A JLP theater event in Brooklyn, May 2011

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We are pleased to announce a partnership with theater producer and director Christopher McElroen, founder of the Classical Theater of Harlem (CTH), to produce a one or two night theater event based on the Jazz Loft Project book in Brooklyn in May 2011.  Longtime followers of this website will remember Chaos Manor, the JLP event planned for Fort Greene Park last July that was canceled due to 104 degree temperatures.  Chaos Manor was a “staged reading” of the book, the brainchild of Brigid Hughes, founder and editor the Brooklyn journal, A Public Space (APS).  It was co-sponsored by APS and the Center for Documentary Studies and it was part of NYC’s summer Park Lit program.

This new event will retain the same partners with the addition of McElroen, who produced and directed approximately forty plays in eleven years at CTH including the remarkable Waiting for Godot set in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans post-Katrina.  Among other things McElroen currently is working on a collaboration with the Ralph Ellison estate for a first-ever stage production of Ellison’s novel, The Invisible Man.

McElroen will create a treatment of the JLP book for this workshop-style event using actors and musicians.  We’ll keep you posted on the precise time and location when those details are official.

-Sam Stephenson

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