Magic Time's Past Performances

The Inspiration for Magic Time

In the 1960s, New York City’s eager and growing population of playwrights found three new homes for their explosive work: Caffe Cino, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, and our very own Judson Poets’ Theater. The three major forces behind each of these establishments, Joe Cino, Ellen Stewart, and Al Carmines each had a unique vision that culminated in what we now call the Off-Off-Broadway theatre movement. Joe Cino's nightly exclamatory introduction to his shows has become our mantra: “It’s Magic Time!” 

Past Performances: 

DECEMBER 17, 2014
Elyse Cogan is a first-time playwright but has been involved in the theatre as an actress ever since 4th grade when she made her debut in Julius Caesar in the role of Brutus. Born in the Bronx and grew up in Rockland County, she has lived in the East Village since 1986 and currently works in Music Licensing at BMG/Chrysalis. Her play Realpolitik: Based on True Dialogue But Not Real began as an acting class exercise (write a five minute scene based on a topical event – in this case the Elizabeth Edwards/Rielle Hunter imbroglio) to demonstrate that actors can write their own material instead of waiting to be offered roles. An earlier version of the play was selected for the 2010 inaugural season of the Dream Up Festival presented by Theater for the New City. The exercise worked.


NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Ryan Fogarty 's plays include Nodding Terms, Beating Off, Goldfish Love (2013-14 Bookshop Workshops selection) and Skin Like Milk (2014 Cherry Lane Mentor Project semifinalist). His plays have been developed/presented at Second Stage Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Labyrinth Theater Company, #serials@TheFlea, DUMBO Arts Festival and MAKEHOUSE. He is a member of Bastard Playground at The Drama League. BFA NYU Tisch, Dramatic Writing.

OCTOBER 15, 2014
Kim Yaged is an award-winning writer with a background in theater, television, and film. Her operetta www.love was showcased by the New York City Opera and won Best Musical and Best Original Production when it premiered. Kim received the Kennedy Center’s Meritorious Achievement Award for her play America. America also won the Audience Award at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival. Her stories and poetry have been published by Random House, Cleis Press, Ballantine Books, and Applause, and her photographs have been shown in London, Berlin, and Tunisia. She is currently developing an animated web series based on her play Hypocrites & Strippers, a comedy about selling sex and selling out. There’s more information about Kim and her work at www.kimyaged.com.

CAST
Carolina Ravassa - You & Dad
Cindy Kawasaki - Two & Mom
Bridget Ori - Dritte & Me
Daniel Kazlowski - First & Michael
Katherine McLeod - Stage Directions


 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Mike Swift : Playwright: Galveston (Marigny) Family Tree (Secret Project Robot), The Sinner (Nuyorican), Forever Neverland (Chain Theatre). Screenwriter: Striken (Sonic Ranch Films), Divorced Christmas (Magic Square Films). Assistant Director: Adam Rapp’s Through the Yellow Hour (Rattlestick), Albee’s American Dream (Cherry Lane). Dramaturg: Karen O’s Stop The Virgens (St. Anne’s/Sydney Opera House).

 

 

 
 
Wednesday, August 20th

 

Monologues for My Boyfriend is a collection of not-necessarily monologues for people who are not-necessarily boyfriends. An entirely collaborative work, MfMB explores universal truths and individual experiences, human relationships and self-discovery. This ensemble-driven piece is about three women searching for (something) through the lens of what is commonly perceived as love. Colliding events of heartbreak and humor, the piece travels back to a time when you knew everything, and nothing at all.

Written and created by Caiti Lattimer, Grace McGookey and Taylor Plas, edited and arranged by Jaclyn Little. We invite you to view this this work-in-progress and sorry if we dated you.

 

Caiti Lattimer is an actor and poet. She holds a BFA in Acting from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Caiti has completed intensive study programs at The Actors Movement Studio Conservatory NYC, and Headlong Performance Institute. Caiti is a member of the John Desotelle Studio, and has recently obtained her teaching certification in the Williamson Technique for Movement. Caiti serves as co-artistic director for the Reckless Divine.

 

Grace McGookey is an artist and co-artistic director of the Reckless Divine. She has studied at Kalamazoo College, the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Favorite roles in Alison Shields in Alison Shields, Harper in Angels in America, and Ariel in The Tempest. She would like to thank her sisters in art, Caiti Lattimer and Taylor Plas, and her beautiful blood and non-blood family.


Taylor Plas is a multi-disciplined artist and lifelong performer. She holds an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School and is currently a second-year finalist for Lifetime Membership at the Actors Studio. MfMB is a very special experience for her. Taylor serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Reckless Divine Theatre Company.

Virtual Memory

Wednesday, July 16 

At the age of 13, Ben Strothmann decided to keep a diary. He realized that if he didn’t, his memories could just as easily disappear into the ether. And so he endeavored to capture as many of them as possible so as to augment his memory. That diary has never been shared in a public forum — until now. Join Ben as he recounts first crushes, awkward coming of age moments, deep dark secrets, and a few things you might wish you could un-hear. Not suitable for children or Ben's family members.

