Performing ‘Under the Stars’

  • Jack Golden in “You Don’t Know Jack.” Contributed photo/Sloan Tomlinson

Staff Writer
Published: 7/23/2020 9:19:49 AM

The outdoor venue that will host an upcoming performance produced by Eggtooth Productions fits the show’s title as well as it does this odd time of social distancing — “Under the Stars,” a theatrical production by Eggtooth Productions and Jack Golden Productions, will be performed starting Friday atop the Greenfield Parking Garage.

According to a statement, “Under the Stars,” which is being produced by Eggtooth Productions and will be performed by Jack Golden, an area movement artist and the show’s creator, is a tale that “captures the struggles and possibilities of our unusual times through a triptych of unlikely stories: epic, improvisational and comic. … This performance is set, as the title suggests, in the fresh evening air, reminiscent of drive-in theaters of days gone by, except the show is live.”

There will be two performances per night — one at 8 p.m. and another at 9 — on July 30, 31 and Aug. 1 and on Aug. 13, 14 and 15. Each of the 25 minute one-actor shows can be viewed by eight cars. Audience members remain in their vehicles and provide stage lighting with their headlights. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com/e/under-the-stars-a-drive-in-theater-experience-tickets-112506189040.

The statement notes that Golden will start his show with “Just in Case,” a story of an archetypal journey told by a lost traveler and inspired by the prologue from “Dante’s Inferno,” the first part of Italian writer Dante Alighieri’s epic poem “Divine Comedy.”

“From there, he drops his script and opens his mind to whatever comes to him in the moment. This improvisation is impossible to describe ahead of time, but it’s sure to be a delightful surprise for all, including Jack. ‘The Big Sweep’ is the final piece, a shadow play filled with hilarious banter and acted out by a troupe of cleaning closet characters. Where else can you get Shakespearean drama, celestial guidance, and bathroom humor kicking it together on the same stage?” the statement says.

To that end, the piece implements “shadow play, improvisation and text,” according to Golden, who began his career as an actor-mime-juggler-movement artist, improvisor and clown in 1983. He has been the featured clown with the Pickle Family Circus of San Francisco and a founding member of The Wright Brothers, a vaudeville touring company that was voted “best of fest” at the 1987 International Clown and Mime Festival, which was held in Philadelphia that year.

In 1989, the statement says he “embarked on a solo career that led him to create and perform several nationally touring shows for schools and family audiences, including the award-winning ‘Garbage Is My Bag.’ He studied physical theater and improvisation extensively with the world-renowned director and performer, Tony Montanaro. Additionally, he trained with the San Francisco School of Dramatic Arts. He has taught physical theater and improvisation at Savannah College of Arts and Design in Georgia, New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston University.”

More recently, he created the one-person performance “You Don’t Know Jack.” which debuted at the Shea Theater and Art Center and went on to Baltimore’s Charm City Fringe Festival. In addition, he played Atigonus in John Bechtold’s “A Winters Tale,” the night custodian in “Deus ex Machina” as well as roles in “Gem of the Valley” and “Sam’s Place.”




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