Nina Simone: Four Women

The Unicorn Theatre
6 East Street · Stockbridge · MA 01262

Outside in the Courtyard at The Unicorn Theatre

This event is held outside in The Courtyard at The Unicorn Theatre. Seating is General Admission and based on party size and social distancing protocols.

Nina Simone: Four Women

Nina Simone: Four Women imagines a conversation, often through music, between Simone and three African-American women. Set in the fragments of a shattered world, audiences will be in the Courtyard surrounded by the gritty and historic Mellon Barn outdoors at Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge. The production will be directed by Gerry McIntyre who choreographed last summer’s hit Godspell and will feature Tony and Grammy Award Nominee Valisia LeKae (Broadway: Motown The Musical, Book of Mormon, Ragtime) as Nina Simone. In the aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963, Nina Simone rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four young girls lost in the tragedy. Scholar and artist Thulani Davis called the song “an instantly accessible analysis of the damning legacy of slavery, that made iconographic the real women we knew and would become.”

“At a time when people are feeling the need to do something in our hurting world but don’t know how to start, this production is an incredible reminder that you just need to take the first step. Or write the first note. Nina Simone: Four Women meditates on Nina Simone’s transition from a singer to an activist. It also deals with issues of colorism among black women that aren’t typically dealt with. The play will be performed outdoors, to add just another layer of purity and real-ness without limitations. I found from choreographing last summer’s show Godspell that performing outdoors is a priceless  experience that can never be duplicated!”

Production

by Christina Ham

directed by Gerry McIntyre
music direction by Danté Harrell

Previews: Friday, August 13 at 7pm
Press Night/Opening: Saturday, August 14 at 7pm
Closing: Sunday, September 5 at 2pm
Tickets: Preview: $50
Tickets: $75

*A portion of sales from all Tuesday performances will go to The Actors Fund and Black Theatre United

Sponsored by: Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Shubert Foundation


Safety Measures

BTG has outlined procedures and protocols in a manner that is consistent with state and local mandated health and safety guidelines. Temperature scans and contactless ticket scanning will be done for patrons at their point of entry. Free-standing hand sanitizer stations will be placed at various locations throughout the space. Patrons will be required to wear masks. One way traffic patterns will be enforced. Patrons will be seated according to party size, six feet apart. Additional safeguards will also be in place.

Cast

Darlesia Cearcy Aunt Sarah Darlesia Cearcy
Adrianna Hicks Sweet Thing Adrianna Hicks
Sasha Hutchings Sephronia Sasha Hutchings
Valisia LeKae Nina Valisia LeKae
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