Artist Bio:
Ben is either an actor who sings or a singer who acts. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has lived in New York City since 2000. Ben is also a drag queen (Honey LaBronx), a vegan cooking show host (VeganDragQueen.com), and host of the podcast Big Fat Vegan Radio. To pay the bills, Ben has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995 (Playbill Broadway Yearbook, BroadwayWorld.com) and has spent a majority of the last decade following and documenting other performers. Tonight is first-ever attempt at a one-man show. Lucky you!

Jamie Cowperthwait's

HUNTINGTON

directed by Julie Kline

Wednesday, June 18th 

At a small, waspy, liberal arts college in Vermont, Brook, a middle-class African American, is determined to assimilate and lay the groundwork for a post-collegiate career on Wall Street. Justin, an entitled legacy student whose parents have bought his way into the college, lacks ambition and prefers partying to studying. The two freshman roommates develop an uneasy friendship, which is tested when what they want begins to conflict with who they are. Huntington, the thought-provoking new play by Jamie Cowperthwait, explores identity, class, and race through the experiences of two 19-year-olds who are pushed to decide how far they will go to make themselves acceptable to the world around them.
 
Jamie Cowperthwait is a composer, lyricist, and playwright working in theater, television, and film. His songs have been performed at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the New York Theatre Barn, El Museo del Barrio, and others. He is the musical director for the Saturday program of The Possibility Project, a New York City-based non-profit that creates full-length musicals with at-risk New York City teenagers. He is a graduate of Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and a member of The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. When not writing for theater and film, he writes music and lyrics for commercial advertising campaigns. His clients include McDonald's, Stella Artois, Kyocera, Coca-Cola, Audi, Absolut, and the State of California. He also writes comedy songs for the website Awkward Family Photos. After a year of living in exile in Queens, he is thrilled to be living in Brooklyn again.
 

Brenda Webster's and Meridee Stein's
THE MURDER TRIAL OF SIGMUND FREUD

Directed by Meridee Stein

Wednesday, May 21st 

In 1919, one of Sigmund Freud's most brilliant protégés, Viktor Tausk, died in a gruesome suicide. But who was really responsible for his death? Was it the act of a depressed young man looking for relief from his own internal demons? Or was he driven to his death by the manipulation of his mentor? In short – Was it suicide or murder by mind?

The Murder Trial of Sigmund Freud explores the complicated and twisting internal landscape of this towering figure and creator of psychoanalysis.

Co-Author Brenda Webster is a novelist, critic, playwright and translator, who splits her time between Rome and Berkeley. She has written ten books which include studies of Blake and Yeats; a memoir, The Last Good Freudian and five novels, including most recently, After Auschwitz:A Love Story. She is currently serving as President of PEN West.

Co Author Meridee Stein was founding artistic director of The First All Children's Theatre, a repertory of young performers which ran for 17 years. She has collaborated on and directed musicals for family audiences nationally and internationally, by such Broadway luminaries as Stephen Schwartz (Captain Louie - musicalschwartz.com/captain-louie.htm ) and Charles Strouse (The Emperor and the Nightingale). Ms. Stein directed 4 Broadway Benefits including two with Kander and Ebb, and In Celebration with Sheldon Harnick. Her work in television (CBS, ABC) features the co-direction of two of her family musicals. Current projects include a new musical in development for Broadway silasthemusical.com

Stephen Kaplan's LA CASA DE SCHWARTZ

The Schwartz family were Russian Jews who lived in a house in Barrio Logan in San Diego, CA in 1930. The Flores family moved from Mexico and lived in the same house in 1960. In 2014, D.J. Schwartz knocks on the door to meet the house's current inhabitants. He discovers that no one has really left the house...Ever.

 

Stephen Kaplan (Playwright) grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and wrote his first play, AND JACK CAME TUMBLING AFTER (Old Globe Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and HERE and Lincoln Center Theatre’s American Living Room Series) when he was 15. The play won the California as well as Blank Theatre Company’s Young Playwright’s Contests and led him to write his next play, SELF ADDRESSED, which was produced by the Blank in addition to being presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then he has written IN MRS. BAKER’S ROOM (Commission: Abingdon Theatre Company, Winner: Father Hamblin Award for Outstanding Playwriting); A REAL BOY (Semi-Finalist: PlayPenn, Ashland New Play Festival, MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); EXQUISITE POTENTIAL (Winner: NJ Playwrights Contest (w/production), Dezart Performs’ Reading Series (w/production) and Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival, Finalist: Woodward/Newman Drama Award; Semi-Finalist: Seven Devils Theatre Conference); WHEN THE MAYONNAISE GOES BAD (written with Will Nolan); THE BOOK OF DANIEL (Winner: New American Comedy Showcase Award); TIM ELESS, PRIVATE EYE (with Noah Wyle @ Blank Theatre Company); DREAMS OF REASON (Northwestern University); OH, HAPPY WE (The Theatre-Studio); and SIX SENIORS IN SEARCH OF AN ENDING (a special commission written for President Bill Clinton). Stephen earned his BFA from NYU (Playwrights Horizons and CAP21) and is finishing his MA in Theatre Studies at Montclair State University. He served as Chair of the theatre program at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the “Fame” school) and now teaches at Bergen County Academies in New Jersey where he lives with his husband and son. www.bystephenkaplan.com

