UP NEXT…. Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau!! Yes another one from one of my favs and it will be produced at Center Stage early 2018 in Baltimore, MD! Can’t Wait…
So… I just got finished filming the lead character, Trinity, in Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. It. Was. So. Much. Fun! It was my first time playing lead and spending that much time on set… not only did I learn a great deal but had a great time bringing First Lady Trinity to life!!! Stay tuned for updates … 😉
2017 started off with a BANG!! I was blessed with the opportunity to work on one of my favs … Dominique Morisseau’s stellar play Sunset Baby at TheaterWorks Hartford. It ran from January 12 – February 19th! … AND FOLLOWING… I went to Minneapolis to play the LEAD in Lydia Diamond’s adaptation of the Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye!! I had such a ball working on the beautifully tragic life of Pecola Breedlove. And to top it off I was at The Guthrie! YES, you read that right… THE GUTHRIE!!!!!!! We closed on May 21st and was HANDS DOWN one of the best overall experiences EVER!!!!
2016 was definitely a year to be remembered! I spent 6 months in California, performing one of my most challenging roles yet… Rose in Jeff Augustin’s The Last Tiger in Haiti. First part of the contract took place at La Jolla Playhouse and culminated at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. I not only got to explore the beautiful landscape of La Jolla and Berkeley, California but spent my break (between runs) in Los Angeles! Fun is an understatement 🙂 …
OH EMMM GEEEE! And … I finally got to work on Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop at Northern Stage in White River Junction, Vermont!! The character Camae is such a firecracker and I thoroughly enjoyed the process as well as living in a beautiful place. Previews started on March 23, 2016, and we opened on March 26th and close on April 9th, a day before MY birthday!!!!!!!
One of the most rewarding stage experiences for me was performing the role of Ruby in August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS. It opened at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ Fall 2015 and was voted #1 Best Show in the state of New Jersey!!!!!!!! HOLLERRRRRR!!!!!
So, on another note… I conquered some fears and took IMPROV 101 AND IMPROV 201 at Upright Citizens Brigade!! YIKES… 🙂 And in November 2014, I worked on the new MTV series “Eye Candy”, starring Victoria Justice! I’m in episode 6 as Nurse #1. Check it OUT!! I also filmed an episode of the TV series “The Knick”, starring Clive Owen and directed by Stephen Soderbergh, on Cinemax! You can catch my work as Millicent in episode 5: They Capture the Heat.
The Bluest Eye
“Brittany Bellizeare brilliantly played the main character, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. This was evidenced by Friday night’s standing ovation. Bellizeare skillfully drew the audience into an emotionally tumultuous world of racial victimization and self-hatred, difficult to stomach and hard for any compassionate human being to witness.” ~ Asian American Press
“Bellizeare’s Pecola wins our empathy with her total innocence. In her confusion and hurt, we see the kind of youthful wishing and dreaming that all kids do.” ~ Star Tribune
“Brittany Bellizeare offers a haunted Pecola who carries herself as if she’s been broken for a long time but is trying to hide the fact that she’s bound together with the thinnest of threads. She ably shows us how those internal threads are frayed, and when the last one snaps, her final descent into madness is truly chilling.” ~ Twin Cities (Pioneer Press)
“Brittany Bellizeare is mesmerizing as the intense, cutting, yet vulnerable Nina.” ~ Pillow Talk
“But it is Brittany Bellizeare who shines most as Nina. Her broken spirit, hidden behind a streetwise and tough exterior reveals itself gradually throughout the play leading to a resolute and more settled woman in the final scenes of the play.” ~ Broadway World
“Brittany Bellizeare’s performance as Nina is superb on every level; it’s an exhausting role, and one which requires stamina, and Bellizeare surfs the waves of raw emotion effortlessly.” ~ The Westfield News
The Last Tiger in Haiti
“Brittany Bellizeare, as Rose, demonstrates a remarkable transformation from an 11 year old girl in a shack in Haiti to a woman living in luxury with equal aplomb.” ~ San Diego Free Press
“It’s an extraordinary debut. … Max, who at 18 has aged out of restavek status and is about to gain his freedom, exhibits a protective instinct over the youngest of them, the sweet, seemingly unaffected Rose (Brittany Bellizeare, bringing an edge to her performance at just the right moments).” ~The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Northern Stage’s casting is exceptional. … Bellizeare captures a half-dozen personae wrapped up in Camae. … Bellizeare steps deftly through these subtle changes of character, voice and temperament, finally bringing King to a boiling point of fear, rage, and finally, acceptance.” ~ Valley News
“Camae, who admits that “I cuss worse than a sailor with the clap,” is an adorable, bright woman who matches King’s verbal wit. One of the best scenes is her impersonation of King, casting aside his prepared speech, Why America is Going to Hell, in favor of her own version, Fuck the White Man. … Bellizeare as Camae is riveting upon her entrance and that doesn’t change much.” ~ Daily UV
“What made Saturday’s performance so powerful — and funny — is that Charlie Hudson III and Brittany Bellizeare were, for the 90-minute duration of the play, King and Camae. Directed by Carol Dunne, Northern Stage’s artistic director, their performance was like intimate chamber music as they flirted, sparred, cried and laughed – not necessarily at the same time. … Bellizeare as Camae, the catalyst and representative of suppressed black girls, successfully combined her intertwined dark history with real depth.” ~Times Argus
“Brittany Bellizeare catalyzes the action as Louise’s country relative Ruby … an experience that’s more joyously, devastatingly, elegantly, messily alive than most anything you’ll see on stage this season,” ~ Asbury Park Press
“Ruby (Brittany Bellizeare) is a spirited young woman who has come from the South to visit Louise, her aunt. … A must-see”, “an important, entertaining show and you will relish every moment of this outstanding production” ~ Broadway World
“August Wilson’s Seven Guitars is 24-carat gold” ~ Two River Times
**Production photos from The Bluest Eye were taken by Dan Norman, The Last Tiger in Haiti by Jim Carmody and Sunset Baby by Lanny Nagler.