Nina Simone: Four Women
by The Public Theater

Jan. 20 - Feb. 12


(image by Mia Isabella Photography)Nina Simone: Four Women is set on September 16, 1963, The day after the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. This play with music uses the framework of one of the Civil Rights era’s leading songstresses’ most blistering songs to give voice to a group of women suffering self-hatred due to the different hues of their skin. A journey that leads these four women through healing and transformation.


This is its regional premiere at The Public Theater of San Antonio, the longest running theatre company in Texas. This play with music by Christina Ham includes popular Civil Rights anthems such as "Mississippi Goddam," "Go Limp," "Young, Gifted, and Black,” and more. The production is led by director Ann James with music direction by Kimberlyn Montford.


Broadway World sets Nina Simone: Four Women as “An eye opening, powerful, stirring, and unique theatrical experience. ” Director Ann James adds, "Nina Simone: Four Women is not like any other play I have directed, and I am so excited to bring it to life in San Antonio. The blending of the characters' lives and the background of social change will take the audience on a remarkable journey. Live music written by one of America's Black treasures, Nina Simone: Four Women serves as a solid foundation that will thrill and move the story to its thrilling end. Come experience this play and you will meet the women that live among us all."


The cast includes DEBRA ELANA as Nina Simone, DANIELLE KING as Sarah, STEPHANIE D. JONES* as Sephronia, REBEKAH WILLIAMS as Sweet Thing. 


* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Run time: About 90 minutes with one intermission.


(photos by Mia Isabella Photography)





Ann James (photo by Mia Isabella Photography)Ann James — Director

Kimberlyn Montford — Music Director/Piano Accompanist

Krystal Uchem — Costume Designer

James Thomas — Set Designer

Carlos R. Nine — Lighting Designer

Claudia Jenkins Martinez — Sound Designer


* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


About The Public Theater of San Antonio

The Public Theater of San Antonio creates dynamic professional theatre and arts programming that unites the diverse communities of San Antonio and enriches the quality of life in our city through transformative storytelling that reflects the human experience. As San Antonio’s regional professional theater, many volunteers and service contractors contribute to the organization’s success. Annually, an average of two hundred professionally paid performers and technicians participate in productions. Nearly 90% of the performers and creative team members are from the local region under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director, Claudia de Vasco. Established in 1912 as the San Antonio Dramatic Club and incorporated on April 6, 1927 as the San Antonio Little Theatre, it is the longest running theater in South Texas. The company has had other brands such as The San Pedro Playhouse (1997), and The Playhouse San Antonio (2012).  Its most recent brand, The Public Theater of San Antonio, was unveiled on January 7, 2018 in an effort to align the organization’s new professional vision to the needs of the region. For more than a century, The Public Theater has evolved to serve its community as a 501c3 non-profit organization. Visit for more information.


Nina Simone: Four Women
The Public Theater

January 20 - February 12, 2023
Russell Hill Rogers Stage, The Public Theatre, San Antonio
800 West Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX, 78212

January 20 through February 12, 2023 in the historic Russell Hill Rogers Theater, located at San Pedro Playhouse in San Pedro Springs Park. 

Tickets for shows are $45 (Standard), $30 (Military/Student/Senior* with valid ID), and $15 (Child Under 12) are available online at, by phone at (210) 733-7258. The Public Theater of San Antonio is wheelchair accessible. For additional information about group sales, contact Patron Services Manager, Ariel Rosen at

Ticket link for Nina Simone: Four Women, click here

Events in Celebration of Nina Simone: Four Women

  • Opening Night— Friday, January 20, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Engagement Night — Thursday, January 25, 2023 at 7 p.m.

  • After Words (Post-show Conversation) —Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 2 p.m.

  • After Words (Post-show Conversation) —Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Relaxed Performance — Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 2 p.m.

    • (For more information on Relaxed Performances, click here)

  • Engagement Night with ASL — Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 7 p.m.

  • ASL Interpreted Performance — Friday, February 10, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

  • ASL Interpreted Performance — Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 2 p.m.