Win tickets to see The Champion at Bishop Arts Theatre


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The Champion showcasing the career of Nina Simone at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center (Courtesy image)

The Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC), Oak Cliff’s multicultural and multidiscipline center for the arts, opens its 25th Anniversary “Silver Stories” season with the regional premiere of playwright Amy Evan’s play The Champion, running Oct. 11-28. North Dallas Gazette readers can win tickets to see the show on Oct. 11 by visiting our Facebook page and sharing your favorite Nina Simone song.

The Champion offers a rare look into the heart and mind of Nina Simone, an artist known as much for her indictment of American racism as her artistic brilliance. Based on extensive research including, personal interviews with Simone’s bandmates, friends, and family members; The Champion is an intimate portrayal of a cultural icon and the turbulent era during which she rose to fame.

The Champion features a cast full of Bishop Arts Theatre Center debuts including Deontay Roaf as singer Nina Simone, Justin White as guitarist Al Schackman, Lorenzo Hunt as bassist Christopher White, and Lawrence Patterson completing the band as percussionist Bobby Armstrong. Additional casting includes Cedisha Pitts as Theresa, a young African-American woman who serves as a waitress for the hungry band mates, Brian Witkowicz as McNeil, a First Sergeant in the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Nate Frederickson as Frasier McNeil’s trainee.

The Champion is directed by Rebecca McDonald with stage management by Katelyn Kocher. The production features set design by Joseph Borunda, costume design by Nathan Scott, with lighting & sound design by Jorge Flores. Teresa Coleman Wash serves as Executive Producer.

Following every performance, Bishop Arts Theatre Center will be hosting a series of “Stay & Say’s”; audience discussions on ideas and themes within the production such as mental health, social injustice, and race relations. These post show discussions will last 15 to 20 minutes and will be led local experts, artists, and community leaders guiding the conversation.

All performances are presented at the Bishop Art Theatre Center located at 215 South Tyler, TX 75208. Show times vary per production, visit the theatre’s website to verify dates and times. Ticket prices range from $12 – $30. Discount tickets are available for groups of 15 or more and may be purchased by calling 214-948-0716.

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