Harlem, 1926. The city overflows with Jazz. Folk move with musicality, and speak rhythms, and in the heart of it all is Violet—a middle-aged woman set on revenge. Her husband’s affair with a beautiful young woman sets off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. Adapted from Toni Morisson’s stunning novel and musically underscored by Bay-Area jazz musician Marcus Shelby—Jazz is a theatrical composition. Peeling back layered accounts 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.

Performance Schedule


Tue - Sat 7:30pm  
Sunday May 5, 7:30pm


Sunday (Preview) Apr 28, 4pm    
Thursday (Perspectives) May 9, 1pm    
Saturdays, Apr 27, May 4, 11 & 18, 2pm    
Sundays May 5, 12 & 19, 2pm 

Ticket Prices

Performance Center
Previews (Apr 25 – 28) $37 $37
Opening Night (Apr 30) $60 $55
Sat Eve $60 $55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $49 $44
Matinees $49 $44
Best Deal (all shows, limited availability) n/a $25

* Excludes Opening Night.

Prices subject to change. 

Phone orders subject to a $10 per order fee; online orders subject to a $3 per order fee

Disabled seating is currently only available through the MTC Box Office (415.388.5208 or in person). We apologize for any inconvenience.


  • GROUPS – Bring eight or more people to receive a $7 discount on tickets. Call to book with the discount (415) 388-5208
  • SENIORS (65+) – $4 off any performances 
  • UNDER 30 – $22, all performances
  • TEENS – $10, all performances
  • MILITARY – $6 off all performances. MTC is a proud member of the Blue Star Theatres program. Click here to learn more, and call to book with the discount (415) 388-5208
  • EDUCATOR – $12, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Contact the Education Dept. to request. 

Military and Under 30 discounts and special group rates available only by calling or visiting the Box Office in person: (415) 388-5208.  Promo Codes distributed for online redemption subject to availability.  Only ONE (1) Promo Code will be valid per order.  Promo Codes do not apply to Best Deal ($25) tickets.


  • Paige Mayes

    Paige Mayes

    Clarinet/Golden Gray/Parrot

    Paige Mayes is an actress, dancer, and a singer originally from Denver, CO. Paige graduated from Arizona State University where she received her Bachelors in dance-performing arts. She also attended the American Conservatory Theater, where she did the Summer Training Congress and the SF Semester. She is beyond thankful to be apart of Nambi Kelly’s Jazz! What an honor to tell this story to the community. Mayes only prays to go beyond what she can exceed and continue telling stories, that resonate deep within our communities. Yet reflect the times we have lived and are currently living.

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Creative Team

  • ​Nambi E. Kelley

    ​Nambi E. Kelley


    Nambi E. Kelley has penned plays for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre/American Blues Theater, Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab, LATT Children’s Theatre/Unibooks Publishing Company (South Korea), Teatri Sbagliati (Italy), and The Finger Players (Singapore), where she also performed in the co-adapted production of The Book of Living and Dying. The world premiere of Native Son was nominated for five Jeff Awards (Chicago's Tony Awards) including best adaptation and production of the year, and was the highest grossing production in Court Theatre's 60-year history. It is included on the Kilroy's List 2015, in the top 7% of new plays by female and trans* authors and can be purchased through Samuel French. Her other works Xtigone (Chicago Danz Theatre Ensemble; African American Shakespeare Company, directed by Rhodessa Jones), and For Her As A Piano (a Goodman Theatre/Chicago Dramatists/Pegasus co-production). A recent finalist for the Francesca Primus Award and the Kevin Spacey Foundation Award, Kelley just concluded being the Playwright in Residence at National Black Theatre where her play Blood starring Roscoe Orman received a workshop production in November.  Professional affiliations include Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, La MaMa E.T.C., Spoleto, Ragdale Foundation, and playwright emeritus at Chicago Dramatists. An accomplished actress, Kelley has performed at theatres across the country and internationally and has been seen on several television shows, including Person of InterestMadam SecretaryElementary, and Chicago Justice. Nambi has a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College. nambikelley.com

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  • ​Awoye Timpo

    ​Awoye Timpo


    Awoye Timpo Credits include: The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater), Skeleton Crew (Chester Theater), Sister Son/ji (Billie Holiday Theater), Carnaval (National Black Theatre), Ndebele Funeral (59E59, South African tour, Edinburgh Festival); The Libation Bearers (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Araby (La MaMa), In the Continuum (Juilliard); Clybourne Park (Farmers Alley), The Vanished (Novisi). Producer: CLASSIX, a reading series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights. Broadway: Associate Director, Jitney; Assistant Director, Shuffle Along. Other: ABC/Disney, Cherry Lane, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Ma-Yi, New Dramatists, NOW Africa, Page 73, PEN World Voices, Rising Circle, Royal Shakespeare Company, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and WNYC.

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers