JACKSON: New Stage Theatre presents blues stage play and more…

BLUES STAGE PLAY and PRE-SHOW BLUES PERFORMANCE and HC PORTER EXHIBIT… Details at https://mailchi.mp/newstagetheatre/bluesman-mckinney-williams-hc-porter-this-weekend?e=08b36add09
Also theatre web site: https://newstagetheatre.com/
“Bluesman” McKinney Williams
Pre-show Performance

Friday, February 11
6:30 – 7:30 pm | Hewes Room
Free Admission

“Bluesman” McKinney Williams is a local blues guitarist who hails from Holmes County. He was introduced to blues music at a young age and played the guitar in his father’s gospel band, the Williams Singers. Williams continued to play gospel years later in his own family band, Pop and Them Chillen, but soon returned to performing blues at popular clubs, venues, and festivals across the region. Known for his unique “cotton sack” blues style, Williams has received several honors for his music and has been featured in several blues publications.

H.C. Porter Presentation
of Her Blues@Home Project

Saturday, February 12
6:45 pm | Hewes Room
Free Admission

H.C. Porter’s artwork is being displayed for the production of
I Just Stopped By To See The Man.

Celebrate the romantic holiday with a theatre visit and an art viewing!
Original painting and prints are available for sale.
H.C. Porter, a Jackson, Mississippi, native, is an internationally known painter, printmaker and photographer with a signature gallery in historic downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi. Her artwork is in private and corporate collections around the globe and has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions for the past 30 years. Most recently, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., added one of Porter’s pieces to their collection. In 2015, her Backyards and Beyond painting series became a permanent exhibition in the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in Waveland. Her work is featured on CD covers, including one featuring the voices of Maya Angelou, Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan. Porter’s work is also featured on the cover of Beyond Katrina, a book by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Her work hangs in the Mississippi Senate offices in Washington, D.C., and is in the collection of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Marsha Barbour. In 2009, Porter received the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award and was included in the 2011 Mississippi Invitational at the Mississippi Museum of Art. She has also been the recipient of a Visual Artistic Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. She recently returned from Annapolis, Maryland, where she completed an Artist in Residence at Maryland Hall for the Visual and Performing Arts. H.C. Porter’s work involves a process of transferring her photographic images into silkscreen and completing the piece with layers of textured acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencil.

In her Blues @ Home: Mississippi’s Living Blues Legends project Porter set out to document Mississippi’s legendary storytellers…the living legends of Mississippi bluesmen and women. Her previous project, Backyards and Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories gave a voice to and spotlighted brave and determined Mississippians after hurricane Katrina.

Audience Comments
Cast Interviews

Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 pm*
Friday, February 11 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 12 at 7:30 pm*
Sunday, February 13 at 2:00 pm

Tickets $30; $25 seniors/students/military
Masks Required at All Performances
To view our public safety protocols please visit www.newstagetheatre.com/covid-19
Recommended for ages 13+ for language

Limited Seating Capacity


February 10 & 12, 2022
Proof of full vaccination required including ALL children, if children are not old enough to be vaccinated they must attend a non-vaccinated performance; Vaccination proof not required at other performances

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Set in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, Jesse Davidson, last of the Delta blues singers, died fourteen years ago. But legends continue to surround him – like the story about him selling his soul to the devil so that he could play guitar. And the story that he isn’t dead at all. When an English rock band hits town, their leader comes looking for truth and triggers a confrontation of mythic proportions. This striking play is the story of one man’s passion for his art and the sacrifices of fame and fortune. Who really has the right to sing the blues? The production is sponsored by the Clarion Ledger and the National Endowment for the Arts.
MS Free Press Article
Blues Music’s Spell Hits a Resonant Note in New Stage Play by Sherry Lucas

“Now You’re Talking” Interview
Marshall Ramsey hosts Director and New Stage Artistic Director Francine Thomas Reynolds and actor Mark Henderson on Now You’re Talking on MPB Think Radio

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