Peninsula Players Presents celebrates Black History Month as hosts Greg Vinkler and Audra Baakari Boyle discuss the life and career of alumna Hilda Simms, who was a Broadway and international star before gracing the Peninsula Players’ stage as the iconic Blanche DuBois in the 1959 production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
In 1944, the American Negro Theater produced Anna Lucasta, the first all-Black production with a nonracial theme on Broadway. Simms, a Minnesota native, portrayed the title character and became an instant star. Featured in Life and Yank magazines, she appeared at War Bond events, performed for the USO and began a film career during the early 1950s. Coming soon to the Peninsula Players Presents series will be part two about Simms. Past episodes are available on the Peninsula Players’ YouTube channel and at peninsulaplayers.com.