Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
By Lanie Robertson
Step into Emerson's Bar and Grill and witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances in Philadelphia, in March 1959, four months shy of her death, at the age of 44. This drama with music examines and explores the life of this legendary performer, with more than a dozen of the jazz legends' songs in this riveting portrait of Holiday and her music. Songs include "God Bless the Child," "T'aint Nobody's Business If I Do," "Crazy He Calls Me" and "Easy Livin'."
Adult themes and language

The Cast

Billie Holliday

Jimmy Powers

Stacks Image 1060053
August 19 - September 5, 2021
Solvang Festival Theater
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Aug. 19
Aug 20
Aug. 21
Aug. 22 Aug. 23 Aug. 24 Aug. 25 Aug. 26
Aug. 27
Aug. 28
Aug. 29 Aug. 30 Aug. 31
Sept. 1 Sept. 2
Sept. 3
Sept. 4
Sept. 5


Scenic Designer

Ed Haynes

Costume Designer

Kimberly DeShazo

Lighting Designer

Donna Ruzika

Sound Designer

Corwin Evans

Production Stage Manager

Sarah Ford*

Stage Manager

Generously Sponsored by
Jerry & Sharon Melson
Elise Roberts

Stacks Image 1060225
Stacks Image 1060227
Stacks Image 1060229
Stacks Image 1060231
Stacks Image 1060233
Stacks Image 1060235
Press Release

*Member, Actors' Equity Association

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production and distributing recordings or streams in any medium, including the Internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author(s)'s rights and actionable under United States copyright law. for more information, please visit:

Updated - COVID-19 Attendance Policies
March 14, 2022

In light of improvement in the current COVID-19 public health conditions, beginning on Monday, March 14, 2022, PCPA has changed its COVID-19 attendance policies. PCPA will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative test before admittance to the theatre. PCPA will now strongly encourage mask wearing inside the theatre, but masks will not be required of audience members. Concessions will still be required to be consumed outside the theatre lobby. These changes are in keeping with updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control, the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health and Allan Hancock College District practices for visitors to the campus.

The safety of our audience is very important to PCPA and we will still provide the following enhanced health and safety precautions:

  • The theatre building has an enhanced air filtration utilizing MERV 13 filters. (PLEASE DRESS WARMLY, WEAR LAYERS)
  • The theatre, lobby area and restrooms are cleaned and disinfected after every performance.
  • Multiple hand sanitizers are available throughout the lobby.
  • Touchless ticketing - all tickets are scanned upon entrance to the theatre.
  • Digital program is available via a QR code posted throughout the lobby or on our website.
  • Limited concessions are available outside the theatre lobby.
  • At this time there will be no “stage door” opportunities with the actors after the show.

PCPA’s entire staff is fully vaccinated including staff, guest artists and volunteers. While mask wearing indoors will no longer be required of audience members, mask wearing is still strongly encouraged and all theatre patrons are welcome to wear masks in accordance with their comfort and health needs. These guidelines are contingent upon the continuing improvement and stability of the public health situation, and therefore subject to change. If the COVID situation worsens in the region, more restrictive measures may need to return.

By purchasing a ticket to a PCPA production and/or entering a PCPA/Allan Hancock College venue, theatergoer assumes all risks associated with entering a place of public gathering and voluntarily waives any and all claims and potential claims against PCPA and Allan Hancock College relating to COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, or illness, or that arise from or relate in any way to, however caused, the risk of exposure or actual or alleged exposures to a bacteria, virus or other pathogen capable of causing COVID-19 or any other communicable disease or illness, in each case whether the actual or alleged circumstances giving rise to any claim or potential claim occur before, during or after the event.

All performances are subject to re-scheduling and cancellation. Refunds will not be issued but tickets will be credited to your PCPA account for a future performance. The PCPA credit will not expire. The safety and well-being of all our patrons, actors, volunteers & employees is very important to PCPA and we thank you for understanding. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the theater!

Business Office
805 928-7731
Box Office
805 922-8313

facebook    youtube    instagram    trip advisor