Jackie Curtis Plays and Poetry

Jackie Curtis Plays and Poetry John Holder Jr was born in New York City on February He died of a drug overdose May at the age of In his short life under the name he chose for himself Jackie Curtis he became an

  • Title: Jackie Curtis Plays and Poetry
  • Author: Jackie Curtis Joey Preston Timothy Holder Craig Highberger
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 407
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  • John Holder, Jr was born in New York City on February 19,1947 He died of a drug overdose May 15,1985 at the age of 38 In his short life, under the name he chose for himself Jackie Curtis he became an actor, a singer, a Warhol Superstar, a published poet, playwright and director As John Holder Junior grew up, his grandmother Slugger Ann took the predominant matriarcJohn Holder, Jr was born in New York City on February 19,1947 He died of a drug overdose May 15,1985 at the age of 38 In his short life, under the name he chose for himself Jackie Curtis he became an actor, a singer, a Warhol Superstar, a published poet, playwright and director As John Holder Junior grew up, his grandmother Slugger Ann took the predominant matriarchal role in his life He was a loner as an adolescent and spent as much time as possible at the movies Carol Burnett was starring in Once Upon a Mattress in an off Broadway theater across the street from where he lived and her performance was a revelation to John, who decided to change his name to Jackie Curtis and become an actor Jackie first appeared on stage at the age of 17 at La Mama Experimental Theater Club in Tom Eyen s Miss Neferititi Regrets He played Tolomy, but was upset because co star Bette Midler who played Miss Neferititi had the better role He began dressing in drag and met Andy Warhol and filmmaker Paul Morrissey, who cast him as a female in the films Flesh , and Women in Revolt Jackie began writing plays, including Glamour, Glory, and Gold 1967 which starred Candy Darling and Robert De Niro in his first stage role Jackie s plays, Heaven Grand in Amber Orbit produced by John Vaccaro s Play House of the Ridiculous in 1970, and Vain Victory the Vicissitudes of the Damned 1971 were both huge hits The New York Times, Newsweek magazine, and the Village Voice described these avant garde plays as ridiculous , outrageous , bizarre , and disorienting , but they sold out for months Jackie s plays frequently lampoon sexuality and make fun of social conventions Heaven Grand in Amber Orbit is a collection of lines and scenes from old B movies, comic books, TV commercials, Shakespearean sonnets, pulp fiction, and other sources It had a powerful manic energy and utilized simultaneous action and dialogue in a completely innovative way In one infamous scene, Heaven Grand the lead female character played by Jackie reclines, dying at center stage, while one character stands on a toilet seat, lecturing on a variety of topics, and a set of Siamese triplets joined at the butt spin wildly around the stage singing Needless to say, experimental works like these confounded critics One prominent New York critic wrote The players loud declamations and frenetic staging give the disorienting impression that there must be plot and dialogue that you could follow if you only knew how Approach these delightful works knowing that they are filled with consciousness of the absurdity of the American culture and the wry sense of humor and sensibilities of their unique author, Jackie Curtis from the introduction by Craig B Highberger author of Superstar in a Housedress and director of the documentary of the same name on the life and work of Jackie Curtis.

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