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by Howard L. Craft
Directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams

Her story, her way.

The music, loves, and losses of the legendary North Carolina musician. Yolanda Rabun stars as the High Priestess of Soul in this one-woman play with music.

A world premiere from Triangle playwright Howard L. Craft and directed by longtime PlayMakers company member Kathryn Hunter-Williams.

CONTENT ADVISORY

This show contains some brief use of coarse language.

RUN TIME

Approximately 90 minutes, followed by an “Act II” of conversation.

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A “Second Act” of Conversation

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Wednesday—NORTH CAROLINA JAZZ & NINA SIMONE

  • William Curry, Music Director and Conductor of the Durham Symphony
  • Carly Jones, Music Director, North Carolina Arts Council

Thursday—COME HEAR NC

  • Sandra Davidson, NC Arts Council & Come Hear NC Project Manager
  • Jerma Jackson, Professor, UNC Department of History

Friday—PRESERVATION OF NINA’S CHILDHOOD HOME

  • Angela Thorpe, Director, N.C. African American Heritage Commission
  • Carly Jones, Music Director, North Carolina Arts Council

Saturday Matinee—PROTEST MUSIC & PROGRESS

  • Benjamin Filene, Chief Curator, North Carolina Museum of History
  • Darrell Stover, , Professor Interdisciplinary Studies / Africana Studies, NC State University

Saturday Evening—A LEGACY OF ACTIVISM

  • Tristan Parks, Actor, Educator, and Activist
  • Carly Jones, Music Director, North Carolina Arts Council

Sunday Matinee—A NORTH CAROLINA LEGACY

  • Kyma Lassiter, Constituent Affairs Liaison, N.C. African American Heritage Commission

Sunday Evening—MEET THE TEAM

  • Howard L. Craft, playwright and educator
  • Kathryn Hunter-Williams, director and PlayMakers company member
  • Yolanda Rabun, actor

Media

Jul 31 2019

Rabun / Simone

One multi-hyphenate artist takes up the mantle of another multi-hyphenate artist in Howard L. Craft's one-woman tour de force about the High Priestess of Soul.

REVIEWS

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s No Fear and Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone Testifies to Art’s Power to Drive Social and Political Change
by Pamela Vesper and Kurt Benrud
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
August 25, 2019

PlayMakers’ Production of ‘No Fear and Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone’ is a Wake-Up Call to Arms
by Lauren Van Hemert
RDU On Stage
August 24, 2019

Yolanda Rabun Is a Commanding Nina Simone in Howard L. Craft’s Play
by Byron Woods
INDYWeek
August 23, 2019

NEWS

PREVIEW: No Fear and Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone
by Byron Woods
Indy Week
August 21, 2019

PlayMakers to produce one-woman show about NC music legend and activist Nina Simone
by Aaron Sugarman
The Daily Tar Heel
August 19, 2019

Podcast: Yolanda Rabun, Howard Craft, and Kathy Williams
by Lauren van Hemmert
RDU on Stage
August 18, 2019

The Remarkable Story of the Drive to Preserve Nina Simone’s Childhood Home
by Sarah Edwards
Indy Week
August 14, 2019

The ‘High Priestess Of Soul’ Nina Simone Comes To Life In One-Woman Show
by Dana Terry & Frank Stasio
WUNC State of Things
August 13, 2019

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