Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Hurt Village, The Blood Quilt) is the playwright behind the award winning play, The Mountaintop, the fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr’s last night, on the eve of his assassination on April 4, 1968, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.  The play made it’s national debut on Broadway and went on to tour around the country

Hall is now gearing up for her first series on a premium cable network.  Starz announced the series development of Pussey Valley created and written by Hall.

Pussey Valley is set in an infamous Mississippi “shake junt” called the Pink Pony.  The series will explore the southern strip club world, where the desires of pro-ballers and politicians collide with the dreams of five brave women. For these women, the line between performance and reality becomes blurred, as the drama of their outside lives threaten their onstage personas. On the quest for money, power, and respect, each woman must make a choice. For some it’s a step down, for others a step up, as the Pink Pony stage constantly shape-shifts between a platform for freedom and a gilded cage.

Hall will executive produce with Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin (New Girl, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Jenno Topping (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Dante di Loreto (Glee, American Horror Story).  Khaliah Neal (3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets) will serve as consulting producer.

“We’re excited to work with Katori Hall who has successfully created exciting and complex roles for black women in the American theater and we’re confident she’ll continue to do so with Pussy Valley.” – Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz

Hall is a graduate of graduate of Columbia University, the A.R.T. at Harvard University, and the Julliard School.  She has received countless awards for her critically acclaimed work including: two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, a NYFA Fellowship, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, and more.  Hall’s writing has appeared in major publications such as The New York Times, Essence and The Commercial Appeal, and we look forward to seeing her work translated to premium cable television!