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Ecstasy for Everyone!

"I believe in Ecstasy for Everyone!" - James Broughton. A full-length solo show celebrating the poetic works and visionary films of James Broughton.

Available for restaging - inquires to:

Jason Jenn brings to vivid life the mercurial wit, wonder, whimsy, and wild words of James Broughton’s poetry on stage with this solo show. Broughton’s work speaks to us through Jason Jenn’s beguiling trickster charm, both devoutly spiritual and sexually liberated in delicious ways, with themes as relevant as ever in these modern times. The title comes from one of James Broughton’s famous mottos, “I believe in ecstasy for everyone!”

Created as a one-hour show in 2014, performed in conjunction and touring in select cities at festivals with the documentary film “Big Joy: The Adventures of James Brougthon”. It was later commissioned by the Vashon Center for the Arts to expand into a 110-minute (with intermission) production for the Big Joy Weekend in Vashon, Washington on January 11, 2020. The show is available for restaging in various lengths and formats.

Produced by Stephen Silha, "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton"

Directed by Dr. Katherine Nigh
Art Direction by Vojislav Radovanović

The show included the weaving together of  30+ James Broughton poems into 5 short acts featuring costume changes and performance art interpretations. Occasional video excerpts from Broughton's art films were included between and during acts. The main set piece was a wrought-iron bed (similar in style to the one in Broughton’s seminal counter-cultural film work 1968’s The Bed) and pillows stuffed with props related to the poetry that helped transform the stage in surprising ways.

Photos and video documentation by Peter Serko & Vojislav Radovanović

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