'Bars and Measures' Josh Tobiessen


Bars and Measures

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., and Sun. from Aug. 24-Oct. 9
7:30 p.m.
Every Fri. and Sat. from Aug. 26-Oct. 9
8 p.m.
Every Sun. from Aug. 26-Oct. 9
2 p.m.
$35-$48 ($15 previews August 24-25)

The National New Play Network (NNPN) exists to provide support through the collective resources of its nonprofit membership. Embodying the benefits of NNPN membership, the Jungle Theater is regional host to the rolling world premiere of Bars & Measures, the newest play from spoken-word artist and playwright Idris Goodwin. Set to a score from noted jazz composer Justin Ellington, Bars & Measures centers upon two brothers whose lives and beliefs are a study in contrasts. Though both siblings are accomplished musicians, their playing styles are as opposite as their personalities. While one brother, a jailed Muslim, is committed to improvisational rhythms, the other is focused on the mastery of tightly structured formats. Headlined by Ansa Akyea and Darius Doth under the accomplished direction of Marion McClinton, Bars & Measures is a provocative piece that ponders how deep differences can be respected, if not reconciled, on the common ground of humanity, composing something uniquely harmonious in the process.