Harlem, 1926. The city overflows with Jazz. Folks 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.

Generous support for Jazz provided by The Shubert Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special effects advisories TBD. MTC provides advisories for each production regarding special effects that may affect patron health and physical sensitivities. MTC does not provide advisories relating to content, because content sensitivities vary from patron to patron. If you have questions about content, please contact the box office prior to purchasing your tickets as we do not offer refunds to patrons who choose not to see a show based on subject matter. 

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Performance Schedule

Press Opening Night 

Tuesday, May 30, 7:30pm.  
Opening nights are not available for sale online. Seating is extremely limited. 
 

Questions? Please contact the Box Office directly: 
(415) 388-5208 | boxoffice@marintheatre.org 

Evenings

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

Matinees 

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


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Ticket Prices

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Previews (Apr 25 – 28) $39 $39
Sat Eve & Weekend Matinees $60 $55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $52 $47
Perspectives Matinee $52 $47
Best Deal (see info below) $25 $25

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.

Discounts

  • BEST DEAL: $25 tickets in select seats available for all performances beginning one week before opening night. Available online. Questions? Call the box office at 415-388-5208
  • GROUPS: Bring eight or more people to receive a $7 discount on tickets. The group discount is automatically applied online. Questions? Call the box office at 415-388-5208.
  • SENIORS (65+): $4 off single tickets to all performances, available online.
  • UNDER 30: $25, all performances, available online.
  • TEENS: $10, all performances, available online.
  • MILITARY: $6 off all performances. Thank you for your service! Please call the box office to reserve at (415) 388-5208.
  • EDUCATOR: $12, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Call the box office to reserve at (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.
Promo Codes do not apply to already discounted tickets (including Senior, Under 30, Teen, and Best Deal).


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MTC Engaged Special Events

WINDOW ON THE WORK

WINDOW ON THE WORK

Tues., April 16 | 7:00 PM

Window on the Works series focuses on our production; design, casting and rehearsal process. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley.

AFTER WORDS

AFTER WORDS

Post-Show

Post-show question and answer sessions, led by a member of our artistic staff, immediately following most performances (except on Opening and Closing Nights and Saturdays).

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Every Wednesday | 7:10 PM

Join us in the theatre—with a beverage!—for a pre-show talk with a member of our artistic staff prior to every Wednesday evening performance.

Perspectives Matinee

Perspectives Matinee

Thurs., May 9 | 12:00 PM

Topical lecture one hour prior to the 1:00 PM open-captioned performance.

Cast

  • Margo Hall*

    Margo Hall*

    Trumpet/Alice Manfred

    Margo Hall (director) is an award winning actor/director/playwright. She has performed and directed in theatres throughout the Bay Area, and was last seen at MTC on stage in Skeleton Crew. She recently directed Barbecue for SF Playhouse (which she also starred in) which won the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Direction, and Best Production for 2018. Other directing credits include Red Velvet and The Story for SF Playhouse, Brownsville Song, b-side for tray for Shotgun Players, where she also co-directed Bulrusher with Ellen Sebastian Chang. She is a founding member of Campo Santo, and has directed, performed and collaborated on several new plays with artists such as Naomi Iizuka, Jessica Hagedorn, Philip Kan Gotanda, and Octavio Solis. She debuted as a director with the World Premiere of Joyride,from the novel Grand Avenue by Greg Sarris, for Campo Santo. The production won the Critics Circle Award and SF Weekly Black Box Award for Best Director. She also co-directed Mission Indians with Nancy Benjamin, The Trail of Her Inner Thigh with Rhodessa Jones, Hotel Angulo, and Simpatico for Campo Santo. Other directing credits includeThurgood for Lorraine Hansberry Theater starring Steven Jones, , and Friend of my Youth and Sonny’s Blues for Word for Word. She is also a professor at Chabot College where she directed Fabulation, Hamlet Blood in the Brain, The Trojan Women, It Falls, SPUNK, Ragtime, and A Streetcar Named Desire and Polaroid Stories at UC Berkeley.

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  • Lisa Lacy*

    Lisa Lacy*

    Sax/Malvone

    Lisa Lacy is a native of Chicago and a professional, award winning actress, playwright and director. This is Lisa’s debut performance with Marin Theatre Company. She is the proud Founder and Executive Director of Images Theatre Company in Sacramento, CA and a Teaching Artist for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, “Any Given Child,” Kennedy Center pilot program. Her theatrical credits include performances with the Negro Ensemble Company, New York City/Signature Theatre, PlayGround at Berkeley Rep, African-American Shakespeare Company at Brava Theatre, San Francisco, Images Theatre Company at Barnsdall Theatre/Hollywood, Capital Stage in Sacramento and many others. Her favorite regional roles are “Aunt Ester” in August Wilson’s, GEM of the OCEAN at the Sacramento Theatre Company and “Mama Nadi” in Lynn Nottage’s, RUINED at the Guild Theater. Lisa currently resides bi-coastally in CA and New York City. She is honored to be a cast member in Nambi E. Kelley’s, JAZZ.

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  • Paige Mayes

    Paige Mayes

    Clarinet/Golden Gray/Parrot

    Paige Mayes is a actor/dancer/vocalist/entrepreneur. Whom is beyond grateful to make her Marin Theater Company debut along side a superb cast. Ms. Paige is a proud Aurora, Colorado native. She holds a BFA in Dance Performing Arts from Arizona State University. She was last seen in The Tenderloin Tour (Cutting Ball Theater), and The Broadway World Regional Award-Winning Production of For Colored Girls.... (African American Shakespeare Company). She sends much thanks to Nambi E. Kelly and Awoye Timpo. For allowing her this opportunity, along side a fiercely talented cast! 

