February 15 through February 16, 2018, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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JACK & is a theater performance that considers the metric-less damages of being in prison; not the time one has served but the measure of one’s dreaming that is given to the state. Making its world premiere at the CAC, JACK & focuses on re-entry to society. Aspirational class stories like those of the 1950’s sitcoms “The Honeymooners” and “Amos and Andy” intersect with real and imagined society-entering ceremonies like debutante balls. Directed by Kaneza Schaal and starring Cornell ‘Nate’ Alston, the artists explore markers of transition and the luminal spaces that bridge worlds.
JACK & is story of a man lost in time, who must return to the present to find dreams he has forgotten. Alston’s character “Jack” works the night shift at an industrial bakery. He returns home to bake a cake for his wife “Jill”. Their ensnared dialogue exchanges draw on infamous comedians such as Richard Pryor, Elaine May, and Flip Wilson. An ornate circular floor, designed by artist Christopher Myers, transforms from comedy club, to kitchen tiles, to a ballroom stage. Musician and composer Rucyl Mills performs live to animate the three-act dreamscape.
Schaal and Alston’s previous collaborations considered the performance demands of being in prison; how those languages are stored in the body, and their effect on re-entry to society. JACK & expands that inquiry and focuses on rich internal life. What is the recipe for dreaming…?
JACK & is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati) in partnership with On The Boards (Seattle), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), REDCAT (Los Angeles), and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
Duration: 60 minutes
Directed by Kaneza Schaal
Performed by Cornell Alston, Modesto "Flako" Jimenez, Rucyl Mills and Stacey Robinson
Sound Design: Rucyl Mills
Design: Christopher Myers