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Jack was Kind
written and performed by Tracy Thorne
produced in association with Jami Floyd
FALL 2020

"How could you just sit there?" 

For 10 years, that’s what they’ve asked Jack’s wife.

Well, now she's talking.

All For One Theater, in association with WNYC's Jami Floyd, presents a brand new solo play about our complicity in oppressive systems intended to keep us silent.


Jack Was Kind gives an imagined, painfully human backstory to an actual American event that will affect the country for generations to come. This intimate, confessional story examines long-seated issues of privilege and complicity at the core of America, as well as our current and explosive political moment. 


Each performance of Jack Was Kind includes an integral conversation with the playwright and a guest on complicity in American power structures.


September 16 - October 10, 2020

Wednesdays - Saturdays


Friday, October 16

Saturday, October 17


LIVE on Zoom

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Written and performed live by Tracy Thorne

Directed by Nicholas A. Cotz

Consulting Producer Jami Floyd

“A nerve-racking 70-minute monologue of timeliness and Greek-drama intensity.

Tracy Thorne’s performance is terrifying.”
Jesse Green, The New York Times

(Read full article featuring Jack Was Kind and Karen, I Said)

“Stealthily chilling.”

Scott Heller, The New York Times

Post-Show Discussion Guests

As we workshopped Jack Was Kind, it became evident that the emotional experience of this play demands immediate and deep conversation about the structural forces that serve the powerful and displace the oppressed. Directly following each performance of Jack Was Kind, playwright Tracy Thorne and a special guest will participate in a moderated discussion on personal complicity within American power structures.


AFO has previously pledged to include the voices of BIPOC individuals in all of our work. Because Jack Was Kind focuses on one white upper-class family and how their decisions will affect the lives of Americans for generations, we are deliberately including thought leaders of color in these conversations to examine the play incisively and discuss how our own personal choices can make a similarly indelible impact, whether positively or negatively.

Wednesday, September 16 

Jami Floyd

Senior Editor of WNYC’s Race & Justice Unit

Former host of All Things Considered

Thursday, September 17

Diana Oh


Recent shows:  {My Lingerie Play}, Infinite Love Party

Friday, September 18  

Jonathan McCrory

Artistic Director of National Black Theatre 

Saturday, September 19

Jacob Padrón

Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre

Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project

Wednesday, September 30

Arun Venugopal

 Creator & host of Micropolis

 Contributor to NPR's Morning Edition & All Things Considered

Thursday, October 1

Charles Browning


Drama Desk Award Nominee, Fairview

Friday, October 2

Beto O'Byrne


Co-founder of Radical Evolution


Saturday, October 3

Mia Mask, Ph.D

Author of Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film

Professor of Film at Vassar College


Friday, October 16

Celeste Headlee 

Communication and Human Nature Expert, Award-winning journalist, and Author

Wednesday, September 23

Tanya K. Hernández

Author of forthcoming book On Latino Anti-Black Bias: "Racial Innocence" and the Struggle for Equality (Beacon Press)


Thursday, September 24

Meropi Peponides

Director, Artistic Development & Producing at Soho Rep.

Co- Founder of Radical Evolution

Friday, September 25

Sophie Hoyt

 Theater Artist

Saturday, September 26

Chanelle Benz

Author of The Gone Dead &

The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead

Wednesday, October 7

Villy Wang

Founder/President/CEO, BAYCAT ​

President of The San Francisco Film Commission


Thursday, October 8

Tony Phillips

 Chief Content Officer, Broccoli Content.; Former VP WNYC Studios & Commissioning Editor at BBC World Service & Radio 4


Friday, October 9

Vinson Cunningham

Staff Writer at The New Yorker

Staff Assistant at the Obama White House


Saturday, October 10

Adaora Udoji



Saturday, October 17

Leah C. Gardiner

Obie Award-winning director

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TRACY THORNE (Playwright/Performer). Tracy Thorne’s play, We Are Here, received its world premiere at New York Stage and Film and was also produced at the Contemporary American Theater Festival. We Are Here was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and is published by Dramatists Play Service. Tracy's play, Good Children, was developed and workshopped at Page 73 and New Georges, then subsequently produced at Connecticut Repertory Theatre. The Nature of Things, was developed and workshopped at SohoRep and nominated for the Kilroys list. Another play, True Love, was a finalist for both Leah Ryan’s FEWW and the Susan Glaspell Award and also a nominee for the Kilroys list. Other plays include Will and Testament, A Ridiculous Trade, Quick Bright Things and Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?, which had an awesome workshop at Rattlestick recently. Tracy’s plays have received workshops and/or readings at various American theatres–Manhattan Class Company, The Cherry Lane, New York Stage & Film, Florida Stage, The Lark, The Dramatists Guild and WP Theater–to name a few. Tracy is a recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep and has been a member of the SohoRep Writer/Director Lab, Page 73's Interstate 73 writers group and, also, a playwriting fellow at The Lark. She’s written a screenplay called Natural History and two TV pilots, "Lucy Lives Uptown" and "Iris." Tracy worked as an actor in New York and London, collaborating with directors such as Matthew Warchus, Phyllida Lloyd, Anna Deavere Smith and Tony Kushner. So too, she’s appeared in some movies and on TV. Tracy studied History at Smith College and is a graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She lives in Harlem USA with her family. 

NICHOLAS A. COTZ (Director) has produced and directed in New York, Los Angeles, and Europe. Favorite directing projects include Gideon Irving's My Name is Gideon at The Brick in Williamsburg, and the NY Times Critic’s Pick rogerandtom at HERE with Personal Space Theatrics. Recent producing credits with AFO include: Irving's Songs, Space Travel, and Everything in Between at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award; Irving’s I’m Probably Going to Die Eventually at Rattlestick; the NY Times Critic's Pick The Brobot Johnson Experience, by Darian Dauchan (co-produced with The Bushwick Starr); the NY Times Critic's Pick Open, by Crystal Skillman; and Lizzie Vieh's Monsoon Season both at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe and in NYC at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Cotz holds an MFA in directing from Brooklyn College and was a Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow.

JAMI FLOYD (Consulting Producer) is the Senior Editor of WNYC’s new Race & Justice Unit, the former host of WNYC’s “All Things Considered,” and the Legal Editor in the WNYC Newsroom. In a journalism career that spans two decades, Jami has worked on everything from breaking news, to exclusive interviews, to long-form investigations. She spent nearly a decade at ABC News, serving in various capacities, including Law & Justice Correspondent. Over the years, Jami has appeared as an analyst on many news outlets including CNN, Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS. She has won numerous awards and, in 2015, she was named a Public Scholar by the New York Council for the Humanities, for a two-year term. Jami has had countless in-depth conversations with news makers, most memorably Hillary Rodham Clinton, Donald J. Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

©2020. This live video broadcast is produced by special arrangement with United Talent Agency and Tracy Thorne. All rights reserved. This performance is authorized for non-commercial use only. By viewing this live broadcast, you agree not to authorize or permit the video to be recorded, copied, distributed, broadcast, telecast or otherwise exploited, in whole or in part, in any media now known or hereafter developed.


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