Ozara in the Key of Nina
Actor/singer Ozara Odè pays tribute to the life, times, and music of Nina Simone. Ms. Simone was a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and militant civil rights activist. She worked a broad range of musical styles, including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel and pop in a career that spanned five decades. Ozara explores her vibrant and volatile life in spoken word vignettes and song.
Thirty-Nine and a Half
Syracuse University Associate Professor Kara Herald brought her film students to Theatre 80 to participate in filming her tenure-track film project, a funny and poignant examination of her life as she approaches forty.
Kong Hu Virtuoso, Lucina Yue Produced by Metro Harp and Featherweight Productions. Watch Lucinda Yue.
Pressing On presents staged reading of a two-act play in progress by Army veteran Jerry Bradley about his war experiences over two tours of duty in Iraq and the consequences. It explores how Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome challenged his marriage and his relationships with his young children. It strongly condemns the Veterans Administration’s lack of interest in understanding the unique problems facing those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and how it has led to a lack of services. “Pressing On” shows in dramatic fashion how one soldier continues to struggle years after his return from war. Presented by producer Jordan Rhodes with a grant from HOFOPRO.
Mia Theodarius’ Harp Series
Professional harpist and musicologist Mia Theodarius shares her love of the ancient instrument in a four-part series at Theatre 80. Audience members young and old explore the harp’s place in musical history and its renewed popularity today as Mia leads her audience on a journey from traditional folk to classic to avant garde with a multi-media presentation. Students have the opportunity to play a variety of harps on stage in front of a live audience of friends, family and the public.
Collaborations with The Negro Ensemble Company
A Soldiers Play