Patrice Johnson: Actor/Writer/Director//Producer
Patrice Johnson is an award winning actress with an extensive acting
resume. Her credits include Broadway's 2002 revival production of
Arthur Miller's, THE CRUCIBLE, with Academy Award nominated
actors Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. She has been directed by
some of the most outstanding directors of our time including awarding
winning directors, Sir Richard Eyre (NOTES ON A SCANDAL, IRIS)
and Peter Sellers.
Patrice also has to her credit, the first black DESDEMONA, where she
starred opposite Patrick Stewart in Shakespeare's OTHELLO in what
was billed as a photo negative production of the play in the nation's
capitol with an audience to the families of President Bill Clinton and
Vice President Gore.
Patrice was born in Jamaica and grew up in New York. She has
always loved writing and directing, even as a child. But being from an
immigrant Caribbean family, living in the projects, with a single mother
and eight other siblings, writing, or any other 'frivolous' means of
making a living, were not an option, hence her roots in engineering.
Fast forward to a successful acting career, a growing impatience with
the dearth of good roles for Black women actors; and a keen interest
in civil rights, politics, art, and life, add to that a friend who spoke
endlessly to her about writing, then a renaissance happened in
Patrice's life. She started writing, again.
Patrice began with THIRTY FOUR WALL, a screenplay about her two
brothers on Wall Street which won AAWIC's (African American
Women in Cinema) best screenplay award. During the Broadway run
of The Crucible, she wrote the feature KINGS COUNTY. A month
later, she made her directorial debut by producing and directing
KINGS COUNTY with her brothers and sisters through the company
God-And-All-O-Wee Productions, which means God and all of us in
Jamaican patois. She shot the film back in the Brooklyn projects in
which she grew up, involved many of the children of the community
and made KINGS COUNTY an amazing eye opening event that
helped to change the lives of many of the at risk children who
participated in the film. KINGS COUNTY is based on a true story and
has gone on to win several awards.
She is currently writing her next feature, NEW YORK BY
CANDLELIGHT to be produced by God-And-All-O-Wee Productions.
Patrice is a 2006 recipient of the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller
(Cosby) Screen Writing Fellowship.
Marsha Johnson, Esq
Writer/Executive Producer/ Legal Advisor
Marsha Johnson is Patrice sister, friend, legal advisor and creative/
business partner for God And All O Wee Productions. She is one of
the producers of KINGSCOUNTY, God-And-All-O-Wee's first feature
film. Marsha is one of the Executive Producers for NY'S DIRTY
LAUNDRY which is based on two of Marsha's true stories.
Marsha also is the Executive Producer of the KATRINA PROJECT, a
play based on the 2006 congressional hearings into the lack of
adequate response by the US government to Hurricane Katrina and
it's victims. The dialogue in the play is pulled directly from the
Congressional testimony and specifically focuses on the only day that
African American Katrina survivors and policymakers were invited to
testify on Capitol Hill.
Marsha received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University,
where she received a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies and
African-American Studies. She also has a Law Degree from the
University of Pennsylvania and is currently working as an Associate in
the New York offices of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP.
Marsha's involvement with God And All O Wee Productions began in
August of 2002, when she volunteered to come home and help her
sister, Patrice, who was preparing to shoot KINGS COUNTY, her very
first feature film.
The first day of shooting began on a hot August afternoon; just three
days after Marsha took the New York Bar exam. An exhausted
Marsha showed up to the set (their mother's house in Brooklyn) at
seven thirty AM and began her illustrious career as the film's caterer
(A.K.A. Patrice's Head Cook and Bottle Washer) and line producer.
Patrice gave Marsha a co-producer credit after Marsha advised her
during the "I shot the film, now what else do I do" phase.
Marsha is the Executive Producer of NY'S DIRTY LAUNDRY, which
was inspired by her real life experiences. She is developing several
new projects for God And All O Wee Productions.
In a final bid for world domination, Marsha and Patrice also are
collaborating with their brother Robert Johnson on his new book,
ROUND TRIP. Watch out for it.
Robert "Bobby"Johnson - Executive Producer
Robert or 'Bobby' as he prefers to be called, received his under
graduate degree in Economics and Finance from Virginia State
University. After a successful career as a Wall Street Broker, Bobby
formed his own record label, UBIGWITUS ENTERTAINMENT, and in
1998 collaborated with his sister to executive producer Kings County
their first feature film. Bobby is an author, producer, writer,
motivational speaker and full time land developer. His first book,
ROUND TRIP is his biography. It focuses on the journey that takes
him from the gritty streets of Brooklyn, New York, to the glossy, high
powered, white collar, environment of Wall Street, then on to the
beautiful but poor country streets of Jamaica, the island of his birth
and the invaluable survival lessons he learned in the process.
