Jim Jones' Hip Hop Monologues Returns to the Stage by Popular Demand

Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:56pm EDT

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Opens to Public for Five-Day Run at the 37 Arts Theater on March 24th
Tickets on Sale Today at Ticketmaster

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Hip Hop's most talked about theatrical
production is coming back to the stage by overwhelming demand. Produced by
Sony Entertainment, Damon Dash, and J Kyle's Korner Entertainment, Hip Hop
Monologues: Inside the Life & Mind of Jim Jones, the critically acclaimed
artistic listening set to stage, will open for the first time to the public at
the 37 Arts Theater in New York City and will play for a limited edition run
of six performances.

Starting at $40, tickets to Hip Hop Monologues are available beginning March
10, 2009 via ticketmaster.com. Performances run from Tuesday March 24th to
Friday March 27th at 8 PM with two final performances on Saturday March 28th
at 7 PM and 10 PM. The 37 Arts Theater is located at 450 West 37th Street in
NYC.

Hip Hop Monologues: Inside the Life & Mind of Jim Jones, first debuted in
November 2008 as a first of its kind, two-day theatrical album listening of
sorts, set to stage using music from Jones' forthcoming Columbia Records debut
album Pray IV Reign (in stores March 24th) as the platform. Its two day
showing was exclusive to an audience of celebrities and media, music and
entertainment industry insiders. Due to the overwhelming buzz and reviews of
this private theatrical event, Hip Hop Monologues is returning to stage and
opening to the public for the first time at the overwhelming demand of Jim
Jones fans, theatre enthusiasts and critics alike.

"Jim Jones's play [is] a triumph!, ...37 Arts, where the show went down, was
packed to the brim with all of the roughly 300 seats filled..."
Adam Fleischer, XXLMAG.com

Accompanied by a live band conducted by Om'Mas Kieth of SA-RA and an ensemble
of professional actors, Jim performs songs from his new album in the context
of a scripted story. The plot is straight-forward and peripherally
autobiographical: rapper Jim Jones, having garnered worldwide fame, returns to
Harlem to interact with characters from his past: a preacher, his son's
mother, a police detective, jealous enemies, even Jim himself as a younger
man. After almost getting killed in an impromptu dice game, Jim is counseled
by an old school elder on how to endure the stresses of being famous and the
great responsibility of teaching the next generation. Later Jim finds himself
having to make the decision of his life by either taking his elder's wise
advice or returning to his street ways and risk losing it all. Several roles
will be portrayed by contributors to Pray IV Reign.

The play, produced written and directed by acclaimed actor, writer and
director J. Kyle Manzay, interweaves many elements including multimedia and an
intricate backdrop among other things into what J. Kyle terms a "surreal
representation of 110th Street in Harlem"-- complete sensory stimuli.

"Infused with a live band, rap and rhymes highlighting Jones' tumultuous
upbringing and his rise to fame, the "Hip Hop Monologues" puts a new spin and
breaks the monotony of a typical album listening session."
Melissa Castellanos, CBS News

"Hip Hop Monologues: Inside the Life & Mind of Jim Jones was a remarkable
piece of work."
Elon Johnson, Martinpink.com

Tickets for Hip Hop Monologues: Inside the Life & Mind of Jim Jones, go on
sale today March 10, 2009 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

For additional information on Jim Jones, Hip Hop Monologues or Pray IV Reign,
please visit www.jimjonesofficial.com

SOURCE  Columbia Records

Jennifer J.A. Williams of J Sharpe Agency Public Relations, +1-646-269-5870,
or jennifer@jsharpeagency.com; or For Jim Jones please contact: Andre Morris
of Columbia Records, +1-212-833-5072, or andre.morris@sonymusic.com; or Chloe
Walsh of Press Here Publicity, +1-212-246-2640, or
chloe@pressherepublicity.com
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