Durham’s Little Green Pig Will Stage the World Premiere of Howard L. Craft’s “Jade City Chronicles”

Herald M.F. Jones is a comic-book-style black superhero
Herald M.F. Jones is a comic-book-style black superhero

Herald M.F. Jones is a comic-book-style black superhero
Herald M.F. Jones is a comic-book-style black superhero

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern of Durham, NC, will stage the world premiere of Jade City Chronicles Volume 1: The Super Spectacular Bad Ass Herald M.F. Jones, a new play about a black superhero written by Howard L. Craft of Raleigh and directed by Jay O’Berski of Durham, on May 12-14, 19-22, and 25-28 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, as part of Manbites Dog’s “Other Voices Series.” Craft is an African-American poet, playwright, and teacher; and O’Berski is Little Green Pig’s artistic director and a faculty member of Duke University’s Theater Studies Department.

According to Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern:

“Jade City is in trouble. Nefarious mastermind The Head Mother has dispatched his minion Memphis Snake to terrorize and wrest control of the struggling metropolis’ drug cartel. Meanwhile, the mayor is on the take, and a vigilante named Retribution is killing off the pushers.

“Can old-school hero Herald M.F. Jones save a city assaulted from all sides by new-school havoc and despair? Only Durham’s own Howard L. Craft and LG Pig can tell you how it goes down. Dig?”

Jade City Chronicles Volume 1 will star Raleigh actor and playwright Mike Wiley as Herald M.F. Jones; and feature Chris Burner, Lakeisha Coffey, Thaddaeus Edwards, Michael Goolsby, Dana Marks, Carolyn McDaniel, Venson Matthews, Alphonse Nicholson, Tony Perucci, Kashif Powell, Lucius Robinson, Justin Smith, and Kala Wolfe.

The production’s designers include Torry Bend, Tom Guild, Chelsea Kurtzman, Alex Maness, Scott Marlow, Geraud Staton, and Jamie B. Wolcott.

SECOND OPINION: May 11th Durham, NC Independent Weekly preview by Craig D. Lindsey: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/between-superman-and-super-fly-looking-for-black-superheroes-in-durham/Content?oid=2454623.

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern presents JADE CITY CHRONICLES VOLUME 1: THE SUPER SPECTACULAR BAD ASS HERALD M.F. JONES, a world premiere by Howard L. Craft, at 8:15 p.m. May 12-14, 8:15 p.m. May 19-21, 2 p.m. May 22, 8:15 p.m. May 25-27, and 2 and 8:15 p.m. May 28 at Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $12 weeknights and $17 Friday-Saturday, except $5 students and $2 per ticket discount for seniors 62+ and active-duty military personnel.

BOX OFFICE: 919/682-3343 or https://www.etix.com/.

SHOW: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/360/.

VIDEO PREVIEW: http://vimeo.com/16782870.

PRESENTER: http://www.littlegreenpig.com/.

VENUE: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/5/.

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By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).