Aunt Rudele returns to WBTT in Sarasota

Nate Jacobs re-creates popular show, character

May 16, 2013 

"I'm pretty. I'm the only female artist with a mustache."

That's Aunt Rudele talking.

She's made a couple of YouTube videos to show the movers and shakers in show biz that she's got some skills and somebody needs to make her a star. She sings a song she wrote, something about sitting at a bus stop, and she performs a mildly unsettling dance routine to "All the Single Ladies."

If you want more of Aunt Rudele than you can see on YouTube, you're in luck.

She'll be live on stage at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe for four shows beginning Thursday night.

Aunt Rudele is really WBTT artistic director Nate Jacobs. Jacobs created the character when he was in college and has since performed as Rudele at the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina and at Caroline's Comedy Club in New York.

This is only the third time Jacobs has performed "Aunt Rudele's Family Reunion" in Sarasota. Previous performances were at the Historic Asolo Theater and at Florida Studio Theatre.

Jacobs said he created Aunt Rudele by combining the personalities of several women in his life, especially his mother and grandmother. When he was a student at Florida A&M he was assigned to perform with no preparation, and Aunt Rudele appeared on the spot.

Details: May 16-19, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. Show times: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $29.50. Information: 941-366-1505 or www.wbttroupe.com.

-- Marty Clear

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