Absolutely. “P-Valley has quickly become this summer’s newest must-see television series as critics and audiences alike are taken up by the authentic and compelling characters that make The Pynk come alive,” said Christina Davis, Starz president of original programming. We know Katori has a lot of incredible stories to tell and a lot in store for these women in a second season.". I don't... GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah, it's 'cause you're doing the work. Based on the play Pussy Valley by Katori Hall, who is the showrunner and executive producer of the TV series, P-Valley centers on the Pynk, a strip club nestled in a small conservative … When some of the characters are dancing, you take away the music and the noise, and all we hear is the exertion, you know, of how hard they're working and just this absolutely amazing presentation that is not just about displaying themselves but about really what you say - art form. Accuracy and availability may vary. And all of that was sound design because we really wanted to place the audience, you know, inside her perspective. GARCIA-NAVARRO: You've also been tweeting a lot in support of the protests and Black Lives Matter. HALL: The thing that enlightened me the most was, you know, obviously, there's this assumption that the strip club is an exploitative space, and it is. GARCIA-NAVARRO: Katori Hall is an Olivier Award-winning playwright, and "P-Valley" is adapted from a play she wrote about a place that's more complex than its reputation. When Hall … Advertisement In 2019, Lorene Scafaria turned her lens on the lives of exotic dancers with the critically acclaimed Hustlers , but the women in P-Valley … It's a community that showrunner Katori Hall knows well, growing up in Memphis. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with award-winning playwright Katori Hall about P-Valley, a new series based on her play, set in a Mississippi Delta strip club. But I actually just think that we're doing what should be being done anyway. Like, she was able to stack enough paper to move out of an apartment that she shared with an abusive boyfriend. But we also wanted the audience to understand that it's hard work (laughter). READ: Katori Hall Takes On Strip Clubs, Power, Sex, and The South in Her Explosive New Series P-Valley The creative team also includes composer Reza Safinia, production designer Jeffrey … GARCIA-NAVARRO: What did you learn from those conversations? NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. It premiered on Starz on July 12, 2020, and will run for eight consecutive episodes.. On July 27, 2020 Starz announced it has greenlit a second season for its new breakout series "P-Valley… GARCIA-NAVARRO: I understand you spent nearly a decade going to strip clubs all over the country... GARCIA-NAVARRO: ...And interviewing women. And she flips herself upside down, and you hear the - her grunting. Chucalissa is the fictional Mississippi Delta town at the center of Katori Hall’s richly textured and engagingly soapy new Starz drama “P-Valley.” Hall (also the book writer of Broadway's Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) serves as showrunner for the series, which debuted July 12 and follows the lives of those working in a small-town Mississippi strip club—and the locals who come through its doors. The show, titled P-Valley, comes from a Black woman — playwright Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) — and is an “unflinching and unapologetic look” at the lives of women working at a … She says it's a way "to show black, Southern culture in a nuanced way." The Tony winner and Oscar nominee will play the 19th century Egbado princess, enslaved by the Dahomey kingdom and ultimately taken in by Queen Victoria as a goddaughter. We just really wanted to make sure that people were experiencing this world through their eyes, through their gaze, because the female gaze was so important to this show. Those officers have still not been arrested in that case. GARCIA-NAVARRO: I read in the making of this show that some executives suggested you show less nudity, which I thought was really interesting for a show about a club. And you - you're like, talk about diversity. Exactly. KATORI HALL: I have been that woman who was throwing dollars at the club. All rights reserved. And I thought we were, like, really successful at showcasing that. Chernin Entertainment executive produces with Hall. Research for a new play took writer Katori Hall to, of all places, a Crunch gym. And so they were being sensitive. Pynk serves as a watering hole for its community based in the Mississippi Delta. HALL: What's very interesting in a Southern strip club is that pole-dancing is like a Cirque du Soleil-esque experience. