LOVE & SOUTHERN D!SCOMFORT
Love & Southern D!scomfort was written by Monica L. Patton (book) and Bobby Daye (music).
Backstory: LASD is about a wealthy and highly dysfunctional old-money family from the deep south. The family’s original patriarch was a freed slave who was given 40 acres of land. He managed to increase his holdings to 100 acres which was then passed down through the generations.
Our story begins when the family’s current matriarch, Mrs. Catherine Dejoie, dowager of polite Louisiana society, dies. She left the entire estate to her estranged granddaughter Milla – but only if Milla comes home from her self-imposed 10 year exile to bury Catherine. Milla reluctantly leaves her life in Paris and returns to her ancestral home, a sprawling postbellum Southern mansion, and to her mother, a faded alcoholic debutante undone by the burden of bearing the family’s legacy. With the help of Louisa, the family’s cherished maid, the women begin to repair their relationship but their reconciliation grinds to a halt when a long-held secret erupts during the funeral that sends the family spinning out of control. (Louisa is played by Felicia P. Fields – 2006 Tony Award Nominee from The Color Purple.)
Our first full staging was in Charleston, South Carolina at the Charleston Music Hall in January 2020 (two shows).
Maura Hogan, theater critic from the Charleston Post and Courier, wrote “[Bobby] Daye’s marvelous score… and singers delivered time and again with soul, strength and skill”.
Our next presentation was to be six shows at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee in May 2020. However, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the production had to be cancelled.
Due to script changes and some new songs, Patton Daye Slater Productions (the lead producer and developer of LASD) has decided to present a reading in New York this fall.
Tony Award-winning producer KEN DAVENPORT will be PDSP's Executive Producer for the reading. Ken's credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award), The Play That Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), Allegiance, It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway - Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto and West End), The Visit (Tony nomination), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury (Broadway, West End and tour), and 13, as well as Daddy Long Legs, That Bachelorette Show (Creator), Altar Boyz (Co-Conceiver), My First Time (Author), The Awesome 80s Prom (Creator), and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage (Author) Off-Broadway. Ken's productions have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world. In addition to his own work, Ken was recently named the Executive Producer of North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group.
The reading will be directed by TONY AWARD WINNER TAMARA TUNIE. Ms. Tunie starred for 21 seasons as Medical Examiner Dr. Melinda Warner in Wolf Films/Universal Media Studio's top-rated series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." She starred as Marie Van Der Veen, the matriarch and the “moral fiber” of a Native American tribe, on Sundance TV’s THE RED ROAD. The role is a marked departure from the sophisticated and powerful women she is known for portraying. Ms. Tunie, also, starred in AMC’s series DIETLAND and the BBC/Netflix political drama Black Earth Rising. Ms. Tunie’s first “role” as Broadway producer, was on the team responsible for the Tony Award-winning musical "Spring Awakening." She also produced August Wilson's Tony Award nominated "Radio Golf", and “Magic vs Bird”. Off-Broadway, Ms. Tunie produced The Dutchman at The Cherry Lane theater, and the world premiere of FROG KISS at Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk Virginia. Ms. Tunie produced and directed the feature film "See You in September," starring Justin Kirk and Estella Warren. She also directed and co-wrote the world premiere of JAZZLAND at THE HARLEM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, and is directing the new musical DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, about the life of the legendary Hollywood movie star. She starred on Broadway with Denzel Washington in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," and also shared the Broadway stage with the legendary Lena Horne in the Broadway musical "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music". She starred in David Merrick's revival of "Oh Kay!" with Brian Stokes Mitchell. Ms. Tunie portrayed Helen of Troy in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "Troilus and Cressida" in Central Park. She starred as “Maggie” in the FIRST all African American production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Theatre Virginia in Richmond. After September 11th, she co-starred with many veterans of Broadway, including Audra Mc Donald and Lillias White, in the 20th anniversary benefit concert of "Dreamgirls." Most recently, Ms. Tunie starred as Dorothy Brock in the re-imagined 42nd STREET at the Ordway Theater, and as Prospero in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of “The Tempest”, making her the FIRST African American woman to play the part. Immediately following, she joined City Theater’s production of “The Roommate”. She also starred in Robert Shenkkan’s New York premiere of “Building the Wall” Off-Broadway. She was honored with an OBIE AWARD for her performance in Danai Gurira’s “Familiar”, at Playwright’s Horizons, and the BERKSHIRE THEATRE AWARD for originating the role of “Brenda” in the critically aclaimed drama, “American Son”, at Barrington Stage Company. Ms. Tunie starred as Rose in "Fences" in "August Wilson's 20th Century Cycle" at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. She received rave reviews for her turn in the lead role of Madame de Merteuil in "Les Liaisons Dangereuse", and Cleopatra in “Antony and Cleopatra” at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. She also starred in "All's Well That Ends Well" at the STNJ, playing THREE roles, while simultaneously producing the musical "Frog Kiss," part of the New York Musical Theater Festival. In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg awarded Ms. Tunie the "Made in New York Award" from the City of New York for her support and commitment to Film, Television and Theater in Manhattan. Ms. Tunie is a Carnegie-Mellon University Alumna and was honored to recently be elected to its Board of Trustees.
If you would like to learn more about possibly joining the LASD family, please contact Adam Slater at firstname.lastname@example.org.