The Cast

 
FELICIA CURRY

FELICIA CURRY

UNDINE

BIO

ROLAND LANE

ROLAND LANE

FLOW

BIO

STEPHANIE POPE

STEPHANIE POPE

MOTHER

BIO

TITO LIVAS

TITO LIVAS

HERVÉ

BIO

EVANDER DUCK JR

EVANDER DUCK JR

FATHER

BIO

ALEX GIBSON

ALEX GIBSON

ACCOUNTANT

BIO

SHARON HOPE

SHARON HOPE

GRANDMOTHER

BIO

KEDREN A SPENCER

KEDREN A SPENCER

UNDINE UNDERSTUDY

BIO

MARIYEA JACKSON

MARIYEA JACKSON

STEPHIE

BIO

KIMBERLEE WALKER

KIMBERLEE WALKER

FEMALE UNDERSTUDY

BIO

The Billie Holiday Theatre
Launches Spring 2024 Season “RESISTANCE”

With
Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine

Written by Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winner Lynn Nottage
Featuring Award-Winning Actress Felicia Curry as Undine

The Billie Holiday Theatre, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and culture organizations located in the heart of Bed Stuy, today announced that it will launch its Spring 2024 Season – “RESISTANCE”- with a revival of Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage. This production of Nottage’s classic comedic play denotes a homecoming of sorts – celebrating the acclaimed playwright’s Brooklyn roots as well as her rich history with The Billie. Additionally, the run will also mark the iconic institution’s first major theater production under the leadership of its new Executive Director Shadawn Smith.

Originally produced by Playwrights Horizon in 2004, the award-winning Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine is a satirical tale set in New York City following successful African-American publicist Undine Barnes Calles as she stumbles down the social ladder after her husband embezzles her hard-earned fortune and suddenly disappears. When her life begins to unravel in one hilarious reversal after another, Undine is forced to return to a life she had long left behind. Pregnant and on the brink of social and financial ruin, she goes back to her childhood home in Brooklyn’s Walt Whitman projects and faces the challenge of transforming her setbacks into small victories in a battle to reaffirm her right to be. Featuring “punchy social insights and the firecracker snap of unexpected humor”(The New York Times), Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine is a comeuppance tale with a comic twist.

Directed by Martavius Parrish, The Billie’s production of Fabulation or, the Re-Education of Undine features award-winning actress Felicia Curry (Into The Woods, My Lord, What a Night) in the lead role bringing the character of Undine to life for the majority of the play’s run through May 6th. Kedren A Spencer (Ain’t No Mo’, Toni Stone, Manifest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream)will assume the role for the remaining two weeks of the production. The supporting cast includes: Stephanie Pope (In the Heights, Mama Mia!, Pippin) as Mother, Evander Duck Jr. (The Things That Were There, Godfather of Harlem, Blue Bloods) as Father, Sharon Hope (For All The Women Who Thought They Were Mad, Orange Is The New Black, Power) as Grandma, Mariyea Jackson (Drag Me To Joanne’s) as Stephie, Roland Lane (Iris, Brooklyn.Blue.Sky, King Ester) as Flow, Tito Livas (Shine a Light, Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, In the Heights) as Hervé, Blake Russell (Take Me Out, Slave Play, The Blacklist) as Accountant, and Kimberlee Walker (Where You Come From, The Orochi 8, Know Your Logic) as an understudy.

The artistic team also includes: Associate Director Khali Sykes with scenic design by Rodrigo Escalante, lighting design by Amara McNeil, costume design by Christopher Vergara, sound design by Germán Martinez, wig & make-up design by Nikiya Mathis, movement by Karen Thornton, dialect work by Josh Feliciano-Sanchez Moser, and dramaturgy by Miranda Holliday. The full artistic team includes: Props – Jorge Rosario; Production Stage Manager – Shiku Thuo; Assistant Production Stage Manager – Cello Blanks; and Production Manager – Kayodè Soyemi. Casting done by Sujotta Pace.

“We are so excited to kick off The Billie’s spring season of RESISTANCE with Fabulation or, the Re-Education of Undine. As a native to our hamlet of Brooklyn and the first woman playwright to earn two Pulitzer Prizes in theatre, I can’t think of a more integral artist to draw from than the brilliant Lynn Nottage who is not only a daughter of Brooklyn but also very much part of The Billie’s artist family,” said Smith. “With this being our first major theater production held on The Billie’s stage in quite some time, we chose a work that reinforces The Billie’s role as an incubator for Black voices, a bastion for the Black Theater canon and the place where Black theater lives and thrives! The Billie is continuing its legacy of providing opportunities to Black and other creatives of color on- and backstage with this production. As someone with a longstanding history of advocating for these opportunities, it is a privilege to do so in my capacity as Executive Director of The Billie.”

“Fabulation is set in Brooklyn, and I’m beyond thrilled to be sharing the play with my hometown audience. The very first theater I ever experienced was at the Billie Holiday, and so this is definitely a full circle moment for me,” said Nottage.

“What a pleasure it is to be telling a story about this community within this community. As such, the authenticity and humanity of the characters married to the deliciously brilliant duality of truth and humor in Lynn’s text has informed every aspect of the show,” said Parrish. “I’m excited for New York to be re-introduced to Fabulation, but I’m particularly ecstatic for this community to see themselves reflected on stage in such powerful work.”

TICKETS:
Tickets are $60 with discounts available for students (ages 16 and under) and seniors (ages 65 and up).

The Venue

THE BILLIE HOLIDAY THEATRE

The AUDELCO, Obie, and National Medal for the Arts award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre is artistic anchor to the largest African American community in the nation: Central Brooklyn and one of the last remaining theaters forged in the aesthetic and sociocultural kiln of America’s Civil Rights/Black Arts Movements. Founded in May 1972, The Billie Holiday Theatre is a beacon for world class art rooted in racial justice in the heart of Bed-Stuy: producing, presenting, and commissioning new and classic works and festivals in theater, dance, music, visual arts, and film; providing artistic and institutional residencies; and serving ages 3 to 103 with dynamic and accessible educational programming. For bold and daring artists and audiences from around the corner and around the world who look to The Billie as a rigorous artistic space that tackles racial injustices, presents new and unapologetic voices, and imagines a world where all people can flourish…welcome home.

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