When Danny Hoch, author/performer of the Off-Broadway hit, Some People, tried out his latest show at Off-Off's PS 122, March 31-April 21, 1997, the hope was that he'd hone the work on the road and bring it back to New York.
Well, that's just what happened. First titled, A Progress In Work: Evolution of a Homeboy / Locked Down; then titled Evolution of a Homeboy: Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop and now simply titled Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop, the show has played such venues as Berkeley Rep and Baltimore's Center Stage. The show will make a brief return to Berkeley Rep, Feb. 12-21, as a late-nite show following How I Learned To Drive, and then (according to the Berkeley Rep press office) it's scheduled to return to Off-Off-Broadway's Performance Space 122, beginning March 18 and running to April 18. Jails opens March 30.
Hoch's rapping description of the show: "Ya see, I ain't ya average twenty somethin grunge type of slacker. I'm not your herb flavor-of-the-month, I ain't no cracker. An actor? Come on now, you know you wanna ask me...I'll use my skin privileges to flag you down a taxi..."
Jails was developed when Hoch and NYU's Creative Arts Team visited adolescents in detention center for conflict-resolution-through drama" workshops. Jo Bonney, who staged Some People and serves as P.S. 122's associate artistic director, directs Jails.
* According to spokesperson Ron Lasko (Feb. 5), also due for P.S. 122 are:
May 7-14: the return of Elevator Repair Service's Cab Legs, plus a look at their next show.
May 20-?: Carmelita Tropicana's Chicas 2000, which was workshopped at Dixon place.
June 4-21: Circus Amok, "the performance art circus of gender-bending stilt-walkers, fire-breathers, clowns, acrobats, divas and assorted freaks, will tour New York City Parks."
A new piece by Joanne Akalaitis, Tijean Blues: A Work in Progress, based on the life and writings of Jack Kerouac, was supposed to happen in mid-April but was cancelled in mid-January.
P.S. 122, on First Ave and 9th St., will also continue its "Spaghetti Dinner" series, featuring music, satire and fresh cooked pasta.
For more information on P.S. 122 events at 150 First Ave., call (212) 477 5288.
-- By David Lefkowitz