Philadelphia Theatre Company presents
Prospect Theater Company’s original production of

Making Micheaux

April 22nd – May 16th

Music by Alphonso Horne
Book & Lyrics by Jesse L. Kearney, Jr.
Directed by Jeffrey Page
Starring Aaron Marcullus 
Alphonso Horne, Endea Owens, Mathis Picard, and TJ Reddick 
Director of Photography Brian Bon

Chicago, 1918. Oscar Micheaux stands at a turning point in his life:
Facing down a world which denies him a place in the narrative, what path will he take?
This original jazz musical-on-film is inspired by the life of America’s first major Black filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux.

Runtime 15 minutes

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MEET THE Creatives

Jesse L. Kearney, Jr. (Book / Lyrics) is an award-winning playwright whose honors include the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop and the Jonathan Larson Musical Theater Fellowship from the Dramatist Guild. He received commissions from City Lights Youth Theater to write librettos for Take Two: Hollywood Revue and Lights on Broadway, and has authored three one acts, Dinner For Two, O, Ye Of Little Faith, and Phantasmagoria–
collectively called The Dark Night Plays (Nightmares & Fantasies)–which were presented in Prospect’s Dark Nights Series. His musical The Little Playhouse received a workshop in the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab / American Living Room Series and he provided book and lyrics for the short musical The Lion In Love (music by Brian Feinstein), and the libretto for The Blind Man (music by Deborah Abramson, lyrics by Peter Mills). His songs have been featured in musical revues throughout NYC. Mr. Kearney is a co-founder and General Counsel of The STAGE Network, a media platform devoted to the performing arts. Education: J.D.: New York Law School, MFA: NYU’s Musical Theater Writing Program, BA: Dartmouth College. Proud member of the Dramatist Guild.

Alphonso Horne (Music / Trumpet) is a two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter named by Wynton Marsalis as one of the rising stars of the next generation. He has performed with many renowned artists including Marcus Roberts, Michael Feinstein, Rhiannon Giddens, Marilyn Maye, and Rihanna. On Broadway, he has performed in the orchestras of the Tony winning After Midnight and the Tony nominated Shuffle Along, and was the Music Director for Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic. Horne leads an active career as a sideman, performing at world-class venues and jazz festivals, including Madison Square Garden (VMA Awards). Projects include playing with Sammy Miller and the Congregation (Ars Nova residency) and the Savannah Swing Central & Music Festival. He is the bandleader of an early jazz band, Gotham Kings, which performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem. He is producing his original show Mother Kofi: The Tale of an African Princess inspired by his family history and has appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and in the film, BOLDEN. Education: Florida State University (BM), The Juilliard School (MM).

PTC’s Resident Artist Jeffrey Page is an opera and theatre director of both classical and contemporary works. As director and choreographer, he spearheaded the Tokyo production of Memphis, which received four Yomiuri Award nominations, including Best Musical. The first African American to be named the Marcus Institute Fellow for Opera Directing at the Juilliard School, he has also been nominated for an Emmy Award, and won an MTV Video Music Award for his work with Beyoncé. His work was featured on Beyoncé’s “The Formation World Tour,” in her historic Coachella performance, and in two of her HBO specials. Page was the associate creative director for Mariah Carey’s “Sweet, Sweet Fantasy” European Tour, and has been a featured choreographer on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

As a performer, Page was in the original Broadway cast of Fela! and choreographed the Broadway musical Violet starring Sutton Foster. At the Barrington Theatre Company,  Page won a Berkshire Theater Award for Joe Iconis’ Broadway Bounty Hunter. In 2016, he established Movin’ Legacy as an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the ethnology and documentation of contemporary and traditional dance from Africa and the African diaspora. He holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree, (Theatre Directing) from Columbia University in New York City, and has been awarded the Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship from the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
This fall, Jeffrey joins Harvard University as a Lecturer in Theater, Dance and Media. Currently, he is preparing to choreograph and co-direct, with Diane Paulus, the upcoming Broadway production of 1776, after premiering at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University.


Aaron Marcellus (Oscar Micheaux) is a singer, vocal coach, writer, musician, dancer, and actor from Atlanta who got his start in gospel music and has performed around the world. He has recorded albums and was voted top 24 on “American Idol” in 2011. After a world tour, Marcellus was featured in a ChapStick commercial, NBC’s “Next Caller,” and STOMP. Marcellus also hosts a burlesque show at Duane Park. He founded Surrender to Love, LLC, a foundation that supports arts programs and seeks to feed the hungry and Adventure Voice, a training program offering vocal classes for groups and individuals. He directs The Marcellus Music Ensemble, a new and powerful collection of voices that help to comprise the Marcellus Orchestra.



Learn more about Making Micheaux with a post-screening discussion hosted by award-winning writer Kirsten Childs with the creative team.

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