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SUNO to present 'The Circle'

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Contact: Tammy Barney
(504) 286-5343

SUNO Presents ‘The Circle,’ A Play Written And Performed By Tina Lifford

NEW ORLEANS, LA – June 21, 2017 – The Circle, a play written and performed by Queen Sugar star Tina Lifford, will be presented at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15 in the Conference Center.

Tickets for the play are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Call 504-286-5341 for information.

A gifted playwright, Ms. Lifford created the 90-minute play about how seven diverse women navigate the choppy waters of life together. It models strategies and practices for wellbeing and triumphant freedom. The Circle has been performed in eight cities by eight different casts. In each performance, there are at least four ethnicities represented, with characters’ ages ranging from 20 to 70.

Bringing to life more than 100 characters on the big screen over the past 20 years, Ms. Lifford’s multi-faceted career has left an imprint on audiences worldwide. In addition to currently starring on awarding-winning shows, Queen Sugar airing on OWN and Scandal on ABC, the veteran Hollywood actress also is a published author and CEO of The Inner Fitness Project, a business and personal development network.

The drive that propels her forward is in her desire to inspire women from all walks of life to invest in their physical and emotional wellbeing and take action on their dreams.

Dedicating the past 15 years to personal development, Ms. Lifford is a graduate of the University of Santa Monica’s Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology and became a licensed spiritual practitioner from the Coaches Training Institute in 2007.

About Southern University at New Orleans
Southern University at New Orleans, founded in 1956, is a four-year public institution categorized as an SREB Four-Year 5 institution, a Carnegie Master’s College and University I, and as a SACSCOC Level III institution. As an accredited liberal arts teaching institution and a member of the Southern University System, SUNO is known for its highly engaged faculty and personal academic support. The University offers a wide range of baccalaureate programs and is committed to graduate education through the master’s degree, offering graduate programs to meet regional and statewide needs. For information, please visit the University’s Web site at
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