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TONY AND OBIE AWARD WINNER TAMARA TUNIE
TAPPED TO DIRECT THE NEW YORK-BOUND MUSICAL
LOVE & SOUTHERN D!SCOMFORT
DEVELOPED AND PRODUCED BY
PATTON DAYE SLATER PRODUCTIONS

 September 8, 2020 (New York, NY) Patton Daye Slater Productions (Monica L. Patton, Robert Daye, Adam Slater, co-managing partners) announced today that Tony Award-winning producer, Obie Award winning actor and renowned director Tamara Tunie (Julius Caesar on Broadway with Denzel Washington, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’) has signed on to direct the company’s New York-bound musical drama Love & Southern D!scomfort. With a book and lyrics by Monica L. Patton, and music and lyrics by Robert “Bobby” Daye, the musical is set in present-day Louisiana, and weaves a captivating tale about the Dejoies, an old-money family torn apart by greed, addiction, undiagnosed mental illness, and a long-buried family secret.

“Ms. Tunie's attachment to Love & Southern D!scomfort is kismet,” said book writer and co-lyricist Monica L. Patton.  “Bobby (Robert Daye) and I solicited her directorial talent early in the developmental process, but circumstances prevented her participation. Three years later when the search for a director reopened, Tamara was still at the top of our list. And fortunately for us she was available and said, ‘Yes.’

"I am delighted to be helming Love & Southern D!scomfort,” said Tamara Tunie. “This beautiful story, set in the sultry south, about family dysfunction, skeletons in closets, and ultimately, UNDERSTANDING, LOVE, FORGIVENESS and REDEMPTION, is timeless.  And Bobby Daye’s MUSIC!  It just makes you “feel things”!!! I look forward to this journey."

Patton Daye Slater Productions plan a showcase of Love & Southern D!scomfort in the spring of 2021. Tony Award winner Ken Davenport (Once On This Island) will serve as the executive producer of the project. In addition to the showcase, a concept album and the launch of a single through New York Theatre Barn's 'New Work Series' are planned The production will also mark the return of Tony nominee Felicia P. Fields (The Color Purple, 2006) to the New York stage.

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April 28, 2020 –  Patton Daye Slater Productions is thrilled to announce that Tony Award-winning producer KEN DAVENPORT will be our Executive Producer for a reading of Love & Southern D!scomfort that we plan to present in New York this coming Fall. (More details to follow.)

Ken Davenport is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer whose 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.

Our production of Love & Southern D!scomfort scheduled for the Marcus Center in Milwaukee in May has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. All ticket purchases will be refunded in full.

“LOVE & SOUTHERN D!SCOMFORT”
FEATURING TONY AWARD® NOMINEE FELICIA P. FIELDS
COMES TO MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN IN MAY 2020

 New York, New York – January 20, 2020                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Black Arts MKE, Adam Slater Productions and Patton Daye Slater Productions are proud to present the captivating new musical Love & Southern D!scomfort” in Milwaukee this May.

After standing ovations and a critical success during LASD’s World Premiere in Charleston, South Carolina in January, music, mystery, and good old-fashioned family drama will collide at The Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall in the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from May 6 through May 10.

“[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 from The Color Purple and Milwaukee’s finest actors, Love and Southern D!scomfort blends the lush backdrop of rural Louisiana with unbridled jealousy, joy, and pain as it weaves a gripping tale about an old-money family torn apart by money, addiction, and a long buried family secret.

Book by Monica L. Patton; Music by Bobby Daye. Monica and Bobby are Broadway/National Tour veterans. Monica is currently in her seventh year touring with The Book of Mormon. Her Broadway/Tour credits include Finian’s Rainbow, Abby’s Song, Ragtime, 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 Cafe, Dreamgirls, The Wiz and The Book of Mormon.

Tickets range from $38 to $53 and go on sale on Ticketmaster.com and the Marcus Center box office on January 24.

More information can be found at www.lasdmusical.com.

About Patton Daye Slater Productions – Patton Daye Slater Productions was founded by Monica Patton, Robert ‘Bobby’ Daye and Adam Slater to develop Love & Southern D!scomfort. PDSP is dedicated to the development of diverse commercial theatre. To learn more visit www.pdsproductions.net.

About Black Arts MKE – Black Arts MKE’s mission is to increase the availability and quality of African American arts. Each year, BAMKE collaborates with over 100 local artists and arts organizations to bring to the community renowned and original performance arts works by African American authors, playwrights, poets, musicians, and composers. Black Arts MKE is a proud Affiliate Member of United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) and Resident Group at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Black Arts MKE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.

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For more information, please contact Adam Slater at 212 401 1228 ext. 3 or adam@pdsproductions.net.

September 10, 2020: PDSP is thrilled to announce the WORLD PREMIERE presentation of Love & Southern D!scomfort at the Charleston (South Carolina) Music Hall on January 11-12, 2020. PDSP is presenting the world premiere with South of Broadway Theatre Company and Adam Slater Productions Inc. along with Steve and Chrissy Weiss.

The next stop for L&SD will be at the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in May 2020. PDSP will be presenting in Milwaukee along with Black Arts MKE.

For more tickets and/or more information, please go to loveandsoutherndiscomfort.com.

July 2019: PDSP was in the Windy City this week shooting promotional material for the upcoming January 2020 world premiere of Love & Southern D!scomfort. Check back for more info–This gumbo is just about done! Click here to see some photos.

December 3rd, 2018: The team returned to Chicago to record a demo album that included the unforgettable ‘Stir The Pot’ and the showstopper ‘My Mind’s Not Mine’.

November 5th & 7th, 2018, at Pianoforte Studios, Chicago: The compelling drama brought Chicago to its feet featuring the gut-busting antics of Felicia P. Fields, Tony Award© Nominee in 2006 for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical” for her work in The Color Purple. Although not legally formed until January 1, 2019, Patton Days Slater Productions came to life as a result of these concerts.

June 25th, 2018: The musical, starring cast members from the Broadway National Tour of The Book Of Mormon, made its Concert debut in Denver at the Clocktower Cabaret to a standing room only crowd.

March 26th, 2018: The Inheritance Musical performed a staged reading in Los Angles at The Ebony Repertory Theater, Starring Roz Ryan of Chicago the Musical, Michael-Leon Wooley of The Princess and the Frog and Yvette Cason of Dreamgirls. 

January 21st, 2017: “The Inheritance Musical” debuted in Chicago, at the eta Creative Arts Foundation as part of their Magic Box series and broke the box office attendance record. It placed in the second round of the NAMT and the final round of the FWD Theatre Project.