Talented Broadway and world-traveled musician/writer/actor Kenneth A. Crutchfield's THE BONES VENTURE is a hilarious and surprising musical adventure about the Bonowski brothers who travel from Poland to America seeking what so many others seek... a good brothel in Chicago.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, KENNETH A. CRUTCHFIELD
Ken Crutchfield was born to a family of drummers on the south side of Chicago. His father worked around the Chicago area for years, eventually backing such artists as Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. After starting a family, Freddy Crutchfield, passed on his talents to his sons, Freddy, Jr. and Kenny Crutchfield. Ken began lessons from his dad at the age of two years old and was introduced to several drummers' style like Max Roach, Art Blakley, Joe Morello and Tony Williams among others. Later Ken and his brother would meet Max Roach and trade drum solos with him at a drum clinic; the event landed them being published in Jet Magazine. The Crutchfield brothers also performed at events on the same stage as the then unknown Jackson 5 as well as the TV variety show, Ted Mack Amateur Hour.
While in high school, Ken began working and recording with local bands. One of which was signed to Brunswick Records. After graduating from high school, Ken enrolled in the The American Conservatory of Music and began playing in pit orchestras for musicals that came into town while attending the Conservatory. There he played his first musical, "A Chorus Line."
He was later asked to go on the road with "The Wiz" which led to "Ain't Misbehavin'" with Nell Carter and his moving to California where he recorded and/or performed with such artists as Hank Crawford, Eddie Harris, Noel Pointer, Della Reese, Bennie Maupin and Joe Tex. While residing in California, Ken received his B.M. degree in music from the University of Southern California.
Later, Ken joined the original cast of "Ain't Misbehavin" on Broadway which brought him to New York. There he worked on such musicals as "Jelly's Last Jam," "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and with Jazz artists such as Lester Bowie and David Murray. Ken would later receive an M.A. degree in Jazz performance from Queens College where he studied under Sir Roland Hanna. Ken recently toured the United States with "Ain't Misbehavin' starring American Idol winner Reuben Studdard and featuring Frenchie Davis of American Idol, Rent and The Voice. He played drums on the cast CD which was nominated for a Grammy at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards.
Ken's talents extend far beyond music. He is also a songwriter, poet, playwright, actor and teacher. He has written four plays (Lorna's Lounge, Balloon On A String, The Great Kickin' Dog and Vanishing) having three produced off-Broadway. His poetry has been extolled by the international Poet, Barry Wallenstein.
This latest project, THE BONES VENTURE (inspired by Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice"), was conceived and written (script and music) by Kenneth Crutchfield. The goal of this witty musical comedy is to bring a little joy and laughter to the world in the midst of current economic and societal hardships.
ABOUT T-TYME Productions T-heater T-otally Y-ielded M-inistering E-xperience
T-TYME Productions is a not-for-profit organization operating for over 20 years out of Harlem, NY whose mission is to educate, inform and inspire. We provide talented actors, directors, writers and musicians help with any projects as the community may have need. Our industry professionals specialize in directing, acting, writing and staging of theatrical productions; writing, acting and directing for film and music from writing/composing to recording. We also provide workshops of various kinds, stage original work in the genres of plays, music composition and recording as well as film/video production. We are dedicated to the advancement and development of diverse ethnic groups in communities and beyond. Included is our premier educational F.OR.W.A.R.D. (Film, ORchestration, Writing, Art, Recording and Drama) program that helps students bridge curriculum with creative arts, a proven formula of success for creative thinkers.
T-TYME Productions has staged and produced numerous original plays Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and the greater Harlem community since 1991 and toured the southeast with well-known artists and featured guests. We have also produced several short film projects as well as co-produced Kenneth A. Crutchfield's Midnight Rendezvous album. T-TYME Productions co-sponsored the NYC Dept. of Education FORWARD School of Creative Writing, a middle school housed in the Bronx. Having served the Harlem community since its formation, we have now expanded our operations into other communities in the tri-state area.
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