Emboldened / Unsung Jazz Heroes

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:00pm - Monday, August 3, 2015 - 10:00pm

Emboldened/Unsung Jazz Heroes in the Seattle Times!

Emboldened in City Arts!  

Poster artwork by Jay MasonPoster Artwork by Jay Mason

Freehold’s Engaged Theatre program, in association with Theatre Off Jackson, presents an immersive music and theatre experience commissioned by Freehold and produced in partnership with the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and The Mahogany Project.

Emboldened/Unsung Jazz Heroes investigates the need to seek – both individually and collectively – an identity and a durable sense of self, and inquires into how necessity leads to the birth of inspiration. Juxtaposing stories from Seattle’s historic jazz scene with the forgotten legacy of Buddy Bolden, the project examines the extraordinary internal worlds of these under-noticed souls and their struggle to break out of imposed limits – creatively and destructively.

A two-part experience featuring an interactive site-specific installation as well as an original play, Emboldened/Unsung Jazz Heroes will combine video, performance and music for a night of storytelling that will invite the public to encounter theatre – and each other – in a new interface.

The event features an original play, Emboldened: The Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First, by Reginald André Jackson (winner of the 2010 AATE Distinguished Playwriting Award) about the life of Buddy Bolden, accompanied by an original score composed by D’Vonne Lewis (of Industrial Revelation, winner of the 2014 Stranger Genius Award in Music). The play will be prefaced by the live installation Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz, a contextual historic gallery showcasing the stories of Seattle’s vibrant yet underdocumented jazz scene.

Emboldened and Unsung Jazz Heroes

Freehold’s Engaged Theatre in association with Theatre Off Jackson
In partnership with the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and The Mahogany Project
July 23, 24, 25 at 7:00pm; July 26 at 5:00pm
July 31, August 1, 3 at 7:00pm; August 2 at 5:00pm
Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave S, Seattle WA 98104
Emboldened: The Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First
Written by Reginald André Jackson
Original Score by D’Vonne Lewis
Directed by Robin Lynn Smith
Scenic design by Catherine Cornell
Lighting design by Kent Cubbage
Costume design by Melinda Hare
Movement Director: Jessica Jobaris
Cast: Earl Alexander, Treavor Boykin, Tracy Hughes, Reginald André Jackson, Aishé Keita, Felicia Loud, Richard Sloniker, Kevin Warren
Musicians: D’Vonne Lewis, Ahamefule Oluo, Geoff Cooke
Poster Artwork: Jay Mason 

Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz: A Live Installation
Produced in partnership with the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and The Mahogany Project
Writers: Daemond Arrindell, Sandra Boas-DuPree, Linda Holden Givens
Dramaturge: Victoria McNaughton
Filmmaker: John Helde
Company: Jonté Ausler, Isaiah Barnett, Sandra Boas-DuPree, Andrew Lee Creech, Lauren DuPree, Rick DuPree, Linda Holden Givens, Jacob Henthorn, James Kelly, Lake Lewis, Felicia Loud, Merri Ann Osborne, Kevin Warren, Taylor Westerlund, Sharon Nyree Williams, Connor Zaft

Tickets are pay-what-you-can and can be reserved via this link: http://emboldened.bpt.me