Jack From Above, Performed and Inspired by Jack Hofsiss, to Play Kennedy Center for Free

News   Jack From Above, Performed and Inspired by Jack Hofsiss, to Play Kennedy Center for Free Tony Award-winning director Jack Hofsiss, who came through a near-fatal diving accident with a spinal cord injury, will perform Jack from Above, Ethan Silverman's new play based on Hofsiss' experiences, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Family Theater Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 7:30 PM.

Silverman, a writer-director who began his career assisting Hofsiss on The Elephant Man, will direct. Admission is free, although tickets are required.

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, will present the evening as part of a double bill with Laura Hogikyan's one-act play, The Marionette Effect.

In the one-man show, Hofsiss "tells of his experiences following a life-threatening 1985 accident in a swimming pool on Fire Island that left him paralyzed from the chest down," according to press notes. "The play is a tale of life, love, art, the human body, and the human spirit that is equally harrowing and hilarious. Inspired by a trip to China in search of a 'miracle cure,' the Tony Award-winning director chronicles his recuperation, re-discovery of self, and triumphant return to the theatre."

Hofsiss won a Tony Award for his  direction of The Elephant Man. He has also directed Confessions of a Mormon Boy, Kilt, James Joyce's The Dead, Avow, The Years, The Subject Was Roses, The Shadow Box, the film "I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can," and the television films "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" and "Family Secrets."

Silverman adapted and directed Pete Townshend's The Boy Who Heard Music. Other directing credits include Largo, Bill Graham Presents, Instant Girl, Tunnel of Love and Light Shall Lift Them. He directed and wrote the screenplay for the short film "Central Park" and the documentaries "The Waiting Children" and "An Uncommon Love." For reservations, call VSA at (202) 628-2800 or e-mail EFKey@vsarts.org.

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