Want to see Nina Simone depicted the way you think she should be? Go to China.
Regular S&A readers should be all too familiar with the controversy surrounding the selection of Zoe Saldana to portray jazz legend Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. So I won’t bore you again with too many of the details. For those of you who have been asleep for the past year, and don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it.
In short, some folks are upset about the fact that Saldana isn’t Simone’s doppleganger. They also don’t appreciate the fact that Saldana dons a prosthetic nose and dark makeup for the role.
Well, for those of you who haven’t accepted it, and are still fuming about it, here’s your chance to see Nina depicted in a way that should suit your emotional needs. Sort of.
Shanghai-based theater company Play The Spotlight (PTS) has produced a one-woman show loosely based on the life of Simone, titled Black Is The Color Of My Voice. American actress Apphia Campbell, the show’s writer, stars as Mena Bordeaux, an “aspiring musical talent”, who shares her tale of “setbacks grounded in racial inequality,
experiences with domestic violence, the passion she put into the civil
rights movement, and ultimately, the alienation from her family”. Black Is The Color Of My Voice is directed by Arran Hawkins and produced by Rami Abunameh.
Black Is The Color Of My Voice currently can be seen May 30 – June 2.
So– who’s going to China?