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“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 By Nambi E. Kelley
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Based on the book by Toni Morrison
May 19, 2017–June 25, 2017
A WORLD PREMIERE
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/