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Painting Pollock 

When: Fri., April 15 2011

Art, jazz, and the troubled mind of a creative genius come together in Pollock, part of FusionFest at the Cleveland Play House. Created by Big Apple director Moni Yakim and playwright David D'Agostino, the one-man play debuted in Albuquerque in 2010 and leads the audience on a suitably nonlinear journey through the heart and mind of Jackson Pollock, the mid-century painter who became the leading practitioner of Abstract Expressionism. L.A. actor Joe Peracchio will be reprising his critically acclaimed performance in the title role. "I came to it not really knowing much about Pollock except for his drunken outbursts," he says. "The wonderful thing is that this play doesn't attempt to define him. Instead, it beautifully and poetically explores how the cards might have been shuffled to make such a man." Aiding the exploration is a score by jazz legend Ornette Coleman, who was a personal friend of Pollock's. By matching Coleman's compositions to select scenes, the team has created what Peracchio calls a living work of "theatrical jazz." Catch it tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $25; get them online at or by phone at 216-795-7000. — Cicora


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