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Houn’ Dawg: Life and Times of Big Mama Thornton



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)

About the artist: Azusa SHESHE Dance resides in New York City, NY and 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 on a stage, one can find SHESHE 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 our 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 6:45pm; we will release any unoccupied seats after 6:45pm.


March 1, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sonja Haynes Stone Center
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Sonja Haynes Stone Center
150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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