‘I am Jack’ show at Center for the Arts empowers young people in the face of bullying
KNOW & GO
WHO: The Center for the Arts presents
WHAT: Monkey Baa’s – I am Jack
WHEN: 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9
WHERE: The Center for the Arts 314 W Main St., Grass Valley
TICKETS: $8 students $12 chaperon/adult
The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14
BriarPatch Co-op Community Market - 530-272-5333
Tickets online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org
Australian-based Monkey Baa Theatre Company brings “I am Jack,” a one-man show that empowers young people in the face of bullying, to The Center for the Arts at 11 a.m. on Oct. 9.
What starts as an off-the-cuff joke during a handball competition, soon turns into a set of circumstances where smart and funny Jack is no longer safe in the playground.
Jack discovers self-expression through photography and begins to make sense of his world, his relationships with others, and ultimately, with himself.
“I am Jack” explores the often-overlooked insidious taunting and teasing that bullies inflict on their victims and the roles that family and schools can play in responding. Jack takes us on a touching and sometimes comical journey as he moves from victim to victor.
Monkey Baa Theatre Company is a dynamic, inspiring Theatre Company based in Sydney, Australia. Started in 1997 by actors Tim McGarry, Sandra Eldridge and Eva Di Cesare, Monkey Baa is one of Australia’s largest touring companies with a reputation for producing exceptional work for young people and their families, according to a press release. The company adapts the very best of Australian children’s literature for the stage, working with award-winning writers Jackie French, Morris Gleitzman, Sonya Hartnett and Suzanne Gervay.
Central to the company’s philosophy is the belief that young people’s interests are valued and respected. The group tells stories that entertain, inspire and encourage a greater understanding of the world and one’s place in it.
Since its inception, Monkey Baa has adapted, produced and toured 12 new major works. Three of the company’s adaptations have been published: “Hitler’s Daughter,” “Thursday’s Child” and “Worry Warts.”
In 2007, for Jackie French’s “Hitler’s Daughter,” the company received the Helpmann Award for Best Children’s Presentation, the 2007 Drover for Touring Excellence and the 2006 Drover for Audience Development. In 2010, for Sonya Hartnett’s “Thursday’s Child” the Company won the Helpmann Award and in 2011 for “Fox” the Glug Award.
In 2012, the company became resident company of a brand new state of the art 236-seat venue in the heart of Sydney, the Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre. The venue is the first purpose built theatre in Australia dedicated to work for young audiences and is the company’s new home, housing its performance, rehearsal and office facilities.
For more information, visit http://www.monkeybaa.com.au/event/jack-2015-australian-tour
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