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Interpreted through the music of late jazz legend, Nina Simone, DC’s Own Entertainment Group presents A Mood for Ms. Eunice, written and directed by Rahima Rice-Marsh. Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Nina Simone’s music and metaphorical lyrics have captivated audiences for decades. Learning that Simone was diagnosed as bipolar in her later years, Rice-Marsh took on a greater understanding of Simone’s music to possibly be the reflections of her many moods, and decided to write a story around some of Simone’s most touching songs. A Mood for Ms. Eunice tells the story of an anxious Scheduler, named Drew Holloway, who is working for D.C.’s hot new Mayor, Graham Court. Drew is given the challenging task of handling the schedule of the Mayor’s wife, Amanda Court, and finds she is rapidly falling in love with D.C.’s commanding and gorgeous First Lady. A tumultuous affair ensues, damaging Drew’s heart and employment, and the image of D.C.’s top political family.
DC’s Own Entertainment Group won Best One-Act Drama in the 2010 DC Black Theater Festival’s One-Act Battle, to much praise and acclaim, with Rice-Marsh’s first play The Airport Piece. This unique entertainment company, on the fringe of DC’s independent art scene will once again dazzle audiences with their slice-of-life tales from the Black LGBTQ community.