Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit will examine the lives of two iconic African Americans—Thurgood Marshall and Nina Simone—for their new 2016-17 season.

“Thurgood” is based on the life and career of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, this riveting narrative charts Thurgood Marshall’s evolution from back-alley Baltimore, to Howard University law school, to his fight for equality in the South, all the way to a seat on the highest court in the land in 1967.

thurgoodIn addition to his victorious challenge of segregation in Brown vs. Board of Education, humorous and inspiring milestones of Marshall’s journey reveal the remarkable brilliance, perseverance and hope of one of the greatest American heroes of all time. The show runs September 29-October 16, 2016 and is directed by fraternity brother and an actor in his own right Eric J. Little.

Prodigy. Superstar. Activist. Exile. One of the true divas of the 20th century, vocal powerhouse Nina Simone defied classification and defined a generation. “Simply Simone” is a musical revue that bares the rich legacy of an American icon whose work spans genres from jazz to gospel to blues to Broadway to rock and roll and features such definitive classics as “I Loves You Porgy,” “The Look of Love,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Heart-melting and hopeful, Simone’s spellbinding voice comes alive via four actresses in this incredibly soulful theatrical journey. “Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone” runs March 23-April 25 2017.

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