minor b

Theater, Music and Opera

About the Production

minor b is commissioned by The Shed and presented in association with Ping Chong and Company. The performance will run from August 9-10.

minor b is a workshop production of a performance for four bodies that inquires about a minor black behavior that refuses capitalization and respectability. Nile Harris and his ensemble use the biography of jazz cornetist Buddy Bolden, who was making music at the turn of the 20th century and spent the majority of his life in a mental asylum, as a theoretical launching point to stage a series of discreet events rejecting and subverting what audiences expect to find in a black box theater. For Harris, the black box theater serves as a metaphor for containment. Playing with theatrical traditions which have sought an imposed neutrality, the work is, in part, a response to institutional constraints that resonate with the asylum where Bolden was confined.

Free tickets will be available to the general public from Thursday, July 18.

Production Team And Cast

Creator, Director, and Performer

Nile Harris


Dyer Rhoads

Sound Designer

Kwami Winfield

Set Designer

Marie De Testa


Jim Fletcher, Nile Harris, Tony Jenkins, Ley(sis), Jonah Rollins


The Shed, Center for Performance Research, The Church in Sag Harbor, and 99 Canal.