September 8, 2020 (New York, NY) Patton Daye Slater Productions (Monica L. Patton, Robert Daye, Adam Slater, co-managing partners) announced today that Tony Award-winning producer, Obie Award winning actor and renowned director Tamara Tunie (Julius Caesar on Broadway with Denzel Washington, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’) has signed on to direct the company’s New York-bound musical drama Love & Southern D!scomfort. With a book and lyrics by Monica L. Patton, and music and lyrics by Robert “Bobby” Daye, the musical is set in present-day Louisiana, and weaves a captivating tale about the Dejoies, an old-money family torn apart by greed, addiction, undiagnosed mental illness, and a long-buried family secret.

“Ms. Tunie's attachment to Love & Southern D!scomfort is kismet,” said book writer and co-lyricist Monica L. Patton. “Bobby (Robert Daye) and I solicited her directorial talent early in the developmental process, but circumstances prevented her participation. Three years later when the search for a director reopened, Tamara was still at the top of our list. And fortunately for us she was available and said, ‘Yes.’

"I am delighted to be helming Love & Southern D!scomfort,” said Tamara Tunie. “This beautiful story, set in the sultry south, about family dysfunction, skeletons in closets, and ultimately, UNDERSTANDING, LOVE, FORGIVENESS and REDEMPTION, is timeless. And Bobby Daye’s MUSIC! It just makes you “feel things”!!! I look forward to this journey."

Patton Daye Slater Productions plan a showcase of Love & Southern D!scomfort in the spring of 2021. Tony Award winner Ken Davenport (Once On This Island) will serve as the executive producer of the project. In addition to the showcase, a concept album and the launch of a single through New York Theatre Barn's 'New Work Series' are planned The production will also mark the return of Tony nominee Felicia P. Fields (The Color Purple, 2006) to the New York stage.