Friday, June 28, 2013

JOMANA JONES: RADIATE by Daniel Alexander Jones, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, July 5 - 13, 2013

[Salvage Vanguard Theatre, 2803 Manor Rd. -- click for map]

presents the regional premiere of 

Jomana Jones Radiate Daniel Alexander Jones Salvage Vanguard Austin TX

July 5th thru July 13th, Thursdays-Saturdays, at 8 p.m.
with one late night performance Friday July 12th at 10:30 p.m.
at the Salvage Vanguard Theater - 2803 Manor Rd, Austin TX 78722 - click for map.

Conceived by award-winning interdisciplinary artist Daniel Alexander Jones with composer Bobby Halvorson, JOMAMA JONES: RADIATE is part concert, part revival - featuring the triumphant return of legendary expatriate performer Jomama Jones. A mythical R&;B diva who left the United States after a string of hits in the 1980s, Jomama Jones returns from the darkness as a lone star with a singular purpose – to awaken the comeback in us all, through her music and live performance.

Jones is accompanied by her collaborator and musical director, Bobby Halvorson, her backing vocalists, the Sweet Peaches - the extraordinary Helga Davis and Laura Jean Anderson, and a knockout band. She also welcomes a series of very special guests from the Austin community. Jomama Jones shares songs of resilience and regeneration as she recounts her rise to the stratosphere, her self-imposed exile from the U.S. and surprising observations of the America to which she has returned.

"RADIATE glows..." said the New York Times, "making it hard to resist this sequined earth-mother's soulful embrace."

“…A fully fledged creation, complete with a hot band and a powerful message about staying human in tough times” – Minneapolis City Pages

“Jones is a brilliant persona, full of love, light, and beautiful lyrics and stories.” – Jill Dolan, The Feminist Spectator

“Performed with fearless style ... [Jomama Jones] will have you wiggling and bouncing in your seat... a fusion of retro-funk, camp and theatricality that begs for yet another comeback.”– David Cote, NY-1 News

Come spend an evening with the woman Backstage Magazine called "a true theatrical original!”

Performances run July 5th thru July 13th, Thursdays-Saturdays, at 8pm with one late night performance Friday July 12th at 10:30pm at the Salvage Vanguard Theater - 2803 Manor Rd, Austin TX 78722.

Tickets are available online starting May 27th, 2013 at for $12, or can be purchased at the door for $15. Thursday, July 11th is PAY WHAT YOU WISH NIGHT - tickets available at the door. The SVT box office opens one hour prior to performance.

About Daniel Alexander Jones (Jomama Jones)
Daniel Alexander Jones is a performance artist, writer and director. American Theatre Magazine named him "one of fifteen artists whose work will be transforming American stages for decades to come." His unconventional body of work includes plays (Bel Canto, Earthbirths, Phoenix Fabrik), performance pieces (Blood:Shock:Boogie, The Book of Daniel, Cab and Lena) and devised work (Qualities of Light, Clayangels). In collaboration with composer Bobby Halvorson, Daniel, as his "altar-ego" Jomama Jones has released three recordings and performed to critical acclaim at Soho Rep, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre and Victory Gardens. He directed world premieres of plays by writers including Shay Youngblood, E. Patrick Johnson, Renita Martin and Erik Ehn. Daniel holds a degree in Africana Studies from Vassar College and a graduate degree in Theatre from Brown University. He is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fordham University and taught previously in the MFA programs at the University of Texas at Austin and Goddard College. Daniel is a Creative Capital grantee, a MAP Fund grantee, and a Howard Foundation Fellowship recipient. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists, a Core Member of the Playwrights' Center, and held Fellowships with the Hemispheric Institute at NYU, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media at Columbia College, Chicago. Daniel Alexander Jones received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre in 2006 in recognition of his dynamic body of work. Jones will workshop his new musical theater event Bright Now Beyond as part of his performing artist residency at Salvage Vanguard Theater this summer (full production slated for SVT’s Mainstage July 2014). Follow Jomama Jones on Twitter @msjomamajones and visit

About Salvage Vanguard Theater:
Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) is a theater company and performance hub located in East Austin. SVT creates and presents transformative high-quality artistic experiences that foster experimentation and conversation. Visit or contact Adrienne Dawes for information: 512-474-7886 or

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