Playwright Profile:  Jackie Alexander

Jackie Alexander (Director/Playwright) is an award winning actor, writer, producer, and director, former Artistic Director of The Billie Holiday Theatre in New York, and current Artistic Director of The North Carolina Black Repertory Company, producers of The National Black Theatre Festival. His debut novel Our Daily Bread was published by Turner Publishing in September 2012.  His debut feature film Joy was awarded Best Feature Film by the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, and also earned Best Actor and Best Screenplay honors for Jackie on the festival circuit. Stage directing credits include the World Premieres of his critically acclaimed plays Brothers from the BottomThe High Priestess of Dark AlleyThe Legend of Buster NealThe Desire, The Right Reverend Dupree in Exile, and Birthright.  A short list of additional directing credits include Jelly’s Last Jam, The Waiting Room by Tony nominee Samm-Art Williams, Lemon Meringue Façade, written by and starring Ted Lange, and the world premieres of The Sting of White Roses, Plenty of TimeFati’s Last DanceFinding HomeMatisse’s Self-Portrait by two-time Obie award winner Charles L. Mee, and Maid’s Door by Cheryl L. Davis (winner of 7 AUDELCO awards).

Meet Ferdinand “Jelly Roll Morton” LaMothe, self-proclaimed inventor of jazz, complicated genius and grand fantasist. Follow him as he reminisces about his life, as a rebellious child from a wealthy Creole family in New Orleans to jazz luminary to has-been. See the people he has hurt and betrayed for fame. Can he realize and correct his mistakes before it’s too late?