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One-man comedy 'Goin' to Jackson' coming to Columbia Theatre Jan. 25

Contact: Christina Chapple


Jamie Wax -- collage of five characters

     HAMMOND – Playwright, lyricist and performer Jamie Wax will bring his one-man show “Goin’ to Jackson,” a long-running hit that has been described as “drop-dead hilarious perfection,” to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts Jan. 25.

     Wax’s comedy details the lives of five patients at East Louisiana State Mental Hospital in Jackson who are competing to be the Louisiana State Mental Health poster model and spokesperson. The Baton Rouge native has played the wacky characters to sold-out audiences in Louisiana and across the country for 16 years.

     In the serio-comic piece with music, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the downtown Hammond theater, Wax switches from one character to the next, sharing their stories along with side-splitting observations, powerful truths, and surprising moments of drama.

     In addition to “Goin’ to Jackson,” Wax is the author of four other plays including “A Gift For Lyman Bourke” and the political-comedy “Homespin.” He composed the music and lyrics for “Goin' To Jackson” and “A Gift for Lyman Bourke,” as well as the lyrics for the musical “Princess Sara,” based on the popular children's book. He was commissioned by the Louisiana Division of the Arts to write the musical, “Passages,” to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase.

     As an actor Wax has appeared as "Eugene" in all three plays of Neil Simon's trilogy of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Biloxi Blues” and “Broadway Bound”; as "Brad Majors" in “The Rocky Horror Show”; "Puck" in “A Midsummer Night's Dream”; as "Young Dylan Thomas" in “A Child's Christmas in Wales,” and as "Pilate" in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” His film work includes the feature film “Favorite Son,” and the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, “The Old Man.”

     Tickets for “Goin’ to Jackson” are $28, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $24, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $19 Orchestra 3 and Balcony 2. Tickets are available online at and at the Columbia box office, 220 East Thomas Street. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m.

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