Our #JUNGLEREADS initiative will let you immerse yourself in the world of our plays with recommended titles that explore the themes reflected on our stage. Whether it's comedy, drama, or a bit of both, you'll be able to continue your exploration with reading suggestions put together our by our artistic team and our friends at Magers & Quinn.
Use #junglereads to let us know what you’re reading!

Buy a book – or books! – from our curated list, then bring your receipt to the Jungle when you see a show, and you’ll receive a complimentary beverage from concessions!


- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
A hard-hitting book on a tough topic - mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness

- Jazz by Toni Morrison
A passionate, profound story of love and obsession in black urban life during the Harlem Renaissance

- These Are the Breaks by Idris Goodwin
This debut essay collection by the Bars and Measures playwright samples race, class, and culture with hip-hop musicality

- The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X
The riveting account of Malcolm X's journey from prison cell to Mecca relates how his conversion to Islam helped him recognize a brotherhood in all mankind

- The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty
An awkward black surfer bum undergoes a transition from neighborhood outcast to the leader of a downtrodden urban people

As a special treat for Bars and Measures, we asked composer Justin Ellington to share
Some of his musical inspirations - take a listen!

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Piano Starts Here: Live At The Shrine

Art Tatum, piano

The Body and the Soul

Freddie Hubbard, trumpet.

Speak Like A Child

Herbie Hancock, piano


Miles Davis, trumpet

The Blessings

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, piano

A Tribute to Miles Davis

Tony Williams, drums

Blues and Roots

Charles Mingus, bass

Uptown Conversation

Ron Carter, bass


Terri Lyne Carrington, drums


McCoy Tyner, piano

Monk's Music

Thelonius Monk, piano

The Awakening

Ahmad Jamal, piano

Ballads and Blues

Tommy Flanagan, piano

Time Capsule

Elvin Jones, drums

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