Big Mama

Jackie Richardson captures the essence of Willie Mae Thornton, her deceptive sensuousness, her mix of machismo and sensitivity.

Calgary Sun

The Blues ain’t nothing but life, good food, good times and good sex. – Willie Mae Thornton

A soulful blues revue set in the ‘70s in a L.A. nightclub pays homage to one of America’s premier blues singers, Willie Mae Thornton, know for such songs as Hound Dog, Ball & Chain, Sassy Mama, and Wang Dang Doodle. Jackie Richardson portrays the life of Big Mama, a rocky but ultimately triumphant life that came to an end in 1984. With a vocal style that is not easy to imitate, only a few vocalists (among them the late Janis Joplin), have been able to summon Thornton’s mix of raw power and coarse soulfulness.

Directed by: John Cooper
Starring: Jackie Richardson
Musicians: Tim Williams and Ron Casat
Musical Director: Tim Williams
Set, Properties and Slide Designer: Witek Wisniewski
Lighting Designer: Cimmeron Meyer
Stage Manager: Betty Hushlak
Production Manager: Gina Puntil
Head Electrician: Kate Bagnall
Carpenter: Kevin Humphrey
Scenic Painter: Angie Sotiropoulos
Production Crew: Ron Lavoie, Amanda Roth and Mike Ford