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Feb 11th

Hot Jazz at da Funky Butt

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funkybuttMany never stop and question where some of their favorite past times have come from; that hour of expression that birthed a movement or a genre that feels effortless as it graces the scene today. For Jazz Music, unbeknownst to many, the journey has been one of challenge and risk. And thanks to writer Jean Calvit, we’ve been given the opportunity to see how it all began.

Interact Theater’s current production, “Hot Jazz at Da Funky Butt,” a piece written by Calvit and Dario Tangelson, and directed by Calvit, the companies artistic/executive director, explores the beginning of this musical staple with a piece sure to open your eyes, and incite your ears to engage in the perils that surrounded a once forbidden genre.

New Orleans is the backdrop for this esoteric masterpiece, which blends events, races, voodoo, music and culture to reenact a moment in history that wasn’t so open to what was once considered a radical interpretation of instrumental sound.

Like dancing was to a film like “Footloose,” we quickly learn that jazz music held the same cautionary envelope. But for one man, “King” Buddy Bolden, the artist credited with starting the jazz music genre, the radical sound was moreover a new form of an expression that signified independence, and a way to overcome the smothering arc of the Jim Crow laws.

The production features local talents Ivory Doublette, and Reginald Haney, and New Orleans jazz group Rue Fiya. It also features an ensemble cast made up of several disabled and non-disabled actors who illustrate the beauty in difference while challenging the audience’s perception of their perceived incapacities.

The play not only bridges the gap between cultures, and outer distinctions, but it proves through the use of sound, that through a single note, or a collection of melodies, we are one in the same when we accept the beauty of music.

The production runs from now until May 21, at the Lab Theater in the warehouse district of Downtown Minneapolis.

Interact Theater is a company that since 1996, has specialized in creating bodies of work that challenge audiences, create knowledge, encourage acceptance, and provide inclusive entertainment for actors and actresses who through their differences overcome their challenges.

For tickets and more information please visit: or call The Lab Box Office at (612) 333-7977.

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