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Houn’ Dawg: Life and Times of Big Mama Thornton

March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Step back in time with vocal powerhouse Big Mama Thornton, portrayed by actress Azusa SHESHE Dance.This musical comedy shows her experience as a blues singer, songwriter and entertainer dealing with racial and sexual tensions in the music industry. Join us on her fearless journey of musical strife and success. (Warning: Explicit language)

Azusa SHESHE Dance resides in New York City and is a native of Chattanooga, TN. SHESHE is a musical theater actress with accolades including Motormouth Maybelle (Hairspray), Sophia (The Color Purple), Nella (Gee’s Bend), Evilene (The Wiz), Dionne (Hair) and has performed on the Apollo stage twice. When not onstage, SHESHE can be found belting old school tunes in the NYC subways with the Music Under New York (MUNY) program or singing with the blues/soul band The Jealous Fates. Big Mama Thornton’s life and music has been a true inspiration in SHESHE’s career and why she proudly portrays her in hopes of enlightening others to such a talented and powerful female legend. Houn’ Dawg is SHESHE’s first original stage work, was submitted and chosen for the United Solo Festival 2018 (NYC), sold out and received an encore performance as a best seller.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the following Stone Center partners:

  • American Studies Department
  • Carolina Black Caucus
  • Carolina Womens Center
  • Center for Dramatic Art
  • The Center for the Study of the American South
  • Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies
  • Department of Communications Studies
  • LGBTQ Center
  • Ngozi Design of Durham
  • Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association

This event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required. Click here to register. Entry is general admission and visitors can reserve up to 4 seats. All guests must be seated by 6:45 p.m.; we will release any unoccupied seats after 6:45 p.m.


March 1, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Stone Center