate ingredient to a music video’s visual success, the video vixen.

This spring, J Kyle’s Korner Entertainment will present “For Vixens Who’ve Considered Homicide When the Video Was Too Much”, a new play from award winning playwright/director/actor J. Kyle Manzay at the newly re-launched Actor’s Playhouse in New York City (100 7th Avenue South) beginning May 2010. Making her theatrical stage debut, actress, media personality and world-renowned former music video model Melyssa Ford will star in the production in an originating lead role.

Set in the present day era of bright lights, champagne and industry casting couches, “For Vixens” gives a satirically colorful and candid inside look into the lives and mystique of a select set of sultry women in the music industry that have long become the ultimate ingredient to a music video’s visual success, the video vixen. “For Vixens” is a story of the glamorous yet raw lifestyle, politics, scandals and internal struggles one young woman encounters while upon her journey to becoming a music video vixen and the stories of the vixens who educate her along the way.

“For Vixens Who’ve Considered Homicide When the Video Was Too Much,” is produced, written and co-conceived by Obie Award winning stage and film actor (The Blacks, Waiting for Godot, Little Manhattan, American Gangster, etc.) and critically acclaimed playwright/director J. Kyle Manzay and actress Melyssa Ford. Manzay made a roaring splash in 2008 for his off-Broadway production of “The Actor’s Rap” and again in 2009 at the 37th Arts Theatre for his conceptualized musical presentation of “Hip Hop Monologues: Inside the Life & Mind of Jim Jones” produced by Sony Music Entertainment and J. Kyle’s Korner Entertainment. One night directly after attending a performance of Hip Hop Monologues, Ms. Ford spoke with Manzay and together they formulated the idea to put a script together using a mix of her experiences and other elements to tell a story of a video model's rise to success from humble beginnings while outlining the pitfalls and pressures young women encounter while starting out in the entertainment business.

In her lead performance Ms. Ford will originate the role of vixen-rights advocate Monica Forte. “Not only does this theatrical experience feel like my most tangible professional endeavor, it has also provided an overwhelming sense of creative validation within me. I am proud of this work,” says Ms. Ford. Melyssa launched her professional career as a music video vixen in 1997 and quickly elevated to the pinnacle of music video stardom and attained mainstream recognition as a principle vixen in dozens of videos for super star artists such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Usher, and many others. Currently an actress and media personality, Ford has moved on from videos to star in TV shows and motion picture films such as Entourage, Three Can Play That Game and the upcoming release Days of Wrath starring Laurence Fishburne among others. She’s previously taken on the post of co-host of BET’s former entertainment magazine show BET Style and is currently a radio personality on Sirius XM Radio.

About the upcoming debut of “For Vixens,” Manzay says, “I’m really excited about presenting this piece as Melyssa and I have discussed ideas and thoughts on the world of video girls and the best way to convey the work.” He continued, "'For Vixens' will be presented in a very revolutionary way utilizing many different styles of theater such as musical theater, chorepoem, rap, puppetry and multimedia that will give the audience a provocatively fun evening. I know many women may feel this subject matter is foreign, unnecessary or sexist but they will be surprised to see that this is a more universal story than what they’d expect. I think that people who know of Melyssa from her previous video vixen persona will see another side of her and be pleasantly surprised about her work on-stage. ‘For Vixens’ also has a great cast of talented up-and-coming actor/singers that I’m excited to present to the industry.”

For more information including info on tickets “For Vixens Who’ve Considered Homicide When the Video Was Too Much,” please visit http://www.thevixenproject.com.

For interviews and media inquiries please contact Jennifer Williams of J Sharpe Agency Public Relations at jennifer(at)jsharpeagency(dot)com.

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