A jazz piece will be staged locally | New

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Stage Company will present Bricktop, Legend of the Jazz Age, a play with music by Cathey Sawyer until August 21 at Chapel Hall, Franklin. FSC’s production will be the play’s regional premiere.

According to a press release, the two-act play with music tells the story of Ada “Bricktop” Smith from her humble beginnings in Alderson, West Virginia, to her career as a cabaret performer and property owner. club that took her around the world, made her the companion of royalty, the favorite of writers and musicians, and the “Doyenne” of the Jazz Age Paris café society.

“Bricktop is a compelling story about a legendary American artist almost lost in history,” said co-artistic director Leslie Noble. “Cathey Sawyer’s play brings her to life so that we can get to know this powerful and fascinating woman and the world she inhabited.”

The Bricktop character speaks directly to the audience in the cabaret play, telling his story through memory and music, and performing songs from his early years as an artist.

It also tells stories of his famous club, Chez Bricktop, where such 20th-century cultural giants as Cole Porter, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck and Jack Johnson drank, dined and mixed.

Directed by Rodney S. Hudson, the show stars actress Gabrielle Lee, who originated the role in the original production in 2018.

Bricktop is the story of jazz, race relations, and African-Americans performing and in Paris before and after World War II.

“Bricktop was full of life and personality, a huge presence, a fun storyteller and a welcoming spirit,” Lee said. “I love performing this piece because, to quote Ada herself, ‘I can get strangers from all classes and all parts of the world together and party on stage!’ »

FSC will comply with all current CDC and New York State COVID regulations, and wearing a mask is highly recommended.

The Franklin Stage Company season runs through August 21 at Chapel Hall, 25 Institute St. All evening shows have a curtain at 7:30 p.m. Bricktop will also have matinees on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and shows on Sundays at 17 o’clock.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $25 per person.

Visit www.franklinstage company.org for more information.

Franklin Stage Company programming was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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