I, Jack, am the Knave of Hearts
a play for actor and audience
Written by John Carter; performed by B. Stanley
March 14 through April 6
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 pm
Matinee on Sunday, April 24 at 3:00 pm
An empty stage and an eager audience. A man bursts onto the stage brandishing a sword;
the sight of the audience fills him with longing and awakens distant shreds of memory.
He has no idea where or who he is, but knows he is a great sinner who has escaped Hell.
He casts a spell, and the audience’s experience begins to fuse with his.
"I begin to know myself, a man back the other side of Hell, a man you hide
your daughters from, a man with bloody hands. Am I that man?"
I, Jack, am the Knave of Hearts takes the audience on a journey of discovery and reckoning
as Don Juan bursts through the fissure that separates mortality from eternal damnation and
tries desperately to remember who he was, discover what he is doing here now and uncover why
he has been allowed to escape.
"You want to know what Hell is like? Hell is to be aware when there is nothing to
be aware of and nothing to be aware with but your own desire… Hell is the end of hope."
John Carter, a local poet who has turned his hand to playwriting over the past fifteen years,
deftly merges lyrical language with narrative as he delves layer by layer into the complex
nature of Don Juan’s reflections on a life he would have lived in no other way; even with the
full knowledge of the resulting punishment. His last play, Lou, based on the life of Lou Salome
received critical acclaim in the New York Fringe Festival last year.
DC Arts Center
2438 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20009
$25/20 for DCAC members on Fridays and Saturdays
$20/15 for DCAC members on Thursdays and Sundays