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The Playhouse announces addition of Jackie Richardson to Africville Stories

by on October 12, 2011

The Fredericton Playhouse is pleased to announce that phenomenally gifted singer/actress Jackie Richardson will be joining the Joe Sealy Quartet, along with special guest artist Paul Novotny, for Africville Stories (formerly entitled Joe Sealy’s Africville) on November 3 at 7:30pm. In this rare and special performance, Sealy will unveil an exciting new version of his celebrated Juno Award-winning Africville Suite, which will feature new songs and stories about the legendary Afro-Canadian community.

A dazzling performer, Richardson will punctuate the evening with her powerful and supple voice, and her warm and vibrant stage presence. Fredericton audiences will remember her from past performances at The Fredericton Playhouse and with the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Richardson’s music is an experience of soul – a profoundly personal synthesis of the remarkable gospel, blues, and jazz women she has embodied on stage and screen. Couple this with the vivid tapestry of Sealy’s newly re-imagined works, and the deep bass lines and strong rhythms of bassist Paul Novotny, and you’ve got a memorable experience in the making.

Richardson was incorporated into the performance when author/playwright George Elliott Clarke was unable to join Sealy due to scheduling conflicts.

In collaboration with The Playhouse Spotlight Series performance of Africville Stories on Thursday, November 3, 2011, our Create, Learn and Play Series will also present the National Film Board documentary Remember Africville on Monday, October 24 at 7:30pm at The Fredericton Playhouse. This documentary film depicts Africville, a small black settlement that lay within the city limits of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  In the 1960s, families were uprooted and their homes demolished in the name of urban renewal and integration.  More than 20 years later, the site of the community of Africville is a stark, under-utilized park.  In this presentation, former residents, their descendents, and some of the decision-makers speak out. And, with the help of archival photographs and films, tell the incredible story of that painful relocation. The film screening is free of charge and will be approximately 40 minutes in length.

Tickets for Africville Stories are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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