“Queering the Jazz Aesthetic: An Interview with Sharon Bridgforth and Omi Osun Joni Jones”
by Francesca T. Royster
Is out in the Journal of Popular Music Studies!!
delta dandi is published in solo black woman performance, Northwestern University Press (11/2013), Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera. Funded in part with a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Writings about delta dandi by scholar/artists Stephanie Batiste and Anita Gonzalez are included in this book, as well as work by Stacey Robinson, Misty DeBerry and many others. ORDER IT HERE.
I am proud to announce that thanks to support from New Dramatists Creativity Fund, a Mellon Foundation funded program that allows current resident playwrights to explore work and process in creative ways and in the company of chosen collaborators…
I will be working on
The Adventures of HoneyPot and Dem
September 16-20, 2013 at New Dramatists (NYC)!!
I have the great fortune and Blessed pleasure of having
Daniel Alexander Jones and Kelly Sloan in the room/in the process/reading and responding and encouraging the development of the piece.
There will be an informal table reading of the work in progress
at New Dramatists
Friday September 20, 2013 3PM
Featuring: Daniel Alexander Jones and Kelly Sloan!!
To RSVP call (212) 757-6960
NOTE: Watch for HoneyPot and Dem in process in Austin, Texas featuring Sonja Parks, Florinda Bryant and Omi Osun Joni L. Jones in November 2013. Details sooncome.
COMING SOON The Adventures of HoneyPot and Dem EP (four track) audio recording!
con flama is a blues based/jazz performance script. It is a migration story. Blues in it’s sensibility and history. Jazz in it’s composition and non-linear exploration of time. Set in Los Angeles in the 1940s –1970s, con flama gives voice to a Black queer gurl’s coming of age story/and the people that shape her reality and dreams. The gurl’s life journey unfolds as she makes her way through the cultural landscape of Los Angeles on the bus.
More about con flama HERE.
Buy the ebook HERE.
I am really grateful for an amazing experience working on River See at Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS) 11/7/12 featuring: Sonja Parks, Mankwe Ndosi, Aimee Bryant, Mire Regulus, Molly Van Avery and Rebecca Frost! Photos by Chrys Carroll. More HERE.
This Master Class offers rigorous training, community engagement, audience development and the opportunity to expand current pools of connection.
Bridgforth will direct a core group of local artists in the process of bringing an excerpt from River See to life. After a short rehearsal, there will be a public sharing in which audiences will be called to respond as witness participants. A perfect opportunity to invite people from different traditions, backgrounds and experiences to come together, to participate in an improvisational process. One that requires we listen. Are Present. Extend ourselves.
Touring Party: 2 (Bridgforth and 1 actor)
Length of Residency: Varies (2 Day Minimum).
Includes: Local casting, open rehearsal, a public sharing and talk.
More about River See HERE.
lawdymercy I wrote a play in 25 minutes!!! Okay/well I wrote a piece of a play in 25 minutes. But I DID IT! It was terriorizing/pressurizing/and sho’ly triggered my crazy gene…but man I’m so proud/so happy I did it.
First of all/I wasn’t alone. Other New Dramatists family that were in on the writing maddness include: Tanya Barfield, David Greenspan, John Guare, Sarah Hammond, Quiara Alegría Hudes, David Ives, Sibyl Kempson, Qui Nguyen, Daniel Reitz, J.T. Rogers and Jenny Schwartz. We were lovingly cheered on by staff, board, other playwrights and ND supporters. Once the scripts were pried from our hands, Top notch directors, along with some of the best actors in NYC bought the pieces to life (with a total of 15 minute of rehearsals). By 10ish (PM) everyone in the building witnessed the plays.
It was a thrilling ride. One I am so happy I said yes to. Especially since the event helped New Dramatists raise more than $50,000!! $WOOTWOOT$$!
More about New Dramatists and Nocturnal Commissions HERE.