by Zyria Rodgers (YC '21)

An illustration of five Black women singing and dancing around a bar. The lighting is purple and yellow

“…People be dying inside from all this misery that be creeping around us, waiting for us to get unsure, o-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 of jazz and R&B, /.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.

This show was originally written as a thesis for Zyria Rodgers, and was part of the Yale Playwrights Festival in 2021.

Performance Dates & Times

February 9, 2024 - 8:00pm

February 10, 2024 - 8:00pm


Hopper Cabaret

Venue Accessibility: 
Building, main lobby, and facilities are accessible via an exterior-entry elevator just inside the Elm Street gate. Venue is accessible from the lobby via a wheelchair lift.


Semilore Ola
Dhakiya Knights

Production Team

Stage Manager
Stage Manager
Meso Ezebuiro
Meso Ezebuiro
Musical Director
Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Set Designer
Makeup Artist
Graphic Designer
Cailin Hoang