BCTC Alumnus Jeremy Gillett Premiers Show at the Downtown Arts Center
Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is pleased to present the world premiere of Trap House, an original play directed by BCTC theatre coordinator, Tim X Davis, and written by BCTC graduate and professional actor Jeremy Gillett, Sept. 27-30 at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center.
Trap House is the story of Big Man's journey to reach beyond the circumstances of his birth to create a new narrative, to explore a different way of life for his son and himself. Trap House is the first full length play centering on the much-loved character, Big Man, from Black and 25 in America, a one-man show also written by Jeremy Gillett.
"Big Man's struggle to move out of the drug dealing business and community he was born into resonated with my audiences, and I felt his story needed to be told," Gillett stated.
"While most of us do not deal with the challenges Big Man faces, we all grapple with this dynamic of moving beyond our given circumstances to the lives we want."
Although this is a fictional story and not at all autobiographical, Gillett identifies with Big Man's struggle to find his place and voice. Gillett feels everyone needs to find the place where they belong. Gillett says he found an identity and voice in the BCTC theatre community. "BCTC played an integral role in my development and calling," said Gillett.
Gillett is a graduate of BCTC, University of Kentucky and Arizona State University. He has had supporting roles in several independent films: Raptors (2017), directed by Kevin Brooks with Martin Lawrence as Executive Producer; Justice Served (2014), directed by Marvin Young; Car Dogs (2013), directed by Adam Collins; and Hitting the Cycle (2012), directed by Daron Anthony and J. Richy Nash.
He travels the United States with his one man show Black and 25 in America, appearing on college and university campuses. In 2018, he was named a Featured Artist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV.
Gillett looks forward to meeting with the audiences after the performances conclude to discuss the important issues of belonging, identity and security that all community members face. His hope is that "we will all get to know each other a little better." Audiences will also have the opportunity to meet the actors and director who bring Big Man's story to life.
Show times are Sept. 27-29, 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street, Lexington. The show has very strong language and adult situations and is intended for mature audiences.