Comédie de Caen / théâtre des Cordes
©Tristan Jeanne-Valès

September 21, 2018 at 9 PM
September 23, 2018 at 6 PM

Duration: 70 minutes
Performed in French with English subtitles
Tickets are free but must be reserved at
NOTE: A standby line will form starting 1 hour prior to curtain for each sold out show

Nina Simone, one of the formidable artistic figures of the civil rights movement, was born to a poor black family in Northern Carolina and had dreams of becoming a great classical pianist. Citing racism as the barrier to realizing this dream, she instead became a singer earning the moniker “High Priestess of Soul.”

In conjunction with the production Harlem Quartet, the National Dramatic Center Comédie de Caen asked playwright and musician David Lescot to stage a portrait of the American singer. In the form of a documentary with interviews, this intimate musical portrait showcases Lescot’s desire to create a whimsical form of exchange. He plays guitar accompanying Ludmilla Dabo on stage, an actress with a lifelong affinity for the jazz of Nina Simone.




Directed by David Lescot

With Ludmilla Dabo & David Lescot

Production: Comédie de Caen-CDN de Normandie

Compagnie du Kaïros

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Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Council of the Humanities
  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Institut Français
  • Department of French and Italian
  • L’Avant-Scène