ROUND TRIP, is self distributed through GGC Publishing and by
Arthur House Publishing.
Leonie Johnson - Sena, M. D. - Executive Producer
Leonie is an award winning, adult and child psychiatrist in the tri-state
area, with offices in both New Jersey and New York City. She is a
private practice physician and received a Bachelor of Arts from
Cornell University and her Doctorate from New York Hospital/Cornell
Medical Center. Dr. Sena is proud of the fact that she is able to help
both adults and children overcome mental, emotional and behavioral
problems. She is an active executive producer to God-And-All-O-
Wee Productions and the back bone of the company.
Gregory K. Suddeth – Associate Producer
This is Gregory's second film with God- And-All- O-Wee. The first,
"Kings County", also directed by Patrice Johnson was met with critical
acclaim on the Indie festival circuit, garnering a multitude of awards.
Previous professional endeavors include a fifteen year career as a
stage and film actor throughout Cleveland, Atlanta, and New York.
Present endeavors include a shift into songwriting and scripting a
semi-autobiographical story inspired by Patrice and as so, credit
should be shared for its suggested title; "Baby and the Bathwater",
(thanks P!) God willing, coming soon to a theater if not bookstore
near you. Blessings and Understanding.
Ed Broaddus - Director Of Photography
Ed Broaddus is the President of Jack of All Trades, Inc., and that is
what he is. He does everything from directing, shooting, editing, to
problem solving. Building on a degree in theatre from George Mason
University, Broaddus has shot numerous short films, including 7
Words, New York's Dirty Laundry, and has worked on Kings County
and Silent Scream, etc. He has also edited "The Aunties" for UCLA
Health Center and presently does post-editing for the show "Music for
the Ears, Medicine for the Soul." He is in post-production for his
short film "The Thief" which he wrote, directed and produced.
James Asher - Ahmed
James' theater credits include, NYC: "THE LARAMIE PROJECT"
(Tectonic, Union Square Theater), "BRAVE NEW WORLD" (Town Hall
Theater), "DESTINATION AMERICA" (Second Stage), SAJJIL
(RECORD)(Theater For The New City), "1000 ABUGHRAIBIAN
NIGHTS" (NYTW). Regional: "GROSS INDECENCY" (National Tour),
"PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE" (National Tour), "THE LARAMIE
PROJECT", "TAPE", "BACK OF THE THROAT" "THE MERRY WIVES
OF WINDSOR", "LOVES LABOURS LOST" MFA, A.C.T ‘98. His Film
and TV credits include: "SPICY CITY", H.B.O; "SWEET JANE", "FALL
OF THE AUSTRIAN SUN", “THE GREEN DRAGON”.
Joan Cargill – Laundromat Patron
Off-Bway: SALOME, Brooklyn Lyceum Julius Caesar, Tribeca
Playhouse: Genitalia, As You Like It, Vagina Monologues. Regional:
New Jersey Shakespeare Festival: All’s Well That Ends Well.
Film: Ruth At Midnight with Frances Sternhagen. TV: Sesame Street,
Good Day New York and a number of commercials. Love to my family
and Kadin. God Bless!
Laurie Carlos - Mom
Laurie Carlos is a dynamic, OBIE Award-winning actress who created
the role of Lady in Blue in Ntozake Shange's "for colored girls who
have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf"; an inventive, two-
time BESSIE Award-winning choreographer (for "White Chocolate"
and "Heat") whose work with the Urban Bush Women is the stuff of
performance legend; and a unique director, who has helmed the
premieres of new work by such award-winning writers as Sharon
Bridgforth, Carl Hancock Rux, Luis Alfaro, Rebecca Rice and Daniel
Alexander Jones. Laurie, Robbie McCauley and Jessica Hagedorn
formed the performance group "Thought Music" in the mid-1980's
producing the revolutionary performance work "Teenytown".
Laurie is the co-artistic director with Marlies Yearby of "Movin Spirits
Dance Theatre Company". Laurie is currently Artistic Fellow at
Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, Minnesota--the U.S.'s
largest, longest-running African-American Theatre--where she
curates the celebrated performance series "Non-English Speaking
Spoken Here" and where she is literary manager for the Cornerstone
Play Development Project. Laurie is also a current board chair at The
Jemome Foundation. Her many grants and awards include: The New
York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts,
The Theatre Communications Group and The McKnight Foundation.
Tyson Hall - Chris
Tyson Hall is a directors ideal actor, well rounded, knowledgeable,
visually expressive but most of all extremely talented. His
professionalism has elevated his worth and given him work with
respected directors, C.D.'s and actors, such as, Charles Stone III and
Susan Smith on the film "PAID IN FULL", John Leguizamo, (EMPIRE)
and Jessie Terrero, director of Soul Plane.
