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September 5 & 6, 2014 at the Creativity Theatre
at the Children's Creativity Museum (formerly ZEUM)
221 Fourth Street (@ Howard), San Francisco

Mingus Remixed

written by and featuring Barry Shabaka Henley as Charles Mingus - directed by Delroy Lindo

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Friday, September 5, 2014 • 7:30pm • Performance and VIP Reception: $50
Saturday, September 6, 2015 • 2:00pm •
Matinée Performance: $25
Saturday, September 6, 2015 • 7:30pm •
Performance: $25

Mingus Remixed Poster

Mingus Remixed is a musical exploration of the life and myth of composer and jazz bassist, Charles Mingus, examining the final moments of his life. According to conductor Gunter Schuler, — Along with Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, was the greatest Jazz composer of the 20th century. Mingus's intricate, complex, compositions in the genres of jazz and classical music illustrate his ability to be dynamic in both the strings and the swing.

Mingus truly was a product of America in all its historic complexities. His mother, Harriet, was half black and half Chinese, and his father, Charles Sr., was half black and half Swedish, making Mingus a true reflection of the hybrid nature of our divided nation.

Mingus Remixed is a tribute presented in cabaret style, telling the unknown story of one of America's greatest composers. The setting is Mingus's deathbed, January 4, 1979, which exists in the parallel universe of the Cosmic Note Jazz Club. We find Charles in a wheelchair, age 56, taking his last 10 breaths before dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). In his crossing over he must come to terms with life, death, art, and the blessing and burden of blackness, in a world of white supremecy.

We celebrate Mingus with his music and original compositions, and the fiercely beautiful dancing of Robert Henry Johnson. The musical quartet on stage, is led by Piano man and composer Muziki Roberson and sound designer and composer David Allen Jr., while our protagonist, Mingus, is being portrayed by yours truly, Barry Shabaka Henley.

Mingus says, It is last call; I call the last tune, my last ten breaths. We begin at the ending and move forward. I am dying, Papa Elegua, here I come. We look forward to sharing the last ten breaths of the life of an American musical treasure.

— Barry “Shabaka” Henley

Charles Mingus backstage at the Berkeley Jazz Festival, 1976 (Kathy Sloane Photo)
Charles Mingus backstage
at the Berkeley
Jazz Festival, 1976
(Kathy Sloane Photo)

Kathy Sloane

Jazz Photography Exhibit

Kathy Sloane has documented the great artists of jazz from the 1970s right through today. We are pleased to present an exhibit of her work in the lobby of the Creativity Theatre during performances of MINGUS REMIXED.

See more of Kathy's work on her Web site at

Mingus Remixed
VIP Reception Committee:
John Burris Esq., Chairman
Nafeesa Ahmad-Bey
Stephanie Shoffner
Charles Ward
Cheryl Ward

Honorary Committee:
Danny Glover
Carl Lumbly
Pam Moore
Carey Perloff
Ishmael Reed
Barbara Rodgers

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B A T A Battah Brining the Art to the Audience

Bringing the Art to the Audience is our popular series of staged readings and more, which, for the last two seasons, featured readings at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), the African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC), The Eastbay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, The Oakland School for the Arts, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Oakland's Eastside Arts Alliance and Joyce Gordon Gallery.

Admission to most Bringing the Art to the Audience events is free. All LHT season subscribers will enjoy free access to all Bringing The Art To The Audience events! (Non-LHT-subscribers and non-MoAD-members must pay regular MoAD admission to attend readings at MoAD.)

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Staged Reading photo
Above: Staged Reading of Livin’ Fat by Judi Ann Mason at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. Click on photo for actors names, &c.

Presented Last Season:

(Click on poster images to enlarge.)

ArtWordsThe Final Days of Negro-VilleBronzevilleVeilsHomePousada AzulSugar and NeedlesLivin' FatLes BlancsArtWords Poster


Bringing the Art to the Audience is made possible in part by grants from the California Arts Council and the Sam Mazza Foundation

California Arts CouncilSam Mazza FoundationSam Mazza Foundation