Baltimore Center Stage: Jazz
Jazz
May 19–June 25
  • By Nambi E. Kelley
  • Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
  • Based on the book by Toni Morrison

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.

“Jazz is the very form and voice of this wonderful book.”—The Baltimore Sun

Content Advisory: Some violence, sexual content, and adult themes may render this exhilarating story based on the Toni Morrison novel appropriate for most theatergoers in high school and up.

Come early to see our interactive Jazz lobby experience—our first audience enhancements in our completely renovated 4th floor!

And check out the show program ahead of time. Take a minute to meet the cast, read Kwame’s introduction, and review a timeline of events that helps introduce the characters and the historical context of this poetic and nonlinear play.

Approximate runtime is 1 hour and 20 minutes. There will be no intermission.

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Reviews
“A KINETIC WORLD PREMIERE… every bit a significant play. First rate cast.” — The Baltimore Sun
“A POETIC CELEBRATION.” — DC Metro Theater Arts
“AN INCREDIBLY TALENTED ENSEMBLE!” — MD Theatre Guide
“A TALENTED MULTI-DIMENSIONAL CAST…A lyrical love story that is richly textured." — DC Metro Theater Arts
“The world premiere of Jazz gives us a glimpse into those hardships that transcend race but are relevant to all human beings throughout time. Production value at Baltimore Center Stage is always stellar and Jazz is no different.” — Backstage Baltimore
“MESMERIZING!” — DMV202arts.com
“Kelley does a beautiful job preserving the voice of Morrison’s characters.” — Cultureseen4u.com
"The emotional payoff is considerable." — The Baltimore Sun
"A highly nuanced narrative intricately interwoven with music and dance." — DC Metro Theater Arts
"Nambi E. Kelley does an excellent job fusing the dialogue and the highly descriptive narration of Toni Morrison's voice." — MD Theatre Guide
In the News
05.02.17
Baltimore Magazine—The Launch: May 2017
05.09.17
Baltimore Magazine—Toni Morrison’s Jazz Comes to Life at Center Stage
05.16.17
American Theatre—Playwright Nambi E. Kelley Riffs on ‘Jazz’
05.28.17
DC Metro Theater Arts— Review ‘Jazz’ at Baltimore Center Stage
05.29.17
Backstage Baltimore— Review: Jazz at Baltimore Center Stage
05.30.17
The Baltimore Sun— A kinetic premiere of 'Jazz' at Baltimore Center Stage
05.30.17
MD Theatre Guide— Theatre Review: ‘Jazz’ at Baltimore Center Stage
05.30.17
DMV202arts.com— Theatre Review: ‘Jazz’ at Baltimore Center Stage
05.31.17
DC Theatre Scene— Toni Morrison’s Jazz at Baltimore Center Stage (review)
06.02.17
Broadway World— JAZZ Has World Premiere at Baltimore Center Stage Based on Toni Morrison Novel
05.31.17
The Virginian-Pilot— Baltimore stage company giving world premiere to play based on Toni Morrison's
06.07.17
Rousuck's Review: Toni Morrison's "Jazz" At Baltimore Center Stage