Sunday, June 30, 2019

Jaz Dorsey Has Left The Room

Jaz Dorsey
Jaz Dorsey, founder of the African American Playwrights Exchange (AAPEX), skipped out on us when we were all sleeping last night, 2:30am to be exact.

At its peak from 2007 to 2016, AAPEX listed over 250 black playwrights and theatres across America and was for the most part first in publicizing their work on the Net, gratis. Although those names haven't been updated in a few years since Jaz retired, they are still there, floating over a black space on the right side of the blog, immortalized in a digital record for the ages. Some still have workable links to the playwrights and theatres just in case someone reading the blog wants to get in touch.

Jaz Dorsey was an "enabler" in the best sense of the word and will be missed. But his legacy of hope lives on. If you never knew the man, read these thoughts of those who did and you'll get a pretty good idea about who he was and why his passing hurts us all: and

Update (7-2-19): The Celebration of Life for Jaz Dorsey will be at the Darkhorse Theatre, 4610 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209, on Saturday, July 27, 2019, starting at 12:00 PM and ending at 2:30 PM.
If you want time to perform or speak, please let me know, as Jaz wanted this to be about Nashville's Theater Community as much as it is about his life.
Also, there will be a potluck on stage after the celebration service. Please let me know what you may be able to contribute (finger food, drinks, or deserts).
Mary Freels