Inspired by true events that led to one of the worst race riots in Omaha, Nebraska and in our country’s history.

In 1969, in the tension of a segregated city, two men from very different backgrounds: Luigi, an African American jazz drummer, and George, a white music store owner who specializes in the accordion, are thrown together by fate, finding common ground in their love of music. At the same time, Mary Margaret and Vivian, two young girls from opposite sides of the segregated city, each drink in the new jazz scene for reasons of their own. Music seems to unite and uplift everyone around … at first. Soon “occasions of sin” – where fear, mistrust and racism fester – are inescapable. Violence erupts, changing everyone’s lives forever.


MONICA BAUER (Playwright) is currently a Writing Fellow at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut and a member of the Abingdon Theater Playwright’s Group. She was the 2005 Teaching Fellow in the Graduate Playwriting Program at Boston University, where she received an MA in playwriting. Her plays and musicals have been produced in Denver, Boston, Provincetown, Cambridge, Atlanta, Bloomington, Omaha, San Diego, Providence, and 0ff-0ff Broadway at NYMF, the HERE Arts Center, the Midtown International Theater Festival, the York Theatre, and the Planet Connections Theater Festivity. Awards include Outstanding Script, 2011 Theater Arts Guild Award; Outstanding Playwriting, the 2008 Midtown International Theater Festival; and the Audience Favorite Award at Short Attention Span PlayFest. Lighter (book, music, and lyrics) premiered in October 2009 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Answering, a ten-minute play, was a Finalist for the 2008 Heideman Award from the Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and First Prize for 10 Minute Play, 2010 Connecticut Stories competition. Her one act play, Two Men Walked Into a Bar, was a semifinalist in the 2008 Turnip/American Globe Theater 15 Minute Play Festival. A one-man show written for the actor John Fico, Made for Each Other, was featured in Emerging Artist Theater’s One Man Talking Festival, and went on to receive nominations for Best Solo Show and Best Actor in a Solo Show at the 2010 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity off-off Broadway. Published plays include The Most Important Thing, The Drug Problem, and The Best Thanksgiving Ever (Brooklyn Publishers), The Diet Monologues (JAC Publications) and Answering (Heuer). She is a proud member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.

FRANCES HILL (Founding Artistic Director/ Director) has directed over 30 workshops and productions. Her favorite directing credits include: Gino DiIorio’s Apostasy, Roma Greth’s Our Summer Days, Jim Lehrer’s Chili Queen, (at Urban Stages and Kennedy Center), John Picardi’s Seven Rabbits on a Pole and The Sweepers (at Urban Stages and Capital Rep); Comfort Women by Chugmi Kim (Urban Stages 2004), and 27 Rue De Fleurs (Urban Stages 2008). She began her theatrical career in California as an actress. Two of her plays have been produced, Our Bench and Life Lines. Since 1984, as founding Artistic Director of Urban Stages, Ms. Hill has overseen more than 600 staged readings/workshops and 80 productions of new works for the stage. Under the guidance of Ms. Hill, Playwrights’ Preview Productions/Urban Stages have moved two plays into commercial Off-Broadway successes. Minor Demons opened the new Century Center Theater and Men on the Verge of His-Panic Breakdown won an Outer Critic’s Circle Award while playing to capacity audiences at the 47th Street Theater. Urban Stages’ African American Poets as Playwrights won eight Audelco Nominations and Coyote On a Fence received two Drama Desk nominations and a Pilgrim’s Project Award. Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher was one of three nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The 2010 production of Langston in Harlem won several Drama Desk nominations, a John Calloway award, and several Audelco nominations including a win for best music production of the year (2010), along with several other awards.

PETER NAPOLITANO (Producing Associate) has received the BMI Bistro Award (director) and two MAC Awards (lyricist, producer) for his recent work in leading NY cabaret venues, including Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, the Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel and the Metropolitan Room. He was lyricist of Tropicana, book and direction by the legendary George Abbott, produced by Musical Theatre Works; and lyricist/librettist of The Lady in Penthouse B, music by Matthew Ward, produced “Mufti Style” by the York Theatre, starring Nancy Dussault. With composer and celebrated musical director Barry Levitt, he’s currently developing the book and lyrics of Nicky’s Wedding (adapted from his prize-winning play) at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, while writing special material for some of NY’s outstanding cabaret artists. Other highlights of his varied career: working with the ground-breaking Off Broadway Ridiculous Theatrical Co. and The Glines; directing the early solo work of Charles Busch; contributing editor of The Blockbuster Guide to Movies on Video (Dell); and author of a Modern Love essay for The New York Times. For Urban Stages, he helped produce last year’s Winter Rhythms festival, Musical Legends Tribute series and directed Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich starring Bistro Award Winner Janice Hall.

URBAN STAGES (Producer) is an award-winning, not-for-profit Off-Broadway Theatre Company founded in 1984 by current Artistic Director Frances Hill. Over the past 27 years, Urban Stages has produced over 80 productions (mostly world premieres) including the world premiere of the award winning musical Langston in Harlem by Kent Gash, Walter Marks with Langston Hughes poetry, this production received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress, a John Callaway Award for Best Choreography and four Audelco Awards including Best Musical. The New York Premiere of ReEntry by KJ Sanchez and Emily Ackerman produced in 2010 is currently touring military bases and regional theatres across the country. The world premiere of the Joe Iconis musical ReWrite.Urban Stages’ 2011 Musical Legends garnered several nominations and awards from the prestigious MAC committee. They also presented the American Premiere of Oxford Roof Climbers’Rebellion by Stephen Massicotte which transferred to Albany's Capital Repertory Theatre. Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher (2007), two Drama Desk nominations, an Outer Critic's Circle Award, an Obie nomination, and eight Audelco nominations. Our productions of Men On The Verge Of A Hispanic Breakdown, by Guillermo Reyes, and Minor Demons, by Bruce Graham subsequently moved to commercial theatres. Chili Queen, a play by newscaster Jim Lehrer, transferred to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (1989). The majority of works developed at Urban Stages have had further productions commercially, regionally, and abroad. Numerous projects developed at Urban Stages have been adapted into film and television projects, including Scar, by Murray Mednick, Conversations with the Goddesses, by AgapiStassinopoulos, and Cotton Mary, by Alexandra Viets. Urban Stages has a consistent history of discovering new writers to the theatre community and introducing their plays into theatrical repertory.


Open:   03/16/12
Close:   04/15/12

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Theater:   Urban Stages
Address:   259 W 30th Street
New York, NY 10017
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Cost:$25.00 - $125.00
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