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Sunshine Hearts
and Hands Benefit
October 3, 2009

A Benefit Performance and Silent Auction
For the Deaf + Hearing Production of HAIR,
The controversial 1960s anti-war rock musical

Produced for the Broadway Stage by Michael Butler (“HAIR”)
Pushcart Prize-nominated poet lauded by the LA Weekly
HAIR is written by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot

One Performance: October 3, 2009

(Los Angeles, CA) (September, 2009)... Sunshine Hearts and Hands Productions, in conjunction with Off the Ground Productions, is proud to present MEMOIRE: SUNSHINE HEARTS AND HANDS BENEFIT, coming to the MET Theatre on October 3, 2009.

About The Show
Sharmagne Leland-St. John
accompanied by ASL interpreter Kathryn Deal
With Recording Artist
Smokey Miles
Michael Pliskin
accompanied by ASL interpreter Kathryn Deal
(additional entertainers to be announced)

About Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Sharmagne Leland-St. John, 2007 Pushcart Prize nominee, is a Native American poet, concert performer, lyricist, artist, and filmmaker. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the poetry e-zine Quill and

Sharmagne spends her time between her home in the Hollywood Hills, in Southern California and her fishing lodge on the Stillaguamish River in the Pacific Northwest.

She tours the United States, Canada, and England as a performance poet, either solo or with her band of poets "Poetry in Motion."

She has published three books of poetry, Unsung Songs (2003), Silver Tears and Time (2005), Contingencies (2008) and co-authored a book on film production design, Designing Movies: Portrait of a Hollywood Artist (Greenwood/Praeger 2006).

As a teenager, she co-authored and sold two screenplays to the Beverly Hillbillies, both of which were produced. (They had never bought outside their little group of writers.)

Sharmagne studied with Lee Strasberg, Peggy Feury and Bill Traylor, Jack Waltzer (Lincoln Rep), privately with Jean Scott (RADA) The Committee and was an original member of The Family Theater in New York’s Greenwich Village. She was technical advisor on the film HAIR.

About Smokey Miles

Bob “Smokey” Miles is a singer/songwriter, recording artist, poet, comedian, actor, writer and artist. He has had songs and compositions in numerous films and tv shows. He recorded an album “Alien World” produced by legendary songwriter Otis Blackwell.

Miles has performed his music and poetry internationally and has been in numerous award-winning films, music videos and stage productions. He hosted “The Smokey Miles Music Hour” on access tv and has been a comedy writer on Premiere Radio Networks. A new film “7 Deadly Sins: Inside the Ecomm Cult” stars Miles reciting his poetry.

As his alter ego, Count Smokula, he hosted of “The Count Smokula Show” first on public access, and now on the internet at He is considered a cult icon and Troma Films star and won several awards including Comedy Album of the Year from the Los Angeles Music Awards for his album “Authentic Sounds of Smokesylvania”.

Miles graduated from Princeton University in 1972, hitchhiked around the country, has been a dishwasher, factory worker, high school teacher, waiter, salesman, immigration inspector, blues singer and a house caretaker for Bob Dylan.

About Michael Pliskin

Michael Pliskin (Singer/Songwriter) "Michael Pliskin is a Southern California singer/songwriter who originally hailed from New York's mid-Hudson Valley, where he participated in Pete Seeger's Clearwater Sloop project in the late 1960s and early 70s. When not performing or writing music he is a professional photographer and designer.


"Sharmagne Leland-St. John-Sylbert writes straight from the heart, as true poets do. Unsung Songs exhibits a wide range of interests, themes, and tones, from the romantic lyricism of 'Oh Life,' exemplified by these lines: 'Love where have you gone / Just when I thought I'd found you / Snowflakes dance like feathers round my head' to the deadpan puncturing of the male ego and its assumption of sexual implication where there is none in 'I Said Coffee.' A woman thinks of her loved one who is far away in 'I Sing You the Morning,' whose opening lines speak with elegance and simplicity, while 'I Will Dance for You' addresses issues of racial and cultural slurs, discrimination, sensitivity, and tolerance in language that is uncompromising in its principles without being didactic or combative. Unsung Songs demonstrates that Sharmagne Leland-St. John-Sylbert is a distinctive poet who breaks her own trail with clarity and vision. This is a book to read and return to with ever-renewed joy."
- David Matthew, poet

About Sunshine Hearts and Hands

Sunshine Hearts and Hands is a non-profit organization which will fund workshops for important theatre pieces presented by deaf and hearing actors for all audiences.

These workshops and performances will give deaf actors and crewmembers a chance to earn a living in the theatre and to work alongside hearing actors. It will give the deaf community the opportunity to enjoy theatre pieces which (up to the present) have not addressed their special needs.

Schedule of Events

Silent Auction begins at 5:00 PM
Entertainment begins at 7:00 PM

For a list of the incredible array of Silent Auction items, please see:

MEMOIRE: SUNSHINE HEARTS AND HANDS BENEFIT will be held October 3, 2009. Performances are at the Met Theatre at 1089 N. Oxford Ave. in Hollywood, CA 90029 beginning at 5 PM. Free admission, $5 (and street) parking available.
General admission tickets: $15.00

For reservations, call (323) 960- 7714 or RESERVE ONLINE:


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