True Colors Season to Premiere Bessie Smith Musical, Broke-ology and Colored Museum

News   True Colors Season to Premiere Bessie Smith Musical, Broke-ology and Colored Museum
Jasmine Guy will stage George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum for Atlanta's True Colors Theatre. The stage and screen actress will also star in Sam Shepard's Fool for Love as part of the company's 2010-2011 season.

Kenny Leon, who is a 2010 Tony Award nominee for his direction of August Wilson's Fences, serves as artistic director of the Atlanta regional theatre.

Opening the season will be the world-premiere musical Gut Bucket Blues – The Legendary Bessie Smith written and directed by David Bell Sept. 28-Nov. 7. "What made Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues? This world-premiere musical explores her raucous life as the seed of her raucous music. From her start on the touring circuit to her success as a recording artist, Bessie refused to buckle under personal or social indignities. Find out Bessie was big as her blues, an extraordinary woman with a vivid rage to live."

Leon will direct Nathan Louis Jackson's Broke-ology, which will run Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2011. "The King family has learned to balance sacrifice and let love keep them together. Dad remains in his home even as his health and his neighborhood are deteriorating. When the question is raised of how to take care of their ailing father, the two brothers find themselves strangely at odds."

Guy will direct Wolfe's satire The Colored Museum, running March 22-April 17, 2011. "A satirical exhibit of stories illuminates race relations in America. African American men and women both honor and escape the legacy of suffering that is the baggage of their past. A vaudevillian mosaic that spans over 200 years of the African American experience and celebrates African American culture, mocks stereotypes and takes a closer look at what it means to be Black in America."

The final production of the season will be Shepard's Fool For Love May 10-June 19, 2011. Todd Kreidler will direct Guy in what True Colors describes as "a haunting story of obsession, love, denial and the relationship between two people who can't live with or without each other. Inside the confines of a motel room, two estranged lovers revisit their shared history and reignite old rage. When they try to come to terms with their past the outcome is fascinating and shocking, funny and bitter. Sex, love, hate, and passion combine as they are faced with a choice: return to their combative relationship or try to live their lives alone." Returning in the holiday slot will be True Colors' annual production of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Patdro Harris will direct and choreograph the gospel-retelling of the Christmas story.

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