June 8, 2019 - June 30, 2019By Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor
Original Music by Obie Award winner Diedre L. Murray
Directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson
JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER
Oo-Bla-Dee paints a shimmering portrait of an all-female band of African-American bebop musicians traveling the country following the end of World War II. A sweeping and ambitious play-with-music, Oo-Bla-Dee is created by Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away, Crowns), Obie-winning jazz composer Diedre L. Murray (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) and Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney at Two River and on Broadway).
SIGHT UNSEEN by Donald Margulies, April 19 - May 13. This is a rich and complex four-character play that fascinates from beginning to end. The production at Jewish Repertory Theatre does it justice in every way, from first-class acting to the walking-on-canvas set. By simplifying the set in this intimate space, the focus of the audience is on the words and the actors. Both are sharp and brilliant, as the play zig-zags in time, gradually revealing the motivations, secrets, and desires of the characters.
Constance Caldwell and Peter Palmisano in SIGHT UNSEEN
Presented by the Buffalo Jazz Collective: John Bacon (drums), Joe Ford (tenor sax), George Caldwell (piano), Sabu Adeyola (bass)
City Honors School Jazz band students with UB Jazz Department faculty - John Bacon, Jr., George Caldwell, Sabu Adeyola and Bobby Militello.
In November, the students were excited to play at the Burchfied Penney Arts Center, a state of the arts center auditorium that hosts many great jazz performances from all over the country.