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Theatre Information

HERE (New York City, NY)
145 6th Ave.
New York City, NY 10013

Schedule

Running Time: One hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission

Wednesdays: 8:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 8:30pm

There will be an additional performance on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 8:30pm.

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In Fall 2015, members of Life Jacket Theatre Company travelled to southern Florida to interview the residents of Miracle Village, a rural community for sex offenders buried deep in abandoned sugarcane fields. The team has transformed their research into a moving and unflinching play about darkness, uncertainty, and the painful process of healing in small-town America. America is Hard to See uses a fusion of verbatim interviews and found text crafted by Travis Russ, award-winning playwright and director, as well as traditional Methodist hymns and original songs composed and arranged by Priscilla Holbrook, lead singer of the band Susan Jane.

America is Hard to See is produced by Life Jacket Theatre Company, whose recent production of Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey (HERE, 2016), was a Critics' Pick by the New York Times and Time Out New York and a nominee for a Drama Desk Award and seven New York Innovative Theatre Awards.
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BWW Interview: Life Jacket Theatre's Travis Russ Discusses Bringing True Stories to the Stage in AMERICA IS HARD TO SEEBWW Interview: Life Jacket Theatre's Travis Russ Discusses Bringing True Stories to the Stage in AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE
by Danielle Gutierrez - February 13, 2018

Before a performance of the play America is Hard to See, audience members have the opportunity to wander across a canvas map of Miracle Village. What appears as a gridded crisscrossing of rural living quarters is home to a community of men - sex offenders - who are finding a way to move forward. Travis Russ, artistic director at Life Jacket Theatre Company, calls this Southern Florida community one of many "little dots" on a map, where real people have stories to tell. In his case, Russ decided that the stories within Miracle Village should be told onstage. In a phone interview with BroadwayWorld, Russ discussed bringing the residents' true stories to the theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE from Life Jacket Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: First Look at AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE from Life Jacket Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - February 2, 2018

The music-infused play America is Hard to See from Life Jacket Theatre Company will have its opening performance tonight, Friday, February 2nd. From Life Jacket artistic director Travis Russ and songwriter Priscilla Holbrook, the production will run through February 24th at HERE (145 6th Avenue). Get a first look at the production ahead of opening! (more...)