by Zyria Rodgers '21


“…People be dying inside from all this misery that be creeping around us, waiting for us to get unsure, off-balanced. It even got me in these past few years.

Keep that light, Kiela. You don’t know how beautiful it is to see somebody so damn alive.”

Jazz is a play-with-music written by Zyria Rodgers (YC’21) about the love and community Black femmes provide, build, and struggle to seek out. The play follows 5 Black femmes in a bar in the American South: Tasha is burnt out from her big corporate job, Jenny is struggling to get her degree without turning to alcoholism, Shannon and Marge can’t remember how to love each other, and Kiela just found her dream. With a soundscape that includes Duke Ellington, Erykah Badu, and Sade, jazz asks us what it means to find home in each other and break past the burdens and anxieties placed on us by outside forces.

Auditions will be held Sept 30 and Oct 1st from 7 to 10pm in the Hopper Cabaret. We’ll also be accepting virtual auditions until Oct 2nd at 9pm. Callbacks will be October 3rd and 4th.  (Casting Call is Oct 8th)

For more info, contact mikayla.johnson@yale.eduA copy of the script can be provided upon request.

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Performance Dates & Times

February 8, 2024 - 8:00pm

February 9, 2024 - 8:00pm

February 10, 2024 - 8:00pm



Venue Accessibility: 
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Production Team

Stage Manager
Costume Designer