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Nicole Hodges Persley
University of Kansas
The American Jazz Museum
Thursday, March 7, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New “Rep & Rev” play reading series launches at The American Jazz Museum
KU Theater Professor Nicole Hodges Persley and American Jazz Museum Poet-in- Residence, Glenn North have partnered to produce the first performance series of The American Jazz Museum entitled Rep & Rev: Listening to the Music of Black Theater. The script-in- hand play reading series will explore the relationship of music to the language of black playwrights from the United States and the African Diaspora. The goal of the series is to expose diverse audiences to the connections between t repetition and revision in black music traditions and the language of black playwrights of the United States and the African Diaspora. All performances and audience talkbacks take place at the historic Gem Theater.
The series launched February 24th 2013 with Ontario Was Here, a new play by award winning playwright Darren Canady. The next performance in the series will take place on Sunday, March 17th at 4pm with a reading of Harlem Renaissance playwright Zora Neale Hurston’s Color Struck, a compelling play written in 1925 that explores skin color politics amongst African Americans. The next two plays in the series include Marcus Gardley’s Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi and Tess Osonye Onwueme’s The Missing Face.
Rep & Rev continues every third Sunday of the month from 4-7pm through May 2013. All readings will take place at The Gem Theater 1615 E 18th St Kansas City, MO 64108
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The series is free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets required.