James Jackson, Jr.

...and his official website

"A Strange Loop" - Photos & Such

Just a quick slideshow of some of the amazing folks who came to see “A Strange Loop” at Playwrights Horizons this summer.

That Time I Met Judith Light

“I will follow, follow my Judith Light through the darkness".

Photo Coverage: Judith Light and Tony Kushner Honored With DGF Madges Evans & Sidney Kingsley Awards

On Monday, March 18, DGF hosted a Salon at the Lambs Club where they presented actress Judith Light and playwright Tony Kushner with the DGF Madge Evans & Sidney Kingsley Awards. Former DGF Fellow, Oliver Houser, was also presented with the inaugural DGF Stephen Schwartz Award. The evening featured performances by Michael R.

"A Strange Loop" is finally happening at Playwrights Horizons

I can’t believe I get to be a part of this magic. I cannot wait to put this baby on stage. Y’all are NOT ready!

Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop Finds Its Off-Broadway Cast | Playbill

Michael R. Jackson's Off-Broadway News A Strange Loop Finds Its Off-Broadway Cast The new musical, a look at the innermost thoughts of a queer, Black musical theatre writer, will have its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons. The upcoming Off-Broadway Playwrights Horizons world premiere of Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop has found its cast.

on the cape

Having grown up in Boston, I understand that there is a long-running joke that only five black people are allowed on Cape Cod at a time. Walking the main, back, and side streets of Provincetown, the creative part of me thinks about what is in-town and is called "art".  Another part of me thinks about what is on the beach and is called "beauty".  I have never longed to be part of the circuit.  And I have been making peace, for some time now, with the fact that the circuit has never longed for me to be a part of it. 

I think about Zora Neale Hurston, carving out her world with an oyster knife.  Being too busy to care what their world is doing.  The last time I was here, I read Tennessee Williams and Amistead Maupin.  Having always felt connected to their style of writing, and to my own grapplings with the history they were allowed, I wonder what a sense of community like that would do for the men who look like me?

I would go ask the other four black people on the Cape this weekend, but I'm trying to be on vacation.