Trane: Beyond the Blues
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Rusch, C. (aka Christine Rusch, American playwright, teacher, published and produced free-lance writer, founding artistic director of playwrights theatre, dramaturg, consultant, 19__-____), “Trane: Beyond the Blues,”
a 45-minute comedy in English (also available in a full-length version and in a Norwegian translation), set in a factory in the U.S.A., in the early 1960s,
© 1997 by Christine Rusch;
• in Christine Rusch’s Trane: Beyond the Blues (Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.A.: The Author, 1997);
• script/rights available from Christine Rusch, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 734-552-8973.
• Cited by Christine Rusch via ftp December 1, 1999; Rusch says,
[played by four actors] John Coltrane (m), throughout his life; Actress (f), Cousin Mary, Mama, Chanter, Bar Hostess, Autograph Seeker 2, Librarian, Bar Customer 2, Giggly Female, Naima, Zita Carna, Female Announcer, Audience Member 2, Alice, Reporter, Critic 3, Little Girl, Waitress; First Actor (m), Papa, White Face, Narrator 1, Brower, Chanter, Musician 1, Announcer 2, Charlie Parker, Eddie Vinson, Nasseridine, Lateef, Sam, Bar Customer 1, Joe Knight, Johnny Hodges, Miles Davis, Jimmy Cobb, Jimmy Garrison, Aud. Member 1, White Boy, Reggie, Critic 1, Bystander, 1st Gunman, Rasheid Ali, Japanese Guide; Second Actor (m), Reverend Blair, Hoodlum, Kinzer, Granoff, Chanter, Narrator 2, Announcer 1, Autograph Seeker 1, Old Man From Orient, Jimmy Heath, Cop, Jessie, Pusher, Earl Bostic, Gay Musician, Musician 2, Narcotics Officer, Thelonius Monk, Eric Dolplhy, McCoy Tyner, Audience Member 3, Critic 2, 2nd Gunman.
“Brief vignettes involving moments and places and sounds that reveal the life and music of John Coltrane from his teen years to his untimely death.
“Some directors have chosen to expand the number of actors playing the roles. The characters have been played by as many as eleven (11) actors.
• “‘Trane: Beyond the Blues’ is a jazz-paced drama on a relatively-sparse stage. Upstage, four coat racks and four tables provide costume pieces and props for the actors to fill their various roles. Otherwise, platform cubes, and a few other set pieces, minimal and versatile, provide the ‘sets’ for the various scenes. Lighting moves us from scene to scene with a kind of musical fluidity and complements the various ‘sets’ along the way. ‘Trane’ was first read in 1986 at the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina The first production of the play was in 1989 at The Performance Network, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Rob Douglas, Michele Daniels, Michele Daniels, Tom Krawford, and Michael Jameson. The director was Julie Hamberg. Musical consultant was Dr. Theodore Arwulf. The play is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Fred Holliday, former leader of the 23rd and Norris Street Gang in North Philadelphia.
• “‘The play is a series of brief vignettes concentrating on important aspects of Coltrane’s life, spiritually, conceptually, and musically—from his teen years and early professional career, through the mid-50s, and on to his untimely death in 1967.’
• “‘A rapid series of scenes reveals a lifetime of voracious study and increasing spirituality which forged an artist of phenomenal power and insight.’
• “‘This portrait of a man who had “the future coming out of his horn” captures the feeling and flow of Coltrane’s life and how it was reflected in his jazz.’
• “‘A sensitive and highly imaginative saxophonist, Trane labored under the degradation of the nightclub scene and, like mentor Charlie Parker, suffered from being ahead of his time.’
• “‘No one swapped more parts than the alluring Michelle Daniels, who played the roles of Coltrane’s sister and mother; a hooker; and his wives Naima and Alice, with a magnetic personality. Her scene with (Michael) Jamison, as a reporter asking (McCoy) Tyner questions about the classic Coltrane Quartet of the 1960s, was particularly hilarious. It pointed out the general perceptions about Trane’s music, and the myths that still surround jazz.’—Michael G. Nastos, Ann Arbor News.
• “Trane: Beyond the Blues" is also available in a full-length version, which was performed by The University of Louisville (Kentucky, U.S.A.) Theatre Arts Dept.’s African-American Theatre Program, March 6-10, 2002.
• Chistine Rusch and her husband, David, live with their children, Haila, Lara, and Franklin, in North Litchfield Beach, which is about a half-hour drive south from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S.A.
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