The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.
Rehearsals will take place on Sundays from noon to 3 6 – 9 p.m. and Mondays through Thursdays from 7 - 10:00 p.m.
Technical rehearsals are mandatory and take place on:
Sunday, January 7 from noon to 10:00 p.m.
Monday, January 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill will play for 9 performances on Weathervane's Mainstage from January 11 to 21, 2017. This includes 1 daytime performance for school groups. Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and one school day performance on Tuesday, January 16 at 10 a.m.
Terrence Spivey is a native Texan with a B.A. Degree in Theatre Arts at the HBCU Prairie View A&M University in Houston. While in college he appeared in numerous production, and a member of the department's drama club the Charles Gilpin Players that toured throughout Texas including the Perot Theatre. He was a regional Irene Ryan acting nominee and an ensemble member in the Micki Grant's Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope which became the first musical by a black college in the history of the American College Theatre Festival to be invited to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
After graduation, Spivey moved to New York City studying Meisner at the William Esper Studios, appearing in Off Off Broadway plays; Clifford Odets Waiting for Lefty at Michael Chekhov Theatre, The Crime of This Life at Sanford Meisner Theatre, The Fruits of Miss Mourning at National Black Theatre, Lisa Jones Combination Skin: The $100,000 Tragic Mulatto Show at City College. He appeared in the soap One Life to Live and music videos; Fat Boys Liez, Anita Baker's No One in the World directed by Spike and indie films; the cult horror classic Slime City, West New York with Frank Vincent. He directed an original work A Journey to Soul's Awareness at Crossroads Theatre (NJ). Spivey was founder of Powerful Long Ladder Ensemble Company and premiered with Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who considered suicide when the rainbow was enuff. He was later invited by the historical Karamu House as guest director for their Spring 2003 production of Carlyle Brown's The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show.
After 18 years in NYC, Spivey was recruited by Karamu in the Fall of 2003 as their second official artistic director in 27 years since the late great icon Reuben Silver left in 1976. During his twelve years artistic administration, Spivey programmed over seventy plus productions and directed close to half winning numerous awards and building collaborations with local theatres, festivals, local playwrights and legends such as the late Ruby Dee and Karamu alumnus Bill Cobbs. He world premiered Otis Sallid's Gospel! Gospel! Gospel! In collaboration with James Pickens Jr., Dianne McIntyre's Daughter of a Buffalo Soldier, Gregory S. Carr's Johnny Taylor is Gone and A Colored Funeral, Susan Watson Turner's The Fire Inside: The Story and Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, Michae Oatman's Before I Die: The War Against Tupac Shakur, 11 Local Survivors From Breast Cancer to Broadway (and a reading at Cherry Lane Theatre), Mary Weems Closure, Cornell Calhoun IIl The Might Scarabs which is published with Original Works Publishing. Most notable productions he directed were for colored girls..., Thomas Gibbons trilogy bee luther hatchee, Permanent Collection and A House With No Walls, Cut Flowers, Dream on Monkey Mountain (Scene 2006 Best Drama) The Color Purple, Joe Turners's Come and Gone, God's Trombones (Scene 2009/2011 Best Musical) The Blacks (Scene 2008 Best Drama) and The Wiz just to name a few was one of the biggest box office winners in years.
In 2008, he was adjunct at Kent State University Theatre and Dance Department lecturing on Black Theatre History and served as Director in Residence for Kent State Pan African Studies during the 2013-2014 season directing for colored girls...for the third time and the John Henry Redwood's controversial No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs. Spivey also directed August Wilson's Fences at Weathervane Playhouse, Howard Sackler's The Great White Hope, a tri-collaboration with Weathervane, Karamu and Ensemble Theatre, Anthol Fugard's Master Harold and the Boys at Cleveland State University. Since departing Karamu at 2016, he directed Bootycandy (Plain Dealer's 2016 Top 10 plays) at convergence-continuum,the world premiere of Peter Lawson Jones The Bloodless Jungle and August Wilson's Radio Golf at Ensemble Theatre, Kia Corthron's Breathe, Boom at John Carroll University, the national acclaimed Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14 at Playwrights Local (Summer 2016/Winter 2017) and most recently Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins Neighbors at convergence-continuum July 2017. He is currently programming a Readers Theatres series of August Wilson's 10-Play Century Cycle for the Shore Culture Centre's 2017/18 season through permission of the Wilson Estate.
Spivey has appeared in Black Mask, Back Stage, Ebony, New York Times, Artist and Influences and American Theatre. He is a member of Black Theatre Network and the National Theatre Conference. He served as board member for Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Cleveland Arts Prize and currently serves on the board for AUDELCO based in NYC. In 2011, he was given a proclamation by Mayor Frank Jackson, the City of Cleveland and Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell for local, regional and national artistic contributions. Under his leadership, Karamu was honored the 2013 AUDELCO Award for Repertory Company of the Year in New York City. In Spring 2017, he was honored by recently honored by State of Ohio House of Representative John Barnes, Jr. for his contributions to the arts. Scene magazine voted him "Best Director" for Best of Cleveland 2017.
Spivey is currently a freelance director and Artistic Associate for Shore Culture Centre in Euclid, Ohio.