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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Director of TV One’s “R&B Divas – LA: Divalouges”, Fred Thomas Jr. Comes to Atlanta With His Award-Winning Play, 12’X9′

12x9 Movie

NAACP Theatre Award Winning Play from Director of R&B Divas LA Divalouges. Starring Maurice G. Smith “Reggie” From Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Browns”

Los Angeles, CA — Playwright, actor and director, Fred Thomas Jr.’s, NAACP Award winning stage play, 12’x9′ will make its Atlanta, GA debut November 13th thru November 16, 2014 at 7 Stages Theatre (Mainstage), 1015 Euclid Avenue N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307.

The cast includes, Fred Thomas Jr., 24 Hour Love, Maurice G. Smith of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Damien D. Smith, The American Dream. The play is written and directed by Fred Thomas Jr., executive produced by Catherine Washington Pinder and produced by Adenrele Ojo, and Atlanta producer, Valarie Benning Barney. 12’x9′, is a dramatic roller-coaster ride, set in an overpopulated penitentiary. When a prison fire ensues, one convict is faced with having two inmates forced into his cell.

What happens when a reformed drug lord (Maurice G. Smith) with an impending parole hearing, a debaucherous yet noble bible-clutching minister (Damien D. Smith), and a vicious, sociopathic, habitual offender (Fred Thomas Jr.) are thrown together in a cell measuring 12’x9’? Find out what runs out first: time or faith!

Theatre Critic, Greg Simay of Burbank Beyond admits “Like a good Dickens novel, 12’x9’ makes you feel the wrongness of a system far too simplistic for the complex, if flawed, characters trapped within it.”

Olu Alemoru, of The Wave Los Angeles declares, 12’x9′ is a ticking time bomb of a play that as a fair warning will have your squirming in your seat.”

Performances run Thursday & Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 5pm. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at showtime. To order tickets contact the box office at 404-523-7647 or purchase online at www.7Stages.org. Group discount available. For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit www.12x9thestageplay.com or watch the trailer here. Mature Audiences Only.

About Fred Thomas, Jr
Fred Thomas Jr., writer, director, producer and actor, is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He is a seven time 2012 NAACP award nominee and winner for Best Director, Best Playwright and Best Producer for 12’x9′. Thomas is also the co-writer, director and producer of TV Ones’ R&B Divas Los Angeles featured stage play What Would Divas Do? Divalogues. He recently directed the independent film 24 Hour Love, starring Tatyana Ali, Flex Alexander and Lynn Whitfield and served as a production team member on Will Smith’s, Men in Black 3. Most notably, Thomas is one of the original friends who spawned the iconic Budweiser Whassup Guys commercial campaign. Thomas received his B.A from Lincoln University (PA), and MFA from Temple University where he founded the Temple University’s Black Media Collective.

Crystal Brown