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Billie Holiday Theatre begins 2-year residency at BAM Cultural District

February 3, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Tony Award-winner Wendell Pierce, pictured at the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival, will star in “Brothers from the Bottom” as the Billie Holiday Theatre kicks off a two-year residency at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse in the BAM Cultural District. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese
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As its home in Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Restoration Plaza undergoes a multimillion-dollar renovation, The Billie Holiday Theatre, normally housed at Restoration Plaza, is preparing to kick off a two-year residency at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse, 126 St. Felix St., within the BAM Cultural District.

The theater group will begin its residency with “Brothers from the Bottom,” starring Wendell Pierce (“Selma,” “Treme,” “The Wire”). The play, written and directed by Billie Holiday Theatre artistic director Jackie Alexander, will run from March 6 to 29 at the playhouse.

“The move to Brooklyn’s downtown cultural district is a natural progression in our evolution for the Billie Holiday Theatre,” says Alexander. “This residency, coupled with acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce’s performance in `Brothers from the Bottom,’ presents BHT with an invaluable opportunity to re-establish ourselves as one of New York’s premier Off-Broadway houses, introduce our work to a new demographic and cultivate our existing audience base.”  

In “Brothers from the Bottom,” a real estate project threatens the fabric of a New Orleans neighborhood and unravels the bond between brothers. “It’s a particularly relevant subject for us,” says Alexander, “since our residency and our permanent home are both central locations for the gentrification debates taking place in Brooklyn.” 

The cast also features two-time Emmy Award winner Kevin Mambo, who played the title role in “Fela!” on Broadway.

For tickets, visit www.thebillieholiday.org.


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