In a lonely hotel room, Janis Joplin, a rock ‘n’ roll star on the skids, is visited by the spirit of her idol, Bessie Smith. Hearts and souls are opened wide in a tale filled with music and yearning in The Empress, The Lady and The Pearl, Part One; The Empress and The Pearl.
Both legends in their own right, these two infamous singers made their mark on music history. Bessie Smith defied odds by becoming the highest-paid black performer in the 1920’s, earning the title, “Empress of the Blues,” and, Janis Joplin became known as “The Pearl” when her second album, entitled Pearl, was released following her tragic drug overdose.
This world premiere production is written by celebrated local playwright diannetucker and stars Dallas favorite Denise Lee as Bessie Smith along side Marisa Diotalevi as Janis Joplin. The Empress and The Pearl is directed by T3 Acting Artistic Director Bruce R. Coleman with music direction by Geno Young.