The Marsh Festival of New Musical Voices 2021
a new play (with music)
October 1, 2021 7:30pm | October 7, 2021 7:30pm
October 9, 2021 5pm
The Marsh Berkeley
Written, Created and Produced by
Wayne Harris and Maggie Wilson
Original Songs by Wayne Harris
Directed by David Ford
Adrian Deane as Charlie DeBlanc
Wayne Harris as Tyrone “Shortleg” Johnson
Keyboard: Jordan Feinstein
Percussion: Ken Owen
Guitar and Musical Direction: Robby MacGregor
Production Assistant: Em Woods
Set Designer: Anthony Frederick Aranda
Musical Historian: Frank T Williams
Vocal Coach: Candace Johnson
Graphics and Marketing Support by Dianne Woods
Video Support: Christian Figueroa
Script Consultant: Estefanía Fadul
Jockamo is a two-person play (with music) featuring a young white female music producer, an older Black blues musician, and a three-person blues band that creates an ongoing soundscape. Charlie and Tyrone “Shortleg” Johnson have been forced together by Charlie’s boss to finish a song that will appear in a Hurricane Katrina Benefit Album but a simple studio visit turns into something completely unexpected. Jockamo centers around the complexities of music appropriation, the intersectionality of racial and sexual oppression, and the generational divide.
About the Ensemble
Wayne Harris (Co-Creator, Actor) is an award-winning solo performer, writer, educator, musician and curriculum innovator that was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He has accumulated an impressive body of work that includes five full-length plays including Mother’s Milk, which ran in San Francisco for 14 weeks, and The Letter: Martin Luther King at the Crossroads, which he was invited by the U.S. State Department to perform in Palestine. Wayne has also been involved with some of the country’s best pageantry groups and has pioneered the implementation of theatrical techniques in Winter Guard and Drum Corps since the 1970’s, winning many awards. Wayne is a teaching artist with Marsh Youth Theater and The Formerly Incarcerated People’s Performance Project.
Maggie Wilson (Co-Creator) is a playwright from Cayucos, California that currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Plays of hers have been performed in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City at PianoFight, 3Girls Theatre, The Tank, Co-op Theater East and more. Her play From the Bath was just named as a finalist for the Jane Chambers Excellence in Feminist Playwriting Award. In October she, along with playwright Kevin Renn, will have a public reading in NYC of new work in partnership with The Artist Co-op, The Gooby Collective and funded through a City Arts Corp Grant. Maggie is a member of the Dramatists Guild, The Protagonists Union and The Artist Co-op. www.MaggieWil5on.co
David Ford (Director) has been collaborating on new and unusual theatre for three decades and has been an artist-in-residence at The Marsh for most of that time. The San Francisco press has variously called him “the solo performer maven“, “the monologue maestro”, “the dean of solo performance”, and “the solo performer’s best friend” and a week rarely goes by when residents of the Bay Area can not enjoy one of his productions.
Adrian Deane (Actor) is a Berkeley born-and-raised actor. Please see www.AdrianDeane.com for an overload of (her) art history and samels of film, dance, theater and other work, including pre-pandemic productions at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Unholy Trinity (A Lovecraft Tryptic) at The Exit Theater in San Francisco, and Black Comedy at Douglas Morrison Theatre in Hayward. Deane is grateful to Maggie Wilson and Wayne Harris for throwing at her material in Jockamo that’s brought her acting soul back to life in the most beautifully challenging ways.
Jordan Feinstein (keyboard) is one of SF’s go-to Keyboard player – (pre-pandemic) he was a regular in 30 or so bands as well as leading his own: Jordan and the RituaL. He regularly plays with La Gente, Matt Hartle, Lebo, Stu Allen and Mars Hotel and has recently played with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Jordan is the Band Leader and Musical Director for A Real Purpose – an SF based Charity organization that helps through music and education.
Robbie MacGregor Soper (RMS) (guitar and Musical Direction) studied jazz and composition at the Berklee College of Music. Moving to the Bay Area in the late 70’s, he has been played in local clubs as a solo act, leader, writer/arranger and accompanist in genres ranging from jazz to funk, R & B and blues to improv trance. As a headliner or a sideman he has appeared in many of the great area venues including Lou’s, Kimball’s, the Sweetwater, Yoshi’s and the Great American Music Hall.
Ken Owen (percussion) is a Bay Area native and has been professionally creating music since the late 70’s. Ken served as musical co-director for The Rick Slyter Band for more than 20 years through the 80’s and 90’s and later became part of the award winning country-jazz quartet The Ten Gallon Cats featuring guitarist Jim Campilongo that toured with folk legend Peter Rowan. Recently Ken has shared the stage with such luminaries as Emmy Lou Harris, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and more.
For additional team bios head over to https://www.jockamoplay.com/team
Wayne and Maggie would like to thank Mark Kenward & Megan Armstrong, Kevin Renn, Sally Connell & Kirk Wilson, Rich Connell, Donna Hammer, Barbara Fairchild, Jeff Sack and all of our other fantastic donors. Full list is at www.jockamoplay.com/donate, none of this is possible without your support. Additional thanks to The Marsh’s Workshop group, Stephanie, Candace, Kathryn and David. And lastly to each other, because to be honest, we are fucking proud of this.
Tickets: $20 – $35 General Seating sliding scale
$50 & $100 Reserved Seating
Festival Pass $50
October 1, 7 & 9, 2021 | The Marsh Berkeley
Thursday at 7:30pm | Friday at 7:30pm | Saturday at 5:00pm
90 minutes | Ages 13+
Some profanity, frank conversations on race, gender and assault
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Proof of vaccination along with valid ID
Face Coverings are required