London: THE PASS to close out a week long’s event !
Lesflicks celebrates Lesbian Visibility Week with a host of virtual events including 12 activities across 8 rooms providing a multitude of opportunities to get your organisation’s message of support and your brand firmly in front of our global audience. Highlights include: games with prizes (scavenger hunt, quizzes, and bingo), viewings of the films ‘AESOP’ and ‘Forever Not Maybe’, and live Q&A’s with Rachel Dax, writer of the award winning film, ‘Time and Again’ and Jillian Armenante, acclaimed actress of ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Vice’ fame. The 24 Hour Extravaganza punctuates the week long celebration and its culminating event is the viewing of ‘The Pass’ immediately followed by a live Q&A with the playwright/singer/songwriter, Denise Marsa, best known as the female voice on Dean Friedman’s multi-platinum duet “Lucky Stars”.
The Pass, a story about songwriting and the human spirit
THE PASS: The story of Denise Marsa’s development as a musician, artist, and individual is told in this original music project featuring anecdotes and vignettes recounted against a background of her original compositions.
The story of Denise Marsa’s development as a musician, artist, and individual is told in this original music project featuring anecdotes and vignettes recounted against a background of her original compositions.
Travel with Denise as she starts her career towards the end of the 70s through the highly volatile and emotional 80’s continuing on through the start of the tech-driven 90s into the 21st century. From her start in her West Village studio apartment dating from 1810 to London to West Hollywood and back again, Denise shares her stories. Meet Denise the explorer, innovator, a woman drenched in tenacity; unwilling to play the game by anyone else’s rules but her own. Experience some of the key situations that have shaped her as an artist, woman, and entrepreneur and hear the songs that have been created in the process. From pop star, to record label owner, artist manager, and producer, lover, and partner, to publicist and marketer, her life and music are expressed through laughter, joy, disappointment, passion, and power.
In defying the stereotypes of the often sexist, ageist and not to mention ruthless, music industry, Denise has proven that a true voice will triumph. She hopes to inspire the audience to always be true to their own voices and to have the courage to sing out loud. It all started with Denise sneaking into the New York University Department of Music and Music Education practice rooms.
Known originally in the UK as the mystery voice on Dean Friedman’s classic hit record “Lucky Stars,” Denise stands up and tells her engaging story. Presenting her often heart-warming, funny, and poignant stories intertwined with her original songs, this 90 minutes part-concert-part live theater documentary. A Younger Theatre wrote: Denise Marsa is one of a kind. She’s a force of nature, a life-affirming singer, an overwhelmingly positive presence. Fueled by her passion, she walks on stage with total confidence. Completely at ease in the spotlight, she delivers The Pass, her own story put in music.
A must-see if you are looking to be inspired, and feel good, a story about perseverance, staying true to oneself, and riding the merry-go-round of the music business as a young and now a mature woman.
Denise developed the project with theater legend Gretchen Cryer who is well known for writing the book and lyrics and starring in “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road” (with music by Nancy Ford). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and is President Emeritus of the Dramatists Guild Fund. In addition to these accomplishments, she has received various awards and degrees, among them a MAT degree from Harvard.