Leslie A. Jones reprises his much-acclaimed performance of
Presented by John Lant with Write Act Repertory
Part of a three-production series in repertory kicking off Write Act Rep’s 20th anniversary season - Spring 2018
A SOLO PLAY ABOUT THE LEGENDARY JAZZ MUSICIAN LESTER YOUNG
WRITE ACT REP announces “PREZ,” a solo show written by playwright Willard Manus, in celebration of Black History Month, and returns to Los Angeles, as part of a festival series at Write Act Rep’s Brickhouse Theatre called THREE BY WILL IN REP. The Series includes two world premieres along with the return of the acclaimed “PREZ” which chronicles the unique life of jazzman Lester Young, featuring Leslie A. Jones. The intimate drama is produced by John Lant II, and will be directed by Daniel E. Keough.
ABOUT THE SHOW
“PREZ” had its world premiere in Feb. 2016 at Chromolume Theatre in Culver City, where it ran for two months and was hailed by critics and audiences alike. The play, which is set in a 1959 hotel room in Paris, paints an intimate portrait of Lester Young, a unique jazzman whose warm, lyrical style brought him fame, first with the Count Basie band, then with the likes of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson, and his best friend and alter ego, Billie Holiday.
Leslie A. Jones is an actor/musician who has appeared in two previous plays by Willard Manus: BRIDGE and BIRD LIVES! He won an NAACP Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Randall in Matthew Witten’s “Washington Square Moves.” He recurred on TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90212" and has appeared in numerous independent films. His band, “Right Hand Rule,” can be heard on iTunes,com, Amazon.com and cdbaby.com. He plays saxophone, flute, percussion, and sings as well.
PAST PRESS FOR PREZ
"Jones is not just a wonderful actor, he is, above all, a riveting and unapologetic storyteller." – Beverly Hills
Courier “Jones does a good job of channeling Young... spiced with slick riffs from the saxophone...” – Stage Raw
“Lester A. Jones brilliantly embodies the essence of a musical innovator... This is a sensitive, relatable story that holds us captive until the very end.“ - Wayne Jobson - Indie 103.1 Radio Los Angeles
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