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JACK Brooklyn Announces MAMET TALKBACK Session Two

JACK Brooklyn Announces MAMET TALKBACK Session TwoRarely has the lowly and much-maligned post-show talkback received as much attention as it has since it was revealed that David Mamet was prohibiting them during productions of his plays. Inspired by Mr. Mamet's decision while honoring his prohibition, in this series of public discussions critic and journalist Jeremy M. Barker and director Patrice Miller bring together diverse practitioners to explore issues raised by Mr. Mamet's long career through their own experiences. The guests for this second session in the series, on Sunday, Oct. 15, are writer Leonard Jacobs (The Clyde Fitch Report), writer Colleen Werthmann and playwright Amina Henry. Each will explore artists' powers, limitations, and challenges in defining the experience of their works.

Please note that these events are not associated with any productions of Mr. Mamet's work, current or otherwise, and are open and accessible to all without regard to their knowledge or experience of his, or any participating artist's, work.

Future date: Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7 pm - special guests TBA. FREE. JACK | 505 ½ Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 | C or G train to Clinton-Washington |

Jeremy M. Barker is a contemporary performance critic based in New York City. The editor of Chance magazine and the former editor of, his work has appeared online and in print in American Theatre magazine, Theater magazine, Hyperallergic, and the Brooklyn Rail, among others. As a dramaturg, his work has been presented at Dixon Place, JACK, The Public Theatre's Under the Radar Festival, Abrons Arts Center, the Park Avenue Armory, and the Other Palace (London).

Patrice Miller is a director-choreographer best known for her interdisciplinary performance making. Most recently, she directed This Joint is Jumpin at The Other Palace, London. Some of her critically acclaimed collaborations include directing Mad Jenny's Love und Greed (Pangea; Dixon Place), choreographing Paul Auster's City of Glass (dir. Edward Einhorn, New Ohio), choreographing Vaclav Havel's The Pig, or Valcav Havel's Hunt for a Pig (dir. Henry Akona/3-Legged Dog), and co-creating with Edward Einhorn Money Lab which featured her dance-theater piece Dead Cat Bounce with Edward Einhorn (The Brick, HERE Arts Center). Her installation work includes a number of projects with the Institute of Psychogeographic Adventure including work for The Brooklyn Museum, Prelude/CUNY Grad Center, and SUNY Stonybrook; Steve Valk and Michael Klein's COIL piece Excavation: Martha Graham Company at Westbeth; couture-fashion installations for NYC Fashionweek 2008 and 2009. She was the director of performance for 571 Projects Arts Gallery and will next be a PASS Artist in Residence at Snug Harbor Cultural Arts Center.

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Amina Henry is a poet-playwright who creates poetry for the stage. Recent productions include: Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, An American Family Takes a Lover, produced by The Cell: a 21stCentury Salon and presented by Theatre for the New City (New York, NY), Water produced by Drama of Works (Brooklyn, NY) and The Minstrel Show, produced as part of the 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival 13th Street Theater/CSC. Her work has been developed/presented at: Little Theater at Dixon Place, Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 2013 BLACK SWAN Lab Series (Ashland, OR), Kitchen Dog Theater, The Brick, HERE Arts Center,The Cell: a 21st Century Salon, HERO Theatre, the Hive Theater, Shakespeare's Sister Company, the Bowery Poetry Club and Brooklyn College. She was a 2012-2013 Core Apprentice playwright at ThePlaywrights Center and a 2013 Finalist for the Leah Ryan FEWW Playwriting Prize for her play Bully. She was a featured playwright at the2013 Black and Latino Playwrights Conference at Texas State University. Publications include Hello, My Name Is Joe in the compilation 24 Gun Control Plays, published by NoPassport Press. Amina Henry is a graduate of Yale University, NYU's Performance Studies MA program and Brooklyn College's MFA Playwriting program, lead by head weasels Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.

Leonard Jacobs is a veteran of NYC arts, entertainment and culture-a theater practitioner, journalist and public servant. For Mamet Talkbacks, he represents The Clyde Fitch Report, a site that covers the crossroads of arts and politics, which he founded and for which he serves as Executive Editor. @clydefitch @thecfreport

Colleen Werthmann is an Emmy Award-nominated writer and non-award-nominated actor. She's currently writing for the Mark Twain Prize 2017 at the Kennedy Center honoring David Letterman, and recently worked on Michael Moore's THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER on Broadway. She was a staff writer on "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," and the head writer on TVLand's "Throwing Shade." She's also written for the Oscars, Comedy Central roasts, and the White House Correspondents Dinner, and for comics including Steve Martin, Wanda Sykes, Billy Crystal, and Lisa Lampanelli. As an actor, Werthmann has worked at Playwrights Horizons, The Public, and New York Theater Workshop, and occasionally on TV and in films. She's one of the founding members of both the experimental theater group Elevator Repair Service and the investigative theater company, The Civilians.

JACK is an OBIE-winning performance venue founded in 2012 in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn by theater-maker Alec Duffy and several co-founders. Our mission is to fuel experiments in art and activism, collaborating with adventurous artists and our neighbors to bring about a just and vibrant society. We present about 200 theater, music and dance performances a year and hold community forums on racial justice, gentrification, and police/community relations. In 2016, DeeArah Wright joined Duffy as Co-Director. JACK's season is made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, M & T Charitable Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, the Mental Insight Foundation and The Lida Foundation.

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