‘Coretta’ to Premiere

At Center Stage at the Southampton Cultural Center

    “Coretta: Promise to the Dream,” a one-woman show by Tina Andrews that dramatizes the life of Coretta Scott King, will have its world premiere on Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. at Center Stage at the Southampton Cultural Center. Ms. Andrews, an actress, writer, and director who has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, began researching the project in 2003. She developed a relationship with Mrs. King, the widow of the slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and recorded more than 120 hours of interviews with her in the family home in Atlanta.

    Ms. Andrews portrays Mrs. King from her teenage years in the cotton fields of Alabama to her career as a concert singer, from meeting and marrying Dr. King to the fight to make his birthday a national holiday. Ms. Andrews’s own career has included roles in “Hello, Dolly” on Broadway, “Roots” on television, and “Carny” and “Conrack” on film, to name just a few of her acting credits. She also wrote and produced the television movies “Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal” and “Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.”

    “Coretta” will be performed Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Feb. 23. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $12 for students under 21, and $20 for senior citizens on Fridays, and can be purchased at the door 40 minutes prior to curtain or at scc-arts.org.