John Michael DiResta’s (Director) work as a director focuses on new work development and theater for social justice. Recent credits include THE DRUNKEN CITY (Steppenwolf Theater Garage), THE MEMORY TAX (The Araca Project), SCENES FROM THE MIDDLE VOICE AND FAVORITES (Rising Phoenix), YELLOWFACE, LYLE THE CROCODILE, THE ROMEO AND JULIET PROJECT, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE NORMAL HEART, BIG QUESTIONS (Northwestern University), THE INSURGENTS (New Dramatists), A CRACK IN THE CANVAS, BISEXUALITY IS FOR TEENAGERS, WATCHING THE THUNDER (MCC Theater FreshPlay), JUMP INTO THE ABSCESS (Where Eagles Dare Theater), CUDDLE WARS (Pillow Talk) and BACK TO SOCIETY (Abrons Arts Center). Assistant Director: SKYLIGHT (Court Theater), THE VERONA PROJECT (American Music Theater Project), JUDGMENT DAY (Bard Summerscape) and KILLERS AND OTHER FAMILY (Rattlestick Theater). Dramaturge: FUR (Access Theater), THE WILD DUCK (Bard Summerscape). John was the producer of the MCC Theater Youth Company from 2007-2010, and is also a teaching artist and writer. www.jmdiresta.com.

Busting McNutley's 

McNutley's is an old-fashioned house of ill repute that has fallen on hard times. A young BANKER arrives to evict its occupants - the widow KICKS McNUTLEY, dim barmaid NANCY, buxom performer HENRIETTA HONEYDEWS and super-obese prostitute BIG RUBY, but he's shocked to discover some of the town's most respected citizens (including his boss, his priest, the buttoned-up town MAYOR and his oversexed FIRST LADY) have secretly been involved with McNutley's all along. Ultimately, the BANKER must devise an audacious plan to save McNutley's that may just leave them all feeling like whores in church.

BIO FOR PAUL HAGEN
Paul Hagen is a writer of many things including plays. Some notable productions of his work include "The Rape of the Lock" with Judith Shakespeare company, "The Only Thing Straight is My Jacket" at FringeNYC and "Fitz & Walloughs Get It in the End!" at Ace of Clubs. He is a two-time participant in the "31 Plays in 31 Days" project, and has also been a part of Theaterspeak's "Write Out Front: A Playwright Happening" at the Drama Book Shop. Paul is the Editor-in-Chief of "Metrosource," a magazine for the LGBT community, which features his work online at metrosource.com. He dishes pop culture regularly on "The Focus Group" on Sirius/XM (focusgroupradio.com) and their "Casual Fridays" podcast, available free on iTunes. He tweets @misterpaulhagen and occasionally blogs at worldofhagen.wordpress.com. He is currently working on his first novel, a suite of naughty party songs and more new work for the stage.


The Radicalism of the American Revolution

February 19, 2014 

The Radicalism of the American Revolution is a devised, ensemble-driven work-in-progress in which our company plays every wife, counselor, brother, and groupie surrounding the British Monarchy over its 1000-year history. We're just missing our Kings and Queens - which is where you come in.

Each audience member will be assigned a specific monarch, handed a script, and will act out a scene with our (very friendly) group. So, in an act of true American Democracy, everyone and anyone will get a chance at ruling, as we watch the procession of time, power, and politics tick the years away from William the Conquerer to QEII.

Douglas Eacho (Director) lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Brown University, where he studied both Performance Studies and Philosophy, and received the Weston Fine Arts award for Directing. Before moving to beautiful New York, he spent a year working as an assistant to Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director of DC's Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Additionally, he has assisted Mia Rovegno and Talya Klein, workshopped with Erik Ehn, and acted in premieres by Mia Chung and Mallery Avidon. His major directing projects include the randomized, bloody King Arthur ritual ONCE AND FUTURE (Theatre for the New City 2013), the techno Pericles mash-up OCEAN KINGDOM (Magic FutureBox 2013), and a performance of Hamlet for one audience member at a time called STAND AND UNFOLD YOURSELF (Providence RI, 2011.) His next full-scale project, SOMEDAY THIS COUNTRY, a dance-adaption of John Ford's "The Searchers," is coming up soon! Come join us from January 29-February 1 at the Center for Performance Research, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. More info at www.douglaseacho.com.

