THREE more performances, Saturday, 2/1, Friday, 2/7, Saturday, 2/8!


You speak and we listen! Announcing the addition of THREE more performances: Friday, 2/1 (2 p.m.) Friday, 2/7 & Saturday, 2/8.  Click HERE for tickets.

Visual Art Exhibition: Clara K. Johnson


We’re thrilled to feature abstract paintings in the Manbites Dog Theater lobby, by Raleigh-based artist, Clara K. Johnson.  Completed during a residency in Houston, TX, Clara is a self-trained artist, who returns to Manbites Dog Theater to exhibit some of her transcendental paintings depicting the intangible beauty of nature.  See more of Clara’s work by visiting,

FREE Event: I Love My Hair / I Love My Body

I LOVE MY HAIR THE PLAY PRESENTS A Community Engagement Event:
I Love My Hair / I Love My Body

Saturday January 18, 2014

It’s the start of a new year, with new goals and new motivation! Join us for an intimate conversation around health and wellness on the stage of I LOVE MY HAIR THE PLAY. Learn more about protective styles and hair care for both relaxed and natural hair, experience healthier ways of preparing your favorite foods and discover how to improve your overall wellness. Enjoy warm, informative discussions, goods and services by local small business owners, professional presenters, giveaways, and a whole lot of fun!


Chan Little, Certified Personal Trainer
Director of Wellness, Durham YMCA


Taji Shabu, Licensed Natural Hair Practitioner
Owner, Taji Natural Hair Styling

LaMana Donadelle, Vegetarian Personal Chef
Owner, Culinary Healing

Samantha Webb, Licensed Cosmetologist & Stylist




Up 2 the Minute Fashion & Accessories

Peach Cobbler Yoga

The Art of Cool Project


Ngozi Designs

Curvy Girl Health

Q&A Sessions



I LOVE MY HAIR: The Remix | Promo Video Release!

We are so thrilled to share this work in our community again! We have all worked so tirelessly to create an experience that is both entertaining and educational. PLEASE HELP US SPREAD WORD by sharing this video with your family, friends, colleagues, professional networks, churches, social organizations, neighbors… pretty much anyone you think would enjoy participating in a rich theatrical experience that is engaging, challenging, humorous and affirming. As always, THANK YOU for your continued support of local art & artists. And please don’t wait to get your tickets. They really are going fast!

ILMH supports Genesis Home!


We are excited to announce that proceeds from our Community Night/Preview Show on Thursday, January 16, 2014 will be donated to our friends at Genesis Home.   For nearly 25 years, Genesis Home has worked to end homelessness for families with children by providing housing and supportive services to foster independence.  What we love about Genesis Home is there ability to offer hope, security, safety, inspiration, job skills and a home to those in our community who need it most.  And when residents transition from Genesis Home to their own home, they take all the skills, hope and fortitude they need to have a better life.

We are so honored to support the great work that Genesis Home is achieving in our community.  Please consider supporting this cause by attending our Community Night/Preview Show on Thursday, January 16, 2014.  For tickets, click here.

Learn more about Genesis Home by visiting:



Dear Friends/Family/Supporters:

I am thrilled to announce a remount/remix/re-twist of I LOVE MY HAIR the play! After a hugely successful 2012 premiere in Durham, we’re returning to Manbites Dog Theater for a special encore performance.

We’ve made some enhancements and put a little polish on things and hope that you’ll love it as much as you did the first time.

While this is the ILMH REMIX, there are some things that haven’t changed, like the incredibly talented cast and design crew.

Help us spread the word by telling your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and social networks about the show, and make plans NOW to participate in the I LOVE MY HAIR experience. You do not want to miss this!

Stay tuned for more information and project developments by visiting our web site, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @ILoveMyHairPlay.

Show information:

January 16 – February 1, 2014

Manbites Dog Theater

Durham, NC

Featured Exhibit: “The Beautiful. Project”

Enjoy a special photography exhibit during the run of I LOVE MY HAIR presented by The Beautiful. Project (TBP), a 16-week program designed to creatively explore and affirm the dynamic beauty of Black girls and undergraduate women.  TBP uses photography and reflective workshops to give girls an opportunity to confront positive and negative portrayals of black girls and women in the media and in their communities.  TBP is committed to pouring into undergraduate women as they pour into the lives of young girls–working as a team to help families build a platform of positive self-images for their children.  Learn more by visiting:

GOOD HAIR: Film Showing & Panel Discussion [3/13]

Tuesday, March 13, 2012:

Chris Rock’s GOOD HAIR

6:30-9 p.m.

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

2001 Campus Drive, Durham, 27705


Support I LOVE MY HAIR with the IndieGOGO fan-funded campaign [UPDATED!]


The I LOVE MY HAIR IndieGOGO Funding campaign

We’ve got just 30 days to raise $5,000, and I know that with your support, we can do it.

Since I LOVE MY HAIR started as a community engagement project while I was in graduate school in Colorado, I thought there was no better way to get the job done, than to call on some of my favorite people to give us that last little push to complete the show by our March 8, 2012 premiere at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC.

How you can help:

  • Give your best gift to our campaign
  • Tell all the people you can about the project
  • Tell us why you love your hair!
  • Wish us well… send all good vibes this-a-way
  • Come to the show! Tickets go on sale February 6.

I’m incredibly excited about how things are coming together, and the COLLABORATORS I’m working with… yes, I’ve got some heavy-hitters on board, helping me to get this baby on its feet … check out the rest of our for the nitty gritty.

When it’s all said and done, know that you have played an essential role in helping me to realize my dream. Thank you in advance for your continued support, generosity and well-wishes.

Together we can make this happen!

All the best,


Visit our page on IndieGOGO for all the details and see the many ways you can contribute!

Thanks in advance for your support!


Forty/AM presents


Created and directed by
Chaunesti Webb

March 8-17, 2012

Manbites Dog Theater

I LOVE MY HAIR is an original play exploring the complex relationship African American women have with their hair and how that relationship has shaped their identities.  Sassy, lyrical and nostalgic, this interdisciplinary piece integrates interview text, original music, movement and video, to explore family, community, race, class, politics and sexuality.