Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Love and Hunger: The Life and Music of Billie Holiday
An original play written and performed by Berklee students, Love and Hunger: A Play with Music about the Life and Work of Billie Holiday is a collaboration between the Advanced Theater Production Workshop, taught by Liberal Arts associate professors Rebecca Perricone and Amy Merrill, and the Billie Holiday Ensemble, taught by Percussion professor Terri Lyne Carrington.
Amy Merrill has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College and is a talented and successful playwright. She has recently collaborated with Si Kahn on the play Silver Spoon. She is a member of the Opera and Musical Theater Initiative (NOMTI), participates in networking sessions sponsored by Opera America, is the regional representative to the Dramatic Guild, and is actively involved in selecting directors for local theaters. Merrill has written and produced the plays Cigareets and Whiskey, Driving on the Left Side: A Reggae Play, Miss Betty Lee in Her Hour of Need, and Silver Spoon. (See stagesource.org/pages/49_amy_merrill.cfm.)
Rebecca Perricone has an M.F.A. in theater from Cornell University and is a vocalist and professional actor with Broadway, T.V., and repertory credits, including performances with Mostell and Austin Pendleton. Her recordings include Love at Last. She also serves as the artistic director of Framingham Community Theater. (See cdbaby.com/cd/rebeccatunes.)
Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington is a drummer, composer, producer, and clinician. Her debut CD Real Life Story received a Grammy nomination. She has toured for over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, and more. Carrington also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee, her alma mater, in 2003. (See terrilynecarrington.com.)
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