SIMPLY SIMONE: THE MUSIC OF NINA SIMONE Continues Theatrical Outfit's 40th Season

SIMPLY SIMONE: THE MUSIC OF NINA SIMONE Continues Theatrical Outfit's 40th Season

Live out loud.

“An intriguing glimpse into the life of one of our most fascinating talents.” BuffaloNews

Atlanta audiences are invited into the spellbinding life and legend of 20th century diva and icon, Nina Simone with Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone, directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris whose Fly at Theatrical Outfit mesmerized patrons a few seasons back. This revealing musical memoir plays March 23-April 15, 2017 continuing Theatrical Outfit’s 40th Anniversary Season of Hope!  

ABOUT THE PLAY
Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone

By Robert Neblett and David Grapes
Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris
Musical Direction by Chika Ma'atunde
March 23 – April 15, 2017 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s

Prodigy. Superstar. Activist. Exile. One of the true divas of the 20th century, vocal powerhouse Nina Simone defied classification and defined a generation. This musical revue lays bare the rich legacy of an American icon whose work spans genres from jazz to gospel to blues to Broadway to rock and roll and features such definitive classics as “I Loves You Porgy,” “The Look of Love,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Heart-melting and hopeful, Simone’s spellbinding voice comes alive via four actresses in this incredibly soulful theatrical journey.

PERFORMANCE DATES & TICKETS*
Previews: March 23 and 24, 2017 at 7:30PM
Opening night: March 25, 2017 at 7:30PM
Regular performances: March 26 – April 15, 2017

Simply Simone is performed in two acts with an intermission. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $20-$50 and may be purchased online at www.theatricaloutfit.org or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email groupsales@theatricaloutfit.org.

*Ticket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS:
Downtown Dialogue
— Saturday, April 1, post-matinee in the Balzer Theater at Herren’s
Be downtown and join a panel of special guests in an open dialogue about the social and global themes in the show! Open to all patrons with a ticket to any performance of the current production.

Page to Stage Talk Back, sponsored by Macy’s — Friday, April 7, post-show
Representatives from the creative team/staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.

CAST
Chelsea Reynolds - Nina 1
Chani Maisonet - Nina 2
Tina Fears* - Nina 3
Marliss Amiea* - Nina 4
Lydia Eku - understudy for Nina 1 and Nina 2
Vallea Woodbury - understudy for Nina 3 and Nina 4

CREATIVE TEAM
Patdro Harris – Director and Choreographer
Chika Ma'atunde – Musical Director
Kat Conley – Scenic Designer
Marci Rodgers – Costume Designer
Mary Parker – Lighting Designer
MC Park – Properties Designer
Clifton Guterman* – Associate Artistic Director, Casting Director
Kameron Neal Kearce – Assistant to the Director
Barbara Gantt O'Haley*  – Stage Manager
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: National Center for Civil and Human RightsDecutur Book Festival, Compassionate Atlanta

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Fulton County Office of Cultural Affairs, Turner Broadcasting, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Jackson Spalding, Grants to Green, Publix Super Markets Charities, The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund

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Anthony Cali Marketing and Development Associate, Theatrical Outfit
Anthony Cali Marketing and Development Associate, Theatrical Outfit
About Theatrical Outfit

THEATRICAL OUTFIT
Stories that stir the soul.



OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.

ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest continuously-operating professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons, Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton, remain Theatrical Outfit patrons. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres, and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic canon, and maintain an effective organization. In September of 2018, Theatrical Outfit welcomed Gretchen E. Butler as Managing Director.

ABOUT OUR VENUE: Unless otherwise noted, Theatrical Outfit's productions are performed in The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.


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