Down and dirty: QWAN to mount SWAN!!!

Photograph by Christian Coulson

If you were a fan of Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy, you might recognize Jack Ferver from his recurring role as Flatpoint High's perpetually jazzed, frequently battered Jimmy Tickles. These days he spends most of his time creating and performing in works of dance theater, such as Rumble Ghost, Death Is Certain, A Movie Star Needs a Movie and I Am Trying to Hear Myself. But he remains a terrific comic actor, with a wicked ear for parody and huge, wild eyes that can flash with neon madness. Last year, he and Phillip Taratula—with help from a gang of very funny friends—alchemized the 2006 hysterical quasilesbian drama Notes on a Scandal into pure camp gold in an uproarious staged reading called NOTES!!! And now Ferver's company, QWAN (Quality Without a Name), has set its sights on a new hysterical quasilesbian drama: Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. Touted as "a sexy, scary, spectacular, salacious, stunning, startling werk," SWAN!!! will play at P.S. 122 from March 12 through March 14. The always-hilarious Jenn Harris, a veteran of this kind of thing—she played Clarice Starling in Silence! The Musical—will take the Natalie Portman role, with Ferver stalking the part played by Mila Kunis; three talented and by no means unhandsome fellows (Randy Harrison, Christian Coulson and Matthew Wilkas) will assay the other main characters. Tickets are just $15, and given the limited run of just four performances, you'd best make your reservations now for a chance to watch feathers get ruffled as they've never quite been ruffled before.