A one-man, three-character play in which the same actor portrays Louis Armstrong, the greatest of all jazz trumpeters; Joe Glaser, his white manager; and Miles Davis, who admired Armstrong’s playing but disliked his onstage manner. It takes place in 1971 in a dressing room backstage at the Empire Room of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where Armstrong performed in public for the last time four months before his death. Reminiscing into a tape recorder about his life and work, Armstrong seeks to come to terms with his long standing relationship with Glaser, whom he once loved like a father but now believes to have betrayed him.
Run Time: 90 Minutes
Advisory: Suitable for ages 14 and up. Adult language and situations are included in this production.
Playwright: Terry Teachout
Director: Ted Lange (“The Love Boat” as bartender Isaac Washington)
Stage Manager and Sound Engineer: Rachel Harrison*
Production Designer and Scenic Designer: Jerid Fox
Costume Designer: Cathy Cann
Lighting Designer: Chris Baldwin
Scenic Carpenter: John Millsap
Be the first to see this production and join us on Friday, February 19 for our Premiere members-only opening performance inclusive of a pre-show virtual gathering with artists prior to the play. Members get to enjoy all-access to special shows, events and classes all season long. Learn more at americanstage.org/membership
Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Artist Sponsors: Gail & Bob Hetler in Honor of L. Peter Callender
Virtual Stage & Digital Performance Sponsors: Willi Rudowsky & Hal Freedman and Susan & Pete Greenbaum