As part of its new developmental initiative, Bay Street will host a weeklong workshop of Ethan Silverman's new play, which is based on Hofsiss' life. Under the direction of Silverman, Hofsiss will appear as himself in the workshop that culminates in a 7 PM public presentation on April 4. Matt McGrath will serve as assistant director and dramaturge on the project.
Jack from Above, according to press notes, "tells the hilarious and harrowing true story of how Jack Hofsiss' disabling pool accident in Fire Island, took him on an outrageous wheel-chair bound journey beginning with his 'juicing' life in LA, all the way to Communist China with acupuncturist Dr. Ha, in search of a cure–that he might be able to walk again. If only it wasn't all true. And yet, while poignant, it is in fact quite hilarious."
Hofsiss earned a Tony Award for his direction of The Elephant Man. He has also staged Total Abandon, The Shadow Box and A Mom's Life on Broadway. His Off-Broadway directorial credits include Mormon Boy, Avow, James Joyce's The Dead, Seconds Out and The Subject Was Roses.
For tickets to Jack from Above, priced $20, phone (631) 725-9500 or visit BayStreet.