Former North Texas actor Billy Eugene Jones — last seen at the Dallas Theater Center playing the lead in The Good Negro — is appearing in the musical, In the Footprint: The Battle over Atlantic Yards, presented by the Civilians, the “investigative theater” company that Jason Zinoman discusses in a Critic’s Notebook essay in The New York Times. Zinoman considers the company’s play development methods, which combine “aspects of journalism with the creative process.” With In the Footprint, the troupe attempted to research and chronicle the controversy that has raged over the 22-acre development project in Brooklyn that saw residents and small businesses displaced for four billion dollars of new construction.
Zinoman takes exception to the results on stage — prompting a response from some involved in the controversy. Charles Isherwood reviewed the show for the Times last month, citing Jones for his dancing “nimbly” among his many roles. You can see Jones in Michael Nagle’s photos for the Times here and here.