Award-winning playwright Katori Hall on Starz’ “P-Valley”

24th July 2020

FANTI Podcast hosts Jarrett Hill and Tre’vell Anderson are taking over Bullseye this week! Next up, Tre’vell’s interview with Katori Hall. She’s an award-winning playwright. Her most acclaimed work is perhaps The Mountaintop. It imagines Martin Luther King’s last night on earth at the Lorraine Motel. These days, she’s the creator and showrunner of the new Starz show P-Valley. It’s based on a play of hers by the same name. It’s set in a place called The Pynk – a strip club in the Mississippi Delta. The show focuses on the people who work in the club: the women on stage, the bouncers, the bartenders, and the boss: Uncle Clifford. Tre’vell Anderson chats with Katori about the show and where it fits into the broad conversation of stripping and sex work. Plus, where she got the idea for the show and embracing the humanity of this often overlooked industry.

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Award-winning playwright Katori Hall on Starz’ “P-Valley”
Katori Hall is an award-winning playwright. She’s written several plays, including Hurt Village, Our Lady of Kibeho, Children of Killers.

Her most acclaimed work, though, is The Mountaintop. It imagines Martin Luther King’s last night on earth at the Lorraine Motel. That play won the Laurence Olivier award for best new play in 2010.

These days, Katori Hall is the creator and showrunner of the new Starz show P-Valley. It’s based on a play of hers by the same name.

It’s set in a place called The Pynk – a strip club in the Mississippi Delta. The show focuses on the people who work in the club: the women on stage, the bouncers, the bartenders, and the boss: Uncle Clifford.

Guest host Tre’vell Anderson chats with Katori about the show and where it fits into the broad conversation of stripping and sex work. Plus, where she got the idea for the show and embracing the humanity of this often overlooked industry.

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Bullseye is a celebration of the best of arts and culture in public radio form. Host Jesse Thorn sifts the wheat from the chaff to bring you in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary minds in our culture.

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