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With Dave Malloy
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00PM
The Green Room 42
570 Tenth Ave
4th Floor inside YOTEL
42nd Street & Tenth Avenue
No Food or Beverage Minimum -- Full Food & Beverage Service
Support JACK’s mission to fuel experiments in art and activism!
Come celebrate “JACK Alive” at this benefit concert for JACK, an Obie Award-winning performance venue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Hosted by Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 composer Dave Malloy, “JACK Alive” is a vibrant evening of life-affirming music, featuring an adventurous group of performers from the Broadway, Downtown, and Brooklyn theater scenes, all celebrating JACK's mission to fuel experiments in art and activism.
Performers include Great Comet's Brittain Ashford, Nicholas Belton, Nick Choksi, Amber Gray, Grace McLean, and John Murchison; Hadestown composer Anaïs Mitchell; dynamic performers Starr Busby
(9:30pm ONLY), Helga Davis, Eisa Davis (7pm ONLY), Kim Mayo, James Harrison Monaco & Jerome Ellis, Shasta Geaux Pop and Dawn L. Troupe; and host Dave Malloy premiering songs from his forthcoming musical adaptation of Moby-Dick.
$65 Main Dining Room
$100 Preferred Seating (includes ringside seats, tickets to an upcoming JACK show, a signed poster, music from the performers, and other goodies!)
JACK photo credit: Ted Roeder
JACK was founded in 2012 with a vision to create an arts organization with racial equity at its core, reflected in its artists, audiences, staff, and governance. Over the past six years, JACK has presented nearly 1,200 performances by emerging and established artists, and has held space for conversations critical to our city, including a year-long series, Reparations365, featuring performance and discussion around the topic of distributive justice for Black Americans. This year, JACK is facing uncertainty around how it will move forward once its current lease is up; this benefit concert is the first in a series of events designed to ensure that JACK will thrive in the coming years, expanding its ability to provide a platform for extraordinary artists and to create dialogue around issues of equity and justice.
JACK, led by Co-Artistic Directors Alec Duffy and DeeArah Wright, presents over 200 theater, music, and dance performances annually and holds community forums on issues of importance to the neighborhood, including racial justice, gentrification, and police/community relations. JACK collaborates with several organizations throughout the neighborhood of Clinton Hill, including the Grace Agard Senior Center, Atlantic Terminal Community Center, and the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, in an effort to ensure that the voices of our local community are present as part of JACK’s programming and planning.
JACK has offered a much-needed platform for emerging artists, and has presented premieres by theater artists Lileana Blain-Cruz, Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, Ikechukwu Ufomadu, William Burke, Celine Song, Amina Henry, Steph Del Rosso and more, as well as by choreographers luciana achugar, Marguerite Hemmings, Raja Feather Kelly, Rebecca Serrell Cyr, RAKIA!, Sam Kim, Walter Dundervill, Levi Gonzalez, Tendayi Kuumba, Moriah Evans and Jumatatu Poe. Music groups International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), thingNY and Ensemble Pamplemousse have premiered work as part of JACK's concert programming. JACK has also presented a space for more established artists to take risks, including Thurston Moore, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ann Liv Young, Tyshawn Sorey and Evan Parker.
JACK's mission has evolved to include activism, inspired by the many artists presenting at JACK who express continued anguish about the everyday racism and injustice they and others face. Moving beyond providing a platform for these voices, JACK now actively pushes for the more just society envisioned by so many of these artists.
Let’s Keep JACK Alive!