'Fairview,' Starring Heather Alicia Simms '96 and Charles Browning '06, Premieres to Much Acclaim

July 20, 2018

Headshot of Heather Alicia SimmsAlumni Heather Alicia Simms '96 and Charles Browning '06 star in the play, Fairview, which received a stellar review in The New York Times recently. Critic Ben Brantley wrote, “Let me give you fair warning on Fairview, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s dazzling and ruthless new play: If you see it—and you must—you will not be comfortable.”


In Fairview, Beverly Fraser, played by Heather Alicia Simms, and her husband, Dayton, played by Charles Browning, anxiously prepare for Beverly’s mother’s birthday. But, more than this mundane situation, “Fairview is structured as a series of perspective-altering surprises,” Brantley said, “and they keep coming at you even when you think its creators must surely have emptied their bag of tricks.” The play examines race, particularly “how white people look at black people.”


Headshot of Charles BrowningSimms’ past stage credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and A Raisin in the Sun, among others, while her film credits include movies such as Broken Flowers and Red Hook Summer. Her TV credits include The Good Wife and Law Order, and most recently, Simms guest starred in Luke Cage.


Browning has performed in the stage productions, Dreamgirls, Blacken the Bubble, Born to Sing, and Romeo and Juliet, among many others. In addition to working as an actor, he is also an educator.


Tickets for Fairview have completely sold our for the remainder of the run.