Jomama Jones’ Black Light, which debuted last January at Joe's Pub as part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and returned again in February, will be remounted Off-Broadway this fall for a limited engagement. The show will run at the Greenwich House Theater September 24–December 31.
Black Light is created and performed by artist Daniel Alexander Jones, whose alter ego Jomama made her comeback to the stage in 2010 following a 15-year hiatus. The show is a musical journey that fuses the Black American Freedom movement, Afromysticism and goddess mythology with the musical influences of Prince, Sade, Diana Ross, and Tina Turner.
“Black Light at Joe’s Pub was a thrilling and spiritual experience,” says producer Diana DiMenna (The Great Comet, Three Tall Women). “I was deeply moved by Jomama's powerful, yet tender, hold over the entire audience, and the biting wisdom she was laying down for us to consider. And she did it in sequins with a kick-ass band and back-up singers! I just knew that more people needed to see this show and experience the wisdom and wit of her storytelling.”
Director Tea Alagić (The Brothers Size) will join the creative team for the transfer. Black Light features original music by Jomama Jones with Bobby Halvorson, Laura Jean Anderson, Dylan Meek, and Josh Quat. Music direction will be by Tariq al-Sabir, based upon Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes’ original arrangements. The production will also feature scenic design by Gabriel Evansohn, lighting design by Ania Parks, costume design by Oana Botez, and sound design by Nick Kourtides. Maximum Entertainment Productions serves as general manager.
Jomama Jones’ other shows include Radiate, which premiered at Soho Rep. in 2011, and Duat, which debuted at Soho Rep. in 2016. Jones was named a recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award in 2015, received the Alpert Award in the Arts, and was an inaugural Creative Capital Artist.
Daniel Alexander Jones makes theatre, music, and live performance. His other performance pieces and plays include Phantasmatron, Phoenix Fabrik Blood:Shock:Boogie, Bel Canto, and Bright Now Beyond, a musical adaptation with composer Bobby Halvorson and director Will Davis.
Black Light was originally commissioned by The Public Theater’s New York Voices program. Visit NYCBlacklight.com for more information on the show's Off-Broadway return.