Brother Blue -- Storytelling at JTOB -- Saturdays in February
LEGENDARY STORYTELLER BROTHER BLUE TO PERFORM
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS IN FEBRUARY
AT JIMMY TINGLE’S OFF BROADWAY
SOMERVILLE, MA, February 1, 2005 – Storytelling for the whole family by one of the world’s greatest storytellers will take place every Saturday in February at 2 p.m. (Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26), as Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY proudly presents beloved storyteller Brother Blue. Brother Blue has been delighting audiences of all ages for over 30 years.
He dresses in blue, from his socks to his beret, to the butterflies painted on his palms. A banner across his chest reads "Brother Blue, Storyteller." He is the official storyteller of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the United Nations Habitat Forum.
Brother Blue is also known as Hugh Morgan Hill, Ph.D. He is the great-grandson of a slave-owner and his slave. He earned a Harvard degree with honors and a Masters degree in playwriting from Yale Drama School. He is an ordained minister, who transmits his stories and love of stories to a far-reaching audience in schools, prisons, hospitals, libraries, on planes, ships, in mines, subways, on street corners, in parks, in the desert – in short, everywhere, to a spellbound and enthusiastic public.
He has performed in Alaska, Russia, Europe – all over the world telling stories, having just recently returned from South Africa -- also telling stories on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. For many adults, the sight of Brother Blue is often met with a vivid memory of having heard him as a child and a contagious enthusiasm to introduce him to younger listeners who may not yet have had the pleasure of experiencing his magical performance.
Spirituality & Health Magazine wrote: “…Brother Blue's stories are like jazz. The tales he tells are punctuated with finger popping and verbal riffs that fly in unmapped directions and flit about like his beloved butterflies.” Harvard University Gazette wrote “It's as if the well-known storyteller, street performer, and man-about-Cambridge is channeling God, Shakespeare, and James Brown simultaneously.” Brother Blue transforms the classics into a modern setting. He places his version of Romeo and Juliet in the inner city. He has updated the plight of King Lear -- Shakespeare's aged, battered royal hero -- to talk about the homeless people of today.
Brother Blue states simply: “I’m a dreamer. I’m in the world for one reason -- to transform the planet… I was born to touch the hearts of humankind.” Brother Blue has been featured in books including: “AHHHH! A Tribute to Brother Blue & Ruth Edmonds Hill (Yellow Moon Press, Cambridge, 2003) and “Brother Blue” by Warren Lehrer (Bay Press, Inc. Seattle, 1995), and his stories have appeared in several anthologies.
JTOB is located at 255 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville (on the Red Line Davis T and now offering free parking). The theater is wheelchair accessible. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Children (4-14) (appropriate for ages 4 and up). For more info call the theater box office at 617-591-1616. To purchase tickets please call TheaterMania at 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.jtoffbroadway.com where tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day. Groups of 10 or more will receive a 10% discount to performances. Senior discount 10%. Students 2 for 1 with student ID at the box office. Dinner/theater discounts are also available at area restaurants. For more information on directions, parking, and discounts go to www.jtoffbroadway.com
JTOB was founded by comic, actor and writer Jimmy Tingle in November, 2002. The theater’s mission: to create a welcoming, supportive multi-use venue for both established and aspiring performers and productions.
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Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY Theater
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