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Mark Jackson

Writer-director Mark Jackson has had a heck of a run lately. Already this year he's returned twice to Shotgun Players, for whom he did the acclaimed The Death of Meyerhold in 2004. The year began with his fashionista take on Macbeth, in which actors continually struck poses like runway models, and he recently finished co-directing and starring in Faust Part One, his adaptation of Goethe's immense and near-unstageable play of the same name, in which the first half-hour consists entirely of Faust facing the audience and holding forth on his philosophical discontents before it gets to the soul-selling and doomed romance. Between those dark and diabolical undertakings, he staged a similarly bloody but revelatory, fresh, and pitch-perfect production of Strindberg's Miss Julie for Aurora Theatre that made the script's troublesome misogyny and all-around misanthropy feel wholly true to the psychology of the characters. With a strong emphasis on stylized movement and the kind of stage pictures he wants to create, Jackson likes to have design elements in place on day one of rehearsal and plunge right into blocking and choreography rather than leaving them for later, and it pays off in seemingly seamless integration of word and action.


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