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“Discipline 27-II” Opens April 16 at STLCC-Forest Park

April 14, 2015

Discipline 27-II  

Influential jazz musician Sun Ra was, well, a unique individual, to say the least. He was, or so he claimed, the only human being to have been to Saturn, for one thing. So any play based on his life and music is bound to be, well, interesting, to say the least.

And that will be the case with “Discipline 27-II,” a new play written by Bob Mielke that debuts at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Bastian Center for the Performing Arts on the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Ave. Additional performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19. All performances are free and open to the public.

“I don’t want to give away too much. There are going to be lots of surprises,” said Mielke.

The production will be the premiere of the play by Mielke, a poet, author and professor of English at Truman State University and longtime fan of Sun Ra and his “Arkestra”—Sun Ra’s orchestra ensemble with an ever-changing, flexible lineup.

The performance will include a re-creation of a Sun Ra concert, with the story of his life woven throughout the performance. That story, however, will have more than a few twists and turns included in it.

“I took the story as Sun Ra told it. So if he says he went to Saturn, that is the way we are telling it,” Mielke said.

The play takes its title from a Sun Ra song and album of the same name.