Ed Harris and Bill Pullman star in The New Group's production of Beth Henley's racial drama.
What Is the Story of The Jacksonian?
Beth Henley’s eerie, darkly funny drama revolves around Bill, a disillusioned dentist who moves into the Jacksonian Motel in an attempt to repair his dysfunctional relationship with his wife, Susan. During his stay, Bill meets Fred, a bartender at the motel, and Eva, a maid and Fred's girlfriend, who is obsessed with getting a ring on her finger. As Bill’s stay stretches on for six months, he begins to lose touch with reality, further alienating his relationship with his wife and awkward teenage daughter, Rosy. Meanwhile, Rosy strikes up an unlikely friendship with Fred. Leading up to the night of a murder, The Jacksonian explores the strange secrets and racial tensions lurking under the surface in the town of Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964.
What Is The Jacksonian Like?
The Jacksonian combines a film noir vibe with David Lynch overtones, creating a chill-inducing and mildly disturbing evening at the theater. Featuring an all-star cast including Ed Harris, Bill Pullman, Harris’ real-life wife Amy Madigan, Glenne Headly and young newcomer Juliet Brett, the odd and humorous drama explores the dark underside of life in a seedy hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. Clocking in at 85 minutes, The Jacksonian is a creepy treat not to be missed.
Is The Jacksonian Good For Kids?
Absolutely not. Featuring simulated sex acts, violence, adult language and some seriously wacky drug use, The Jacksonian is a play for adults only.