Plowshares Theatre Company, Michigan's only professional African American theatre troupe, offers Detroit playwright Ron Milner's Jazz Set, Aug. 10-Sept. 3, at the Anderson Center Theater in Dearborn, MI.
Plowshares artistic director Gary Anderson directs the Detroit set story of the lives of six jazz musicians. Milner uses musical metaphors to express the conflicts and compromises that happen among people based on economics, race, social status and spirituality. Plowshares bills Jazz Set as "an emotionally complex drama that asks the artists and the world: What's more important, the soloist or the ensemble?"
The company includes Lynch Travis as the Tenor, John Woolridge as the Alto, Jill Chenault as the Pianist, Moneo Marshall as the Bassist, George Johnson as the Drummer and James Bowen as the Trumpet.
Designers are Neil Carpentier-Alting (set), Andrew Glaszek (costumes) and Ronald Burns (lights).
Playwright Milner The Warning: A Theme for Linda and Who's Got His Own? In 1970, in the Motor City, Milner founded The Spirit of Shango Theatre Company and was one of the founders, with Woodie King Jr, and David Rambeau, of Concept East Theatre. Official opening of Jazz Set is Aug. 12. Tickets are $10-$18. Anderson Center Theater is on the campus of Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd.
For information, call (313) 872-0279.
-- By Kenneth Jones