So excited to announce I’ll be starring as NINA SIMONE in a new concert play premiering in October in NC!! I’m really honored to be a part of this amazing project and to portray the high priestess of soul!! The new concert drama will debut at SECCA on Oct. 20, yay!!!
I’m having a great time learning all of Nina’s songs and getting to know who she was as a person, a performer and activist. It’s such a blessing to be in this production!
Here’s the official announcement:
(For Immediate Release)
Cheyenne Covington 336-926-6272
Onyx Qube Productions,
4435 Melvin Lane, Walkertown, NC 27051
Little Girl Blue, Concert Drama Showcase, inspired by the life and music of Nina Simone, is a “unique theatrical concert experience” starring Soul/Jazz Singer, songwriter, pianist and international recording artist Markeisha Ensley, and introducing pianist, vocalist and rising thespian Bijan Miarra Shaw. Mature audiences recommended.
Preview Night Thursday October 20th at 8pm $30 (students & seniors $25)
Performance with reception Friday October 21st at 8pm $40 ($35 w/o reception) students & seniors $30
Saturday October 22nd at 8pm $35 (students & seniors $30)
Sunday Matinee October 23rd at 3pm $35 (students & seniors $30)
Venue: SECCA – The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art is a multimedia contemporary art gallery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ADDRESS 750 Marguerite Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Tickets: Purchase online at WWW.LITTLEGIRLBLUE.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM or at the door.
Little Girl Blue, written by award winning playwright Nathan Ross Freeman, is a daunting concert drama inspired by the life and music of Nina Simone and her youthful self, Eunice Waymon. This play exhumes our daily conversations between who we were and what we have become; seeking settlement between dreams and dreams deferred.
Little Girl Blue, traipses behind the footsteps that print our paths least and most taken. How much of me am I still? How much of me is still becoming? How much of me is … still?
Little Girl Blue, is a Concert Drama that heralds 3 characters in tangled furious interactions; heart warming, heart wrenching, irreverently reverent exchanges between the Piano, Nina and Eunice. A noble dialectic exercise, a bravura in piano, bravo vocal and thespian performance.
Little Girl Blue, takes us on a journey, a tale, a story, a jibe between Nina and Eunice that threads and trashes 20 songs from Nina Simone’s repertoire playlist quilting Bach, Blues, Chopin, Pop, Brahms, Jazz interluded with passionate dialogue, barefoot stomps and sways, love life silhouettes, freedom marches, baptisms … that don’t stop … until the mix milieu is through with you and Nina and Eunice are one … again.
Production Cast and Crew
Nathan Ross Freeman, Director/Playwright
Mabel P. Robinson, Dramaturge
Starring – Markeisha Ensley as Nina Simone
Introducing – Bijan Miarra Shaw as Eunice
Frenchie La’Vern, Costume Designer
Jennifer Wynn O’Kelly, Scenic Designer/Lighting Designer
Tinisha Rouse, Production Stage Manager
Tony Jenkins, Stunts & Movement Manager
Sharon Agnew, Marketing Director
Claudia Burnett, Publicist/Advertising
Robbie Bennett, Social Media/Photographer
Natasha Gagger, Legal/Business Manager
Amanda Massey, Production Accountant
Leo Rucker, Production Poster Visual Artist
Casting Consultant: Jamibeth Margolis, CSA
Producing Consultants: Rain Pryor / Bill Cobbs / Mabel P. Robinson
Created and produced by Cheyenne Covington/ONYX QUBE PRODUCTIONS