Hoi Polloi
Hoi Polloi premieres REPUBLIC, March 7 - 22

Hoi Polloi takes on the father of western philosophy’s blueprint for a good life: Plato’s Republic. Under the direction of Alec Duffy, the piece features design by the team that created Beckett Solos, and features actors Jess Barbagallo, Lori Parquet and Jason Quarles.  Hoi Polloi creates a dream-like theatrical experience that tackles the massive moral questions raised by Socrates, against an shifting backdrop of characters and settings. An intimate audience at JACK joins their symposium, addressing a fundamental human question: Why be good?  The result is an adventure that stimulates both the senses and the synapses.

Performance schedule: 
Friday - Sunday, March 7 - 9 at 8 pm
Wednesday - Sunday, March 12 - 16 at 8 pm
Tuesday - Saturday, March 18 - 22 at 8 pm

Tickets: 
$18.  On sale at republic.brownpapertickets.com

Creative Team:
Playwright: Noah Mease
Director: Alec Duffy
Set Design: Mimi Lien
Lighting Design: Yi Zhao
Costume Design: Oana Botez
Composer: Steven Leffue

Stage Manager: Melanie Kulas

Photo: Mimi Lien

Artistic Director Alec Duffy directs at Japan Society

OUR PLANET

WORLD PREMIERE
JAPAN SOCIETY COMMISSION

Get a rare look behind the scenes of Japan Society’s landmarked building in Our Planet, our newly-commissioned theater production that whisks the audience through offices, gallery rooms, hidden stairwells and backstage areasDirected by Hoi Polloi founder Alec Duffy, this acclaimed play by young theater phenom Yukio Shiba juxtaposes the everyday life of an ordinary family with the galactic events of the earth’s birth and death. Duffy’s team includes OBIE-winning scenic designer Mimi Lien, costume designer Becky Lasky, lighting designer Jiyoun Chang, composer and sound designer Tei Blow, Japanese motion graphics master Nobuyuki Hanabusa and actors Julian Rozzell, Jr. and Jenny Seastone Stern. Performed in English.

Running time: 90 minutes
Limit 30 pp per performance

This is a non-seated, standing and walking performance experience. No late entry. 
 
TICKETS:
$28/$22 Japan Society members 




Please note: The November 20 and December 5 performances are SOLD OUT. 

Buy tickets online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 6 pm, Weekends 11 am - 5 pm. 

http://www.japansociety.org/event/our-planet

Hoi Polloi to premiere new piece based on Plato’s REPUBLIC at Duke University in February

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Reflecting a continued fascination with the utopian impulse, Hoi Polloi sets its sights on Plato’s Republic in its new creation, premiering February 20 - March 1 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, North Carolina, presented by Duke Performances. The production is helmed by Alec Duffy, with text adapted from Plato by Noah Mease, performed by Jess Barbagallo, Jason Quarles and Lori E. Parquet, with set design by OBIE-winner Mimi Lien, costume design by Oana Botez and music by Steven Leffue.  Find out more here.  

Hoi Polloi: Beckett Solos | October 3 - 19 at JACK

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The New York Times: “a splendid convergence of actor, director and playwright. . . Stark and ambient, it captures Beckett’s singular music of alienation. And Ms. Goldoni makes a fine instrument.”  Read the full review here.

Hoi Polloi collaborates with venerable actress Lelia Goldoni on three short Beckett plays at JACK, a pairing that began after Goldoni saw Hoi Polloi’s stage adaptation of John Cassavetes’ Shadows, the 1959 film that made her a fundamental figure in the birth of American independent cinema.  The production includes FootfallsRockaby and the radio play Cascando, with scenic design by OBIE-winner Mimi Lien, costume design by Oana Botez, lighting design by Yi Zhao and music by Steven Leffue.

Performance schedule:

Thursday – Saturday, October 3 - 5 at 8 pm
Wednesday – Saturday, October 9 – 12 at 8 pm
Wednesday - Saturday, October 16 - 19 at 8 pm

$18 online or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

Location: 

JACK

505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238

In Clinton Hill.  C or G train to Clinton-Washington.

www.jackny.org

Lelia Goldoni is best known for co-starring in John Cassavetes’ groundbreaking film Shadows (1959) and playing the best friend of Ellen Burstyn’s character in Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974). She appeared in a number of motion pictures and television shows starting in the late-1940s, including uncredited cameo roles in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s House of Strangers (1949), John Huston’s We Were Strangers (1949) and The Italian Job (1969). She costarred on the episode “Fair Exchange” of the British television series Danger Man (1964) with Patrick MacGoohan. In 2010, she appeared in the miniseries The Pacific as Dora Basilone.

Alec Duffy (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of Hoi Polloi and of JACK.  Recent work includes BaalShadows, All HandsThree Pianos (as creator/performer) and The less we talk. In 2010, he directed the revival of Murder in the Cathedral at The Church of St. Joseph in Brooklyn.  Duffy is a Drama League Directing Fellow and an OBIE-winner. 

Photo by Tei Blow.

SHADOWS, by John Cassavetes | May 16 - June 1 | @ JACK

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Hoi Polloi announces a remount of ouracclaimed stage adaptation of John Cassavetes’ collaboratively-created film,Shadows, considered a watershed in the birth of American independent cinema. Performances are at JACK, the new performance venue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

The New York Times: “(Shadows) offers audacity, invention and talent… Cassavetes would be proud.”

