Billie Holiday Theatre
"Following their acclaimed Brooklyn run, the award-winning Billie Holiday Theater (BHT) at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) Stage Company join forces to present the Post-Katrina play set in New Orleans, Brothers from the Bottom, starring Wendell Pierce who also joins this team, as a producer. The limited engagement, in commemoration of the 10th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, will run from June 5 – 28, 2015 at the Lupin Hall at NOCCA."
Read more in Scene Magazine here
"...I was on hand for the opening night, so were actors David Alan Grier, Lillias White, Jerome Preston Bates and Ebony Jo-Ann, to name a few. Said Jo-Ann, 'I loved it. It’s the first theater piece I’ve seen in a while that I enjoyed. It’s a beautiful piece, well crafted, and the acting was superb. The story was told with humor. It’s a genocide that going on all over the country. This is the perfect time to tell the story. This goes out and people stay asleep—they act like they don’t know what’s going on. This piece needs to be on Broadway, to go out to a mass white audience.'”
Here is a link to Wendell Pierce's recent interview with Derrick Hemphill, discussing BROTHERS FROM THE BOTTOM, gentrification, and African American actors in theater. Looking forward to opening this weekend!
BROTHERS FROM THE BOTTOM has been called, "a powerful and provocative production...a dynamic stand for social responsibility" (Backstage Magazine). Check out our Broadwayworld.com press release to learn more about this show and it's incredible cast.