A gripping, inspiring and unexpectedly funny world premiere musical adventure about a deaf Welsh sniper in World War I.
After losing his hearing, Gomer Jones is left behind when the rest of the young men enlist. However, when fresh recruits are needed, he fakes his way into a battalion alongside a group of colorful, misfit trainees. Once the “bastards,” as they call themselves, reach the front, Jones becomes a celebrated sniper, but getting everything he thought he wanted might mean losing himself in the process.
With rousing songs and an innovative soundscape, and featuring a cast of hearing, Deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, Private Jones is an exhilarating musical experience unlike anything else.
Accessibility Information for Private Jones
The production will be performed in spoken English as well as some American Sign Language and British Sign Language.
Open and closed captions are available at every performance. Open captions are to the sides of the stage and the best sightlines are from dress circle, orchestra left/right, and center orchestra above row E. Click here to see a seat map highlighting recommended seats. Closed captions available via the free GalaPro app (on your own device or on a Signature provided device).
ASL Interpreted Performances are scheduled for Thursday, February 22 at 8PM, Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30PM, Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30PM, Saturday, March 9 at 8PM and Sunday, March 10 at 2PM. The best sightlines will be from Orchestra Right.
Click here to see a seat map highlighting recommended seats.
ASL HAPPY HOURS
February 22 at 6PM and February 27 post-show. A special reception in the lobby for members of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Flip through the Private Jones Program
Click the arrows to turn the pages, and click the box in the bottom right corner to view in full screen.
Running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
This show is recommended for mature teens and up and has strong language, derogatory and ableist terms, gunshot/explosive sounds, depictions of war and death, harm to animals and will use strobe lights and theatrical haze. Click through for additional details. Click here for more detailed content warnings.
MIKE BLANK | RICK KASTEN
THE SIGNATURE ORCHESTRA IS SPONSORED BY THE MEREDITH FOUNDATION
SUPPORTED IN PART BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
NEW WORK AT SIGNATURE THEATRE IS SPONSORED BY DAN AND GLORIA LOGAN
PRODUCED BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH HUGO SIX, LLC
Photo by Christopher Mueller. Models: Leanne Antonio, Deimoni Brewington, David Aron Damane, Amelia Hensley, Johnny Link, Vincent Michael, Erin Weaver
Written and Directed by
Director of Artistic Sign Language
Music Directed by
Scenic Design by
Christopher and Justin Swader
Costume Design by
Lighting Design by
Sound Design by
Video Design by
Patrick W. Lord
Wig Design by
Copyist and Keyboard Programmer
New York Casting by
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Associate Music Director
Assistant Scenic Designer
Assistant Costume Designer
Alexa Cassandra Duimstra
Assistant Lighting Designer
Assistant Sound Designer
Associate Video Designer
Assistant Video Designer
March 7, 2024 1 – 2PM
The Mead Lobby and Streaming Online
FREE, No reservation required
Johnny Link stars as the title character in Private Jones. Come learn about his career, including starring in Netflix’s My Life with the Walter Boys, his advocacy for accessibility and how he personally relates to his character’s journey.
Head to Ali’s Bar in the Mead Lobby on the 2nd floor to enjoy our Private Jones inspired specials:
The Bastard’s Favorite
This Cornish Pasty is filled with onion, carrot, celery, garlic, potatoes and rutabaga which are mixed with brown mustard and Gruyére cheese, then baked until the crust is nice and crispy. Served with a side salad with your choice of dressing.
During wartimes, sugar was a highly rationed item forcing army chefs to get creative with how they sweetened their dessert. So, we made these crumbly scones with chopped dates to enhance their buttery flavor with some sweetness.
No Man’s Land
The drink of choice in the trenches, this historically inspired cocktail is a delicious and warm beverage of rum, black tea and lemon juice with a touch of honey syrup.