Season 14: Mainstage Plays & Musicals

September 28 - October 16, 2022

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL

 



The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. In Robertson’s Tony award-winning play, Holiday engages the audience with salty, often humorous reminiscences of her troubled life as a traveling performer in a segregated south. With the help of her piano man, Jimmy Powers, she lets music tell her story, sharing soulful and heart-wrenching songs from her memorable canon including: “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do.”

“The richest jazz singing in town just now... Evokes all the sordidness of a woman entirely shaped by suffering... Robertson's play is a spare, shrewdly constructed piece.” – The New York Times

“A searing portrait of a woman whose art was triumphant.” – OnStage

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Previews (September 28 & 29)

Wednesday at 7:30pm
Thursday at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Regular Performances (September 30 - October 16)
Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm
Tuesday at 2:00pm
Wednesday at 7:30pm
Thursday at 7:30pm

Talk Back with the cast after the Sunday matinee performances.

 


Recommended age: 13 and up
Content/Trigger Warnings: Racial slurs

 


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