World Premiere of Texas in Paris, With Lillias White and Scott Wakefield, Opens Off-Broadway Tonight

News   World Premiere of Texas in Paris, With Lillias White and Scott Wakefield, Opens Off-Broadway Tonight
 
The world premiere of Texas in Paris, the new musical play about two people who form an unexpected spiritual bond,  officially opens at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's Feb. 5 following previews that began Jan. 28.

Lillias White
Lillias White

The production continues through March 1.

Based on a true story, Alan Govenar's play, which features spirituals, cowboy songs and country hymns, is directed by Akin Babatundé. The two-hander features Tony Award winner Lillias White (The Life, Fela!) and Scott Wakefield (Ring of Fire, Hands on a Hardbody).

"Based on true events, Texas in Paris is the musical journey of a man and a woman — one white, one black – invited to France to perform at the Maison des Cultures du Monde," press notes state. "They have never met, have no professional singing experience, and face the challenge of working together and co-existing in an unfamiliar world. Apprehensive of each other, they struggle with preconceptions but forge a surprising spiritual bond that transforms their on-stage performance and their lives. Texas in Paris is a conversation about race between two people who never thought they would ever have that conversation."

Texas in Paris is a metaphor for the dilemma of race that is currently dividing our nation, focusing on two people from the heartland, who like most Americans want to avoid talking about racism as an issue," Govenar said in a previous statement. "But once in Paris a dialogue emerges that could never have happened in their isolated worlds in the United States. The music is a songbook of American life — everyday songs, lost and found, black and white, remembered and discovered as new.”

The creative team includes James Morgan (set), Chris Vergara (costumes), Brian Nason (lighting) and Kevin Maloof (props). The production stage manager is Niki Armato, and Amy Jones provides music supervision.

Tickets and more information are available at yorktheatre.org.

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