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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Last weekend for Jeff Jackson's 'Two Point Oh' at 59E59 in Manhattan


★ ‘Two Point Oh’ (closes on Sunday) "In Jeffrey Jackson’s smart, provocative and often funny play, a Bill Gates-like leader of a software multinational dies in a plane accident only to be resurrected in an omnipresent and omniscient program that can hack into any phone, computer or security network. As his alternately relieved and distraught wife, Karron Graves demonstrates that technological marvels can never approach the warmth of human performance (2:10)" NY Times Review. 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, Manhattan, (212) 279-4200, ticketcentral.com.


Here is part of our earlier post updated:


One the brightest talents in New Jersey theatre and beyond Jeffrey Jackson is about to have his new play 'Two Point Oh' produced at the 59E59th theatres starting on October 3rd. Jeff is an actor, lyricist and playwright (bio below)!

NYC premiere of Two Point Oh, written by Jeffrey Jackson and directed by Michael Unger, began performances on Thursday, October 3 for a limited engagement through Sunday, October 20.  The remaining performance schedule is tonight Saturday at 8:30 PM; tomorrow Sunday the 20th at 3:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $18 ($12.60 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org.

Elliot Leeds is dead—or is he? A pioneering software mogul, Elliot makes headlines one last time when his private jet plunges into the Pacific. Three months later, his grief-stricken widow discovers Elliot’s greatest creation: a virtual-reality simulation of himself that he masterminded before his demise. Programmed with the most advanced artificial intelligence, thousands of hours of his recorded thoughts and speech, and a digital re-creation of his face and body, “Elliot 2.0” is a talking, thinking, virtual soul. Powered by a network of supercomputers housed in secret underground vaults, Elliot can answer questions, hold conversations, and even share memories. Begging the question: Is Elliot really dead?

This fascinating glimpse into the implications of singularity on human society received its world premiere at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, where it was called “compelling" and “gripping," and “one of the most thought-provoking plays of the season” by the Detroit Free Press.

The cast features Jack Noseworthy (Broadway's Sweet Smell of Success, upcoming Killing Kennedy), Karron Graves (Coram Boy on Broadway), James Ludwig (Spamalot and Little Shop of Horrors on Broadway), Antoinette LaVecchia (A View from the Bridge on Broadway), and Michael Sean McGuinness (The Three Sisters at the Pearl).

Jeffrey Jackson (playwright) created the book and lyrics for the 2007 Off Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which starred Tony Award-nominee Hunter Foster.  The Associate Press praised it for “bringing the classic tale thrillingly to life.”  Gannett Newspapers called it “Dark but consistently engaging,” and Bloomberg radio hailed it as “Riveting!” and “Totally exciting!”  The original cast album was released on Ghostlight Records and the play has been published by Playscripts through which it is currently enjoying ongoing stock and amateur-licensed productions around the world. His acclaimed short film, Our First Fight, has toured film festivals around the world. His feature-length screenplay, White Collared, won the Best Screenplay award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and was acquired by a Sundance-winning film producer. He is currently in post-production on a hybrid movie/online game experience entitled Daemon 9, which he wrote and recently directed in Los Angeles.

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