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Nelsan Ellis To Direct Collective Theatre’s Inaugural Production

Posted on the 23 August 2012 by Thevault @The_Vault

Nelsan Ellis To Direct Collective Theatre’s Inaugural ProductionTrue Blood’s Nelsan Ellis is set to direct the Collective Theatre’s, first production, “HooDoo Love.” The play, by Katori Hall, is set in the 1930s, and spins a story of love, magic, jealousy and secrets. It tells of a young woman who escapes the cotton fields of Mississippi and meets a rambling blues man on her way to pursuing her dream of singing the blues in Memphis.

Ellis, wh0, in addition to playing Lafayette on True Blood, also appeared in the hit film, “The Help”), and  is among the six founders of The Collective Theatre — all of whom went to high school together in south suburban Dolton in the 1990s.

“HooDoo Love” will run Sept. 22-Oct. 21 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets: (773) 935-6875 or visit


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