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Monday, October 8, 2012

"Lady Day at Emerson´s Bar and Grill" by Lanie Robertson @ Pygmalion Theatre Company (Salt Lake City, October 25-November 10)

Salt Lake City, Utah - October 1: Pygmalion Productions presents a return engagement of "Lady Day at Emerson´s Bar and Grill" October 25th through November 10th at the Rose Wagner Theatre.

Lanie Robertson´s award winning script is filled with humor, heartfelt stories and the enthralling music of Billie Holiday, including Strange Fruit, God Bless The Child and When a Woman Loves a Man, among several classic numbers.

The play is an illumination on the life of jazz great Billie Holiday, taking place at the sunset of her career.  "Lady Day at Emerson´s Bar and Grill" is set in a small bar in Philadelphia in 1959, just four months before Billie´s death. Through anecdotes and reminiscences, Ms. Holiday takes us on the journey that has been her life; her successes, her demons and addictions, the obstacles presented by a still-segregated society, and the joy she found in singing--her salvation in a world both tragic and triumphant.

The set design and cabaret seating transform the audience into patrons of Emerson´s Bar and Grill, enjoying a beer and becoming intimate observers of one of Billie Holiday´s last performances.

Returning as Lady Day is Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, whose previous credits include The Third Crossing, Madame X, Well, For Colored Girls Only, Saturday´s Voyeur, 1940´s Radio Hour, Big River and The Overwhelming. Laikwan Waigwa- Stone plays Jimmy Powers, Billie´s accompanist at Emerson´s Bar and Grill.

Director Teresa Sanderson is a thirty-year veteran of Utah theatre, and works with the Davis Arts Council and the Layton City in their Arts programs.

Venue is the Rose Wagner Center for the Arts - 158 W. Broadway. Tickets are available through ArtTix 801-355-ARTS. Pygmalion Theatre Company produces plays that reflect concerns, issues and experiences shared by women, with three shows each season: Fall, Winter and Spring.

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