[caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignleft" width="218"]<img class=" wp-image-34666" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/10\/Lee.G.jpeg" alt="" width="218" height="328" \/> (Photo courtesy of Greenbrier Valley Theatre)<br \/>Gabrielle Lee, who will be portraying Ada \u201cBricktop\u201d Smith in GVT\u2019s World Premiere production of Bricktop: Legend of the Jazz Age[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the state professional theatre of West Virginia, is proud to present the World Premiere of Bricktop: Legend of the Jazz Age.<\/h1>\r\nThis original production, by GVT Artistic Director Cathey Sawyer, runs Oct. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 -10 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. and a Pay-What-You-Can Preview performance Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.\r\n\r\nTickets are $30 for general adult admission, $27 for seniors (60+) and $20 for children\/students. For more information, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.\r\n\r\nA World Premiere play with music that celebrates and chronicles the life of Ada \u201cBricktop\u201d Smith. Born in Alderson, WV, Bricktop was a singer and dancer who rose to fame as a nightclub owner during the Jazz Age. She opened Chez Bricktop\u2019s in Paris in 1926, eventually became the darling of Paris nightlife and was nicknamed the \u201cDoyenne of Caf\u00e9 Society.\u201d\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_34667" align="alignright" width="380"]<img class=" wp-image-34667" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/10\/Cathey_Sawyer.jpeg" alt="" width="380" height="380" \/> (Photo courtesy of Greenbrier Valley Theatre)<br \/>GVT Artistic Director and Bricktop: Legend of the Jazz Age playwright Cathey Sawyer[\/caption]\r\n\r\nAn extraordinary woman who overcame so much and became so iconic, \u201cBricktop\u201d led a unique life full of adventure and success. Cathey Sawyer, GVT\u2019s Artistic Director, made the decision to tell her story and has dedicated many months to the creation of a unique production worthy of the name \u201cBricktop.\u201d\r\n\r\nSawyer has been GVT\u2019s Artistic Director for over 25 years, and in that time she has written a few local hits, including The Greenbrier Ghost and Babes in Toyland. Now she\u2019s undertaken the task of remembering one of West Virginia\u2019s most famous natives, which so few people know about.\r\n\r\n\u201cI chose Bricktop because she is an under-sung West Virginian with a great life story - a story like no one else from this state,\u201d the playwright said.\r\n\r\nWith that in mind, Sawyer selected an actor who would able to do justice to such a story. Gabrielle Lee, who made an appearance at GVT\u2019s Masquerade in the Mountains in July, and she blew the audience away was selected. Lee has sung backup with musical legends such as Steely Dan, Michael Bolton and Harry Belafonte, amongst many others all over the world. Sawyer knew she has what it takes to bring \u201cBricktop\u201d to life on stage, and help the audience realize the tremendous work she did.\r\n\r\n\u201cI hope the audiences have a greater appreciation for the odds she surpassed and a greater appreciation of the music and times she lived in,\u201d Sawyer said.\r\n\r\nThis program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Arts, Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.