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About Jay

“It takes a special kind of person to be able to ask meaningful questions, listen thoughtfully, and then turn around and use that new information to inform art…personal beliefs…daily work. A lot of people claim that they have the mind and ear for it, but the majority of us come up far short. Jay Briggs has that rare talent and it is this trait that has allowed him to enrich theaters from his hometown of Hendersonville all the way to the West Coast and back.” — Jason D. Johnson, The Warehouse Theatre

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About Clybourne Park

“Director Jay Briggs handles the material with care and sensitivity, even in the portions of overlapping dialogue a la Robert Altman. And noticeably in the modern storyline, he maintains the opposing parties at a safe spatial distance, rarely allowing his actors to cross that line.” — Sandy Staggs, Carolina Curtain Call

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“So let’s focus on the acting: the Woody Allen-esque stammering; the Aaron Sorkin-fast crosstalk; the perfectly timed eye roll; body language that screams snark; the offensive defensiveness of the white man who, in 1959, is “only” protecting his family when he screams! about incoming Negroes destroying his neighborhood…. In its totality, the Warehouse experience is immersive, incisive, and crucial for anyone who cares about today’s America. Even if you’re not into theater, take a night to turn off your phone and spend a couple of hours laughing at just how ignorantly messed up we are when it comes to how perniciously shallow we are.” — John Jeter, fete magazine

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“I don’t think it’s our job as artists to provide simple answers to complex questions,” Briggs said. “If anything, it’s our job to complicate, to unsettle, and to make the questions trickier by quite literally ‘fleshing’ them out — giving them a human face.” — Angelia Davis, Greenville News

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About The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

“A nod to director Jay Briggs and music director Seth Davis for shaping it all into a fitting showcase of the tunefulness and comic wit of the show’s creators.” – Jeff DeBell, The Roanoke Times

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About Moonlight & Magnolias

“Sleep deprivation, hunger and the incredible pressure to draft a workable script lead to zany antics. This production’s director, Jay Briggs, has chosen to play up the physical pratfalls and witty repartee in the script. And, while wry wit and physical gags abound in the play, there is an undercurrent of unease, a malaise that unsettles.” — Amanda Nelson, The Roanoke Times

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About Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

“This wacky science-fiction screwball comedy by “Orange is the New Black” scribe Nick Jones splits the seams of the absurd world of fashion and art, greed and consumerism, and an intemperate, scandalous media. Cleverly framed as a madcap pastiche of satire, melodrama and noir, “Important Hats” could be taken as the brainchild of H.G. Wells and Mel Brooks (if they worked for SNL), and its wit is matched only by its superb cast and innovative design team…. Jay Briggs eloquently directs this farce with flair and remarkable onpoint precision, inveigling every ounce of hilarity from this script and the outstanding cast.” — Sandy Staggs, Carolina Curtain Call

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About Robin Hood

“Jay Briggs’ staging is vigorous and frothy, boasting a fair measure of physical humor. He endows the play with a restless, almost frenetic, energy.” — Paul Hyde, Greenville News

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“Jay Briggs cleverly allows the actors to demonstrate their strengths at warp speeds with a wee bit of improvisation and a lot of audience participation, including a sack race and prompted chants. He keeps the plot beats and pacing fluid and the dramatic moments serious, but always within a sword’s length (or in this instance, a broom) of deliberate and playful pandemonium.” — Sandy Staggs, Carolina Curtain Call

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