Artist Projects

JACK &


Cornell Alston , Kaneza Schaal

JACK& is a multimedia comedy of errors. Using the writings of Psychiatrist R.D. Laing, JACK& is a duet for two actors ensnared in dialogue exchanges that become mental tongue twisters, and draws on infamous comedy duos with artists such as Buster Keaton, Elaine May, and Flip Wilson. A performance of social codes, the production is structured around social trainings from prison re-entry programs to debutante balls. From truth & reconciliation commissions, to the USA prison crisis, to questions of immigration and migration, the twenty first century has demanded and provided new models for how to train and un-train humans to successfully co-exist. JACK& entertains the impasses, whirlpools, and complexities of this training.

Schaal and Alston’s mutual commitment to experimentation in theater brought them to their second long-term collaboration. Previous research considered the performance demands of being in prison, how these languages are stored in the body, and their effect on re-entry to society. JACK& will be developed through workshops with people who used the arts while in prison.

  • Artists

    Cornell Alston

    Cornell Alston is a long-time member of Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), a non-profit organization that uses the arts as a springboard to teach…

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    Kaneza Schaal

    Kaneza Schaal is a New York City-based theater artist invested in research-based processes. Most recently, this work has taken her to temples and tom…

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