CATSKILL – The WORLD PREMIERE of Kieron Barry’s play, The Official Adventures of Kieron and Jade takes place on Thursday, April 20th at The Bridge Street Theatre, 44 W. Bridge Street, Catskill. Barry was showcased locally in the enormously successful 2012 production of Tomorrow in the Battle at Stageworks/Hudson. It was hailed by the Albany Times Union as “one of the most remarkable pieces of theatre in recent memory.”
This 1930s style screwball comedy is a convoluted story. Jade (a singer-songwriter – no last names, please) breaks up with Kieron (the playwright). Kieron is heartbroken and shocked. He writes down his thoughts for 6 months or so and then realizes he has the makings of a play. But, should he write a play about something so personal? Should he tell such a one-sided story? Should he tell a story in which so many of his colleagues and friends will know both protagonists?
…and that’s what the play is about. Not the break up, but the pros and cons of writing about the break up.
Jason Guy (Kieron) has suffered terribly in over 60 professional productions ranging from Shakespeare to tap dancing (sometimes both at once), and everything in between. He has been poisoned (as Hamlet) with the National Shakespeare Co., betrayed (Brutus) at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, and flogged, twice, (as both Dromios) by the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival. Not content with just two roles, Jason played all the male characters in “Turn of the Screw” (in which he was, coincidentally, smothered to death). Seeking solace in plays by living authors, Mr Guy lost his faith (“Doubt”), his wife (“Time Stands Still”), and finally a finger (in Arkansas Rep’s “The 39 Steps”). Immediately thereafter he was vomited on in “God of Carnage” (Cape May Stage). But it was as the Director, Lloyd in “Noises Off”, that he weathered the worst abuse known to man: other Actors. So Jason performed every role in Cortland Rep’s “I Am My Own Wife”; it was the loneliest thing he’s ever done. In a blissfully welcome turn of events, he beat, pummeled, and tortured someone else in the Flea Theater’s long-running “Back of the Throat”, Directed by Jim Simpson. Turning to musicals in hopes of lighter fare, he was fired daily (“42nd Street”), punched repeatedly (“West Side Story”), and soaked nightly (Don Lockwood in “Singin’ in the Rain”). Most recently Mr Guy persevered through six wretched months in Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Illusionarium”, a magical spectacular that sailed from the Caribbean to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics: Hell. In total, this litany of maltreatment has traversed five continents, fifteen countries, and all 50 of the United States. Jason was born on the pinky of Michigan, grew up on the coast of Maine, and lives in New York City. Actorjasonguy.com
Bonita Jackson (Jade and Everyone Else) The diversely-talented Jackson has had storytelling and the stage calling her name since she was a child. She has answered the call by studying the craft in the Midwest, Washington, D.C., and New York City. After graduating from Pace University with a BFA in Acting with Honors, Jackson hit the theatre scene with arms wide open! She has soulfully graced the stage in numerous productions in New York City and Regional Theatre, such as, A History of Nasty Women, Rachel, Steal Away, Neat, Saint Lucy’s Eyes, The Wiz, Sankofa Visions, HAIR’itage, Strange Fruit and Black Footnotes. She can also be seen in the comical web-series Chopping it Up. Utilizing and incorporating her love for multi-character roles, stepping, mime and spoken word, Jackson has successfully written, produced and performed two solo shows: Fleeting Dreams from a Nightmare’s Reality in May 2014 and Empty Valuables in June 2016. Both were met with critical acclaim. The raw storytelling she emoted in both productions has cemented her as an honest life watcher, listener, writer, and creator. An intellectual 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. bonitacjackson.weebly.com
HEAR MORE ON THE RADIO
Wednesday, April 12th – 9:15am – WGXC – 90.7FM
Tuesday, April 18th – 5:00pm – WGXC – 90.7FM
Wednesday, April 19th – 10:30am – WAMC – 90.3FM
The Official Adventures of Kieron and Jade stars Jason Guy and Bonita Jackson and is directed by John Sowle. Performances run Thursday through Sunday for two consecutive weeks. Evenings at 7:30. Matinees on Sunday at 2. Thursday, April 20th and the Sunday matinee on April 23rd are “Pay-What-You-Can”. For reservations, go to http://official.brownpapertickets.com or call 800.838.3006. Further information regarding the performances can be obtained by contacting the theatre at 518.943.3818.
Events at Bridge Street Theatre are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by Public Funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Cultural Fund administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts.