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And All That Jazz
November 18, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WordTheatre, ‘the short story performance specialists’ (Sunday Times), presents “And All That Jazz”, an evening of jazz themed stories, poetry and music celebrating that great big bopping American fusion of African and European rhythms that moved at lightning speed from New Orleans through Chicago and New York, over the ocean to Paris and then the world. An array of acclaimed actors will bring to life the dark smoky rooms, the snare drums, the sequined dresses and bootleg booze.
James Pearson brought the world of dark smoky rooms, the sequined dresses and bootleg booze with his exquisite and jazzy arrangements on piano…
Ginny Holder read Mary Lou Williams
Okezie Morro read “Invitation” by Al Young
Jessica Gunning read “a 1926 headline from The New York Times”
Miles Jupp read Boris Gibalin
Lucy Cohu read “Does Jazz Put the Sin in Syncopation?” by Anne Shaw Faulkner
Joseph Marcell read Langston Hughes
John Schwab read “Concert” by John Edgar Wideman
Jessica Gunning read “Mood Indigo” by Ntozake Shange
Jack Shepard read “The Lost Generation” by Billy Taylor
Miles Jupp read “Jazz Band” by Frank Marshall Davis
John Schwab, Ginny Holder, and Jessica Gunning read Father Peter O’Brien and Mary Lou Williams
Miles Jupp read Jamie Cullum
Joseph Marcell read “The Plum” by Christopher Gilbert
Polly Gibbons and Jessica Gunning read “I live in music” by Ntozake Shange
Okezie Morro read Charlie “Yardbird” Parker
Jack Shepard read Robert Reisner
Ginny Holder, Okezie Morro, and Polly Gibbons read “The Reunion”, by Maya Angelou
Polly Gibbons sang “All of Me” by Billie Holiday
Joseph Marcell, Okezie Morro, and Lucy Cohu read “Pres Spoke in a Language“ by Amiri Baraka
Jack Shepard read “The Amen Corner” by James Baldwin
Miles Jupp read “The Beginning of Bop” by Jack Kerouac
Jack Shepard read “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks
Ginny Holder read Nina Simone
John Schwab read “Wonder: Red Beans and Ricely” by Pushcart Prize Winning Poet, Sydney Lea
Ginny Holder, Polly Gibbons, Jessica Gunning, and Lucy Cohu read “Woman With Trumpet Gets Deported” by Michelle Cliff
Joseph Marcell read Louis Armstrong’s Letter
Directed by Cedering Fox. Produced by Kirsty Peart and Cedering Fox.
Sponsored by EFG.
EFG is a keen supporter of the written word. In addition to its close association with The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, it has supported a number of literary festivals, including Charleston, Althorp and Small Wonder, and has worked with WordTheatre for several years.
Due to the ever-shifting nature of actors’ schedules, cast is subject to change without notice.