Starz To Develop Drama Series “Pussy Valley” From Playwright Katori Hall

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Starz To Develop Drama Series “Pussy Valley” From Playwright Katori Hall
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 1, 2016

Katori Hall

At today’s Starz Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation at the Beverly Hilton, Starz President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced a number of new series that the network will develop and among them was “Pussy Valley,” from playwright Katori Hall. The series is based from her 2015 Off-Broadway play of the same name.

Hall won numerous theater awards including best new play award (the first African American playwright) at the Laurence Olivier Awards in March 2010 for the MLK play ‘The Mountaintop,’ which came to Broadway in 2011 starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Basett. She has since done other theatrical productions of “Hurt Village” and “The Blood Quilt.”

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“Pussy Valley” is a scripted, one-hour drama takes an unflinching and unapologetic look at the lives of pole dancers working down in the Dirty Delta.

Set in an infamous Mississippi “shake junt” called the Pink Pony, “Pussy Valley” is an intimate window to the unexplored southern strip club world, where the desires of pro-ballers and politicians collide with the dreams of five brave women. For these women, the line between performance and reality becomes blurred, as the drama of their outside lives threaten their onstage personas. On the quest for money, power, and respect, each woman must make a choice. For some it’s a step down, for others a step up, as the Pink Pony stage constantly shape-shifts between a platform for freedom and a gilded cage. In this world of smoke and mirrors, who will fall and who will fly?

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Katori Hall will executive produce “Pussy Valley” with Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin (“New Girl,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Heat”); Jenno Topping (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Spy,” “Charlie’s Angels”); and Dante Di Loreto (“Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “The Normal Heart”).

Khaliah Neal (“3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets,” “Hard World for Small Things,” “Famous Farrah”) will serve as consulting producer.

“We’re excited to work with Katori Hall who has successfully created exciting and complex roles for black women in the American theater and we’re confident she’ll continue to do so with ‘Pussy Valley,’” said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz.

Senior Vice President of Original Programming Marta Fernandez will serve as the Starz executive in charge of “Pussy Valley.”


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