Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
2014 Tony Award
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
2014 Tony Award
Best Sound Design of a Play
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 travelling 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.”
*Member of the Actor's Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
See the teaser for Lady Day
November 7, 2021
"Lady Day" runs October 29 - November 27, 2021 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia, WA. Starring Alexandria J. Henderson* as Billie Holiday.
In the State Theater Lobby Oct - Dec
The work of artist Sandra Bocas will be on display in the State Theater Lobby from October to December. Learn more about Sandra here!
Learn about Set Design!
October 5, 2021
The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of…
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In Rep: November 5 - December 4
Pulitzer Prize finalist, celebrated performer, and playwright Dael Orlandersmith explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Missouri residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning theatrical experience that must be seen.
November 26 - December 31
Join us for a holiday classic that's sure to please, with a healthy dose of holiday cheer, and the kind of ghostly special effects that only Harlequin can deliver!