In Conversation with Michael R. Jackson
Award-winning playwright, composer, and lyricist MICHAEL R. JACKSON is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of A Strange Loop, which won two Tony Awards – for Best New Musical and Best Book – and has been lauded by critics and audiences alike. In this riveting moderated conversation, Jackson shares his 18-year journey creating this piece, the power of authenticity, and insights about how audiences can find shared connections through art.
Michael R. Jackson is one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2022. His Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle-winning A Strange Loop (which had its 2019 world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in association with Page 73 Productions) received 11 Tony nominations in 2022, and was called "a full-on laparoscopy of the heart, soul, and loins" as well as a "gutsy, jubilantly anguished musical with infectious melodies" by Ben Brantley for The New York Times. It went on to win the 2022 Tony Award for Best New Musical as well as Michael winning the Tony Award for Best Score. In The New Yorker, Vinson Cunningham wrote, "To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M. C. Escher: the hand that lifts from the page, becoming almost real, then draws another hand, which returns the favor." In addition to A Strange Loop, he also wrote book, music, and lyrics for White Girl in Danger which will premiere in NYC in early 2023.
Awards and associations include: a New Professional Theatre Festival Award, a Jonathan Larson Grant, a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, an ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, a Whiting Award, the Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, an Antonyo Award, a Fred Ebb Award, a Windham-Campbell Prize, a Dramatist Guild Fellowship and he is an alum of Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writers Group.