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!
Book List for BARS AND MEASURES
- 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!
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
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, piano
A Tribute to Miles Davis
Tony Williams, drums
Blues and Roots
Charles Mingus, bass
Ron Carter, bass
Terri Lyne Carrington, drums
McCoy Tyner, piano
Thelonius Monk, piano
Ahmad Jamal, piano
Ballads and Blues
Tommy Flanagan, piano
Elvin Jones, drums
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