Alternate Title JACK&
Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description In her mainstage BAM debut, theater artist Kaneza Schaal explores re-entry to society after prison and how internal life is rebuilt after trauma. JACK & stars Cornell Alston, whom Schaal first saw perform in the title role of August Wilson’s Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom at the all-male Fishkill Correctional Facility, while he was serving 33 years. In considering the toll of time in prison, the production focuses on the measure of inner life and dreaming given to the state. Schaal weaves together wide-ranging material including the aspirational class stories of 1950’s sitcoms like The Honeymooners and Amos & Andy; minimalist paintings by artists such as Agnes Martin and Ellen Gallagher; John Canoe traditions; and entering-society ceremonies like Cotillion Balls to create the portrait of a dream interrupted and resumed.