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JACK to Host MAMET TALKBACKS with Jeremy M. Barker, Howard Sherman and More

JACK to Host MAMET TALKBACKS with Jeremy M. Barker, Howard Sherman and More

JACK will present "Mamet Talkbacks," moderated by Jeremy M. Barker, on September 17, October 15 and November 17, 2017.

Rarely 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 will bring together diverse practitioners to explore issues raised by Mr. Mamet's long career through their own experiences.

While specific topics and participants will be announced in advance of the event, 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.



Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7 pm - special guests: writer Howard Sherman and playwright Matthew Freeman
Sunday, Oct. 15 at 7 pm - special guests TBA
Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7 pm - special guests TBA


At JACK | 505 ½ Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 | C or G train to Clinton-Washington |


Jeremy M. Barker (Co-Host/Moderator) 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 (Co-Host/Director) 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.

GUESTS for Sept. 17:

Howard Sherman is an arts administrator, advocate and writer. In February 2015, he was named director of the new Arts Integrity Initiative at the New School for Drama, focused on creative and academic freedom in the arts. He is concurrently the Senior Strategy Director and Interim Director of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts in New York, dedicated to creating opportunities for artists of color and artists with disabilities in theatre, film and television. He was executive director of the American Theatre Wing from 2003 to 2011. Immediately prior to joining ATW, he spent three years as Executive Director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford CT. In addition to consulting for arts organizations on management and communications, he currently writes a weekly column on U.S. theatre for The Stage in London. He has contributed articles to American Theatre Magazine, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal's "Speakeasy" blog, the Los Angeles Times' "Culture Monster" blog, The Guardian's "Guardian Culture Professionals" site, and HowlRound, the journal of the Center for Theatre Commons at Emerson College. Many of his blog essays from this site have been cross-posted to The Huffington Post.

Matthew Freeman is a playwright, director and freelance writer. In New York City, he has been produced at the Access Theater; 4th Street Theater; The Brick Theater; HERE Arts Center; The Metropolitan Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, The New Ohio, 80WSE Gallery, and at the Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark's Church. His audio work has been a part of the HearNow Festival and Atlanta Fringe Radio. His plays include The Language, Bluebeard, When is a Clock, Traveling to Montpelier, The Listeners (Nominee: Best Production - Performance Art: New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2015), Why We Left Brooklyn, That Which Isn't, The Starving Dress, The Most Wonderful Love, Glee Club, The Death of King Arthur, Confess Your Bubble, Cloud Cuckooland (with Djahari Clark) and Brandywine Distillery Fire. His plays and monologues have been published by Samuel French, Applause, Smith & Kraus, NYTE, IndieTheaterNow and Playscripts.

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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