“Joanna Godwin-Seidl once again demonstrated how grippingly relevant topics, with political aspirations, can be skillfully presented on a theater stage...”
“The destroyed figure of Jesus, a symbol of the cruelty that can quickly lead to a loss of faith…sensitive…shines with precision and timbre…”
“a powerful, important piece about self-empowerment and knowledge that gets under your skin…a memorable evening.”
“A stellar cast and memorable songs transport the Civil Rights movement to the Black Lives Matter era”
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vienna theatre project leading team:
Asst Director: Ho Andras and Katrin Firlinger
Stage Manager: Laura D Mitchell
Costumes: Laura Mitchell/Joanna Godwin-Seidl
Set Design: vienna theatre project
Set building: Gregor Wallner
Sound FX: vienna theatre project
Lights: MIchaela Pink
Poster/Flyer: Gernot Ottowitz
Show Photos: Ine Gundersveen and Thomas Schluet
PR & Sponsorship: Joanna Godwin-Seidl
Film/trailers: Adrienne Hanly
In House: Beate Platzgummer and team
About the Show - Season Opening!
Nina Simone: Four Women
By Christina Ham
Dates: 21. / 23./ 24. / 25. / 27.09 / 28. / 29.9 / 01. / 02. / 03.10, 8pm
Theater Drachengasse, Drachengasse 2 , 1010 Vienna:
Tickets: 01/5131444, firstname.lastname@example.org
Directed by Joanna Godwin-Seidl (stage) Dave Moskin (music)
Cast: Dorretta Carter, Achan Malonda, Kudra Owens & Truth Hurts aka Shari Watson
Season Opening! Set to the backdrop of September 16, 1963. The day after the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Nina Simone: Four Women follows the iconic sensation as she shifts her career from artist to artist-activist as she believed, "An artist's responsibility is to reflect the times." Nina Simone: Four Women uses the framework of one of her most historic songs "Four Women" to give sassy and moving voice to a group of women, navigating the challenges brought to them due to different hues of their skin, representing the four beautiful little girls who were at the church that day.
Listen to their story, with a phenomenal cast singing some of Nina Simone's most popular Civil Rights anthems such as "Mississippi Goddam," "Go Limp," and "Young, Gifted, and Black" to look at an artist and the women around her as their journey leads them down a path of discovery and healing.
“It’s a show with bloody knuckles... slow burn, dramatic knockouts” Washington Post
“a remarkable show in many ways — it is totally different from any revue you ever saw…” Chicago Tribune
ABOUT Dorretta Carter, Nina Simone
The London-born singer was surrounded by music from an early age. In 1988 Carter settled in Austria, where she first gained a foothold in the Austro-pop scene. She sang with Georg Danzer, Boris Bukowski, Hans Thessink and Rainhard Fendrich. At the same time she started her solo career. Enticing audiences with wonderful music, a unique voice, cold and warm at the same time. With Dorretta Carter & Her Funk Monsters she founded her first own band, for which she composed the songs and worked out arrangements with the jazz pianist and composer Paul Urbanek. Carter writes texts for her own compositions and adapted instrumental pieces. Carter is also the singer of the Heavy Tuba formation.. Her style moves between jazz, soul and funk. One of her last appearances at major events was the 4-day 70th Birthday Bash for Hans Theessink in April 2018 in the Vienna Metropol. When the jazz / soul / funky diva Dorretta Carter sings, the audience is not left untouched. The charismatic singer will make every evening a unique experience with her powerful voice. An absolute must for funk & soul fans On of her last appearances at a major event was performing at the International Congress Of Radiologists 2019 and in a National Jazz Festival in Finland
ABOUT Achan Malonda. Aunty/Sarah
Achan MALONDA is a Berlin based singer and songwriter. After participating in a casting show, she was cast in the musical "The Lion King" in Hamburg in 2007. In Hamburg in 2010 she also became a singer and an integral part of the showgirl collective ChixxClique, a formation consisting of women * of different origins. Between 2011 and 2016 she appeared on various EPs and albums by house DJs and producers, including H.O.S.H., Niconé and Sascha Braemer. For these releases she also wrote the lyrics. In the summer of 2018, Malonda's singles "Mondin", "Blondes Gift" and "Feuerfrau" were released. In autumn 2019 she was part of the “Woodstock Variety Show” in the Varieté am Wintergarten before traveling to France in December, supported by the Musicboard Berlin, to develop a new stage show there during an artist residency
ABOUT Kudra OWENS, Sephronia
Kudra Owens is originally from Seattle Washington, she trained in classical ballet and theater at The Cornish College of Arts. She has also studied at The William Esper Studio, and Actors Movement Studio, in NYC. She has been living in Vienna since 2000, and has credits in musical theater, theater, film, commercials and singing performances with such companies as Vereinigten Bühnen Wien, The International Theater, Open House Theater, Vienna's English Theatre and vienna theatre project. Some of her credits include; Broadway National Tour of “Footloose”, “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers”, “Vital Signs”, “Ordinary Days”, “Hair”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, the film “Thank You For Bombing”, “Mary Poppins” (Vereinigte Bühnen Wien), “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Dogfight”, ““M” Eine Stadt Sucht Ein Mörder” (ORF TV Series) and “Berlin Station”. Kudra is currently also to be seen in “Sweet Charity” at the Volksoper.