In Fields Where They Lay

January 15th

Michael Swartz in the 2009
production of
In Fields Where They Lay.

In Fields Where They Lay is a new play with music that tells the incredible true story of the World War I Christmas Truce: the spontaneous ceasefire between German and British soldiers that began with the singing of carols across No Man’s Land on the night of December 24th, 1914. Blending powerful storytelling with the letters and diaries of actual soldiers, In Fields Where They Lay allows audiences to experience a Christmas story like no other, through the eyes of the men who lived it.

Presented by The Dreamscape Theatre
Written by Ricardo Pérez González
Developed & Directed by Brad Raimondo
Musical Direction by Anna Ebbesen

Featuring:
Zack Calhoon*
Derrick Cobey*
John Cormier
Richard Lindenfelzer
Spencer Davis Milford*
Christine Perrotta
Stephen Pilkington*
Scott Thomas*

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Bio's:

Ricardo Pérez González (Playwright), a recent MFA graduate of NYU Tisch, splits his time between NYC and LA. As a writer, his work has been hailed by the New York Times as “gripping” and “moving drama,” and he was selected as a participant in Sundance Institute’s Inaugural Writer’s Intensive. His Alan Turing Biopic, THE TENDER PEEL, won him an Alfred P. Sloan Grant. He is a founding member of The Dreamscape Theatre, and a company member of Big Apple Playback. He has studied with Leigh Fondakowski and Greg Pierotti of Tectonic Theater Project. In addition to IN FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY, his produced writing credits include the drag ball musical NEON BABY (book writer/co-lyricist, Pregones 2013), INSIDE OUT (commissioned by Pregones to address anti-gay bullying), a play about the biblical figure HANNAH (2013 commission), his Santería-centered skeptical spiritual drama ASHÉ (UPTheatre, 2013), his transgender family drama LA CASA DE OCASO (Asunción Playwriting Competition, 2010), and the short film LOSSES AND GAINS about gay male body image. An activist firmly committed to social justice, Ricardo has worked for many years at Identity House, a free counseling service for the New York City LGBT community, and has become involved with The Stop Mass Incarceration Network in their work against Stop and Frisk. He has worked in the field of anti-bullying in various capacities, and has served as an afterschool teacher around NYC. He sees his writing as an extension of these activities.

Brad Raimondo (Director) earned his earned his MFA in Directing at the New School for Drama in 2013. During his final year at the New School, Brad directed HAMLET (his thesis production), the world premiere of SOME DARK PLACES OF THE EARTH by Claire Kiechel and an actors’ co-lab production of OTHELLO. Brad also holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MA in Educational Theatre from the NYU Steinhardt School. Other 2013 directing projects include three plays in the summer season of Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival, Festival 56: Lanford Wilson’s TALLEY’S FOLLY, THE HEIRESS by Ruth & Augustus Goetz and HOMETOWN - ANONYMOUS, a new play based on stories submitted by the local community. In October 2013 directed Mark William Lindberg in a new one-man staging of TS Eliot’s THE WASTE LAND at the United Solo Festival at New York's Theater Row. Brad is co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Dreamscape Theatre. He has produced all but one of Dreamscape’s 17 productions, including 6 world premieres. Bradfacilitated the creation of Dreamscape’s THE BURNING CITIES PROJECT, a performance collage about mass violence that premiered at FringeNYC, 2006 and was hailed as “a phenomenal tour-de-force” by theatre blogger Aaron Riccio. Other Dreamscape projects include the world premiere of WHALE SONG OR LEARNING TO LIVE WITH MOBYPHOBIA by Claire Kiechel (FringeNYC 2011) and the original development and direction of IN FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY in 2009, which the New York Times praised for its “smart and effective direction."

Anna Ebbesen (Musical Director) is a music director, arranger, and audition coach based in New York City. She has been the music supervisor at the New York Film Academy’s musical theatre department since it’s inception. As a music director, Anna has worked in New York and regionally, with conducting credits including productions of WEST SIDE STORY, A CHORUS LINE, and THE WIZARD OF OZ among others, as well as original works. She recently arranged and orchestrated the music for the musical short film, LEGION OF GRADS. Her coaching clients can be seen on Broadway and National Tours, and in major regional houses. Anna holds a B.A. in Music and Theatre from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802.

The Dreamscape Theatre's mission is to produce ensemble-based productions that tell epic stories on a human scale. Since its foundation in 2003, The Dreamscape Theatre has collaborated with over 125 artists and produced 17 full productions (including 6 world premieres) and 14 staged readings and/or workshop productions in New York City. We are committed to supporting the development of new work and new talent by establishing long-term collaborations with artists. Significant world premiere productions developed and presented by Dreamscape include THE BURNING CITIES PROJECT at FringeNYC 2006 ("a phenomenal tour-de-force" wrote blogger Aaron Riccio), WHALE SONG OR LEARNING TO LIVE WITH MOBYPHOBIA by Claire Kiechel (directed by Brad Raimondo) at FringeNYC 2011 ("moving and artful... the perfect meeting of script and direction" according to NYTheatre.com) and the original development and production of IN FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY by Ricardo Pérez González in 2009.

