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Feature photo: Noelle Diane Johnson and Adaeze Nwoko in TJ LOVES 4 EVER, by John C Hawthorne
Theatre Horizon, an award-winning professional theater company located in Norristown, PA, is thrilled to announce the highly-anticipated regional premiere of James Ijames’ TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever. Directed by Lauren E. Turner, the production will run February 24 through March 20 at 401 DeKalb Street, Norristown.
“James Ijames has a long history with Theatre Horizon and we are thrilled to be the artistic home for this regional premiere,” says Theatre Horizon Artistic Director Nell Bang-Jensen. “I am especially excited to welcome this group of nationally-recognized artists, hailing from New Orleans and Philadelphia, who are the perfect people to be telling this story. This play asks us to wrestle with history in order to construct a new future. It’s equal parts provocative, visionary, and hilarious.”
In TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever, Ijames has reimagined Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson as a student and a dean at a southern American university. Welcome to Commonwealth of Virginia University, where a modern education is rooted in the nation’s “complicated” history. As the campus wrestles with its antebellum legacy and the names of slave-owners on university buildings, Sally finds herself locked in a more personal battle with Dean TJ.
One of the American theatre’s most ingenious truth-tellers, Ijames (WHITE, 2016/17 Season) creates a world that dismantles the legacies that keep us bound amidst a swirl of marching bands, step teams, and bubbly tour guides. How do we reckon with an inheritance we never asked for? The production features Sean Close as TJ, Noelle Diane Johnson as Pam, Adaeze Nwoko as Annette, Devon Sinclair as Howard, and Syndey Banks as Sally, with Zipporah Brown and Brennen Malone as the understudies.
Tickets are $25-$35, with $15 student and theater industry tickets available. A limited number of $2 tickets are available for Norristown residents with proof of Norristown address. More information at theatrehorizon.org.
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