“Holy Shakespeare, Batman! I’m freaking brilliant.”—Juliette Jeffers, Batman and Robin in the Boogie Down
After the passing of her only brother Lloyd Jeffers, Juliette Jeffers, a working actress who has appeared on ER, Grey’s Anatomy, and Veronica Mars, took a break from acting after becoming inexplicably ill. As a part of the healing process, she was instructed to write a letter to her brother every day for a month because she was believed to be holding onto a lot of anger towards him. When the month was over Jeffers, still not ready to let go, had produced a number of beautiful letters. After sharing her story with her friend and the original director of Batman and Robin in the Boogie Down, Reggie Rock Bythewood, he suggested she perform a one-woman show about Lloyd and the letters.
June 16, 2010 marked the debut of Jeffers’s one-woman show in the theatre at Stage Left Studio. In a tribute to her older brother, Jeffers takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster touching on issues of sexual abuse, divorce and Alzheimer’s.
Batman and Robin in the Boogie Down is a moving biographical narrative of two siblings growing up in the Bronx, from childhood up to the day of Lloyd’s death. The venue —the theatre at Stage Left Studio—only adds to the experience. The intimate setting helps the audience immerse themselves into the story.
In the first act we learn that Juliette became ill after her brother’s death. She returns to the house where they grew up and tries to reconnect with his spirit. In the second act, Lloyd comes back to answer some of his sister’s questions to give her closure.
Each sibling, tells the story from a different point of view, including heart-rending flashbacks. Jeffers refers to stars of the 1980s, and 1990s, like Lisa Bonet and hip-hop legend Ice Cube, and these references add an element of nostalgia to the show. Jeffers switches seamlessly between an estimated ten characters, some comedic and some horrifying. Further showcasing her versatility, Jeffers recites poetry in Spanish and sings oldies like “Mr. Big Stuff” and “Besa Me Mucho.” Her performance is one the audience will be sure to remember.
Before her New York debut, directed by Chuck Patterson, Jeffers performed the show to sold out audiences in both Dallas and Los Angeles. Tickets are reasonably priced at $20, but due to the limited space, call to reserve tickets. Any tickets not picked up five minutes prior to show time will be released. There is no late seating.
THE PLAYING SCHEDULE
The Theatre at Stage Left Studio
438 West 37th Street #5A
(between Ninth & Tenth Avenues)
JUNE: 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 at 8 p.m.
JUNE 27 at 3 p.m.
JULY: 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m.
JULY 11 at 3:00pm