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Michael R. Jackson, in a Place All His Own in Washington Heights

by Jersey Lady

It must be somewhere around here, but Michael R. Jackson couldn’t find his Pulitzer Prize certificate right away. He rummaged through the piles of paper on the closet shelves. Not in. He inventories a plastic storage box in the same closet, but it’s empty again.

“It was like a cardboard folder. What did I do with it? What did I actually do with it? and said with a crushed look, “I can do it.” No I threw away. This will haunt me for the rest of my life. “

Do not judge. Don’t “tick” carelessness. Most recently, it was a wild loop-the-loop ride for Jackson, 41, author and composer of the hit Broadway show A Strange Loop. “Loop,” a metafictional chronicle of an overweight gay black man writing a musical about an overweight gay black man, won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and won the 2020 It won a Tony Award, not to mention the Pulitzer Prize of the year. Drama. (The erroneous document ended up on a bookshelf in the second bedroom, with a Jill Clements photo of her proud parents at the opening night performance of A Strange Loop and There was a picture of the playwright himself at the curtain near the phone.)

“I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve been in and out of the press for the last two months,” Jackson said. “‘Put on this suit!

Profession: playwright/composer

Designated designer: “I hated picking out furniture every second. This is the kind of thing I’m not into. I want to do it. I know myself better and do what I want to do.” I just want to be able to nominate someone who knows

“The apartment was starting to look like a crack den, so we had to pay attention to cleaning,” he continued. I still had a lot of work to do.”

Mr. Jackson moved into his current residence in May 2021. For his 16 years up to that point, he lived around the corner. A twilight, dim three-bedroom rental with shuffled apartment mates, minimal furnishings, and the first few months thanks to the pandemic, gas line problems, and a no-commission stove.

“It was cheaper to live there, but it was kind of a pain for me personally. I’m not as young as I used to be,” Jackson said. “I thought, ‘I want to live alone.'”

He was determined to stay in the neighborhood — “I think it’s a peaceful place here” — but he seemed unsure about the process of securing new housing, or perhaps he was too busy to get involved. Thus, Barbara Whitman, lead producer of “A Strange Loop,” catered to New York’s theater community and launched Bohemia Realty Group, a niche agency specializing in rentals and sales in the upper Manhattan neighborhood. recommended.

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and views of the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge from the compact balcony were all certain prospective tenants could hope for. .

“I’m a huge fan of sunlight and windows. It wasn’t there at the previous location, but it’s been very painful for 16 years,” Jackson said, also impressed by the main bathroom. “It’s the nicest thing I’ve ever had and I don’t have to share it with anyone.”

The interior is an important step up from IKEA. Sienna and blue-grey hues, with a pop of burnt orange and a nice, subdued taste. A true security blanket, the Ottoman’s Weighted Afghan adds texture.

“I’ve always lived like a college student,” Jackson said. “And when I was able to upgrade a bit, I needed help figuring out some basics.”

Arnulfo Maldonado, the set designer for “A Strange Loop,” turned into a furniture whisperer, presenting a range of options to a clearly underserved client.

“I said, ‘I need a sofa,’ and Arnulfo said, ‘I need a rug under the sofa,'” Jackson recalls. “I never thought I’d put a rug under the sofa.”

Perhaps more importantly, it never occurred to him to buy a rug.

“I don’t have the bones of interior design in my body.” It doesn’t matter.”

Of course, he has his own specialties. He waxes Talmudic on what he calls his trifecta of “Inner White Girl inspiration.” His trifecta above consists of a framed poster for Joni Mitchell’s album Dog Eat Dog, which hangs above the couch. Autographed vinyl copy of Liz Phair’s ‘Exile in Guyville’, opening night gift from his agent A vinyl copy of Tori Amos’ Under the Pink.

“The first song on the album was ‘Pretty Good Year,’ and when I sat down and listened to it in high school, it really changed the game in terms of the kind of art I wanted to make as a writer.” Mr Jackson said. “She opened up a whole world of thoughts for me.”

Similarly, I am fully immersed in the real thrill of daytime dramas. “I was a huge soap person,” he said. “I saw all or most of them. I did an internship. I did an internship at ABC Daytime. “

During lockdown, Mr. Jackson said he could rewatch many of the Sin and Torment Afternoon episodes he recorded years ago, thanks to a still-functioning TV-VCR combo his father bought just before he was a freshman. is ready. at University.

Without fanfare, he sat down at the Yamaha keyboard in the second bedroom and played the beautiful tune of “White Girl in Danger.”

“I think having a good setup makes the job less stressful, which is a good thing,” Jackson says. But he claimed that while his previous apartment may be dim, it didn’t hinder the “strange loop” from progressing.

“It didn’t matter,” he said. “All my life I’ve been writing and working on a piece. I had to write. I had to get it done.”

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