 

There's a dead man lying in the Sunday School room, and we're going to bury him if it takes all night. What begins as a memorial service for the owner of the general store turns into a mystery, which becomes a roast, and ends as a revival. Told through story and song, Petty Cash is a tale of one town and the keeper of its secrets.

LANCELOT

by STEVEN FECHTER 

Ryan is a quiet young man who has a good job, a steady girlfriend, and a nice, normal life in Oklahoma – that is, until Ginger arrives. With Ginger come memories of a wanton and wildly creative boy Ryan thought he had buried ten years ago. But can anyone kill the part of themselves that is most madly alive? Ryan will soon find out.

Being a man in Oklahoma is the loneliest fate in the world.

Cast includes: Stephen James Anthony (War Horse LCT), Lulu Fogarty(Lillian Smith Being Heard) and ROMY NORDLINGER (Woman On The Bridge).

This is the third collaboration for Fechter and Fogarty.

STEVEN FECHTER is a playwright and screenwriter. His theatrical works have been produced throughout North America and Europe. Productions includeTHE LAST CIGARETTE (Lounge Theatre, Critic’s Choice by LA Weekly and Backstage-West) THE COMMISSION (NYC Fringe Festival; Theater Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany), THE GOLDEN AURORA (NYC Fringe Festival), and THE WOODSMAN (Old Red Lion Theatre, London; Theater Bielefeld, Germany). Most recently, in spring 2011, Resonance Ensemble Theatre produced his commissioned play SHAKESPEARE’S SLAVE at the Clurman Theatre in New York. As a screenwriter he co-wrote the script for THE WOODSMAN, based on his play, starring Kevin Bacon, for which he was a Humanitas Prize finalist in screenwriting. Steven also writes for ScriptWriting Blog, (atScriptShark.com), commenting on screenwriting and film. He is a proud member of Resonance Ensemble, EST Playwrights Unit, New River Dramatists, and The Dramatists Guild.

THOM FOGARTY** has been active in NYC's downtown theater since 1977, appearing in dance and theatre productions, and creating works with Joseph Chaikin (The Open Theater), Paul Zimet (The Talking Band), Judson Poets Theater, DV8 Physical Theatre (London), and H.M. Koutoukas ("Dead at Sea," based on Mr. Koutoukas' journal entries). Since changing his focus to directing in 2010, he has directed: Moments And Lemons by Fred Giacinto (Theatre for the New City); Bad Connections? by Michael Levesque (The Bridge and The Cell NYC, the 2011 Edmonton, 2011 Hollywood, 2012 Orlando and 2012 Toronto Fringe Festivals and Rochecter, NY) ; Cross Hatch ( a staged reading at Judson Memorial Church) by Peter Mercurio; Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (The Bridge); Hell Is Where The Heart Is (Gene Frankel Theater), by Melissa Skirboll for the Planet Connections Festival (which received 3 nominations for acting, as well as his win for Outstanding Lighting Design); In The Name Of God by Peter Cohen (Judson Church, NYC); Desdemona by Paula Vogel (The Bridge, NYC); Being Heard by Lulu Fogarty (Dixon Place, United Solo Festival, Theater Row NYC and Syracuse University and The Loft @ Judson); MargOH! Channing is TIPSY!And MargOH! Sings The Booze (Duplex and Dixon Place); Ten Tall Tales About The Men I Love (which he adapted from a short story by Ronn Smith), at Judson Memorial Church as a fundraiser for The Ali Forney Center, and The Artifacts and The Mentee, both by Steven Fechter (The Bridge). This past year he was permitted to adapt Lillian Smith’s Strange Fruit, and receiveing the rights to to make it public for the first time since 1945 and it’s one and only Broadway run. Up next THE CAROL BAYER SAGER PROJECT: ALBUM ONE a cabaret event at Judson and The Duplex, January 2014. Fogarty is proud to announce the formation of the new 360 Repertory Company, with this being it's first official reading. He is an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and member of the Drama League.

EXORCISMS IN LOVE

a performance memoir by aimee iris brown

as this story ends, i am thinking of you

and i wonder

what stories are you holding?
which ones do you cling to?
which ones do you celebrate?
what dances are you denying?
what joy have you decided you do not deserve?

EXORCISMS IN LOVE is a performance memoir ritual about intimacy, dancing our shadow/s, messages from animals, finding humor and meaning in our wounds, and transmutation- a letting go to make space for the unknown.