ABOUT Shari “Truth” Krammer, Sweet Thing
In 2000, Watson signed to the Aftermath Entertainment label from Dr. Dre. She first appeared as a songwriter and singer on Busta Rhymes' hit single "Break Ya Neck" in 2001. In 2001 she played alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg starred in "The Wash," as well as a starring role in the movie Ali, starring Will Smith. In the summer of 2002 Truth Hurts received two Grammy nominations and secured a top-class place on the Smokin 'Grooves tour with Lauryn Hill, Outkast, Cee-Lo Green, The Roots, Jurassic 5 and Erykah Badu as well as the Up in Smoke tour Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and Eminem others too. In May 2012 Truth Hurts had the pleasure of headlining the Vienna stage for this year's "Life Ball" during Bill Clinton's opening ceremonies. Truth now has three films on the Netflix screen: Security, in which she plays with Antonio Banderas as a supporting actress, The film "211", in which Truth plays a supporting role opposite Nicolas Cage, and "Day of the Dead Bloodline" in which Truth plays a major role. Truth Hurts is also part of a new film project to be released at the end of 2020: "A Day Like a Week",
ABOUT Dave Moskin, Music Director, Pianist
Dave grew up in NYC appearing in numerous Broadway, Theater and Television productions.
Musical Theater credits include, among others, Berger in Hair for the VBW, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Footloose, Jekyll & Hyde, Vince Fontaine/Teen angel in Grease, The Big Bopper in Buddy the Musical, Schrank in West Side Story at the Salzburger Festspiele, Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, Marley in the Austrian tour of Scrooge: Eine Weinachtsgeschichte, the Rock Tenor in Bernsteins Mass with the Tonkünstler Orchester, and Musical Director/Pianist for Wiener Blut.
Theater Productions include Jamie in Territory, Ben in IZ, Leon/Nick in Speaking In Tongues, Shakespeare in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Ben in IZ, Winston in 1984, Charlie in Over The Threshhold, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Frank in How the Other Half Loves, Isaac in Disgraced, Nick in The Invisible Hand, Martin Sterneck in Gabriel Barylli’s Chickenshit(Butterbrot), Yvan in ART, Eli in The Who & the What, Rick in Building the Wall, Sergei in Crossing Jerusalem and Ian in Blasted.
Film credits include Tootsie, The Godfather, Manhattan, Im weißen Rössl – Wehe du singst!, Thank You For Bombing.He is also the Producer/Creator of, and plays “Jake” in, The Blues Brothers Are Back, touring Europe and appearing most recently in the Wiener Stadthalle.
In 1999 and 2000 he represented Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest as the composer of the songs Reflection and All To You
Director/Producer - Joanna GODWIN-SEIDL
The actress and director studied theatre in the United Kingdom. She has been running VIENNA THEATRE PROJECT since 2006. THE LAST FIVE YEARS was her solo musical debut at the Theater Drachengasse. German language theatre credits include directing MÄDCHEN MIT DEN SCHWEFELHÖLZERN (Ronacher Theater), HAUTNAH (Patrick Marber) for Theaterverein Vision (OFF Theater) and MORD IM MUSIKANTENBEISL (Asst. director - Theater Drachengasse). Recently acclaimed musicals include ORDINARY DAYS and TICK TICK..BOOM! She has a solid repertoire, often choosing plays with social & political content: PLENTY (VIS Theatre), DIRT (Theater am Petersplatz) and THE MEETING (Black History Month/Theater am Petersplatz) to name a few. In 2014 she directed the hit play TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, was pleased to receive rave reviews for her musical TITLE OF SHOW and starred in Sarah Kane’s 4.48 PSYCHOSIS. As an actor, she has starred in a number of shows from Ayckbourn to Coward and Shakespeare, in theatres such as Vienna’s English Theatre, the Kammeroper and Schönbrunner Schlosstheater. In 2015-2016 she directed the critically acclaimed shows DISGRACED, MARRY ME A LITTLE and THE INVISIBLE HAND. All her latest productions, including THE WHO & THE WHAT ( 2017, Theater Drachengasse) and BUILDING THE WALL were nominated "Tip of the Week" in the national press.” Recent directorial premieres include CROSSING JERUSALEM, THE FLICK, RED by John Logan (2019) and THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall. Joanna directed her first opera THE BARBER OF SEVILLE in 2018.