Time Out New York: “Shadows really grooves”

Under the direction of Alec Duffy (Three Pianos, All Hands), Hoi Polloi turns JACK into a raucous apartment party for this immersive theatrical experience. Originally released in 1959, the film depicts lean and hungry artists during the Beat Generation years in New York City, offering an unsparing view of racial and sexual conflict at the height of the Eisenhower era.

The production features a host of Off-Off Broadway heavies, with music by Rick Burkhardt of The Nonsense Company, set design by Andreea Mincic (Three Pianos), costume design by Becky Lasky and a cast that includes Jason Quarles, Julian Rozzell, Jr., Burkhardt, Alexandra Miller, Ike Ufomadu, Dustin Fontaine, B. Brian Argotsinger, Paul Perroni and Samantha Debicki, with music performed by Burkhardt/Emile Blondel (piano), Steven Leffue (saxophone) and Ezra Gale/James Ilgenfritz (double bass).

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Thursday, May 16 – Saturday, May 18

Wednesday, May 22 – Saturday, May 25

Tuesday, May 28 – Saturday, June 1

All performances at 8 pm

LOCATION: JACK 505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, between Fulton and Atlantic (near the C or G train at Clinton-Washington.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance HERE.

Pictured: Julian Rozzell, Jr. Photo by Ryan Jensen.

SHADOWS returns

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Hoi Polloi is thrilled to announce a remount of our critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of John Cassavetes’ SHADOWS, which will run May 16 - June 1 at our new arts space, JACK, in Clinton Hill.  Visit www.jackny.org/theater for more details. 

Hoi Polloi debuts The Georges

The Georges is Hoi Polloi’s newest creation — a monster that won’t shut up.  Featuring Jason Quarles, Julian Rozzell, Jr., Steven Leffue and Alec Duffy, The Georges is the house band at JACK (www.jackny.org). Check the JACK website for future dates.  What IS it? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

BAAL ends, and new life begins.

We had a great run of Brecht’s Baal, the inaugural show at our new arts space, JACK, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Here’s are reviews that appeared in New York Theatre Review, at The New York Times, Examiner.com, at the Performance Club, at TransplantNYC, and at Kippy Winston.

Jason Quarles and Julian Rozzell, Jr. inBaal.  Photo by Ryan Jensen.

We’re now turning our attention to the coming year, coming up with all sorts of activity for Hoi Polloi at JACK and beyond.  Please check back in a few months for more details.  In the meantime, check out www.jackny.org in order to see the incredible artists and events we’re curating at JACK that are not Hoi Polloi. 

jackarts:
Hoi Polloi presents
BAAL
By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Alec Duffy
July 12 - August 5
OBIE-winning theater company Hoi Polloi, the resident company of JACK, inaugurates the space this summer with a production of BAAL, the first play by Bertolt Brecht.  Helmed by Artistic Director Alec Duffy, BAAL is about a performance poet on a self-destructive tear.
July 12 - August 5, Thursdays through Sundays at 8 pm. 
Location: JACK, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave between Fulton and Atlantic, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.  C or G train to Clinton-Washington.
Performances are pay-what-you-can at the door, with no advance reservations possible. 
The seven-actor ensemble features Jason Quarles, Julian Rozzell, Jr., Lori Parquet, Nikaury Rodriguez, Ike Ufomadu, B. Brian Argotsinger and Catherine Decioccio.  OBIE-winner Mimi Lien designs the set, Amith Chandrashaker designs lights and Steven Leffue composes. 
Pictured: Jason Quarles.  Photo by Nick Kostner.

jackarts:

Hoi Polloi presents

BAAL

By Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Alec Duffy

July 12 - August 5

OBIE-winning theater company Hoi Polloi, the resident company of JACK, inaugurates the space this summer with a production of BAAL, the first play by Bertolt Brecht.  Helmed by Artistic Director Alec Duffy, BAAL is about a performance poet on a self-destructive tear.

July 12 - August 5, Thursdays through Sundays at 8 pm. 

Location: JACK, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave between Fulton and Atlantic, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.  C or G train to Clinton-Washington.

Performances are pay-what-you-can at the door, with no advance reservations possible. 

The seven-actor ensemble features Jason Quarles, Julian Rozzell, Jr., Lori Parquet, Nikaury Rodriguez, Ike Ufomadu, B. Brian Argotsinger and Catherine Decioccio.  OBIE-winner Mimi Lien designs the set, Amith Chandrashaker designs lights and Steven Leffue composes. 

Pictured: Jason Quarles.  Photo by Nick Kostner.

A new step for Hoi Polloi

We are opening a performance space, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn!  The space is called JACK — named after Artistic Director Alec Duffy’s grandfather, Jack Duffy, who combined a passion for community (in his work as a minister) with a deep love of theater.  The site is a former garage, right around the corner from the Clinton-Washington stop on the C train, at 507 Waverly Ave between Fulton and Atlantic.  JACK will serve as a home for Hoi Polloi, but also for other theater companies, musicians and artists. We’ll open in May and have our first production in July.  More details soon…