America was lastly compelled to confront its lengthy historical past of racism & inequality. Tyler Perry’s new film, ‘Jazzman’s Blues,’ seems to be to proceed that dialog, starring Solea Pfeiffer.
Zimbabwe-born actress Solea Pfeiffer carried out as Maria in West Facet Story on the HollywoodBowl in 2018 earlier than she went on to journey the nation as Eliza Hamilton within the nationwide tour Hamilton, after which hit the stage because the lead in Evita, after which theater doorways closed. She was nonstop for the reason that age of 21, and now, at 27, Solea’s getting ready for her upcoming NYC solo present and the discharge of her Tyler Perry Netflix film, A Jazzman’s Blues. Each her solo present and the film are reflective on the “reckoning and re-educating” of so many People within the final 18 months, she defined. “I don’t assume there was any room for folks sit and reckon with the ache and their privilege. There was a type of re-educating that occurred for individuals who have been keen to open their eyes throughout the board over this previous yr. However having not had this stillness, had we not had this time to focus, it in all probability wouldn’t have occurred,” Solea advised HollywoodLife.com in an EXCLUSIVE interview.
She continued, “We glance again and we consider these tales how issues ‘used to occur,’ however it’s simply historical past that has been repeating itself. Now we have these names, however there are numerous names that got here earlier than. So, allow us to give faces to those names and humanize these names, so that individuals can really feel of their coronary heart and soul that one thing must occur.”
Solea will lead Tyler Perry’s A Jazzman’s Blues, which is due out in 2022. The film, which Perry wrote a number of years in the past, is about within the post-World Battle II South, the place a younger Black jazz singer leaves his rural city in the hunt for fame. “This film is an attractive story, however it’s one that’s stuffed with a number of ache. It’s a narrative about perseverance and real love, but additionally about reckoning and self discovery,” she defined. “I believe as artists, our job is to deliver gentle to these tales and to open folks’s eyes to humanize the Black expertise to all of America, and to humanize our Black historical past. To place faces and names to individuals who suffered and other people whose lives have been minimize quick as a result of these are tales that occur over and over and over.”
Along with A Jazzman’s Blues, the Black Lives Matter motion and ongoing reckoning have helped inform Solea’s one-woman present, You Are Right here: An Night with Solea Pfieffer, with Audible on the Minetta Lane Theatre. “My hope with this present, and what I used to be grappling with over this previous yr was truly a number of considered my very own racial identification and my mixture of privilege and viewpoint,” Solea, who’s biracial, advised HL. “All of us had a little bit of a reckoning with ourselves and this present is about wrestling with that and attempting to determine who you’re, if you’ve been enjoying a number of totally different roles and if you’ve been occupying areas that weren’t all the time meant for you.”
Solea continued, “I grew up not understanding the place I match, and I lastly had time to essentially give it some thought when every part went quiet this yr. So, this present is about my very own journey of self discovery and determining who I’m and the place I match into this world, on this business. My primary message with my present is that if different individuals are feeling this fashion, they need to know they’re not alone in that feeling.”
Solea performs at Minetta Lane Theatre Thursday, November 4th – Saturday, November sixth and the present can be recorded and launched to a worldwide viewers via Audible.