SpeakEasy Stage Company to Produce Satirical 'TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever'

Monday April 5, 2021

SpeakEasy Stage Company to Produce Satirical 'TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever'

The following is a press release from Speakeasy Stage Company:

"TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever" is a wildly irreverent and whip-smart satire that dissects a sordid slice of American history — the story of President Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings — with the goal of reimagining the future. When Sally, a young Black college student, is faced with unwanted advances from TJ, her college's white Dean of Students, she sets out, amidst a swirl of marching bands, beauty pageants, and bubbly tour guides, to dismantle the legacies that bind us.

Content advisory: "TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever" contains scenes involving strong language, sexual harassment, slavery, and Black trauma. Viewer discretion is advised.

Author James Ijames is a playwright, performer, director, and educator based in Philadelphia, where he also serves as a co-artistic director for the Wilma Theater. A graduate of Morehouse College (BA, Drama) and Temple University (MFA, Acting), Mr. Ijames has had his plays produced coast to coast. His playwriting accolades include a 2015 Pew Playwriting Fellowship; a 2015 Terrance McNally New Play Award for White; a 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize for "....Miz Martha"; a 2017 Whiting Award; a 2019 Kesselring Prize for "Kill Move Paradise"; and a 2020 Steinberg Award. Mr. Ijames is also a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia's first playwright producing collective, and an Associate Professor of Theater at Villanova University.

Pascale Florestal will make her SpeakEasy directorial debut with this production. Her directing credits include "La Divina" (Opera Del West); "Deferred" (Northeastern University); "Dwelling Codes" (Company One); "Virtual Attendance" (Huntington Theatre); "House Arrest" (Theatreworks, Colorado Springs); "Tam's Two Dads" (The Theater Offensive); and others. Pascale is also the Education Director for The Front Porch Arts Collective and an Assistant Professor of Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Most recently, she was awarded the inaugural Greg Ferrell Award for her contributions in making Boston Theater more inclusive.

The cast for this New England Premiere is Dru Sky Berrian, Jordan Pearson, Tah-Janay Shayone, Sadiyah Dyce Stephens, and Jared Troilo.

The creative team is Daniel Cafarella (Audio Engineer); David Freeman Coleman (Sound Design and Original Music); Madeline Hartrich (Props Master); Aja M. Jackson (Lighting Consultant); Sam Layco (Production Stage Manager); Amanda Ostrow Mason (Wardrobe Supervisor); Miranda McLean (Assistant Stage Manager); Dwayne P. Mitchell (Assistant Director); Rachel Padula-Shufelt (Costume Design); Kira Troilo (Choreographer); and Wesley Verge (Video Design).

Ticket prices are $30. Discounts are available. For tickets or more information, the public is invited to visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com.

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