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Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents the World Premiere Production of AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE


Life Jacket Theatre Company Presents the World Premiere Production of AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE

Life Jacket Theatre Company (Travis Russ, Artistic Director) is proud to announce the world premiere production of America is Hard to See, a new play with music written and directed by Travis Russ (Gorey: The Secret Lives Of Edward Gorey) with music and lyrics by Priscilla Holbrook (from the band, Susan Jane). Performances begin January 30, 2018 at HERE (145 6th Avenue). Opening night is set for February 2, 2018, with a limited run through February 24, 2018.

Using a blend of interviews, archival research, Methodist hymns, and original songs, America is Hard to See investigates the lives in and around Miracle Village, a rural community for sex offenders buried deep in Florida's sugarcane fields.

During late fall in 2015, members of Life Jacket travelled to southern Florida to interview the marginalized residents of Miracle Village. The team has transformed their academic field research into a moving and unflinching play about darkness, uncertainty, and the painful process of healing in small-town America.

Research and development for America is Hard to See is by Travis Russ, Anthony Dvarskas and Amelia Parenteau. Lighting design is by Solomon Weisbard, costume design is by Andrea Hood, and scenic design is by Travis Russ.

Tickets for America is Hard to See range from $35 to $45 and are available by visiting or calling 212-352-3101.Tickets are also available at the HERE box office (145 6thAvenue). The performance schedule for America is Hard to See is Wednesday through Saturday at 8:30pm. Please note: there is a performance on Tuesday, January 30th at 7:30pm, and no performance on Wednesday, February 14.


Established in 2014 by Artistic Director, Travis Russ, Life Jacket Theatre Company is an award-winning theatre company based in New York City. Utilizing field interviews and archival research, they share real stories about diverse human experiences, particularly those of people living on the margins - the outsiders and outcasts. They produce investigative works based on real-life stories, often engaging with the people whose stories they tell. Life Jacket Theatre Company experiments with new theatrical languages and forms in pursuit of visually inventive and lyrically rich work. Their inaugural production, Gorey: The Secret Lives Of Edward Gorey, quickly transferred Off-Broadway, was a two-time Critic's Pick by the New York Times and Time Out New York, and was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk Award, seven 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, and two Henry Hewes Design Awards (granted by the American Theatre Wing). They are the recipients of a 2017 Drama League Artist Residency and have completed artistic residencies at the Sheen Center, the Tank, IRT Theater, One Company, Fordham University, and Stony Brook University.


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