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