JACK presents "Your Healing is Killing Me: A Performance Manifesto" by Virginia Grise, running October 5 - 7, 2017.

Based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools and from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, and bourgie dermatologists, Your Healing is Killing Me is a reflection by writer/performer Virginia Grise (blu) on living with post-traumatic stress disorder, ansia, and eczema in the new age of trigger warnings, the master cleanse, and kickstarter funded self-care. Because Capitalism is toxic but The Revolution is not in your body butter.

Thursday, Oct. 5 at 8 pm
Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 pm
Saturday, Oct. 7 at 8 pm

Tickets: $15 (in advance at or cash only at the door)

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

Writer/Performer: Virginia Grise
Director: Emily Mendelsohn
Lighting Designer: Lucrecia Briceno
Costume Designer: Cybele Moon
Sound Designer: Manny Rivera
Choreographer: Ni'Ja Whitson
Set Designer: Peiyi Wong


Virginia Grise (Writer/Performer) is a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing and the Yale Drama Series Award. Her published work includes Your Healing is Killing Me (Plays Inverse Press), blu (Yale University Press), The Panza Monologues, co-written with Irma Mayorga (University of Texas Press), and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). She earned her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and currently lives and writes in the Bronx.

Emily Mendelsohn (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director interested in performance and contemplative practice. With an ensemble of artists from East Africa and the US, she directed Deborah Asiimwe's Cooking Oil and Erik Ehn's Maria Kizito. She has developed and directed work at Boom Arts, NYTW's Dartmouth Residency, Lewis and Clark, Houston's MECA, St. Louis Rep Ignite Festival, Playwrights' Center, New Dramatists, Lithuania's Arts Printing House, South Africa's National Arts Festival, and others. Mendelsohn's work has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and TCG's Global Connections. Affiliate artist New Georges. Core member Theater without Borders/ Climate Lens. MFA CalArts.

Lucrecia Briceno (lighting designer) is a Peruvian artist currently based in Brooklyn. Much of her work has been in association with artists developing innovative and original pieces. Her work includes theatre, dance, puppetry & opera, as well as collaborations in several non-performance projects. Her designs have been presented at such venues as Oxford Playhouse (UK), Arena Stage, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Theatre Center, BAM (Fischer), Kennedy Center, Berlind Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, La Mama ETC, Birmingham Repertory (UK), Culture Project, Pregones Theatre, Intar, HERE Arts Center, Soho Rep, Ohio Theatre, Irondale Center, ArtsEmerson, among many others. Internationally her work been seen in Caracas, Peru, Turkey, Scotland, Seoul, Bogota, Norway and England. Her design work for "Crime and Punishment" was part of the Venezuelan delegation for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. MFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Cybele Moon (costume designer) is a costume designer for theater and dance whose work has been seen on stage in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans and many other locations. Nationally recognized companies and organizations include: Disney Imagineering/Disneyland, CalArts, Redcat, Edinborough Fringe Fest, Steppenwolf Theater, Shattered Globe Theater, ArtSpot Productions, Soulographie at La Mama, Chicago Dramatists, the American Dance Festival, Ohio University Dance and Thodos Dance Chicago among many others. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater in Costume at Wesleyan where she teaches and designs.

Manny Rivera (sound designer) is a trans Brooklyn-based theatre artist and member of the queer performance art collective, A Beautiful Desperation. They are an alum of The City College of New York where they developed H.O.M.E. along with Mar Z. Phan, that went on to be produced at New Ohio Theatre, the summer of 2016. Sound design credits include; Virgo/Libra/Cancer or Heartburn (New Ohio Theatre), High School Coven (Paradise Factory), Jiffy & Beanz (BAX), Pick Your Parts (Dixon Place), The Taming of Cats (The Brick), blu (Aaron Davis Hall).

Ni'Ja Whitson (choreographer) is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, performer and writer. They have been referred to as "majestic" and "powerful" by The New York Times, winning dozens of awards across disciplines while engaging a nexus of postmodern and African Diasporic performance practices, intersecting gender, sexuality, race, and spirit. Recent awards include an Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Process Space Residency, Bogliasco Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist Residency, two-time Creative Capital "On Our Radar" award including being among its inaugural group. As a practitioner of indigenous and diasporic African ritual and resistance forms, Whitson creates work that reflects the sacred in performance and transformative workshop/facilitation. Proudly, they collaborate with notables in experimental and conventional theatre, dance, visual art, and music including Sharon Bridgforth and Douglas Ewart, as well as other leaders such as Dianne McIntyre, Charlotte Brathwaite, ReGina Taylor, Oliver Lake, Edward Wilkerson Jr., Daniel Alexander Jones, Marjani Forté-Saunders, and Baba Israel. Ni'Ja Whitson is the founder/artistic director of The NWA Project.

Peiyi Wong (set designer) is a Los Angeles and New York-based scenographer and interdisciplinary artist. She designs sets and costumes for theater, opera, dance, and film with a particular interest in experimental and cross-disciplinary modes of expression and collaboration. Peiyi holds an MFA in Scenic Design and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts. She received her BA in Literature and Visual Arts from Columbia University. Her theater work has been shown at REDCAT, Automata, HERE Arts Center, P.S. 122, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Chocolate Factory, Access Theater Gallery, The Brick, The Prague Quadrennial, and multiple other venues and institutions in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Mount Desert Island, ME.

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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