Playwright, rapper Vega Tigarrius premieres blockbuster musical

Vega Tigarrius

Vega Tigarrius

Multi-talented playwright, author, motivational speaker, and emerging rap artist, Vega Tigarrius, will premiere his highly anticipated stage musical Liquor, Religion, and Slavery on Saturday, June 10, at 8 pm, at the Looby Center Theatre, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, Tenn. with an encore presentation on Sunday, June 11, at 3.30 pm.

Written by Vega and directed and produced by Shawn Whitsell, the musical story follows Vega, a musician recently separated from the Navy after spending the last four years in Japan. He returns to Memphis and sees a country that is very different from the one he left behind and had defended in the armed forces.

Memphis is on edge after several volatile encounters between Black residents and local law enforcement. It reaches its boiling point when one of the most recognized members of the community is gunned down by the police in front of a crowd of witnesses.

This drama creates the backdrop for the odyssey of Vega’s re-adjustment to American life as he finds love and success as a musician. Along his journey he is confronted with issues of race, economics, empowerment, injustice, and love.

“This is my way of giving back and changing the world around me,” said Vega. “There are a lot of social issues that I hope I can help to address and resolve by starting thought provoking conversations after seeing this musical.”

“This play is life changing and a must see,” said director Shawn Whitsell. “I am proud to be involved in this project and excited about its potential.”

Tickets prices start at $12 and can be purchased at liquor.brownpapertickets.comContact Vega Tiggarius Productions by phone, at 615-649-4536, or e-mail vegatiggarius@gmail.com for more information.