What does it mean to be in control? How do you know that what you are experiencing is real? What does it mean to be you when you are channeling someone else’s words and experiences? Possessed is a Verb explores the ideas of spirit possession, ancestral lines, silence, trauma, ownership, authorship, appropriation and intertextuality through the lens of playwright Cherry Lou Sy’s childhood, young adulthood and the stories that she’s told.
Cherry Lou Sy is a MFA Playwriting candidate at Brooklyn College. Her work has been developed/presented in La Mama Experiments, Rising Circle Theater Collective, The Letter of Marque, Brooklyn College, Primary Stages' ESPA, The Wild Project, The Brick, and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. She was a finalist for the 2018 Space on Ryder Farm Working Farm and the 2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and she has also been nominated for the 2018 Cherry Lane Mentor Project. She was also involved in Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements series.
Jax Jackson's selected theatre credits include Seagullmachine, directed by Nick Benacerraf and Jess Chayes (World Premiere at La Mama's Ellen Stewart Theatre, NYC); The Fever (international tour & run at Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theatre, NYC), created by 600 Highwaymen; Etle & the Anders, created & directed by Sarah AO Rosner; Don't Drink From the River, by M.J. Kaufman, directed by Will Davis; Lesbian Love Octagon, written & directed by Kimberlea Kressal; Hir, by Taylor Mac, directed by Niegel Smith (World Premiere at The Magic, SF); and Teddy Ferrara, by Christopher Shinn, directed by Evan Cabnet (World Premiere at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago). Selected film & TV roles include Alex in HBO's High Maintenance; Greta in the feature film Hannah Free; & Jamie in the feature film Jamie & Jessie Are Not Together. Jax has a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and is based in Brooklyn.