The Purists  Humanities Forum

9/15/2019 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Join Huntington panelists for an in-depth discussion about The Purists, following the 2pm matinee performance on Sunday, September 15. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to any performance of The Purists.

This Humanities Forum will feature Jarritt Sheel.

Jarritt Sheel is an assistant professor of music education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also a fifth year doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Music and Music Education Department. As a professional musician, he has toured internationally, worked with hundreds of students in high school band programs throughout the great states of Illinois, Florida, and New York. He has been fortunate to have taught music courses at the Aspen Award-winning Valencia College, New York University (NYU), and has taught collegiate level courses, based on Critical Theory, Art History, and Democracy, in the CUNY system. He is a past ensemble director for the Youth Workshop Band in the Youth Programs as part of the Education department at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. He has recently accepted a faculty position at the Berklee College of Music in music education. His research centers around the hip-hop movement (music, culture, and pedagogies) in music Education and teacher training. He is passionate advocate for arts education, a member of The National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) Innovation Council, and a member of the MMEA’s - Council for Research and Teacher Education. He is a co-founder of the music resource website, and leader of a social media dialogue around #hiphopmusiced. He is proud to be a son, husband, and father, and when he is not working enjoys time with family and friends.

The Purists

by Dan McCabe | Directed by Billy Porter
EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND | Aug. 30 – Oct. 6, 2019
Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St.

Seating at select performances of The Purists is limited, but seats are released every day for sale. Please call Ticketing Services at 617 266 0800 to learn about our Advanced Wait List and be upgraded to a seat automatically when it becomes available.

A thrilling world premiere by an exciting new voice, The Purists brings Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, “Pose” on FX) to the Huntington to direct this soaring new play by Dan McCabe. A former rapper, a DJ, and a showtunes-loving telesales director have become an unlikely group who hang out and spar about music on a stoop in Queens. But when an impromptu rap battle erupts between two younger female emcees, everything gets questioned. With raw emotion and uproarious humor, The Purists asks, what is friendship? How can we embrace new ideas? And what does it mean to be wholly yourself?

Approximate run time: The Purists plays in approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one ten-minute intermission. Please note: This production includes flashing light effects, the smoking of cocoa shell cigarettes (100% nicotine free), and derogatory language. Read more on the content warnings for this production.

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