You Don't Know Jack by Jack Golden

At the Shea Theatre on June 2 and 3, 2017 at 7:30 tickets $15 and on sale at: June 2 & 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM
at the Shea Theatre
71 Ave. A, Turners Falls, MA. 
Tix $15 and available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2909488
YOU DON’T KNOW JACK…YET! But come join him for an evening in June! Let him take you to a golf course, a barbeque joint, an Irish pub, and life’s very boundary. You’ll find yourself in the company of a guide who has it all: a red nose, an open heart, and a finely tuned compass for comedy. And now you know.
A portion of the proceeds to benefit
Franklin County Community Meals Program.. With a children's performance of Garbage Is My Bag on Sunday, June 4th at 2 pm.

Jack Golden has lived the life of a clown for 40 years and is now bringing that story to life through his work. You Don't Know Jack is an evening of short movement/spoken word pieces that express the many aspects of being Jack. 

His inspiration came when he created the piece, Mr. Leighton that was recently performed at the New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular. Here's what he said about it: 

Question: What was it like to create Mr. Leighton and what were turning points for you?

Jack: "It was a joy and it was a celebration. It was also embracing pain and loss. It was a lot of things. On that list of things, it was the luxury of investigating friendship.

As I was developing the piece, I had a funny realization that I was writing a clown piece-which was not my intention at all. But the further I got into it, the more I saw that I was using a clown’s logic. That what was happening could only take place in a clown’s world.

So I went back- into the back room of my studio, where I have a set of plastic drawers and opened the drawer marked “noses”, which is below the drawer marked “Hankies” and above the drawer marked “Bungee Cords”. I pulled out a red nose I hadn’t worn in 30 years and put it on. I saw that this was the character who does this piece.

I also realized Mr. Leighton wasn’t just a retrospective about my friendship with Matt, it was also a retrospective about my life. It started in one place, going down one path with one thought in mind, but it led me through a forest, that opened up on a bluff overlooking the ocean."