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information. Black women shine and shake the Dirty Delta to its core in Katori Hall’s engaging, vibrant and intrepid stripper series 'P-Valley,' premiering on Starz. In October 2020, Hall received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. You know, diversity is not equality. We were going to appreciate a woman's body, of course. It's because there's been this long history of hypersexualized images in the media, specifically of Black women. Do you think that's a model for this moment that we're in right now when there's so much discussion about representation? You hear her breathing. And it's just so unfortunate that folks of color, women, queer folk - they've just been cast to the wayside a lot when it comes to opportunities in Hollywood. And if we could create this moment on a Sunday night where you care about a Black woman who's, you know, the opposite of you in terms of identity but you can see yourself in her, I think we've done quite a lot. And so I always knew that liberation and exploitation dances cheek to cheek in the strip club. But we were going to be much more interested in what a woman's body could do. The series is an adaptation of Hall's play, Pussy Valley, and follows several people who work at a strip club in the Mississippi Delta. (SOUNDBITE OF KIASMOS' "BLURRED BONOBO REMIX"). And I think I know where that was coming from. The playwright and showrunner Katori Hall adapted “P-Valley” from her 2015 play “Pussy Valley.” For the TV version, she hired only female directors (the music-video director Karena Evans sets … On the "Stagecraft" podcast, Katori Hall ("Tina," "Hot Wing King," "P-Valley") talks hot wings, Tina Turner and her rapping alter ego. HALL: It's like, well, I'm including people. The evening will also feature Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban, and Anna Deavere Smith. The film, based on the Broadway musical, arrives on Netflix December 11. "P-Valley" is very real, showing economic hardship, physical abuse, … GARCIA-NAVARRO: Katori Hall is the showrunner and creator of "P-Valley," which premieres on Starz today. HALL: Absolutely. The series follows the lives of employees and patrons of a small-town Mississippi strip club. The creative team also includes composer Reza Safinia, production designer Jeffrey Pratt Gordon, and costume designer Rita McGhee, with hair and make-up by Pamela Hall and Stevie Martin, respectively. Deep in the Mississippi Delta lies an oasis of glitter amid violent human trajectories where beauty can be hard to find. Hall developed her play Pussy Valley into the television drama series on Starz, renamed P-Valley, which … Each episode traces the kaleidoscopic story of a tiny strip club where … It is a reflection of patriarchy - the fact that you have women participating in the sexualization of themselves. "P-Valley," a new show on Starz, takes place in a strip club, Pynk. Starring are Elarica Johnson, Brandee Evans, Shannon Thorton, Skyler Joy, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Harriett D. Foy, Tyler Lepley, Dan J. Johnson, and Parker Sawyers. HALL: Yeah. GARCIA-NAVARRO: How did you walk that line of avoiding the exploitation of these women... GARCIA-NAVARRO: ...But also being authentic? The two-hour TV special, hosted by Tina Fey, will air December 10 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news There are some shows out there that try to break down stereotypes and give a voice to groups that typically haven’t been given one, and playwright Katori Hall’s latest show with Starz, ‘P-Valley… Nicco Annan, who starred in the play's world premiere at Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre, portrays Uncle Clifford with Dreamgirls star and Grey's Anatomy Emmy winner Loretta Devine as Ernestine. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with award-winning playwright Katori Hall about P-Valley, a new series based on her play, set in a Mississippi Delta strip club. Plus: A new theatre festival aims to showcase the voices of artists with disabilities. Olivier Award-winning playwright and activist Katori Hall — who also wrote the book for the Broadway musical Tina — discusses her new Starz show P-Valley on the latest installment of … The series is directed entirely by women, including Karena Evans, who directed the premiere episode, Kimberly Peirce, Millicent Shelton, Tamra Davis, Geeta V. Patel, Tasha Smith, Sydney Freeland, and Barbara Brown. It's a theatrical experience and... GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah, you actually capture that really well. It seems like it's special, you know, when we decide to bring in all-female directing teams. In Episode 1, Mercedes, who's the headliner of the club - we see her climbing up on the pole. P-Valley is a shrewd, Southern-fried stripper saga: Review In Katori Hall's drama P-Valley, the strippers working the pole are also complicated women with vivid lives. Like, you're going to be breathing real heavy. I think it really highlights how vulnerable we have been, how there is a history of people not protecting us, not caring about us. 