* Preview – $10, open seating
** Opening night performance
Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Intermission: 10 minutes
Buriel Clay Theatre
African-American Art & Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
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Isfahan Blues (World Premiere)
Inspired by Duke Ellington Orchestra’s 1963 tour to Iran and featuring music by Marcus Shelby, Isfahan Blues imagines an unlikely friendship between an American jazz musician and an Iranian actress. As they travel together to Isfahan, “the most beautiful city in the world,” Jazz inspires them to test the limits of freedom, creativity, and experimentation.
Isfahan Blues is co-produced with Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company focused on the Middle East. Contrary to today’s political stalemate between the US and Iran, this production aims to shed light on a little-known historical moment when a uniquely American art form inspired generations of young Iranian musicians. Featuring AASC Artistic Director L. Peter Callender and Golden Thread Artistic Associate Vida Ghahremani.
"Collaboration is huge," insists L. Peter Callender, Artistic Director of The African-American Shakespeare Company ,"and we're hoping that our audiences meet each other, tell stories about their experiences…and that friendships are forged in the audiences, as well as on stage!"Delve deeper into the collaborative process behind ISFAHAN BLUES, a rare and important partnership between two companies of color, in this new video interview!
Posted by Golden Thread Productions on Wednesday, April 15, 2015