Theatre on the Hill: For the Love of Jazz
FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ
Ticket price: $25
by Raven Cassell
Set in NYC late 1920s-1930s this Jazzical (jazz musical) sits with a brilliant writer woman named Blue who chooses to in-fact, put her career first and have total control of her fluid sexuality, never staying long enough to be “stuck” in love. In her pursuit of “the best damn love story New York ever did read,” Blue falls into the quicksand with a smooth-talkin’ Saxophonist named Jazz where she finds power in loving and being loved. When shit hits the fan, she’s left to clean herself up and define exactly what happiness is for her, whether that’s a life with or without the sweet sounds of Jazz. This career woman is far more familiar to us now, but the play looks at her nearly 100 years ago, navigating some of the same obstacles of liberation and autonomy with a backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance. It asks what it looks like for a woman to hold power and still navigate love.
Adult themes and language