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  • Dezi Solèy

    Dezi Solèy

    Dorcas

    Dezi Solèy is a prizmatic artist & entrepreneur dedicated to co-creating & making space for embodiments of the Divine through explorations in theater, film & performance art. Solèy's most recent theater credits include starring in Star Finch's Bondage with Alter Theater; Campo Santo's Ethos de Masquerade; TheatreFirst’s  productions of The Farm, Participants, Between Us & Cleavon Smith's The Last Sermon of Sister Imani; and Crowded Fire Theater's collaborative production Death Becomes Life: Banish Darkness. She is blessed to be among such an amazing creative team in Nambi Kelley's Jazzwww.dezisoley.com

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  • Michael Gene Sullivan*

    Michael Gene Sullivan*

    Joe Trace/Country Joe

    Michael Gene Sullivan is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright who was last seen at Marin Theatre Company as Potter (and several others) in “It’s A Wonderful life.” Michael has also performed at American Conservatory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, The Magic Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse. Michael is also Resident Playwright with the Playwrights Foundation, and Resident Playwright/Director/Actor with the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, having acted in, written, and/or directed over 30 shows. In addition to his many plays for SFMT Michael’s work as a playwright includes his all woman political farce “Recipe,” his radical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” his one-person show “Did Anyone Every Tell You - You Look Like Huey P. Newton,” and his critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of Orwell’s “1984,” which has been performed around the world, is now available in five languages.

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  • Tiffany Tenille

    Tiffany Tenille

    Piano/Felice

    Tiffany Tenille is honored to make her Marin Theatre Company debut alongside such passionate and talented artists. Ms. Tenille is a proud Chicago native, where she holds her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. She was last seen in the onstage runs, Between Riverside and Crazy (San Jose Stage Company), and the BroadwayWorld regional Award-Winning production of For Colored Girls... (African-American Shakespeare Company). On screen you can catch her on HBO in the short film Suitable, and in her feature film debut Jezebel as the title role which will make its World Premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Ms. Tenille finds liberation through honest and radical storytelling such as the compelling tale of Jazz. She sends her love and immense gratitude to Nambi E. Kelley and Awoye Timpo for the opportunity to take part in such a creatively fulfilling story! www.tiffanytenille.com

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  • Dane Troy*

    Dane Troy*

    Bass/Henry Lestroy/Acton

    Dane Troy is a performance artist from the heart of Atlanta. In Georgia, he worked with Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Dad's Garage Theatre, Horizon Theatre and Theatrical Outfit. Since August '15, Dane has been improvising, writing and performing sketch comedy all over Los Angeles and San Francisco at theaters such as Killing My Lobster Theatre, The Groundlings, iO West, Nerdist, The Pack Theatre, Piano Fight & The Upright Citizens Brigade . Dane was a cast member/writer in the 2018 CBS Diversity Showcase in LA. Look for him in the Amazon Prime Original Series "Hand of God" as Freddie Hampton & the Lifetime movie "Driven" as Jackson. Most recently, Dane was a part of MTC's 2017 production of Nambi E. Kelley's "Native Son" as Buddy. Dane loves Marin Theatre Company & is thankful for the opportunity to contribute to such a captivating and impactful piece such as Nambi E. Kelley's "Jazz!" Much Love. Go Braves.

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  • C. Kelly Wright

    C. Kelly Wright

    Violet/Shrinking Violet

    C. Kelly Wright (Violet/Country Violet)  is honored to return to MTC where she first appeared in the award-winning As Thousands Cheer (2000) and most recently the West Coast Premiere of Nambi E. Kelley’s, Native Son (2017). Actress/singer/dancer, Wright’s work on Off-Broadway and theatrical stages across the country have garnered her much acclaim, including: Langston in Harlem (Urban Stages, NYC), The Scottsboro Boys (West Coast Tour), Black Pearl Sings! (Interact, Philadelphia) and Caroline, Or Change & Radio Golf (TheatreWorks, CA). Wright’s greatest love might be found developing new works. Wright has given voice to development of Broadway shows from Memphis to Mountaintop. Wright has worked for playwrights Aurin Squirer, Calvin A. Ramsey, David Lee Colston, Douglas Lyons, Larry Powell, Marcus Gardley, Nilan Johnson, Nina Mercer, Philana Omorotionmwan, and many more. Musically, Wright has developed with multiple award-winning writing teams. Violet/Country Violet is the blessed realization of the wildest of dreams coming true.

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Creative Team

  • ​Nambi E. Kelley

    ​Nambi E. Kelley

    Playwright

    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^

    Director

    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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  • Kimie Nishikawa+

    Scenic Designer

  • Karen Perry+

    Costume Designer

  • Jeff Rowlings+

    Lighting Designer

  • Gregory Robinson+

    Sound Designer

  • Marcus Shelby

    Marcus Shelby

    Composer

    Marin Theatre Company commissioned SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Marcus Shelby to compose a full original score to accompany our West Coast premiere and second production of Nambi E. Kelley’s Jazz, adapted from the Toni Morrison novel of the same name. Bassist, composer, arranger, educator and bandleader Shelby is a major figure synonymous with Bay Area jazz and the spirit of collaboration. His work focuses on the history, present, and future of the African-American experience, with major suites for jazz orchestra devoted to abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman, Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., and the Port Chicago disaster and mutiny of 1944. He was recently named an SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, a program which selects a group of forward thinking musicians every two years.

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  • Dave Maier

    Fight Choreographer



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

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