No Fear and Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone

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.

on stage

August 21st – August 25th, 2019

Run Time

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


This show contains some brief use of coarse language.

A “Second Act” of Conversation


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
August 23, 2019


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