The Champion

a World Premiere by Amy Evans

featuring Joy Jones as Nina Simone

Inspired by untold, true events in the life of R&B legend Nina Simone. It’s 1962 and Nina and her band are holed up from a snowstorm in a greasy spoon somewhere in North Carolina. As tempers flare and secrets surface, it seems the waitress at this small-town diner may soon bear witness to life-changing decisions. Suddenly, the door swings open, and the famous outsiders discover they’re truly in unfriendly territory. A sharply drawn, exciting new play that intimately portrays a cultural icon and the turbulent era during which she rose to fame. Directed by Reginald Douglas.

I’ll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear.
— Nina Simone



Save 15% when you book your ticket as part of a package. Five-play packages start at just $79, with four-play passes also available. Subscribers also enjoy prime seats, unlimited free exchanges, restaurant discounts, National Stages membership and discounted reserved parking.


From $17-$47

$10/under 30.
Discounts for groups

W—Sa 7:30pm
Sa—Su  2:00pm

90 minutes. The Champion contains occasional adult language and themes and is recommended for ages 13+.

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Ticket Pricing

Preview Nights (First Wednesday & Thursday)

  • Side Seats: $17
  • Center Seats: $25

  • Wednesday Eve & Saturday Matinee
  • Side Seats: $25
  • Center Seats: $35

  • Prime (Thurs-Sat Eve, Sun Matinee)
  • Side: $35
  • Center: $44

  • Opening Night (First Friday)
  • Side Seats: $38
  • Center Seats: $48
  • Includes appetizers and drinks before the show, and a champagne toast and desserts with the cast after the show



    For Access


    Thanks to support from the Walmart Foundation and others, patrons under the age of 30 pay just $10 while patrons with a SNAP benefits card pay just $5. Learn more >

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    Nina Simone's Time is Now, Again - The New York Times

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    Lead show sponsor Sandy Edwards and show sponsors Amp Sign & BannerPeter and Anne Leer and Steve and Linda Nelson.