'P-Valley' on Starz: Memphis' Katori Hall debuts new TV series READ: Katori Hall Takes On Strip Clubs, Power, Sex, and The South in Her Explosive New Series P-Valley. It stars Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan, and Elarica Johnson. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Of course, I'm thinking of Breonna Taylor, who was killed on March 13. Sign up for exclusive discounts and save up to 50% on tickets! “Katori has delivered a provocative drama that looks beyond the glitz and into the hearts and minds of these fully realized and compelling characters, exploring them through a female gaze that invites the audience to take a walk in their stilettos. Like, we have to think about really giving equal opportunities to people who are deserving. P-Valley (TV Series 2020– ) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. The actress on her dance roots and forming a sisterhood on the set of Katori Hall's Starz drama. How do you see this show's premiere fitting into that conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement? Katori Hall (left) on set of 'P-Valley' season 1. You're actually... HALL: Exactly. The Starz series P-Valley was created by Katori Hall, a playwright who adapted the story from her own play. GARCIA-NAVARRO: Do you think you're going to get to a place where you can have this discussion and it not be about pushing boundaries or making a statement, and it's just about, this is a show about this, and that's it? HALL: I love the fact that this is a platform to talk about that intersectionality of identity of being a Black woman. Click to expand the Mega Menu Click to Expand Search Input It's two stories up. However, I was always amazed at how so many were able to find a space of liberation for themselves, whether it was economical, whether it was social. And so we talked a lot about framing and how we were going to not always, you know, linger on breasts. And I really think we were successful on a lot of levels. You even spent your 30th birthday at the Sin City Bronx locker room. HALL: I definitely think it should always - I don't - like, I don't know why it's so hard for people to see what women as creators and as filmmakers and as writers can bring to the table. Like, I always remind people that Cardi B, this stripper-turned-rapper - like, she always says that stripping saved her life. Number one, I reminded them that this is a show set in a strip club, so... GARCIA-NAVARRO: And just in that tone of voice (laughter). Annan originated the character, who uses she/her pronouns, in playwright Katori Hall’s 2015 play Pussy Valley. It premiered … Creator Katori Hall interviewed 40 strippers to create this world. And it's really on the people who are still in power to start opening up their eyes and changing their hiring practices. The new Starz series P-Valley, based on Katori Hall’s play Pussy Valley, has been renewed for a second season. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. But just as David Simon’s “The Deuce” was about the people in pornography and prostitution, Katori Hall’s “P-Valley” is about the people in stripping and prostitution. And so do - I don't know if we'll ever get to a moment where everything feels like it's equal. Award-winning playwright Katori Hall’s show centers the erotic dancers of Chucalissa, Mississippi, navigating their lives both on and off the dance floor. And so I feel as though this particular story really arrives at a time where we can kind of stand back and think about those intersectional points. Copyright 1991-2020 © Playbill Inc. All Rights Reserved. You hear the squeak of her skin against that metal pole. She goes to the tippy-top. The adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Tony-winning musical is slated to debut June 18. We want to celebrate a woman's body. In Starz’s new drama P-Valley, Nicco Annan (This Is Us, Shameless) is Uncle Clifford. P-Valley is an American series, self-adapted by playwright Katori Hall from her play “Pussy Valley”. But many have criticized the Black Lives Matter movement for not putting in the same work to advocate for Black women. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that we had an all-female directing team pulling this - you know, this huge truck toward - in the same direction together. P-Valley Is A Raw & Honest Portrait Of Women Working In Strip Clubs Series creator Katori Hall interviewed over 40 women about their lives and work as strippers. A list of stage musicals announced to be adapted as films. 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