a new play by Michael Aguirre
directed by Sarah Norris
film and sound editing by Hallie Griffin
with Michael Aguirre, Bethany Geraghty, Dana Martin, William Phelps, and Sean Phillips
Part theatrical event, part listening party, THE JACKSON C. FRANK LISTENING PARTY W/SPECIAL GUEST is a brand new virtual experience created during the global pandemic by playwright, Michael Aguirre.
In The Year of Our Lord, 2018, Kanye West held a listening party for his upcoming album, Ye. It took place at a remote ski resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Chris Rock was the emcee. John Mayer attended. Jonah Hill was also there…maybe? Unfortunately, our host Allen couldn't make it that night. So, inspired by West, he's created his own. Allen invites you to tune in and listen to the self-titled 60s folk album, “Jackson C. Frank” in its entirety; and hear a deeply personal story about his older brother, who disappeared for an entire year.
Taking the novel form of a listening party, the production draws parallels between an obscure and tragic folk musician of the 60s to our isolation in the pandemic while also sharing a darkly funny story about ways we hold onto the people we love. There will be music. There will be words. There will be laughs? Hopefully.
You will need to access Jackson C. Frank's self-titled album for the duration of the performance. We've provided links to the album and a guide to the event below.
TIPS TO MAKING THIS A SUCCESSFUL LISTENING PARTY
STEP ONE: Understanding.
What is a listening party? A listening party is a communal experience, much like a live event. While we can’t be live in-person this will be interactive as we’re going to listen to an entire album of music together (bonus: we are including a play as well!) in one sitting.
STEP TWO: Secure a copy of the Jackson C. Frank album!
This event requires you to be your own DJ so that you are able to play along with the show. Click on your prefered streaming platform below to be taken directly to the album:
STEP FOUR: How the event works
We promise, it is easier than it sounds! Our host Allen will guide you through when to pause when to play, and what track to listen to. There’s no pressure to keep up, you are in control and can pause and re-start the show at anytime.
STEP FIVE: The Playlist.
We will be listening to the original 10 songs in order on the Jackson C. Frank self-titled album. This list includes:
1. "Blues Run the Game"
2. "Don't Look Back"
4. "Yellow Walls"
5. "Here Come the Blues" Side Two
6. "Milk and Honey"
7. "My Name Is Carnival"
8. "Dialogue (I Want to Be Alone)"
9. "Just Like Anything"
10. "You Never Wanted Me"