Word for Word premieres this story of brotherhood from one of the great American storytellers. Two brothers in 1950’s Harlem—the elder a schoolteacher and family man; the younger, Sonny, a jazz pianist with a troubled past—navigate a tense and complicated relationship against the jazzy rhythmic background of city life. Music is present in every moment of Sonny’s Blues—the neighborhood bars, the deserted schoolyards, the gospel singers in the streets of Harlem. Ultimately, Baldwin’s depiction of the terrible, joyful struggle to find the soul of life is a stunning portrayal of a man.
Friday, February 15 @ 7:30 PM
PERFORMANCE AND POST-SHOW GALA WITH MARCUS SHELBY. See our Sonny's Blues performance, and then join jazz great Marcus Shelby and his quartet--performing on our stage along with the dynamic Miss Faye Carol-- for live music and a conversation about Sonny's Blues. Mingle post-performance at a delicious reception.