Aimee Iris Brown is a Brooklyn based artist, hair stylist, and flower essence healer. Her life/work explores personal & collective liberation through ritual and healing. Brown is currently featured in the first season of LADYPOINTS, a web series about women who "define success on their terms." aimeeiris.com

NEW YORK, October 2013, Thom Fogarty will direct the Premeire of ELKE SOLOMON’S A TAVOLA: A PERFORMANCE, which will be presented October 23, 2013 as part of the MAGIC TIME! series at Judson Church. This exciting follow up to Ms. Solomon’s A TAVOLA: AN INSTALLATION is a piece about FOOD and our relationship to it.

A TAVOLA: A PERFORMANCE was conceived to explore the multiplicity of everyday transactions which occur around the dining table - private, social, economic and cultural. With the A Tavola (to the table) series, Elke Solomon continues to pursue her interest in the intersection of the cultures of food and art. Her first endeavor with this issue resulted in A TAVOLA: AN INSTALLATION, where the gallery space was transformed into the familiar domestic space of a full scale hall and dining room. It functioned as both real and imagined place. The installation was dressed in a variety of crafted objects that she made including furniture, chandeliers, wallpaper, tablecloths, and additionally a collection of food related pictures and literature. The crafted objects, “mashed up” with ready-mades creates a context for the exchange and manipulation of meaning, inviting the participant to make the habitual strange. In A TAVOLA: A PERFORMANCE, Elke Solomon invites us into her personal space to continue the conversation about the history, culture and production of food. The work explores the parallels in the development of the discipline of food history and of her journey as an artist. Of particular interest has been the modern advent of globalization and the rise of “fusion” food. We can get anything we want anytime we want - divorcing food from not only place, but climate and time. The comparisons between the food world connoisseurship and art connoisseurship are both striking and disturbing - and in the end have provided Ms. Solomon with much food for thought.

“Am I making food or am I making art?”

A TAVOLA: A PERFORMANCE continues a relationship between Elke Solomon and Thom Fogarty that began in the early 80’s, when they performed their legendary performance piece, TUNA FISH TALES at venues like the Mudd Club.

Elke Solomon lives in New York City. She has taught at Parsons School of Design (1979-present), Columbia University, City College of New York, Feminist Art Institute, Princeton University, Portland State University, and Pratt Institute of Arts. She has been awarded numerous grants including CAPS, NEA and a Residency Grant, Piedmont, Italy, 2000-08. Solo exhibitions include: A Tavola! An Installation, AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, April-May 2010; Paintings and Works on Paper, 1978-2005, The Lobby Gallery NYC, Oct. 2007-Jan 2008; Paintings and Drawings, Deutsche Bank, NYC, Sept.-Nov. 2004; Paintings and Drawings, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, January 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992 1995, 1997 and 1999. Group exhibitions include: Alexander Kwartler and Elke Solomon Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, NYC, 2012; Parsons Pink Slips, George Adams Gallery, NYC, 2009; The History Show Part II, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, 2008; Group, Josh Blackwell, Barbara Hatfield, Sophia Petrides, Jacob Robichaux, Elke Solomon, Dinaburg Arts, NYC, 2003;
VanDeb Editions 1999-2002 Etchings and Monoprints, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; PAINTINGS, (Mark Saltz, Elke Solomon, Thornton Willis), The Space, NYC, 2002; Selections: Etchings and Monoprints 1999-2002, The Space, NYC, May 2002; and Generations, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, January 1998, February 2000, 2002 ,2004, 2006, 2008. Ms. Solomon is included in the collections of Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), The Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and Provincetown Art Museum and others.

Thom Fogarty** has been active in NYC's downtown theater since 1977, appearing in dance and theatre productions, and creating works with Joseph Chaikin (The Open Theater), Paul Zimet (The Talking Band), Judson Poets Theater, DV8 Physical Theatre (London), and H.M. Koutoukas ("Dead at Sea," based on Mr. Koutoukas' journal entries). He has taught movement and performance throughout the U.S. and Europe. Since changing his focus to directing in 2011 he has directed: Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (The Bridge NYC); Bad Connections? by Michael Levesque (Edmonton, Hollywood, Orlando, Toronto, Santa Cruz and Vancouver Fringe Festivals) ; Cross Hatch (staged reading at Judson Church) by Peter Mercurio; Hell Is Where The Heart Is (Gene Frankel Theater), by Melissa Skirboll for the Planet Connections Festival (which received 3 nominations for acting, as well as his win for Outstanding Lighting Design); In The Name Of God by Peter Cohen (Judson Church, NYC); Desdemona by Paula Vogel (The Bridge, NYC); Being Heard by Lulu Fogarty (Dixon Place, United Solo Festival, Theater Row NYC and Syracuse University); and 10 Tall Tales About The Men I Love (which he adapted from a short story by Ronn Smith). He directed the critically acclaimed World Premieres of Steven Fechter’s The Artifacts and The Mentee. He is an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Drama League.

