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About the Event
Michael R. Jackson, playwright, lyricist, composer and self-proclaimed trash- talker visits Key West after his engaging turn onBetween Two Palms. The evening will be hosted by Studios Artistic Associates Stephen Kitsakos. Jackson will discuss his boundary-pushing show,A Strange Loop, the “metafictional” musical, which explores identity, race and sexuality, and won him the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Drama as well as the work of Stephen Sondheim and his influence on Jackson’s work. In addition to insights into his own work and performative process, Jackson will perform an excerpt from A Strange Loop as well as songs from the Sondheim catalog.
MICHAEL R. JACKSON won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle for A Strange Loop which had its 2019 World Premiere at Playwrights Horizons in association with Page 73 Productions. In addition to A Strange Loop, he also wrote Book, Music and Lyrics for the upcoming White Girl in Danger; and Lyrics and Book for the musical adaptation of the 2007 horror film Teeth with composer and co-bookwriter Anna K. Jacobs. Awards and associations include: a New Professional Theatre Festival Award, a Jonathan Larson Grant, a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, an ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, a Whiting Award, the Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting, an Obie Award, A Drama Desk Award, a Dramatist Guild Fellowship. He is an alum of Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writers Group. He has commissions from Grove Entertainment & Barbara Whitman Productions and LCT3 and is a newly-elected member of the Dramatists Guild Council.