Blackberry Daze

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by Ruth P. Watson & Thomas W. Jones II
Original Music by William Knowles
Directed by Thomas W. Jones II

It is the end of The Great War, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler, weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. Award-winning writer/director Thomas W. Jones II is back with his musical adaptation of the novel Blackberry Days of Summer. Don’t miss this musical mystery-romance in the key of blues.

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 Length & Content

Blackberry Daze runs about 90 minutes with a 15 minute intermission. Contains adult content.

Handicap seating limited for this production. Please call to reserve if needed.

Buy the Book on which the play is based!

Performance Dates

July 14-August 27, 2017

Showtimes Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8:00 PM
Saturday at 3:00 PM and 8:30 PM
Sunday at 5:00 PM


General Admission

  • Tickets start at $25 (plus 8.9% sales fees)
  • Prices are subject to change and will rise as performances fill up. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY FOR THE BEST PRICES.

Bring your neighbors!
Group pricing is available for parties of 10+. Groups of 10-24 receive $3 off the general admission ticket price. Groups of 25+ receive $5 off the general admission ticket price. Call 404.523.1477 x111 or e-mail for more information.

Ticket prices are subject to change. Buy early for best pricing. 8.9% sales fees will be added to all ticket orders. Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating.


Herman Camm: TC Carson*
Carrie: Ayana Reed
Mae Lou: Naomi Lavette*
Pearl: Brittany Inge
Willie/Simon: Christian Magby
Ginny/Annie May/Hester: Christy Clark*
Herman Camm Alternate: Eugene H. Russell IV*

Creative Team

Director/Playwright: Thomas W. Jones II
Playwright: Ruth Watson
Composer: William Knowles
Music Director: S. Renée Clark
Stage Manager: lark hackshaw*
Stage Manager: Joan Foster McCarty*
Lighting Design: Andre Allen
Sound Design: Mike Sal
Set Design: Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Design: Nyrobi Moss
Props Design: Kathryn Muse
Projections Design: Robbie Hayes

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association


Reviews & Press 

Click here to view the Blackberry Daze Press Release

Blackberry Daze is selling out because it’s a slick, tight, superbly produced and performed show that’s ready for New York right now…. Every single person in the six-member cast is an accomplished vocalist, and when they sing together, they rock the house. Blackberry Daze… will take your breath away. It swings, it rocks, it dances, and you had best get tickets now!” —Atlanta Intown
“I loved every minute of it!” —Atlanta Theatre Buzz
Blackberry Daze is a hot, sweet, summer treat…. it soars! Jones really nails it!” —ArtsATL
“Its energy is unflappable, its performers charismatic, its sound quality top-notch!” —AJC
“Overflowing with talent… one of the finest plays of the summer!” —wanderlust ATLANTA
Blackberry Daze has to be one of the most phenomenal musicals on the circuit right now and is sure to whet your appetite for good, down home theater. The cast delivers a mesmerizing and soulful mix of gospel and blues that is sure to excite the imagination and stir the heart and mind.” —On Common Ground News
“Horizon Theatre’s Blackberry Daze is more than a romantic journey into the heart of the South: it is a blues and jazz musical play propelled by powerful energy rarely seen on any stage south of Broadway…. If you like your musicals served up with spirit and high energy, Blackberry Daze will satisfy you. It shakes and rattles for almost two magnificent hours.” —Down South Today
“This is not a show to miss! It’s amazing and should be shared with as many people as possible!” —MWMIV Speaks
“Blackberry Daze will put you in a daze…. You are drawn in from the beginning!” —God 4B and Me

“Soulful, beautiful, emotional!” —DCMetroTheaterArts
“A bluesy new musical… Knowles smoothly melds gospel, blues and jazz with a sense of tradition and a contemporary ear!” —Washington Post
“A very impressive and energetic piece of theater!” —BroadwayWorld
“Excellent artistry at work!” —DC Theatre Scene
“An engaging and poignant play about love and loss… a dreamy, ethereal quality… a sensory-filled and emotionally charged experience!” —Alexandria News

Audience Buzz