Tyson is a native New Yorker; his roots run deep into the pulse of the
NY cultural/theater scene. His love for fashion/music/dance drew him
to the stage as a model and dancer. Once there he gravitated toward
theatrical productions with a growing interest in drama. At that time
he was attending John Jay College pursuing a career in Law.
However, after Graduating John Jay and realizing that his real
passion was for the Arts, Tyson, threw himself into developing his
newly found talent.......(for full biography go to www.tysonhall.com)
Jae-Min Han – Mrs. Chin
Jae-Min was born in Korea and grew up in Flushing, Queens. She is
an attorney practicing in New York City.
Jennifer J. Joseph – Laundromat Patron
A native of Guyana, South America, received her B.A. in Mass
Communications, Drama and Theatre/Dance from Queens College
(CUNY). A veteran of the theatre for almost thirty years, presently,
Jennifer revisits the role of YEMMO in “SANGO”, which will run at the
National Black Theatre, February 23 through April 9, 2006. She also
appeared in numerous productions in and around New York City and
several Islands in the Caribbean. To list a few: “WAAFRIKA” as
Mama Mugabe at the Blue Heron Arts Center. “IN THE FINAL HOUR”;
“JESTINA’S CALYPSO”; “WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE”;
“MOTHER/FATHER GOD…”; “FOR COLORED GIRLS...”. Jennifer
also appeared in Law & Order; Law & Order: SVU; several soap
operas; films; commercials and radio dramas.
John Kawie - Mustafa
15 years ago John Kawie moved to New York City to pursue his
dream of doing standup/acting. Being the only Arab-American comic,
at the time, he brought a unique perspective to the Middle East
specifically, and to the world in general. John co-produced a
multicultural stand-up show called "Those People" which was
featured in Alan King's 1995 Toyota Comedy Festival in New York
City. He's opened for Dennis Miller and Howie Mandel. He’s written
and performed as a regular on "The David Brenner Radio Show".
Writing credits include award winning politically Incorrect and HBO's
The Dennis Miller Show. He was a substitute host for Dick Cavette’s
radio talk show.
John then had a stroke at the age of 47. He was a consultant with
Robert DeNiro for his character in the film "Flawless". He then wrote
and performed in his solo show "Brain Freeze about his journey
through the stroke. It won Best Solo Show in the 2003 International
Fringe Festival in New York City.
E. Roger Mitchell - Mike
E. Roger Mitchell is a Miami Florida native, and is ecstatic about the
project, "NY's Dirty Laundry". This is his second film with Patrice and
the Johnson Clan. E. was last seen in HBO's Emmy Award winning
movie "Warm Springs", and also Tyler Perry's "Diary of A Mad Black
Woman". Other movie credits include S.W.A.T., Boycott, Legend of
Bagger Vance, and Kings County. Television appearances: The
Shield, One Tree Hill, Surface, and The House of Payne. E. would
like to thank God for the opportunities he has been blessed to have,
and a special thanks to Patrice and Sherri. Peace.
Dhaval Mehta - Naseem
Dhaval (Rhymes With Shovel) Mehta is a writer, director, and actor
living in New York City. Dhaval has written and directed 5 short films
and is currently working on another short film and a feature length
project. Dhaval spends his non-film time on blogging, podcasting,
and working on his online magazine, www.truepicturesinc.com.
Nava Namdar - Masuda
Nava’s film credits include: “The Game”, “Orphan of War”, “Death
Penalty” and “Willie & Maya”. New York Stage credits include:
“Pushing Through” at La Mama, “Fanon’s People” at Theatre for the
New City, “Oedipus Rex” at The Pearl, and “IN” at the Pelican.
International Stage: “Pushing Through” at The Arches, Scotland.
Television credits include: “One Life to Live” and “Law & Order”.
Proud to be Leela’s mom.
Jessie J. Perez - Muhammed (Cab Driver)
Heather Alicia Simms - Dhalia
Heather Alicia Simms is an actor, voice-over artist and writer from
Brooklyn, NY. Her Broadway credits include Ma Rainey’s Black
Bottom, A Raisin in the Sun, and Gem of the Ocean. Other credits:
The Exonerated, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Breath,Boom, and
Insurrection: Holding History.
Film credits: The Nanny Diaries, Broken Flowers, Head of State, and
Kings County. TV: include Law and Order, Whoopi, Law and Order
Criminal Intent, Homicide: Life on the Street, Third Watch and As The
Heather received a B.A. in History and English at Tufts University and
an M.F.A. in Theater at Columbia. Her voice may be heard on
television and radio commercials as well as audio books and video
games such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.