(1968) In the late 1960s Jack was working as a roofer in Chicago but got his acting start in such Chicago City Players productions as "Waiting for Godot", "The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch", "The Successful Life of Three" and several plays by Leonard Melfi
and others--all directed by June Pyskacek--before becoming a a mainstay member of Pyskacek's Kingston Mines Theatre Company, where most notably he played Ranchman in the Midwest premiere of Megan Terry
's "The People Vs. Ranchman."
(1973) He took over the role of McMurphy from James Farentino
in the Dale Wasserman
adaptation of the Ken Kesey
novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" after producer Norman Rice
moved the production from Arlington Park Theatre in Arlington Heights, IL, to the 11th St. Theatre in Chicago. Danny Goldring
similarly took over the role of Big Chief Bromden from Albert Salmi
(1975) He acted in the Edward J. Moore
play, "The Seahorse," at the Orphans Pub in Chicago.
(1975) He played Pap in Part One of Organic Theater Company's stage version of Mark Twain
's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in Chicago, with Brian Hickey
and Meshach Taylor
. Stuart Gordon
(1977) He acted in the play, "Who's Happy Now?", at the Body Politic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, with Ann Eggert
, Betty Forsyth and Daniel Therriault
. Crew included Dean Taucher
(scenic designer), Susan T. Gayford (costume designer) and Joseph Slowick (director).
(1981) He acted in the play, "Ties," at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, also with Sonja Lanzener
and Tim Halligan
(1972) Played Whitcomb in the Midwest premiere of Joseph Heller
's own adaptation of his novel "Catch-22" at the Kingston Mines Theater. With Russ Badger
as Yossarian. Gary Houston
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