Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill

A play with music written by Lanie Robertson

Streaming Online February 26 – March 14

EPAC at home

Directed by Edward R. Fernandez
Yolanda London Dwyer as Billie Holiday

Michael Truitt as Jimmy Powers, Piano


Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. & Concord Theatricals

Contains adult language and subject matter.

Travel back in time to South Philadelphia in 1959, for one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, while she shares stories about her life. Featuring local actress Yolanda London Dwyer as jazz icon Billie Holiday and Michael Truitt as pianist Jimmy Powers, Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill will be the perfect theatrical event to help celebrate Black History Month. 
Songs include: “God Bless The Child”, “Strange Fruit”, “What A Little Moonlight Can Do” and many more.

Yolanda London Dwyer is thrilled to be returning to the EPAC stage where she was last seen as Medda Larkin in Disney’s Newsies. Other EPAC Credits include Sarah in Ragtime: The Musical, and Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical. Regional credits include Around the World in 80 Days (Arizona Theatre Company); The 1940’s Radio Hour and A Christmas Carol (Fulton Theatre); Lost and Foundling (Geva Theatre/Childsplay); This and Hunter Gatherers (Actors Theatre of Phoenix); Rent, Avenue Q and Hairspray (Phoenix Theatre);  Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Phoenix Theatre, Red Mountain Theater Co.); and Aida (Phoenix Metropolitan Opera).

Michael Truitt (Jimmy Powers, piano)- Michael was most recently seen on stage at EPAC as Booker T. Washington in Ragtime. He has performed with many of the theater companies in the area, as both an actor and as a musical director. His most recent musical directing gig was for PRiMA theatre’s Motown. He is the Musical Director for Reji Woods Productions. NYC appearances include performances at 54 Below and Birdland Jazz club.  Some favorite acting credits include The Voice of the Plant in Little Shop of Horrors (EPAC) and Hoke Colburn in Driving Miss Daisy. A retired music educator, Michael is currently working with private voice students.