Category: Lost Tempo

Students experience BPT “from page to stage”

February 5th, 2018 in 2017/2018 Season, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Elemeno Pea, Lost Tempo, new plays, Suffolk University

2017-10-04_LST TEMPO-018.nef Lost Tempo By Cliff Odle. Directed by Diego Arciniegas. October 5-22 Gifted jazz saxophonist Willie “Cool” Jones is lured back from Paris by past-love Babs with the promise of ownership in Mitzy’s Jazz Kitchen, but Cool’s inner demons compete with his ambitions as he tries to make sense of his life. A jazz riff on the addictions from which we all suffer, musical and otherwise.

L-R: Mishell Lilly (background), Omar Robinson, Evelyn Howe (background), and Kinson Theodoris in Cliff Odle’s Lost Tempo (Photo: Kalman Zabarsky)

Richard Chambers’s freshman seminar at Suffolk University offers students the opportunity to read, analyze, and experience local live theatrical performances, including two at BPT last fall—Lost Tempo and Elemeno Pea. Read the full story

It’s so cool picking apart a play and trying to understand it. And then you go and see you’re all wrong, but it’s OK to be wrong. I learned that.”

—Suffolk Student Lindsay Belair

2017-10-31_ELEMENO -008.nef Kalman Zabarsky Photographer ELEMENO PEA by Molly Smith Metzler Directed by: Shana Gozansky November 2-19, 2017 When Devon visits Simone for an end-of- summer sibs fest on Martha’s Vineyard, she finds her little sister changed beyond recognition. As personal assistant to wealthy and demanding trophy wife Michaela Kell, Simone enjoys a lavish beachfront lifestyle that these girls never could have imagined growing up in blue-collar Buffalo—but is all this luxury free of cost? Worlds collide and sisters square off in this keenly-observed comedy about ambition, regret, and the choices that shape who we become. Kalman Zabarsky Photographer

L-R: Lydia Barnett-Mulligan, Amanda Collins (background), and Samantha Richert in Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea (Photo: Kalman Zabarsky)

‘Lost Tempo’ hits the right notes with critics

October 20th, 2017 in 2017/2018 Season, Alums, Blog, Cliff Odle, Lost Tempo, new plays


‘Lost Tempo’ hits the right notes

October 13th, 2017 in 2017/2018 Season, Cliff Odle, Lost Tempo, new plays, News & Press

Review from The Boston Globe

The tale of the self-destructive artist is as old as, well, art. And jazz has certainly contributed its own chapters to that grim story, from Bix Beiderbecke to Charlie Parker to Billie Holiday.

It can’t be said that playwright Cliff Odle adds anything especially new or novel to that saga in “Lost Tempo,’’ now at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre through Oct. 22. But that doesn’t make “Lost Tempo’’ any less compelling as Odle’s drama traces the struggles of Willie “Cool’’ Jones, a gifted saxophonist who is trying to make the most of a golden opportunity while battling the temptation of drugs.

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Playwright Cliff Odle on ‘Lost Tempo’

October 13th, 2017 in 2017/2018 Season, Alums, Blog, Lost Tempo, new plays

Music is a verb.
—Ornette Coleman

2017-10-04_LST-TEMPO-004A while back I was an understudy for August Wilson’s King Hedley II at the Huntington Theatre starring Tony Todd and Ella Joyce with Marion McClinton directing. (I even went on stage for a week when the actor I was covering, Russell Wilson, got sick. This was also my second time working with Wilson. I was previously an assistant to stage management for 7 Guitars while I was a directing grad student at BU. Directed by Lloyd Richards and featuring Viola Davis, Keith David, and Zakes Mokae.) Legendary jazz drummer Max Roach was brought in to write music for the show when it got to New York. I was blessed to have several discussions with Mr. Roach about his music and the many people he had worked with including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and of course Clifford Brown. I had always had an appreciation for jazz, but talking with him opened a whole new world for me. I became a big fan of the jazz genres of the 1940s and 1950s, but particularly Hard Bop (examples include Art Blakey, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock). It’s also important to note that these musicians rarely referred to themselves by their genre titles. For the most part, they simply played jazz. More

Poster for ‘Lost Tempo’…

October 3rd, 2017 in 2017/2018 Season, Blog, Lost Tempo, new plays


...which has its first performances this week! Tickets

A new beginning

September 20th, 2017 in 2017/2018 Season, Blog, Cliff Odle, front theatre, Lost Tempo


Remember the stage in the front theatre? It's gone. Jeffrey worked hard this summer transforming our signature venue into a more flexible space that (very soon!) will become the world of Cliff Odle's Lost Tempo. It's a big change, but we're excited! More