|Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette, "True Blood")|
Ellis is now bringing his talent back to the Windy City. He will be directing the Chicago premiere of "HooDoo Love" by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall. It's also the inaugural Chicago production for The Collective Theatre, for which Ellis is a co-founder --along with Francois Battiste, Veronda Carey, Le’Mil Eiland, Metra Gilliard and Jasond Jones.
|Ellis, in his non-Lafayette garb.|
Set in the 1930s, the show follows a young woman named Toulou who escapes from the Mississippi cotton fields to pursue her dream of singing the blues in Memphis. After she meets a rambling blues man, her dreams are realized in a way she never could have imagined.
"HooDoo Love" plays September 22 – October 21, 2012 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago. The production features Christophé Abiel, Toni Lynice Fountain, Mark Smith and Lynn Wactor. Tickets, $32 ($20 students; $27 previews) are currently available online at www.athenaeumtheatre.org or by calling the Athenaeum Theatre Box Office at (773) 935-6875.