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Never let them see you sweat in “Sweat!” by Edith Berry

February 22, 2020

On the road with TCP Magazine, I saw the production of “Sweat,” with the Justice Theater Project by Lynn Nottage and the dynamic director, Jerry Sipp! I said, ” Never let them see you sweat” about J. Ra’Chel Fowler (Cynthia),  because that’s exactly what she did. She was asked to join the JTP cast 5 days before opening night, and learned 400 lines in 5 days during tech week. On the 2nd day after opening night, no script in hand, Ra’Chel delivered an outstanding performance that is deserving of a Tony Award! I was intrigued to know how she did this. Who is J. Ra’Chel Fowler?

Ra’Chel was excited to return to the stage after recently earning two graduate degrees (M.S. in Forensic Pyschology and Criminal Justice). She tapped into her performance training from earning a B.A. in theater from North Carolina Central  University. She has performed with the late Dr. Baba Chuck Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble (AADE), and Ayoluwa African Dance Ensemble. Ra’Chel’s previous theatrical productions are extensive, including Seven, Worried, For Colored Girls, Ragtime, and Black Nativity.

Ra’Chel had no choice in how to proceed! It was all or nothing! Her work ethic as an individual, and as an actor, required a push beyond normal efforts. Ra’Chel received some incredible memorization tips from Director Jerry Sipp called Rememborization. In the words of her character Cynthia, “it’s what I do!”

Her greatest Joy’s are her three children: Kourtnee’, Josiah & Jeremiah. Ra’Chel believes the difference between living and existing is “PASSION. “Her mantra in life is D2BD~Dare 2B Different!  “If you’re ever lucky to be different, don’t ever change.” This has been a special Black History moment! Get tickets for Sweat at: http://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org

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