Roller-Derby Play, The Jammer, With Patch Darragh, Keira Naughton, Christopher Jackson, Opens in NYC
By Kenneth Jones
The New York City premiere of Rolin Jones' The Jammer — his 1950s-set play about roller derby — opens Jan. 22 following previews from Jan. 9 at Atlantic Theater Company's Atlantic Stage 2. Patch Darragh, Dan Domingues, Christopher Jackson, Billy Eugene Jones, Keira Naughton, Kate Rigg, Jeanine Serralles, Greg Stuhr and Todd Weeks star in director Jackson Gay's staging.
Jones and Gay previously collaborated at the Atlantic on Jones' critically acclaimed, Obie Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist play The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. He has written for the hit television series "Weeds," "Friday Night Lights" and "Boardwalk Empire" and is writing the feature-film adaptation of the Broadway musical American Idiot.
The Jammer plays a limited engagement to Feb. 10. Atlantic Stage 2 is at 330 W. 16th Street.
Here's how Atlantic bills the play: "In this wild theatrical adventure about New York in the late 1950s, The Jammer plunges into the hard-boiled, bizarre world of professional roller derby. Jack Lovington (Darragh), a lovelorn Brooklynite, needs to find himself and stake a claim in the world. When he joins up with the rough and tumble Brooklyn Brown Devils, little does Jack know that his life is about to be turned completely upside down and that he's about to find himself on a most unexpected roller coaster ride. Jones takes us back to the Bushwick of yesteryear and creates a romantic urban fable for our time."
Director Gay also staged Lucy Thurber's Scarcity for Atlantic. She recently directed Rachel Crothers' play A Little Journey Off-Broadway, which received the 2012 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play.
Patch Darragh made his Broadway debut in Our Town and received a Lortel Award nomination for the recent revival of The Glass Menagerie Off-Broadway. Dan Domingues last appeared at Atlantic in The Cherry Orchard and has had recurring roles in the television series "Royal Pains," "Gossip Girl" and "Law & Order." Christopher Jackson has starred in the Broadway musicals Memphis, In the Heights, The Lion King and Off-Broadway in the play Lonely, I'm Not. Broadway veteran Billy Eugene Jones' credits include The Mountaintop, Passing Strange, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean and A Raisin in the Sun. Keira Naughton last appeared Off-Broadway in Hunting and Gathering and in the Broadway revival of The Rivals. Kate Rigg has been featured in the Off-Broadway productions of BFE, The Vagina Monologues, Dogeaters and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Jeanine Serralles' Off-Broadway credits include Paris Commune, The Maids, Maple and Vine and The Glass Cage. Greg Stuhr returns to Atlantic after last appearing in Ethan Coen's Offices, and has been featured on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and November. Atlantic ensemble member Todd Weeks has appeared in the company’s productions of Bluebird, Keep Your Pantheon, Scarcity, The Voysey Inheritance, Romance, Sea of Tranquility, The Cider House Rules and Distant Fires.
The design team for The Jammer includes scenic designer Wilson Chin, costume designer Jessica Ford, and lighting designer Paul Whitaker with original music and sound design by Broken Chord.
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