“I am a jazz singer and I also consider myself a strong African American woman,” said Rubin. “I was happy to embrace the opportunity to portray the character of such a strong black woman like Billie Holiday.”
Against the backdrop of a small nightclub, Rubin as Holiday poignantly shares personal and professional memories from childhood to racism to stardom to drugs. Intertwined is the stylistic singing of classics “God Bless the Child,” “Don’t Explain” and “Fine and Mellow.”
“I love to sing and her songs are some of the best to interpret. Her original "God Bless The Child", in a sense started my career as a jazz singer,” explained Rubin. “I am grateful to Woodie King to have selected this play to produce and direct and especially glad that he chose to me to tell her unforgettable story.”
On Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm, there will be a celebrity reading of Ossie Davis’ classic drama “The People of Clarendon County.”
Douglas Turner Ward, the acclaimed director of Pulitzer Prize winning “A Soldier’s Play,” Obie and Drama Desk award-winning actor and the co-founder of the Negro Ensemble Company, directs the celebrity reading of “The People of Clarendon County.” Clarendon County, a rural community in South Carolina, was the battleground of black sharecroppers, domestic workers, laborers and clergymen who joined with the NAACP to fight for better schools for Black children. It stars Kene Holiday (“Matlock,”
Woodie King, Jr., the producer/director of the National Black Touring Circuit and Kim Weston Moran, associate producer, produce the Black History Month Play Festival.
The Black History Month Play Festival performance tickets are $25. Group rates for 10 or more are $20 each. TDF is accepted. For tickets call (212) 279-4200. For group rates call 917-723-3769. For questions, contact email@example.com
The National Black Touring Circuit was founded in 1974, by Woodie King, Jr. to make existing Black theatre productions available to a larger audience by presenting to the Black communities at large, to colleges, to Black art centers, and to resident professional theatres. This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Time Warner, Inc., West Harlem Development Corporation and individual contributions.