Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has announced casting for its upcoming production of Nina Simone: Four Women.
Harriett D. Foy (Amélie) is set to take on the title role, alongside Felicia Curry as Sweet Thing, Theresa Cunningham as Aunt Sarah, Toni Martin as Sephronia, and Darius Smith as Sam Waymon.
Velvet-throated songstress Nina Simone hypnotized audiences with her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook. But on September 15, 1963, a devastating explosion in Birmingham, Alabama, rocked our entire nation to the core, and from the memory of the four little girls killed in that tragedy came “Four Women” — along with Simone’s other activist anthems like “Mississippi Goddam,” “Old Jim Crow,” and “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black.” Through storytelling and song, Nina Simone: Four Women reveals how this iconic chanteuse found her true voice — and how the “High Priestess of Soul” defined the sound of the civil rights movement.
Directed by Timothy Douglas, Christina Ham’s play reveals how Nina Simone helped define the sound of the civil rights movement, through the lens of her song “Four Women.”
The creative team for Nina Simone: Four Woman includes music director Darius Smith, choreographer Dane Figueroa Edidi, set designer Timothy Mackabee, costume designer Kara Harmon, lighting designer Michael Gilliam, sound designer Matthew M. Nielson, and wig designer Anne Nesmith.
The show runs November 10-December 24. For tickets to Nina Simone: Four Women, click here.