Playing Hot

Written by Kevin Armento and C.A. Johnson
Directed by Jaki Bradley
Music Supervision by Marcus Miller
Created by Kevin Armento and Jaki Bradley

Set Design by Jason Sherwood
Lighting Design by Stacey Derosier
Costume Design by Haydee Zelideth
Stage Managed by Kristy Bodall
Assistant Stage Managed by Christy Perez

April 18 – May 12, 2019

Set within a brassy dance hall, PLAYING HOT deconstructs the incredible story of the birth of jazz in New Orleans. Retracing the rise and fall of Buddy Bolden, the little-known trumpeter who pioneered the radical sound that would become America’s Art Form, the show is neither biography nor period piece, neither play nor musical, but an explosive and cutting-edge theatrical event in the style of jazz. With the help of a live brass band, Buddy’s legend and infectious songs are conjured to life, riffing on history and pop culture the same way his music riffed on the notes on the page. 

Photos by Marcus Middleton from our developmental production of Playing Hot.
June 4, 2016. The Gym at Judson.