Bonita Jackson’s “Empty Valuables” coming to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre

Bonita Jackson

Bonita Jackson

Catskill, NY – Bridge Street Theatre presents Empty Valuables, a one-woman show in two acts written and performed by Bonita Jackson, on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 2:00 in the afternoon in the BST Speakeasy, 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill, NY.

Here’s how Bonita Jackson describes Empty Valuables: “A journey of a mother and three of her daughters who all never meet. All four dig through their separate journeys, but are linked in their struggle for self-value from the adversities they face. Who assigns us value? Who takes our value? What happens when you become an Empty Valuable? Take this true life journey with these four women who dare to breathe life into dirt. A genuine tale filled with broken laughter, honest lies, filthy quality, and loving hatred. The Journey put simply: Love, lost, fractured, hungry, identity … reclamation.”

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Bonita Jackson here to Catskill,” says John Sowle, Bridge Street Theatre’s Managing Director. “As with our presentation of Aizzah Fatima’s Dirty Paki Lingerie last season, we want Bridge Street Theatre to be a place where audiences can hear and be entertained by voices and points of view that are heard onstage far too infrequently. And the message Bonita’s play has to share is urgent, timely, and so important.”

unnamedBONITA JACKSON (Playwright/Performer) has had storytelling and the stage calling her name since she was a young’un! And she has answered the call by studying the craft in the Midwest, Washington, D.C., and New York City. She holds a BFA in Acting with Honors. She has soulfully graced the stage in numerous productions in New York City and Regional Theater, such as “Black Footnotes”, “The Wiz”, “Saint Lucy’s Eyes”, “HAIR’itage”, “Cabaret”, “Out in the Open”, and the web-series “Chopping It Up”. With a strong and undeniable passion for the performing arts and its ability to transform, inform, inspire, and restore humanity, she is determined to continue her artistic journey in all areas of the craft.

BRIDGE STREET THEATRE. Bridge Street Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit corporation which purchased an old factory building at 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill, NY in late 2013. They are now in the final stages of converting the building into a fully-functioning year­-round arts complex which will house their own theatre productions, will be available to other theatres and performing arts groups, and, because of its location adjacent to Catskill High School, will be able to provide theatrical opportunities for high school and middle school students. They recently received a grant from New York State’s Homes and Community Renewal to convert our black-box “Raw Space” into an 84-seat proscenium theatre. The lobby of the theatre has been made into a “Speakeasy” where the company has presented over 40 events — theatre, music, magic and more – and turned their “Big Room” into an exhibition space where they’ve showcased a monumental balloon sculpture called “AVIARY (reimagined)” and an exhibit of large scale sculptures by local artists called “Big Works in the Big Room”.

Empty Valuables will be presented for one performance only on Saturday March 26 at 2:00pm. Admission is $10 and tickets go on sale at the door one half hour prior to the performance.

For more information, visit BridgeSt.org or call 518-943-3818.

The Basics:

EMPTY VALUABLES
A One-Woman Show in Two Acts
Written and Performed by Bonita Jackson
Bridge Street Theatre “Speakeasy”
44 W. Bridge Street, Catskill, NY 12414
Saturday March 26, 2016 @ 2:00pm
Tickets: All seats $10
Tickets go on sale at the door one half hour prior to each performance.

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