This tiny Clinton Hill performance venue, founded by Alec Duffy in 2012, musters seriously ambitious year-round programming, including theater, dance, and music by artists both local and far-flung. Recent theatrical offerings have been impressively international, ranging from the dizzyingly strange SPAM, by Argentine playwright Rafael Spregelburd, to the world premiere of Quiet, Comfort, a new text by major Japanese writer Toshiki Okada commissioned by resident theater ensemble Hoi Polloi. But JACK’s energies are also focused on nourishing the arts scene right outside its doors. Last spring, artist and community engagement specialist DeeArah Wright joined Duffy as co-director, expanding the theater’s commitment to neighborhood artists and supporting racial justice. The organization’s work in this area has included a partnership with the youth-driven Truthworker Theatre Company and the 2015 “Forward Ferguson” series, combining discussions and performances on the theme of racial justice in the United States. JACK keeps moving forward, too: The theater’s fall 2016 season is wide-ranging and inspired, including theater, dance, opera, and defiantly uncategorizable performances of every kind.
505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn