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Makers Lab
ML: Playing Hot
in Concert
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 8:00PM

Ars Nova
511 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
United States


Directed by JAKI BRADLEY
Music arrangements by JAMES WILLIAMS and MARCUS MILLER
Featuring ALPHONSO HORNE of Sammy Miller and The Congregation

Josh Bonzie
Fernando Contreras
Lindsley Howard
Dante Jeanfelix
Roi King
Emma Meltzer
Cristina Pitter


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 innovative 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.

Kevin Armento & Jaki Bradley are members of Ars Nova’s Makers Lab.


KEVIN ARMENTO's play Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally premiered Off-Broadway in 2015 (59E59 Theaters/One Year Lease, New York Times Critics' Pick, Drama Desk Nomination). Recent work includes Playing Hot (Pipeline Theatre), Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage), killers (Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory) and Companion Piece (Pleasance Theatre, London). He is an Artist-in-Residence at Ars Nova and an alum of their Play Group, a former Artist-in-Residence at The Drama League and was recently awarded grants from The Jerome Foundation and Brooklyn Arts Council. Kevin's plays have been developed by Abingdon Theatre, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Dixon Place, Seattle Repertory Theatre and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Other writing has been featured in Culturebot, Glamour and The Huffington Post and his spec script Comfortably Numb was recently optioned by CBSTVS. Upcoming: Good Men Wanted (New York Stage and Film), Balls (co-written with Bryony Lavery, Stages Repertory Theatre/One Year Lease).

JAKI BRADLEY is a Brooklyn-based director of new plays and musicals. Recent projects: Row (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals), Playing Hot (Gym at Judson), Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage) and I’ve Been to Sea Before (TONY Critic’s Pick). She has developed and presented work with The Public, Williamstown, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova and The Flea. As an Associate, she has worked with Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman, Lisa Peterson and Daniel Aukin, among others. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Ars Nova and a former Drama League Artist-in-Residence, member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

Playing Hot is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

PLAYING HOT received developmental support as part of the 2016 Artist Residency Program of The Drama League of New York (Roger T. Danforth, Artistic Director, Gabriel Shanks, Executive Director, funded in part by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust), from Pipeline Theatre Company (Artistic Director, Ari Schrier; Producing Director, Natalie Gershtein), and through The Habitat Theater Company's Directors Playground. PLAYING HOT was the recipient of a 2015 Jerome Travel and Study Grant.


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