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The World Premiere of the Play JAZZ Based on Toni Morrison’s Novel by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

The world premiere of JAZZ, Nambi E. Kelley’s play based on the Harlem-centric historical novel by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will be produced this spring at Center Stage, Baltimore, Maryland. JAZZ will run May 19, 2017 to June 25, 2017.


Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, author of Jazz. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

It will be directed by Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. Center Stage received a $50,000 NEA grant and more than $30 million of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to help with the world premiere of JAZZ. —The Baltimore Sun

“We’re thrilled that the NEA has chosen to support our world premiere … which will not be a typical ‘page-to-stage’ literary adaptation, but rather an experimental artistic endeavor, combining the elements of literature, poetry, storytelling and theater with music, movement and spoken word.” —Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah

Jazz is the 1992 historical novel by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning American author Toni Morrison. The majority of the narrative takes place in Harlem during the 1920s; however, as the pasts of the various characters are explored, the narrative extends back to the mid-19th century American South.

JAZZ By Nambi E. Kelley
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Based on the book by Toni Morrison
May 19, 2017–June 25, 2017
In Morrison’s exhilarating novel, Joe and Violet move from the Virginia countryside to Harlem at the turn of the century, young and in love. Twenty years later, Joe’s interactions with a young woman set off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. Peeling back layers 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. http://www.centerstage.org/

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