The UVA Wise Theater Department’s current production, Jack Tales, opens on Nov. 14 in the Gilliam Center for the Arts Courtyard. Adapted for the stage and directed by theater instructors Michael McNulty, Michael Hunt, and Ben Mays, the production is an opportunity to see and hear Appalachian folklore relating to the familiar folklore protagonist “Jack.”
The production will incorporate three of the many possible tales about Jack. Perhaps the most commonly known tale about this character is Jack and the Beanstalk. In these stories, Jack is often known as a lazy or foolish “trickster” who must overcome the predicaments in which he finds himself. During the brief intermissions between stories, the UVA Wise Bluegrass Band will perform as well.
Performances will be Nov. 14-15 at 2 p.m. in the Gilliam Center for the Arts Courtyard. Tickets are free to the public. Patrons will be expected to wear masks and will be seated on a first come first served basis, spaced apart as required by the University’s COVID 19 regulations. Chairs will be provided. Because this is an outdoor event, patrons are encouraged to dress warmly.