A story of Sicilian immigrants in Buffalo comes to the Kavinoky Theatre

Aug 20, 2018

As a ten-year old boy growing up in Buffalo, he made up operas using his action figures. Now a Juilliard School of Music grad, Jay Louis Dref will appear with musician/playwright Joey Giambra and noted Buffalo actors and musicians one night only Saturday August 25 at the Kavinoky Theatre in a performance of  Giambra's BREAD AND ONIONS, a poetic narrative about Sicilian immigrants and their families in the lower West Side of Buffalo.

Bread and Onions is a personal history of Sicilian immigration in Buffalo
Credit Joey Giambra

Recently appearing at the Burchfield Penney Art Center,  the North Park Theatre and the Italian Festival with Buffalo musician Joey Giambra, Dref will again share the stage with Giambra on Saturday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Avenue on the D’Youville College campus in Buffalo, New York for a musical version of Giambra’s “Bread and Onions” performance piece. 

In addition to Giambra on trumpet, other musicians include Rick Carfa on keyboards, Tom Naples, guitar,  John Henry Curry on bass and Ben Clyburn, drums.  Actors in the “Bread and Onions” reading are Constance M. Caldwell, Darleen Pickering Hummert, David Lundy, Toni Silveri, Lisa Vitrano and Joey Giambra all directed by Philip Avallone.

Musician/Playwright Joey Giambra

Reservations for “Bread and Onions” can be made at:  bookingjaylouisdref@gmail.com by leaving name and contact information along with number of tickets requested. Tickets are $20, payable by cash or check at the door. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.  
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Jay Louis Dref is based in Now New York City. His debut album, “Timeless”, is soon to be released. Hear more at www.jaylouisdref.com.

To hear Joey Giambra read from the original script of “Bread and Onions” visit www.joeygiambra.bandcamp.com.
 

Jay Louis Dref, JuIlliard trained operatic tenor, to appear at Kavinoky on Saturday, August 25 in BREAD AND ONIONS.

Musical selections in this interview are from Dref's website and include "Caruso"by Lucio Dalla.