Playwright and music producer Joseph Reed Hayes will conclude his 13in13 Project on a musical note:
Hayes will present his jazz play, "Solos," Dec. 6-9 in the Goldman Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando.
The drama deals with love, deception and the hardships and joys of the jazz existence. It's directed by Paul Castaneda and stars Michael Sapp and Desiree Perez.
The production features the music of Brian Groder, a jazz trumpeter familiar to Orlando music fans for his appearances as part of the "Jazz on Edge" series in College Park and his work with bassist Doug Mathews, drummer Anthony Cole and the legendary Sam Rivers.
The show's final night features a concert by the jazz ensemble La Lucha.
Sapp plays trumpeter Ben "Blue" Miller through several decades of American jazz. Perez plays Eleanor Grace, a composer whose work propels her partner to fame.
Groder, named "Best of the Year" by Downbeat Magazine, has written music specifically for this production.
To read more about the play, check out "The Beginners Guide to Solos" at www.jhayes.wix.com/solosguide.
Showtimes and prices are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7, $15; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, $12; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 with the live band, $18. Tickets will be on sale at the door or in advance at redchairproject.comCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun