BLACK WOMAN IN DEEP WATER – The Hallowing of Sufferance

By Ernest Kearney  —  Black Woman in Deep Water written and performed by Makena Hammond, under Jane Fleiss Brogger’s, direction is a pearl whose value is reflected not in its size but in its perfection. 

“In the beginning,” Hammond intones, “all human beings were Africans.” 

From here, with elegant economy, Hammond weaves the tragic history of Margaret Garner, a runaway slave, into an historical tapestry of ancestry and Gods.

Hammond’s performance is stunning in its power and immediacy, and a study in how brevity can sharpen a storyline’s impact to a diamond point.  

Platinum Medal

Ms. Fleiss Brogger, not encumbered by excessive expression, opens the piece with a regal pacing that foreshadows the coming bestowal of nobility upon a continent and its children.  Fleiss also counterpoints the beauty of Hammond’ s performance by her skillful dimming of the stage, as if wrapping a diamond in a length of darken silk, intent on blinding all by its brilliance with the unwrapping.



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Black Woman in Deep Water played the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2021, at the The Actors Company in the “Let Live Theatre.”

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The production has garnered several honors, among them


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The Encore Performance Black Woman in Deep Water is:

Saturday September 18 2021, 7:30 PM | 1hr


Actors Company at the LA Comedy Festival (LET LIVE THEATER)

916 N.Formosa Ave

For Updates and Additional Show Updates Go To:

Hollywood Fringe Festival

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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, "Among the Vipers" was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at and Follow him on Facebook.

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