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Keith Glover: Jazzland

A scene from Jazzland
A scene from Jazzland
Playwright Keith Glover

Jazz and theater share a love-hate relation-ship. For every critical and commercial success, such as August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom or Warren Leight’s Side Man, there are numerous jazz plays that are just plain bad.

Playwright Keith Glover was acutely aware of this not-so-sparkling history when he wrote Jazzland, which attempts to capture the unique ways jazz musicians work out their art. “I always loved the feeling that was around the players-the interactions and drama of working out arrangements and being a member of the band,” says Glover. “I never saw that onstage fully. Plus, I wanted to draw on previous works combining jazz, poetry and drama.”

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