Jomama Jones' BLACK LIGHT Returns to New York This Fall

By: Jul. 25, 2018
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Jomama Jones' BLACK LIGHT Returns to New York This Fall

Producer Diana DiMenna (The Great Comet, Three Tall Women) is proud to announce that The Public Theater production of Black Light will return to New York this fall for a limited engagement at the Greenwich House Theater (27 Barrow Street). Performances will begin September 24 and run through December 31, with an opening night of October 10.

Created by Daniel Alexander Jones and starring Jones's alter ego - legendary singer Jomama Jones - Black Light is a captivating 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 removes the barrier between artist and audience, allowing them to bear witness, be witnessed and reflect on the present time.

"Black Light at Joe's Pub was a thrilling and spiritual experience," said producer Diana DiMenna. "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."

"Daniel Alexander Jones is a boundary-breaking visionary, an extraordinary artist-shaman who creates euphoria in the theater. He is what the world needs now," said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. "We are thrilled that Jomama Jones is continuing her life beyond Joe's Pub."

Black Light debuted earlier this year at Joe's Pub as part of the main stage season at The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director; Mandy Hackett, Director of Public Theater Productions). Director Tea Alagi? (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's 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.

Black Light was originally commissioned by The Public Theater's New York Voices program.

Daniel Alexander Jones makes theater, music, and live performance. His wildflower body of work continues to grow in dialogue with a wide range of collaborators and audiences. Duat premiered at Soho Rep in 2016 to critical acclaim (including a five-star review from Time Out). His other performance pieces and plays include Phantasmatron, Phoenix Fabrik Blood:Shock:Boogie, and Bel Canto. He adapted the second of L. Frank Baum's Oz books into a musical, Bright Now Beyond, with composer Bobby Halvorson and director Will Davis. Daniel's multi-chapter series of solo autobiographical performances, The Book of Daniel, included collaborations with MacArthur Fellow Walter Kitundu, and celebrated director Tea Alagic.

Daniel first appeared as his performance alter ego, Jomama Jones in 1995; since her "comeback" in 2010, Jomama has released four albums, Lone Star, Radiate, Six Ways Home, and, in 2017, the double album Flowering. Jomama premiered Radiate to rave reviews and sold-out houses at Soho Rep in 2010 and the piece subsequently toured to cities including Los Angeles, Austin, Minneapolis and Boston. Daniel received a 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award, among the most prestigious awards in the arts, in recognition of his risk-taking practice, and a 2016 USA Artist Fellow; he was also named an inaugural Mellon Foundation Creative Research Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle for 2017-2019. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Fordham University in NYC, where he lives.

From September 24 through October 7, the performance schedule will be as follows: Mondays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays at7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. From October 10 through December 31, the performance schedule will beMondays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm.


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