OBIE-winning theater company Hoi Polloi (three pianos; all hands) returns to JACK with insight into a meeting of a white anti-racist group. As the members rely on the sacrifices they must make to live up to their principles, other forces begin to disrupt and disrupt their efforts. A strange ode to honesty, forgiveness and responsibility, this set tour de force takes the spectator on a descent from the too-real to the sub-real. WHITE ON WHITE by Robert Quillen Camp is co-directed by Alec Duffy and Lori E. Parquet and runs from June 23 to July 9, 2022. The show stars Brandt Adams, Dinah Berkeley, Heather Cunningham, John Lenartz, Nisi Sturgis and Peter Moulins Weiss. Nikaury Rodriguez is the playwright, Lighting Design is by Amina Alexander and Sound Design is by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste.
Thursday June 23 – Saturday June 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday June 30 – Saturday July 2 at 7:30 p.m.
From Wednesday July 6 to Saturday July 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday July 8 at 2 p.m.
$20, available at www.jackny.org
LOCATION: JACK | 20 Putnam Avenue in Brooklyn. Train C or G to Clinton-Washington. Shuttle to Franklin Avenue | www.jackny.org
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
common people is an OBIE-winning, New York-based collaborative theater company established in 2007 by director Alec Duffy. The company creates original works that strive to explore how we as Americans come together and how we fall apart. Hoi Polloi is also dedicated to collaborating with today’s most imaginative playwrights on new works and performing existing plays. The job includes Calm, Comfort (by Toshiki Okada), Beckett solos, Baal, all hands (by Robert Quillen Camp), three pianos (OBIE Award), John Cassavetes’ Shadows, The less we talkand Dysphoria. www.hoipolloiworld.com
Robert Quillen Camp (Playwright) has already collaborated with Hoi Polloi on all hands (2012). His other plays include Our house in ruins, How to learn (at JACK in 2018) and his collaborations with the Pig Iron Theater Company, Franklin’s Secret City, Pay, and Obie Award winner Chekhov’s lizard brain. His writings have appeared in Conjunctions, PAJ, Theatre, Comparative Drama, Chain, and Play a game log, and anthologized by 53rd State Press. He is chair of the theater program at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia.
Alec Duffy (co-director) is a playwright and director, and the founder of Hoi Polloi and JACK. He has created many original works with Hoi Polloi, including Dysphoria, The less we talkand all hands. In 2010, he shared an OBIE award for three pianosa hymn to Schubert Winterreise song cycle, co-written and performed with Dave Malloy and Rick Burkhardt in a production directed by Rachel Chavkin which toured the New York Theater Workshop and American Repertory Theater after its premiere at the Incubator Arts Project. His most recent production with Hoi Polloi was commissioned by renowned Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada, Calm, Comfortwhich premiered at JACK in 2016. His production of the opera Four dreamy nights premiered at Japan Society in 2017 and later toured Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Duffy is a former NEA/TCG director and a Drama League Directing Fellow.
Lori Elizabeth Parquet (co-director) is a director, actor and playwright from New Orleans, Louisiana. His New York stage credits include macbeth, Shipments from America (a) repaired (Off Broadway, Epic Theater Ensemble), The providence of neighboring bodies (Dutch Theater Tue/Ars Nova), The Honeycomb Trilogy: Sovereign (Gideon Productions), Medea (Phoenix Theater Ensemble), dog law, Ajax in Iraq, Honey Fist, operating systems (Flux Theater Ensemble), and Republic, Baal, Murder in the Cathedral (JACK/Hoi Polloi). She made her international debut playing in Pillars of society at Teater Ibsen in Skien, Norway. She also performed in The providence of neighboring bodies at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018. In 2019, she won the New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Operating systems. As a director, Lori has directed Topdog/Underdog at the Princeton Summer Theater and assisting in the staging of the Public Theater’s latest productions of Shakespeare in the Park As you like itand twelfth night. She was also an acting coach on Disney’s Hercules, a Public Works production. Lori was Associate Director of New York City Center’s Encores: Off-Center Production by Maria Irene Fornes. Ride and has conducted numerous readings and workshops with Public Works, Flux Theater Ensemble, The Brooklyn Generator, and other theater companies in New York.. As a playwright, Lori was selected as one of six featured playwrights for season five of the Fire This Time festival, which produced a reading of her complete play. in fellowship, and his short plays have been produced by Flux Theater Ensemble, New York Madness, and other independent New York theaters and festivals. BA in Theater Arts from Cornell University.
Nikaury Rodriguez (Playwright) is a Dominican-American actor, writer, director, teaching artist, conflict resolution specialist, diversity and inclusion trainer, and dancer from New York City. For 30 years, Nikaury has worked as an actor in theatre, film and television, as well as in countless corporate training through interactive theater for organizations ranging from schools, cultural institutions, non-profit organizations profit to Fortune 500 companies; all work aimed at promoting critical thinking and communication skills. Nikaury holds a BA in Sociology and Theater from Hunter College (CUNY), certified by PACT as a Conflict Resolution Specialist, and trained in Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed. She has acted in several Hoi Polloi productions and is a co-founder of JACK and a member of JACK’s board of directors.
Photo credits: Nisi Sturgis