The Skin

By Rebecca Jane Stokes
Director: Tamara Winters
Actors: Josh Evans, Lauren McCune, Mike Mihm, Sabra Shelley, Conor Stratton, Rebecca Jane Stokes

September 25th

‘The Skin’ is set in Calhoun, Texas. It's a world much like our own, except in terms of technology. Androids are now a common part of daily life. In their first iteration, the public reacted badly to them: The machines looked and behaved too much like human beings. This first line was "recalled", and a second more innocuous service-line was issued in its place. But not all of these ‘Old Skin’ androids were successfully tracked down. This is a play about them. The story is told through two families. The town’s sheriff and the closeted-android who raised him, and an auto-mechanic, the older sister to a young woman with a mysterious seizure disorder. When the ill, young woman and the android meet and fall in love, things become complicated. Tensions increase when a representative from the company responsible for robotic production, comes to town solely to find the android and destroy him. ‘The Skin’ will ultimately be produced in a mixed-media format, with video segments interspersed throughout to contextualize the androids. On its surface a science-fiction, ‘The Skin’ is a story about discovering and defining our humanness in how we relate to the other.

Bio

Rebecca Jane Stokes received her BA from The University of the South: Sewanee, where she attended that Sewanee Writer’s Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar. She wrote and performed with the SouthCity Ensemble in Boston, Boston before moving to New York where she completed her MFA in playwriting at the New School For Drama. She worked as a writer’s Intern on HBO’s drama In Treatment, and for a Lifetime TV movie and web series, Inspector Mom. Stokes’s plays have been produced and read by the ABroad Stage Company, Rising Sun Performing Company, End Times Productions, and One21 Productions. Her play Men to Be Feared was featured in the International New York Fringe Festival in 2012. Stokes is a freelance web writer who contributes literary and historical satire to The Barnes and Noble Books Blog, XOJane.com, TheHairpin.com, and The-Toast.net among others. Currently, she is a staff writer at TheStir.com, a lifestyle website for women.

 


Wednesday, August 21st

Noodles Astray, a play with puppets by Andi Stover; A LiveFeedNYC production, Dramaturgy by Aimee Davis


Cast:
Heather Liteer, Sandra Bauleo, Oscar Montoya, Elise Bernlohr, Ian Caskey, Jason Nahum, Terrell Green, Jonathan Hadley

Overview:
Sometime in the near future producer Jennifer taps her favorite performance renegades to become the creative team of Noodles Astray, a high-concept educational program for children. Lured by the prospect of new apartments in a luxury condo complex designed by LiveSmart (also the producers of the show) the downtown artists get a chance to return from an economy induced exile and make work again, even if it is not on their terms. The play asks the question what will happen to a city when there is no longer space for unknown/experimental artists? How will the next generation be affected? As the Noodles have to come to terms with what their new jobs mean, the play wants its audience to consider what the world will look like when the only art being made has a corporate logo.

THE UPPER ROOM exalts the fact that there is an incredible and glorious spectrum of human spirituality, and binds the spiritual world to the physical and temporal decay of our suffering planet. It is inspired by Danish cinema, the elderly, severe environmental hazards and concerns, and also very much by the electro-folk spiritual music of singer-songwriter Catherine Brookman who is the lead composer and also plays the "organist" figure within the church. Her character "Marta" spastically reveals to her congregation her own mysterious issue: that she is turning into a kind of sea-creature. Her symptoms appear to come on in the form of songs inspired as much by Shaker music as they are by new-age hip hop and Motown. Slowly the congregation becomes aware that they are each implicated. Each person begins to show signs of metamorphoses into creatures that are part human and part sea-dweller.

Since You Asked Me To: An Evening with Mark Snyder

Life is rough and slights are many. Playwright and provocateur MARK SNYDER stalks the streets of Brooklyn, pushing past the granny-dressed artisan cheese makers and the aloof painter down the street who steals the Sunday Times magazine, in his pursuit of Realness. Authenticity. Manhood. And the proper scoop of ice cream. Join him for an evening of satire and deconstruction, song and speech - where names will be called and scores will be settled.

 

Wednesday, May 15th
Doors open at 7
Snacks & drinks 7-8
Performance at 8

Dear señora, senoritas, señor, amigos and Doritos

Occupy Poppyseed Street is a mix of Sesame Street, Political Action, and someone ruining their life, all bursting and bubbling with flavah! BAM! BAM! BAM!

TRAVIS FREEMAN’S BIO
Travis Freeman is 14 years old and is in 9th grade at quest to learn upper school. He is and always will be a native New Yorker. GO BROOKLYN DODGERS!! He First came up with occupy poppyseed street when his drama teacher asked him “So travis what are you writing for drama class”. Travis was in a sesame like mood so he said “OOH OOH I KNOW I WILL MAKE A PLAY ABOUT SESAME STREET”. Then the drama teacher said “Ok travis you might want to incorporate something else with that too”. So Then Travis said “OOH OOH I KNOW I WILL PUT AN ELEMENT OF OCCUPY IN TO MY PLAY”.

