The Jay Heritage Center will host a virtual conversation about the making of the Apple TV + historical comedy Dickinsonwhich filmed for more than two months at the Jay Estate last year, on April 6th.
The program will feature award-winning Dickinson director Silas Howard; actor and musician Wavyy Jones, who played the character The Wall in season three; and historian Brenda Wineapple, whose book White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginsonwas a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and describes the real-life history behind the storyline set at the Jay Estate.
The New York Times named Dickinson, which stars Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld as the poet Emily Dickinson, one of the ten “Best TV Shows of 2021.” The storyline set at the Jay Estate details the relationship between Dickinson and Higginson, an abolitionist who commanded the first Union regiment of Black soldiers and who ultimately became the co-editor of Dickinson’s early poetry collections. Jones, who also played the rapper the Notorious BIG in the USA Network miniseries Unsolvedamong other roles, plays one of the soldiers in Higginson’s regiment.
Silas Howard is a director and writer focused on telling honest narratives filled with groundbreaking characters. His credits include executive producing and directing on FX’s Emmy nominated series Pose, directing Sundance premiere and IFC Films internationally distributed film A Kid Like Jake. His television credits include directing on multiple seasons of Emmy award-winning TransparentPeabody award-winning Dickinson, The Fosters, Faking It, This Is Us, High Maintenance, Tales of the Cityand Josh Thomas’ Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. He was a founding member of the seminal queer punk band Tribe 8, co-founder of San Francisco legendary cafe and performance space Red Dora’s Bearded Lady, and a 2015 Guggenheim fellow.
“Wavyy” Jonez is an actor and artist from Suffolk County, Long Island. As soon as he could read, he became increasingly captivated by poetry; seeds of interest towards his future goal of becoming a successful actor, entrepreneur and true emcee. Heavily influenced by authentic east coast 90’s hip hop flavor, Wavyy enrolled himself as a student of the culture to obtain the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding necessary to create an eclectic style of his own. He has shared the stage with the world renowned 1500 Or Nothing Band, and hip hop veterans Busta Rhymes, Dub-C of West Coast Connection, and Bone Thugs’ n Harmony. In 2018, his consistent determination paid off when he booked the role of hip-hop icon The Notorious BIG in the 10 episode limited series Unsolved for USA opposite Jimmi Simpson, Josh Duhamel and Marcc Rose who portrayed the late Tupac Shakur. Wavyy can also be seen in the Spike Lee produced Netflix feature See You Yesterday directed by Stefon Bristol which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in New York and released May 17th 2019. Wavyy continues to work on new music as he was casted in Reprisal on Hulu that streamed on December 6th, 2019. Recently recurring role on Young Rock on NBC & Dickinson on Apple TV along with a slew few of other unreleased films & TV Shows to date.
Brenda Wineapple’s most recent book, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nationwas selected by New York Times critic Jennifer Szalai as one of the ten best books of 2019 and listed as a New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2019.” Wineapple is also the author of Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877a New York Times “100 Notable Book,” which the Wall Street Journal called “magnificent.” Other publications include White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginsona finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Hawthorne: A Life; Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Steinand Whitman Speaks, an edition of the poet’s observations about writing – and America. The recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the Ambassador Award of the English-Speaking Union as well as various other honors, she received an NEH Public Scholars Award for The Impeachers. She regularly contributes to such major publications New York Times Book Review and The New York Review of Books and teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University.
This program will begin at 6 pm and is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, click here.
Photo of scene from Dickinson provided.