Secrets are simmering within the hallowed halls of Beaumont Mansion in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. Beautiful and accomplished Milla Dejoie receives a phone call in the middle of the night from her estranged mother, Wilhelmina. Her grandmother, “Thee”, Mrs. Dejoie, dowager of polite society, is dead, and, along with her, their inheritance – unless Milla comes home to bury her.
Milla reluctantly leaves her life abroad 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), and a heaping dose of laughter, tears, and soul, the women begin to repair their relationship. However, their reconciliation grinds to a halt when, during the funeral, long-held secrets erupt.
Soulful gospel, sultry R&B, and finger-snapping pop help Love & Southern D!scomfort weave a musical tale of a prodigal daughter’s tumultuous reunion with her past as she concedes to the dying wishes of the family’s matriarch.
What people are saying about Love & Southern D!scomfort . . .
“[Bobby] Daye’s marvelous score… and singers delivered time and again with soul, strength and skill.” Maura Hogan, Charleston Post and Courier.
"Love and Southern D!scomfort features incredible music and actors." Michael Smallwood, Charleston City Paper.
Featuring Tony Award Nominee Felicia P. Fields
Production credits include Nunsense; Sunset Boulevard; Swinging on a Star; Some Like It Hot; Richard II; It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues; Low Down Dirty Blues; A Civil War Christmas; Hot Mikado; Show Boat; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Dreamgirls and Hello, Dolly!, among others. Ms. Fields earned a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway.
Her performance also earned her a 2006 Theatre World Award, a Clarence Derwent Award, two Broadway.com awards, an NAACP nomination and a Denver Post Ovation Award. She was a 2006 Drama League honoree. Ms. Fields has received a Black Theatre Alliance Award and nominations, many Jeff Award nominations and the award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Sophisticated Ladies.
Her television and film credits include Early Edition, Save the Last Dance, The Knights of Prosperity and many commercials and voice-overs. Ms. Fields originated the role of “Louisa” in Love & Southern D!scomfort during its world premiere in Charleston, South Carolina in January 2020.
About Patton Daye Slater Productions Patton Daye Slater Productions LLC was founded by Monica Patton, Robert ‘Bobby’ Daye and Adam Slater. PDSP is dedicated to the development of diverse commercial theatre. Monica and Bobby are Broadway/National Tour veterans. Monica is currently in her seventh year touring The Book of Mormon. Her Broadway credits include Finian’s Rainbow, Abby’s Song, and Ragtime. Her National Tour Credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Lion King and Annie 30th Anniversary tour. Bobby is currently touring with Disney’s Aladdin. His Broadway credits include Shrek the Musical, The Color Purple, The Lion King, Smokey Joe’s Café, Dreamgirls, The Wiz, and The Book of Mormon. To learn more visit www.pdsproductions.net.
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