Birmingham's Newest Performance Series

ARTWORKS@THEDJD

The DJD Theater is proud to present the 2021-2022 ArtWorks@TheDJD Series. The professional performance season is dedicated to presenting artists that reflect our community, featuring five award-winning national theatre and musical acts you won’t want to miss.

Lock in the best seats and best prices before they are gone! Season Subscribers receive discounted pricing, no ticketing fees, and the best seats in the house for the 5 national award-winning ArtWorks@TheDJD performances. Only 300 subscriptions are available – get yours today!

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The Vicious Hillbilly by Dawn Larsen with Special Guest Janet Simpson

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 7:30 PM

Folk musician Dawn Larsen makes her Alabama debut with this award winning show. A poignant comedy, highlighting 10 lessons (and one bonus lesson!) learned on a journey of discovery of who she is, what she wants, and that love is her divine right. Dawn Larsen is the 2020 National Artist of the Year, St. Louis Fringe Festival and the 2018 Rock House Songwriting Competition Winner. With special guest Janet Simpson, a beloved Birmingham based singer-songwriter Wide Open Country identified as “a brilliant genre-defying wordsmith with razor-sharp songwriting.” 

Friday-Saturday, January 28 - 29, 2022, 7:30 PM

Do You Speak Mexican? is a Regional Premiere starring Elena Maria Garcia and Christian Perez. The Miami Herald calls Elena Maria Garcia, “One of the funniest women to ever step on the stage.” A three-time Carbonell winner, Garcia and co-creator Christian Perez make their Alabama debut with a hilarious and inspirational exploration of a first generation Cuban-American family’s story of finding a place in the United States (performed in English). A night of laughter and theatrical brilliance you won’t want to miss. A night of celebration. Join the cast after the show for desserts and coffee.

Saturday, February 5, 2022, 7:30 PM

#1 Billboard charting flutist, Kim Scott, is at it again! Fresh off the success of her #1 charting album, “Free to Be,” this Innervision Records label recording artist is hitting stages across the world with her All-Star band to present the release of her highly anticipated fifth album, “SHINE!” Kim’s high energy show is a mixture of smooth, contemporary, and Latin jazz, infused with touches of R&B. You’ll be dancing in your seat and singing along as she takes you on a musical journey you’ll never forget. Ronald Jackson, journalist for The Smooth Jazz Ride, states “Artists like Kim Scott bring an exuberance to an art form long prophesied to be a thing of the past in short order by critics. When you listen to the Pied Piper-like allure and magic of her style, you come to the conclusion that those critics couldn’t be farther from the truth.” Come and see what all the talk is about and you too will become a believer!

Sunday, March 13, 2022, 3:00 pM

The New York Times calls Broadway’s Next Hit Musical “Hilarious!” Time Out NY says “At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.” Now, New York’s long running award-winning improvised musical theatre comedy is coming to Birmingham! Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. This production is a family friendly show.

Friday-Saturday, April 8 - 9, 2022, 7:30 pM

Runnin From The Rona. Award-winning Slam Poet Jahman Hill brings an all new one person show to the DJD. This world premiere commissioned work explores the African American experience through Corona virus in a 90 minute celebration. This interdisciplinary performance includes Jahman’s 20 minute award-winning film, Vanderwaal’s Journey.  In 2018, Jahman claimed the title of 3rd best slam poet in the world, and in 2019 he wrote, produced, and starred in an award-winning one-man show, Black Enough, which played off-Broadway.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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“With the ArtWorks@TheDJD  series, the DJD Theater is proud to launch a professional series of top national and regional acts that reflect the diversity and talent of the people of Alabama.

John Manzelli
Director of the DJD Theater

ArtWorks@TheDJD Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2021
Contact:
Katie Roach
(M)205.563.6390
kdudley@asfa.k12.al.us

Pioneering New Professional Performance Series,
ArtWorks@TheDJD, Announces Season

Birmingham, AL: ArtWorks@TheDJD is Birmingham’s newest performance series produced by the Dorothy Jemison Day (DJD) Theater at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA). The professional performance season is dedicated to presenting artists that reflect our community, featuring five award-winning national theatre and musical acts. With diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of the DJD Theater’s programming, the upcoming 2021-2022 season features acts by female, Black, and Cuban American artists. 

ArtWorks@TheDJD grew out of an experimental artist grant project undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural digital series was a huge success. It provided commissioning grants to three female and Black local artists and provided the community free access to the works during a time when most performing venues were closed.

“With the ArtWorks@TheDJD series, the Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre is proud to launch a professional series of top national and regional acts that reflect the diversity and talent of the people of Alabama,” says DJD Theater manager John Manzelli.

Additionally, the DJD Theater is committed to increasing accessibility by offering 10% of seats free of charge through community partnerships and streaming selected performances to virtual audiences who are economically or geographically unable to attend the ArtWorks@TheDJD series. 

ArtWorks sponsorships and support from Sidewalk Film Festival, National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, Birmingham365, This is Alabama, Starnes Media, and the Daniel Foundation help ensure the DJD Theater’s goals of increasing arts accessibility to students and underserved communities. Many of the artists will also hold workshops and residencies at Alabama School of Fine Arts where the DJD Theater is located. 

ArtWorks@TheDJD is currently offering discounted season subscriptions for a limited time. 

The series lineup includes:

November 13, 2021: “The Vicious Hillbilly” by Dawn Larsen with special guest Janet Simpson. A poignant comedy of ten lessons learned on a journey of discovery of who she is, what she wants, and that love is her divine right by folk musician and comedic storyteller Dawn Larsen.  Dawn is the 2020 National Artist of the Year, St. Louis Fringe Festival, and the 2018 Rock House Songwriting Competition Winner.  Featuring special guest Janet Simpson, beloved Birmingham-based singer-songwriter Wide Open Country identified as “a brilliant genre-defying wordsmith with razor-sharp songwriting.”

January 28-29, 2022: “Do You Speak Mexican?” starring Elena Maria Garcia and Christian Perez. A hilarious and inspirational exploration of a first-generation Cuban-American family’s story of finding a place in the United States. The Miami Herald calls Garcia, a three-time Carbonell winner, “One of the funniest women to ever step on the stage.” A night of  celebration complete with music and post show Cuban desserts and coffee.

February 5, 2022: Kim Scott Album Release Concert. #1 Billboard charting jazz flutist and Alabama School of Fine Arts alum, Kim Scott, is following up her #1 charting album “Free to Be” with the release of her highly anticipated fifth album “SHINE!” The high energy show is a mixture of smooth, contemporary, and Latin jazz, infused with touches of R&B.

March 13, 2022: “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical,” a national touring production. New York’s long running award-winning improvised musical theatre comedy is coming to Birmingham. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. This is a family friendly event.

April 8-9, 2022: “Running from the Rona” by Jahman Hill. This world premiere commissioned work explores the African American experience through coronavirus in a 90-minute interdisciplinary performance. It includes Jahman’s 20 minute award-winning film from the inaugural ArtWorks@TheDJD series, “Vanderwaal’s Journey.” In 2018, Birminghamian Jahman claimed the title of 3rd best slam poet in the world, and in 2019 he wrote, produced, and starred in an award-winning one-man show, “Black Enough,” which played off-Broadway.

John Manzelli

General Manager, DJD Theater

205-458-0381

 

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