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Baltimore Center Stage readies world premiere adaptation of Toni Morrison's 'Jazz'

Baltimore Center Stage readies world premiere adaptation of Toni Morrison's 'Jazz'

In the first paragraph of "Jazz," the 1992 novel by Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison set in 1920s Harlem, a narrator lays out the bare facts of the plot — how a husband "fell for an eighteen-year-old girl with one of those deepdown, spooky loves that made him so sad and happy he shot her just to keep the feeling going."

We learn, too, that when the man's wife "went to the funeral to see the girl and to cut her dead face they threw her to the floor and out of the church."

What follows is a textured process of filling in details, exploring emotions. All the while, there's a shifting and layering of perspectives as various voices...

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