Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Postmortem: RUDOLPH!

Jack & Wood's 1st Annual Holiday Special: RUDOLPH! was a success.  In retrospect, I see things that in the future I will do differently and things upon which I want to expand but I am pleased with the project in general.  I am thankful for everyone who made this event possible:

  1. A wonderful and supportive ensemble and crew: Ashley Coates (performance and props), Becky Peterson (performer), Colin Madison (stage manager, website), Emily Cappel (performer), Jason Studstill (techie), John Huddlestun (performer and choreographer), Kat Schroeder (performer), Qevin Smith (performer... and for keeping me sane through this process!), Rachel Lamb/Miles (performer), and Sam Petit (performer).  And though he was not involved in RUDOLPH! thanks go to Brendan Mack for all his help and support this year.
  2. Our fabulous guest artists: Adra Boo and Stella D'Letto
  3. Everyone at the Rendezvous and Jewelbox Theater; who have been marvelously supportive this past year!
  4. Dear friends who attended the show, many of whom have supported us from early on (Zack Wheeler, Steven Stone who each have attended nearly every Jack & Wood Show this year!)
  5. New friends and fans of Jack & Wood.
  6. Seattle Stage Right who has been a major support (and whose entire board of directors has been a part of Jack & Wood), and with whom I hope to continue a fruitful partnership.
  7. Finally, my dear friend co-host and co-producer Miss Polly Wood.  We have come a long way from our SPU days, and I have no doubt that we will go far.
There are others that I should thank, and if I have forgotten to mention you by name, you have my apologies, but know that every single person who has contributed to RUDOLPH! and to other installments of the Jack & Wood Show this year, you have my deepest thanks.  You have all helped my dream come to life.

With a few more things to do to wrap up this year, and a gift to make out for Lambert House (everyone who came to RUDOLPH!, thank you for helping us make even a small donation to this great cause!), and final paperwork and numbers to work out, I have little to block my vision of lots of fun shows and opportunities to come.

With dates submitted to The Rendezvous for all of 2011, and plans to find a secondary venue (I would love for the kids at Lambert House to be able to see RUDOLPH! next year), there is much to do, and a look forward to the continued challenges I will face with Jack & Wood.

~ Fosse Jack

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Dear Friends and Readers,

So it has been ages since, I last added to this blog.  Life, alas, has been crazy these past months.  However, as the year comes ever closer to its conclusion, I am back in the game and I have some exciting news to share.  As you know this year I have been throwing myself into both my solo performance career as Seattle's Limelight Loverboy, Fosse Jack, and alongside my dear friend and fellow burlesquer, Polly Wood, have been producing cabarets and variety shows on a monthly basis.  The Jack & Wood Show: A Neo Vaudevillian Cabaret has had nine awesome shows this year, as well as our first charity event; STRIP POKER A Trivia Game Show.  This month Polly and I are bringing a new show (the first of a Jack & Wood holiday tradition), and charity show to The Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous in BellTown...

RUDOLPH! is an adaptation of the old holiday, clay-mated special about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, a movie that has long been a tradition in my family.  This cheesy, politically incorrect, holiday feature though outdated still has a message that is important for us to hear today.  Misfits have a place to.

Rudolph and his friend the misfit elf Herby are told that because they don't fit in, they don't belong.  Rudolph and Herby set off on their own, and after meeting the jolly, and welcoming prospector Yukon Cornelius, journey to a land of misfits, all the while on the run from the Abominable Snow Monster of the North.  But you cannot hide from your problems for ever and in time the misfits return, and in a twist become heroes.

With a stellar cast of Jack & Wood regulars and a couple of new faces, RUDOLPH! is guaranteed to entertain.


  1. Fosse Jack as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  2. Polly Wood as Hermione the Misfit Elf
  3. Sam Petit as the Narrator
  4. John Huddlestun as Donner/King Moonracer
  5. Becky Peterson as Missus Donner
  6. Qevin Smith as Fireball
  7. Tulula Von Luptuous as Santa
  8. Adra Boo as The Head Elf
  9. Ashley Coates as The Charlie in the Box
  10. Stella D'Letto as The Abominable Snow Monster of the North
  11. The YES Sisters as The Depressed Dolly and her Girl.

With the recent suicides by LGBT teens throughout the country, I feel that RUDOLPH! is especially poignant this holiday, and Polly agrees with me.  We will be donating a portion of the ticket sales to Lambert House, a support organization that works with LGBT youths.

Come join Polly Wood, our star studded cast and myself on November 29th (7:00pm AND 8:30pm) for Jack & Wood's First Annual Holiday Special; RUDOLPH! and help us start a new holiday tradition.

Fosse Jack

Date: November 29th, 2010
Times: 1st Showing 7:00pm, 2nd Showing 8:30pm (21+) .
Cost: $15 Door/$12 Pre-Sale (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/137318)
Place: The Rendezvous JewelBox Theater, 2322 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, call 206-218-9901 for front seating.