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Simon Harding Design

Jack Spicer’s Billy the Kid

Theatre of a Two-Legged Calf

at Mount Tremper Arts


By Brendan Connelly, Brooke O’Harra, and Lisa D’Amour
Featuring songs by Brendan Connelly

Director: Brooke O’Harra

Set and Lighting Design: Simon Harding

Costume Design: Alice Taverner


JACK SPICER’S BILLY THE KID is a performance that works to conjure and honor Jack Spicer: the poet, the activist, the renegade genius who died too young.   We’ve transformed Spicer’s poem Billy the Kid into a series of songs, and have woven them together with excerpts from his lectures on poetry.  Three outlaws – Are they poets? Are they gunslingers? Are they three parts of Jack Spicer? – meet in a room on the edge of some American frontier. Aliens, aliases and renegade desires (poetic, sexual) rise to the surface; manifestos are subverted/inverted/perverted in search of a language that can queer their world.