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Emboldened/Unsung Jazz Heroes
Theatre Off Jackson
Seattle, WA
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Emboldened/Unsung Jazz Heroes
Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz Live Installation at 7:00 pm
Upstairs in the Gallery

Emboldened The Rise And Fall of King Bolden The First at 8:00 pm
Shows runs until 10:30 with one intermission.

Freehold's Engaged Theatre program, in association with Theatre Off Jackson, presents an immersive music and theatre experience commissioned by Freehold and produced in partnership with the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and The Mahogany Project.

Emboldened/Unsung Jazz Heroes investigates the need to seek  both individually and collectively  an identity and a durable sense of self, and inquires into how necessity leads to the birth of inspiration. Juxtaposing stories from Seattle's historic jazz scene with the forgotten legacy of Buddy Bolden, the project examines the extraordinary internal worlds of these under-noticed souls and their struggle to break out of imposed limits  creatively and destructively.

A two-part experience featuring an interactive site-specific installation as well as an original play, Emboldened/Unsung Jazz Heroes will combine video, performance and music for a night of storytelling that will invite the public to encounter theatre  and each other  in a new interface.

The event features an original play, Emboldened: The Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First, by Reginald André Jackson (winner of the 2010 AATE Distinguished Playwriting Award) about the life of Buddy Bolden, accompanied by an original score composed by D'Vonne Lewis (of Industrial Revelation, winner of the 2014 Stranger Genius Award in Music). The play will be prefaced by the live installation Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz, a contextual historic gallery showcasing the stories of Seattle's vibrant yet underdocumented jazz scene.


Emboldened and Unsung Jazz Heroes
Freehold's Engaged Theatre in association with Theatre Off Jackson
In partnership with The Mahogany Project and the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

July 23, 24, 25 Unsung Jazz Heroes at 7:00pm/Emboldened at 8:00pm

July 26 Seattle Jazz Heroes Tribute Night at 4:00pm Emboldened  at 5:00pm

July 31, August 1, 3 Unsung Jazz Heroes at 7:00pm/Emboldened at 8:00pm

August 2 Emboldened at 5:00pm

Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave S, Seattle WA 98104

Emboldened: The Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First
Written by Reginald André Jackson
Original Score by D'Vonne Lewis
Directed by Robin Lynn Smith
Scenic design by Catherine Cornell
Lighting design by Kent Cubbage
Costume design by Melinda Hare
Movement Director: Jessica Jobaris
Cast: Earl Alexander, Treavor Boykin, Tracy Hughes, Reginald André Jackson, Aishé Keita, Felicia Loud, Richard Sloniker, Kevin Warren
Musicians: D'Vonne Lewis , Ahamefule Oluo, Geoff Cooke
Poster artwork: Jay Mason

Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz: A Live Installation
Produced in partnership with The Mahogany Project and the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
Writers: Daemond Arrindell, Sandra Boas-DuPree, Linda Holden Givens
Dramaturge: Victoria McNaughton
Filmmaker: John Helde
Company: Jonté Ausler, Isaiah Barnett, Sandra Boas-DuPree, Andrew Lee Creech, Lauren DuPree, Rick DuPree, Linda Holden Givens, Jacob Henthorn, James Kelly, Lake Lewis, Felicia Loud, Merri Ann Osborne, Kevin Warren, Taylor Westerlund, Sharon Nyree Williams, Connor Zaft

Tickets are pay-what-you-can.
Please note: the Unsung Jazz Heroes installation will not run on Sundays.


Theatre Off Jackson (View)
409 7th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98104
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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