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Josephine and I

February 27 - April 5

Joe's Pub


Running time: approx. 90 minutes with no intermission

There is no food or drink minimum in Joe's Pub for Josephine and I

"A CRITICS' PICK! TRANSFIXING! CUSH JUMBO projects the kind of FIVE-ALARM CHARM that threatens to SET ROOMS ABLAZE. She radiates that unquantifiable force of hunger, drive and talent usually called STAR POWER."
-The New York Times

"DAZZLING! CUSH JUMBO is a CHARISMATIC performer who COMANDEERS Joe's Pub, especially when performing JOSEPHINE BAKER'S signature numbers."
-The New York Post

"CUSH JUMBO is FABULOUS."
-New York Magazine

"JOSEPHINE AND I makes you more interested in JOSEPHINE BAKER, and determined to see CUSH JUMBO in ANYTHING YOU CAN."
-Huffington Post

"CUSH JUMBO is SMASHING -- BRAVE, SMART, WARM and HELPLESSLY CHARISMATIC. Good luck getting over her."
-The Guardian

"CAPTIVATING! CUSH JUMBO is an INCREDIBLY WITTY & INCISIVE writer. While BAKER'S life has plenty of drama to go around, JUMBO and director PHYLLIDA LLOYD keep the show BUOYANT & ENTERTAINING, aided greatly by the intimate environment of Joe's Pub."
-TheaterMania

Following a critically acclaimed run at London’s Bush Theatre, Olivier nominated actress and writer CUSH JUMBO (The RiverJulius Caesar, "Getting On") brings her “tour de force” (Times) one-woman show JOSEPHINE AND I to The Public.

Born into poverty in the slums of St. Louis, Josephine Baker became one of the most famous and groundbreaking stars of the 20th century. The first African-American performer to rise to international prominence, she was a French Resistance spy and civil rights activist who was married twice by age 16 and served as muse to Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, who called her “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw.”  Now, nearly forty years after her death, Baker’s life inspires a young woman to face up to the sacrifices required to follow one’s dreams. 

A “dazzling, exhilarating” (The Guardian) performance featuring swinging jazz and ragtime rhythms, this theatrical event directed by Tony nominee PHYLLIDA LLOYD (Julius Caesar, Mary Stuart, The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!) interweaves a modern day story of an ambitious young woman with the fascinating life of the peerless, fearless Josephine Baker.

Enjoy a special restaurant week pre-fixe menu at Joe's Pub, February 27 - April 5.

Special Events

$250 – Enjoy an intimate dinner and cocktails in Joe’s Pub during the performance of Josephine and I, followed by an exclusive Q&A session with both Cush and Phyllida. Reserve your seat today!

 

Benefit tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the performance after purchasing your tickets, it will be recorded as a fully tax-deductible donation to The Public Theater.

 

JOSEPHINE & I is made possible with the generous support of THE IAN MADOVER AND ARIELLE TEPPER MADOVER FAMILY FOUNDATION.

All orders subject to $5 per ticket service fee and $2 per ticket facility fee. Service fees are waived when you buy in person at the Box Office. All fees are waived for Public Theater Members and Partners. Plays, titles, actors, directors, programs, venues, and performance dates and times are subject to change.

New York Premiere
JOSEPHINE AND I
Written and Performed by Cush Jumbo
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Scenic and Costume Design Anthony Ward
Lighting Design Kate Ashton
Sound Design Will Pickens
Film and Photographic Sequences Ravi Deepres
Music Director Joseph Atkins
Production Stage Manager Kristen Gibbs