Jamie J’s Poetry Published in New Anthology!

•February 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Three poems by Jamie J have been published in, Cape Henlopen Poets 2010, an anthology of poems from the 2010 Writers Retreat at Delaware’s Cape Henlopen, edited by Eleanore Morrow with an introduction by Delaware’s Poet Laureate, JoAnn Balingit.  The publication is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The book was  published by Blushing Moon Press.   Other poets included are:  Barbara C. Brown, Joseph L Crossen, Shelley Grabel, Maria Keane, Abby Millager, Eleanore Morrow, Lynn O;Donnell, Maggie Rowe and Wendy Schermer.  Copies of the Anthology may be purchased for $9.00 each by contacting Jamie J at 302.494.8043.

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Find Me on FirstPersonArts.org!

•February 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Jamie J Selected to Serve As New Executive Director of First Person Arts!

•November 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am so pleased to announce that as of January 3rd, 2012, I will be the new Executive Director of First Person Arts!

First Person Arts is a Philly-based non-profit whose mission is to “transform the drama of daily life into memoir and documentary.” We produce an annual festival of theatre, film, literature and much more, offer classes and workshops throughout the year, and StorySlams every month. This is really a wonderful organization, and I am so looking forward to leading it into its next amazing phase of growth. I will be taking the helm from Vicki Solot, the incredible Founder of the organization, who will be retiring in December.

MORE ABOUT FIRST PERSON ARTS
Celebrating its 10th anniversary of programming in 2011, First Person Arts believes that everyone has a story to tell and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world. First Person Arts presents and supports the development of memoir and documentary work by individuals at all levels of experience, from accomplished artists to everyday people. It provides a stage on which these stories can be heard through a variety of programs throughout the year, including twice-monthly StorySlams, writing and storytelling courses, and its annual First Person Arts Festival. Visit firstpersonarts.org to learn more.

Here’s to a great New Year!

Jamie J

What people are saying about ALL OVER – A Blues Play

•October 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

“I attended the September 24 midday performance of ALL OVER and found it very interesting and moving. The cast did a superb job of bringing the characters to life. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Clive and East and watching as their relationship grew from the innocence of new love to having to deal with the harsh realities of life, war, alcoholism and mental illness. While overall I enjoyed the entire play, the first half was by far my favorite. My compliments to the writer!.”

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What People Are Saying About the Festival Production of ALL OVER – A Blues Play…

•October 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

“All Over was one of the most intense drama’s that I have been witness to in a long, long time. The play was presented at the Fringe Festival in Wilmington, Delaware in the Wilmington Historical Society building in September. One of the lines in the play was about how “the road to nowhere goes on and on and on” Really struck my imagination and filled my head with images and emotions. Great job jamie, and keep them coming!” …Bill lindsey, Brandywine Productions

ALL OVER – A Blues Play Opens Friday, September 23 in Wilmington Delaware!

•September 22, 2011 • 1 Comment

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

DELAWARE HISTORY MUSEUM
Copeland Room
504 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE

September 23, 2011 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
September 24, 2011 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
September 24, 2011 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Regional Cast & Philly Bluesman Stars in ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY

Tickets Only $10 (includes a $5 Fringe Festival Button) On Sale Now!

The smash stage play with music, All Over – A Blues Play by Jamie J. Brunson opens at the Delaware History Museum for three performances only September 23-24 as part of the Wilmington Fringe Festival. The Wilmington Fringe Festival is presented by the City of Wilmington Department of Arts And Culture.

Tickets are $10 each and on sale now. Tickets can be purchased IN PERSON at the Fringe Festival Headquarters located at 318 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Wednesday, September 21: 4 PM – MIDNIGHT ; Thursday, September 22: 4 PM – 11 PM ; Friday, September 23: 4 PM – 11 PM ; Saturday, September 24: NOON – 9 PM ; Sunday, September 25: NOON – 2 PM or at the venue day of show. Tickets can also be purchased BY PHONE, September 21-25 by calling (302) 932-0738.

ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY by Jamie J. Brunson is directed by Larry Moses and features a stellar cast of regional performers: Don W. Newton (Red-Eyed – The Bluesman), Cathy Simpson (Ernestine), Carl A. Anderson (Clive), Ashley Thornton (East), Harum “RJ” Ulmer, Jr (Pickle/Chorus), Tobi Gadson (Cle/Chorus) and Larry Moses (Usherman).

With original blues music written by Jamie J. Brunson, performed and composed by Philadelphia’s own bluesman, Georgie “The Blacksmith” Bonds, ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY is an emotional powerhouse about a son, who confronts the father that abandoned him, in Hell.

<PLEASE NOTE: The $10 ticket includes a ONE TIME fee of $5 for all Fringe Festival participants. This $5 purchases a festival admission button that must be worn in order to attend Fringe performances. The proceeds from the sale of the Festival Admission Button offset the costs associated with producing the Wilmington Fringe Festival.

THE WILMINGTON FRINGE
The Wilmington Fringe Festival is “The Great Arts Adventure” and Delaware’s wild and wonderful arts festival. After a thrilling second year, the Festival returns in 2011 with another five days of adventurous artists interested in pushing the boundaries of performance, visual art, and film, September 21–25.

Fringe Wilmington is made possible by generous support from its main sponsors: the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Delaware Lottery, Spark Weekly, and Mobius New Media. Venue sponsors include Buccini Pollin Group, Preservation Initiatives, Opera Delaware, The Grand, Christina Cultural Arts Center, Shipley Lofts CDC, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Pettinaro, Doubletree Hotel, and Sports Connection.

ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY by Jamie J. Brunson has recieved generous support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, Paradise Palms Caribbean Restaurant, friends and family.

Bluesman Georgie “The Blacksmith” Bonds Added To The Cast of All Over – A Blues Play!

•September 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY at the Wilmington Fringe Festival for Three Performances, September 23-24, 2011
DELAWARE HISTORY MUSEUM
Copeland Room
September 23, 2011 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
September 24, 2011 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
September 24, 2011 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Tickets Only $10 Each (and include a $5 Fringe Festival button) On Sale Now!

Renown Bluesman, George “The Blacksmith” Bonds has been added to the cast of All Over – A Blues Play by Jamie J. Brunson which opens at the Delaware History Museum for three performances only September 23-24 as part of the Wilmington Fringe Festival. The Wilmington Fringe Festival is presented by the City of Wilmington Department of Arts And Culture.

Born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, and trained in Virginia as a professional blacksmith, Georgie Bonds Georgie got his first taste of delta blues when a friend loaned him a Robert Johnson tape. Then one night in the early 1990’s, he stepped onto the stage of an open mic blues jam at “The Barbery,” took a deep breath, and belted out “Stormy Monday,” the only blues song he knew. Fortunately, blues legend Sonny Rhodes, who was hosting that night, took a liking to Georgie and became his mentor.

Sonny introduced Georgie to more musicians, and taught him how to be a performer, not just a singer. At Warmdaddy’s, the preeminent blues club in Philadelphia, Georgie hosted the monthly open mic blues jam, offering aspiring blues musicians the same support he received from Sonny Rhodes. As the house band, Georgie Bonds shared the stage and played with Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Bernard Allison, Melvin Taylor, Kenny Neal, Mark Hummel, Slam Allen, Larry Garner, Bill Perry, Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, Jimmy Vaughn, Carl Weathersby, Bill Branch and The Kinsey Report and the list goes on. He has played in Europe and been invited for a return engagements.

In 2001, Georgie independently released his debut CD, “Sometimes I Wonder” and is laying the foundation for his second CD. Additionally, he was chosen for an acting/singing role in the broadway hit, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, which has been nominated for four Tony Awards and Best Musical and praised by the New York Times. Georgie has established himself as a world-class singer/songwriter and blues entertainer and the best is yet to come. It seems as though the Blacksmith is blessed with the gift of making his dreams come true and his fans will reap the benefits of those beautiful dreams.

Tickets for ALL OVER are $5 each plus a $5 Fringe Festival button, and on sale now. Tickets can be purchased three ways. Tickets are available ONLINE at: http://www.FringeWilmingtonDe.com until September 17. Tickets can be purchased IN PERSON at the Fringe Festival Headquarters located at 318 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Wednesday, September 21: 4 PM – MIDNIGHT ; Thursday, September 22: 4 PM – 11 PM ; Friday, September 23: 4 PM – 11 PM ; Saturday, September 24: NOON – 9 PM ; Sunday, September 25: NOON – 2 PM or at the venue day of show. Tickets can also be purchased BY PHONE , September 21-25 by calling (302) 932-0738.

ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY by Jamie J. Brunson is directed by Larry Moses and features a stellar cast of regional performers: Don W. Newton (Red-Eyed – The Bluesman), Cathy Simpson (Ernestine), Carl A. Anderson (Clive), Ashley Thornton (East), Harum “RJ” Ulmer, Jr (PICKLE, CHORUS), Tobi Gadson (CLE, CHORUS) and Larry Moses (Usherman).

With original blues music written by Jamie J. Brunson and composed by Georgie “The Blacksmith” Bonds, ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY is an emotional powerhouse about a son who confronts the father that abandoned him – in Hell.

ALL OVER – A BLUES PLAY has been developed through public readings and workshops across the county and significantly reworked thanks to feedback from national audiences, production teams and professional dramaturgical feedback. It has thrilled audiences at the National Black Theatre Festival, and Providence Black Repertory Theatre (RI); moved Off-Broadway audiences at Abington Theatre and Off-Off Broadway audiences at The Kitchen Theatre. The playwright, Jamie J. Brunson, who had been working with a feedback team and composer to guide the development of this play with music since its inception, took the unexpected step of bringing the show to the Wilmington Fringe Festival in order to “offer a professionally developed work to the broadest possible African-American regional audience at an affordable price in this economic climate.” Tickets for these performances are only $5 each plus the cost of a Fringe Festival button, thanks to the Wilmington Fringe Festival resources. ALL OVER is sponsored by the Lomax Family Foundation, the Delaware Division of the Arts, Paradise Palms Restaurant, family and friends. MEDIA INQUIRIES should be directed to the playwright at (302) 494-8043.

THE WILMINGTON FRINGE
The Wilmington Fringe Festival is, “The Great Arts Adventure” and Delaware’s wild and wonderful arts festival. After a thrilling second year, the festival returns in 2011 with another five days of adventurous artists interested in pushing the boundaries of performance, visual art, and film, September 21–25.
Fringe Wilmington is made possible by generous support from main sponsors: the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Delaware Lottery, Spark Weekly, and Mobius New Media. Venue sponsors include Buccini Pollin Group, Preservation Initiatives, Opera Delaware, The Grand, Christina Cultural Arts Center, Shipley Lofts CDC, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Pettinaro, Doubletree Hotel, and Sports Connection.