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NY'S DIRTY LAUNDRY
SYNOPSIS

In the weeks after 9/11, racial paradigms are shifted and hidden prejudices are revealed in this heated and often hilarious exchange between the members of two immigrant families (one Afro-Caribbean and the other Arab-Muslim) who clash in a crowded Brooklyn Laundromat and in an airless NYC taxicab.

With mistrust already heightened, quarters are exchanged for political conversation as these “new” New Yorkers debate what it now means to be an American.


In a city still reeling from loss and blinded by fear, two families of immigrants, one Arab/Muslim and the other Black/Caribbean, clash in the volatile environment tinged with paranoia and fear.

How will these families relate to each other in this "new" New York where racial paradigms have shifted and hidden prejudices are revealed?

How will the members of the Arab-American family react now that they are being treated upon with the same suspicion and distrust that once was sole
ly reserved for their black counterparts?

Will the Black family get swept up in the hysteria of the times and seize upon this opportunity to settle old scores
and turn their backs on another community of people that has been unfairly villified?

Or will the experience of having been marginalized inform the way that members of both families begin to see each other and think about themselves?


Watch the drama play itself out on this fateful day when members of these families meet in the overheated interiors of a 24-hour Laundromat and in the airless confines of a New York City taxicab.

Things they normally would never say are said.  And things they would never do are done.

When it is all over, find out what these families will discover in the aftermatth and who will remain standing after they expose, NEW YORK'S DIRTY LAUNDRY.

BIOGRAPHIES

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 specifically focuses on the only day that black people were invited to testify on Capitol Hill. African American Katrina survivors and policy makers 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's 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.

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