February 15 through February 16, 2018, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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JACK&JILL is a comedy of errors structured on social codes and trainings from prison re-entry programs to debutante balls. The performance 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. Aspirational class stories found in 1950’s sitcoms like the Honeymooners and Amos and Andy intersect with real and imagined entering-society ceremonies like debutante balls. Directed by Kaneza Schaal and starring Cornell Alston, the artists explore markers of transition and transformation, and the liminal ritual spaces that bridge worlds.
JACK&JILL 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&JILL expands that inquiry and focuses on rich internal life. What is the recipe for dreaming…?
JACK&JILL 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 ‘Nate’ Alston, Daphne Gaines, Rucyl Mills
Sound Design: Rucyl Mills
Design: Christopher Myers