TYA, Adventure


Inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk and designed and developed for children, Jacked! fuses storytelling and poetry with hip-hop and break-beat music to encourage a dialogue about substance abuse and the overwhelming effects the opioid epidemic is having in our communities.


2-10, Any gender

Production Notes:

JACKED! was commissioned by the CLEVELAND PLAYHOUSE (Laura Kepley, Artistic Director Kevin Moore, Managing Director Pamela DiPasquale, Director of Education) and co-developed with StageOne Family Theatre and Cleveland Playhouse’s Classroom Matinee Touring Program.

(Art Metro Theatre Company)



Idris Goodwin

Idris Goodwin is an award winning scriptwriter, breakbeat poet, educator and director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. He was recently named a 2021 United States Artist Fellow. In addition to Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co written with nico wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins,and the play This Is Modern Art. He’s appeared on Nickelodeon, HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel.  His plays include And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On,Hype Man and Jacked!...[Go to FULL BIO]

Idris Goodwin

The Playwright

Playwright, breakbeat poet, director, educator, and organizer, Idris Goodwin, talks about what inspired him to write Jacked!