WEST COAST PREMIERE | April 25 – May 19
“Jazz” | Adapted by Nambi E. Kelley
Based on the book by Toni Morrison
Directed by Awoye Timpo | Music by Marcus Shelby
Harlem, 1926. The city overflows with Jazz. Folks move with musicality, and speak rhythms, and in the heart of it all is Violet—a middle-aged woman set on revenge. Her husband’s affair with a beautiful young woman sets off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. Adapted from Toni Morrison’s stunning novel and musically underscored by Bay-Area jazz musician Marcus Shelby—Jazz is a theatrical composition. Peeling back layered accounts and alternating perspectives expose ultimately sympathetic characters, who—like the growing New York neighborhood and the winding woods of their youth—reveal their own rhythms.
Featuring Margo Hall*, Lisa Lacy*, Paige Mayes, Dezi Solèy, Michael Gene Sullivan*, Tiffany Tenille, Dane Troy*, C. Kelly Wright* *Member, Actors’ Equity Association