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Actress/singer D’Atra Hicks.

Back By Popular Demand, Ursula V. Battle’s The Teachers’ Lounge returns Aug. 30 and 31, for a special “back to school” engagement. Headlining the performance will be actress/singer D’Atra Hicks who has performed in several Tyler Perry plays including Madea’s Family Reunion, and What’s Done in the Dark.

The Teachers’ Lounge returns to the stage of the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive in Randallstown. The return of the production follows a weekend run this past spring at the Randallstown Community Center and a two-weekend fall run at the Downtown Cultural Art Center.

Play director, Dr. Gregory Branch with the creator, Ursula Battle.

The Teachers’ Lounge was written and is being produced by playwright, journalist, and Baltimore native Ursula V. Battle. The play is being directed by Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch of Unified Voices of Johns Hopkins.

A drama with comedic elements, The Teachers’ Lounge centers around the lives of six teachers at the imaginary New Peaceful Pines Elementary/Middle School. The teachers find refuge in their lounge, that one special place of temporary escape where they gather
during their long-awaited lunch break to feast on juicy gossip, riveting secrets, insatiable desires and even secret romance.

While the play is set within a school, the production’s universal themes and uplifting spiritual messages, make it a must see for all audiences.

Hicks will portray Miss Brooks, the school’s cleaning lady. The talented actress and singer began singing at the age of four. In 1989, she signed with Capital Records and released her self titled debut album. Her first single, Sweet Talk. went to Number 4 on the Billboard Charts.

Hicks’ career also includes sell-out tours in Japan for her album, and a starring role in the stage play Mama I Want to Sing. Her credits also include Diary of a Mad Black Woman and The Maintenance Man.  She is also featured on Bishop T.D. Jakes’ The Storm is Over Now music project.

In addition to Hicks, The Teachers’ Lounge features a powerful cadre of some of Baltimore’s most talented performers, including Dravon James of HBO’s The Wire. The production is an updated return of the highly successful The Teachers’ Lounge that debuted in 2002 at Coppin State University.
General Admission tickets purchased before Aug. 16 are $20 and $25 after August 16. VIP tickets are $50 (VIP includes preferred seating, badge, souvenir bag and reception). Performance dates and times are: 2 and 6 p.m., Aug. 30; 3 p.m. Aug. 31. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available for sale at the door.