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Atlanta Premiere of the Broadway Hit Comedy Chicken & Biscuits


Atlanta Premiere of the Broadway Hit Comedy Chicken & Biscuits

A chorus of amens!” Jesse Green, The New York Times 

“Laugh-out-loud funny!! A feast of Black joy, love, and laughter.” Variety 

Chicken & Biscuits is a story of love, messiness and healing. This opportunity to bring our comedically complex Black family to the Broadway stage is a complete gift.” Douglas Lyons 

“Chicken & Biscuits,” a new play written by Douglas Lyons, comes to Atlanta straight from Broadway after staging its world premiere at Queens Theatre. Chicken & Biscuits will run at the Southwest Arts Center located at 915 New Hope Road, South Fulton, GA 30331. This laugh-out-loud comedy will be a limited engagement running for only two weeks from August 18th – August 28th. 

ABOUT THE SHOW: The Jenkins family is coming together to celebrate the life of their father—hopefully without killing each other! Eldest daughter, Baneatta, wants everything to be perfect for her father’s funeral. “Favorite” daughter, Beverly, would rather honor her daddy dressed to show the entire congregation what she’s been “blessed with.” Teenage granddaughter, La’trice, can’t mind her own business if it was on a leash. Not far behind comes grandson Kenny and his very Jewish boyfriend Logan who is maybe, sort of, okay, definitely afraid of Baneatta. But Baneatta’s hopes unravel when a family secret shows up at the funeral.    


Enoch King (Reginal Mabry) – He was previously seen in A Lesson Before Dying.  Recent credits include: The Light (Horizon Theatre), Toni Stone (Alliance Theater). Enoch has appeared on various stages including True Colors Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theatre, and Theatrical Outfit. He is the recipient of the Suzi Bass Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for The Christians at Actor’s Express. Enoch can currently be seen in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey on Appletv+. 

Tonia Jenkins (Beverly Jenkins) – THEATER Guthrie: A Raisin in the SunAppomattoxThe Darker Face of the Earth. Penumbra Theatre: More than 30 productions, company member for 25+ years; Baltimore Center Stage: Gleam; Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Off-Broadway): Monster; Alliance Theatre: Gem of the OceanRadio GolfThe Nacirema Society…; American Stage: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Horizon Theatre Company: Shakin’ the Mess Outta MiseryAnd 

Her Hair Went With Her; Steppenwolf; Mixed Blood Theatre; Illusion Theater; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Pillsbury House Theatre; Lorraine Hansberry Theatre; Magic Theatre; True Colors Theatre; Theatrical Outfit; Trinity Rep; Children’s Theatre Company. FILM/TELEVISION A Chance of SnowSaving My Daughter; “Atlanta,” “Black Lightning,” “Greenleaf,” “The Resident,” “The Quad,” “Outer Banks,” “Kingdom Business,” “Meet the Browns.” AWARDS TCG/Fox Foundation Distinguished Achievement Fellowship; Suzi Bass Award for Best Ensemble (Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery), plus five nominations for Best Actress; Jeff Norton Award nomination.  

Tequila Whitfield (Simone Mabry) Tequilla Whitfield landed her first leading role in two TVone’s holiday movies: “A Royal Holiday” and “A Royal Family Christmas” starring Vivica A. Fox, Debbi Morgan and Richard Lawson. The following year, she made her big screen debut in the hit movie “Hidden Figures” alongside Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson. Then in 2018, she appeared on FX’s Emmy and Golden Globe winning show, “Atlanta.” Most recently, she appeared on Netflix’s hit show, “Teenage Bounty Hunters”. Some of her other television credits include FOX’s “Shots Fired” and “The Resident.” 

THOMAS W. JONES II (DIRECTOR) has directed, written, and performed in more than 200 plays worldwide. In 1978, Tom founded Jomandi Productions, where, as Co-Artistic Director and Producing Director, led Jomandi to become the third largest African-American theatre company in the U.S. His work as writer, director, and actor has been acclaimed nationally and internationally garnering 48 Helen Hayes Award nominations winning 15 awards, including Best Director for Samm Art Williams’ Home and his own Bessie’s Blues. He has also received 3 New York Audelco Award nominations, the Dramalogue Award, the San Diego Critics Award, NAACP Phoenix Award, among others. In 2000, Tom and his co-founders left Jomandi to create the entertainment company VIA International Artists, Inc. and subsequently a musical theatre company VIA Theatrical. He co-executive produced Sonia Sanchez’ CD “Full Moon of Sonia” and accompanying tour. His works include Three Sistahs, Point of Revue, Two Queens One Castle, Bricktop, Heart ‘n’ Soul, Love Johnny, A Cool Drink A Water, Holler, Sheddin’ and Blackberry Daze. Tom’s musical Cool Papa’s Party completed a workshop in New York with Wayne Brady. He directed Kandi Burress’ musical A Mother’s Love, Only Just a Minute and Mary Honey B. Morrison’s play Single Husbands. Other projects include Anne & Emmett, Black Pearl Sings, Big River, Rooms, among others. He also directed a tour of Janet Langhart Cohen’s Anne & Emmett. His most recent work was playwright and lyricist on the new musical For Peace I Rise on the life of Civil Right icon C.T. Vivian presented by Emory University’s Brave New World new work series. 

Performances Dates: 

Thurs., Aug 18, 2022 @ 8:00 PM 

Fri., Aug 19, 2022 @ 8:00 PM 

Sat., Aug 20, 2022 @ 2:00 PM 

Sat., Aug 20, 2022 @ 8:00 PM 

Sun., Aug 21, 2022 @ 3:00 PM 

Wed., Aug 24, 2022 @ 12:00 PM 

Thurs., Aug 25, 2022 @ 8:00 PM 

Fri., Aug 26, 2022 @ 8:00 PM 

Sat., Aug 27, 2022 @ 2:00 PM 

Sat., Aug 27, 2022 @ 8:00 PM 

Sun., Aug 28, 2022 @ 3:00 PM 

Ticket Prices: $45.00, $50.00. Available at: 

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