And that's how the writing began.. Travis then performed the play as an actor in front his whole school. Meanwhile he was going to Judson church and meeting all the necessary people. E.g. Sara Duncan, Michal Ellick, Micah Bucey and others. And one day got his play to be read at Magic Time. So now we are here. Hope you enjoy the play.

 

Magic Time: Tentative Armor

Wednesday, April 17
Doors open at 7, Performance begins at 8

In Tentative Armor, Composer/Performer Michael Harren combines piano, synthesizer, electronics, sound and text to explore intimacy and solitude from his perspective as a forty-something gay man in New York City.

Director: Adam Fitzgerald
Cello: Leah Coloff
Viola: David Packer

Bios:
Michael Harren (michaelharren.com) is a Brooklyn based composer, pianist, electronic musician and performance artist, as well as synth bassist
for the synth punk band ATTACK.WAV. He has appeared at Theater 1010, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Joe’s Pub, Don’t Tell Mama’s, The Laurie Beechman Theater and (Le) Poisson Rouge both as a Musical Director and Pianist in a variety of cabaret and theater projects. As a solo artist, Michael combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work.

Adam Fitzgerald (Director) is the Artistic Director of kef theatrical productions and a founding partner of FIFTY2&NINE. With kef Adam recently directed the critically acclaimed MEHTHTACULAR!, (Time Out NY Critics’ Pick) KILLING WOMEN (with Lisa Brescia) and LYRIC IS WAITING. Other recent directing credits include Victor L Cahn's GETTING THE BUSINESS (Rachel Reiner Productions) Marc Castle’s FRIENDS AND RELATIONS, Michael I Walker’s LETTER FROM ALGERIA and the concert of Carner and Gregor’s ISLAND SONG for 92YTribeca. Adam was the 2008-09 Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons assisting Wilson Milam, Bartlett Sher and Kate Whoriskey on plays by Nicky Silver (THREE CHANGES with Maura Tierney), Craig Lucas (PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY with Victoria Clark, Michele Pawk and Jonathan Groff) and Christina Anderson (INKED BABY with LaChanze) and served as the 2007-08 Artistic Associate Playhouse West (where his production of DEFIANCE garnered Critics Circle nominations for Director and Production). With FIFTY2&NINE, Adam wrote and directed the PSA for the Ad Council and GLSEN which won a national Talent House competition judged by Brett Ratner and Tom Ford and directed FIFTY2&NINE's first web series, CONVERSATIONS W/ MY EX

Leah Coloff (Cello) is a cellist and singer of loud, soft, punk, rock, pretty, crazy songs. . The New York Times called her singing and playing “a combination of artful angularity and a rock-inflected assertiveness.” Another reviewer said of her, “She does everything she can think of with that cello, short of setting it on fire.” Leah veered off the road of rigorous traditional training after earning a degree in cello performance from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and doing a stint of graduate school at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Over the years, Leah has played with many wonderful musicians including, Phillip Glass, David Bowie, Patty Smith, Michael Cerveris, Mark Mulcahy, Rufus Wainwright, Linda Thompson, and Trey Anastasio. As the cellist for The Scorchio Electric String Quartet, you can hear Leah playing during the last moments of the upcoming season of Nurse Jackie. (love Nurse Jackie!) The new song, Deserving, from Leah's upcoming solo record, This Tree, can be freely downloaded on her website:leahcoloff.com.

David Packer (Viola) lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Melissa. In his spare time, he manages the fantasy/social commentary blog http://polypspride.blogspot.com and watches a lot of movies.

How To Stay

by Kate Foster with Dalton Ridenhour, Anna Gothard and Brooklyn duo Into Doubt
Directed by Rebecca Wear
Special Thanks to Alex Mallory and Jeremy Karafin, Poetic Theater, and Micah Bucey, Magic Time

A coming out, coming of age coming home story. Spoken word, storytelling, and re-imagined musical theater from the 1940s and the 1950s.

Team Bios

Kate Foster (vocals, writer) is a NYC-based singer, playwright and activist. Kate sings at jazz joints, theater festivals and pop-up performance parties. She has opened for Debra Monk, Kenny Loggins, and can be found at Birdland's Cast Party, LezCab @ the Duplex, Poetic Theater events @ the wild project, and upcoming festivals throughout 2013. Her plays have been produced by FRIGID 2011 (Mermaids), FRIGID 2012 (Stripper Lesbians), Manhattan Actor's Company (Novel Love), Rising Sun NYC (I love homeless people) and Poetic Theater Productions/Poetic License 2013 (HOW TO STAY). Kate's plays have been developed by Rising Sun NYC (Resident Playwright 2011-2012), Rhapsody Collective (Resident Playwright 2013), ESPA @ Primary Stages, and Poetic Theater Productions. As an activist, Kate works with Occupy Wall Street, playwright coorganizer/cofounder of OWS' national 10-min play fest (occupytheemptyspace.org), Occupy Broadway team, Occuoy Sandy volunteer. In addition, Kate has worked with Culture Project, as 2012 IMPACT Artist in Residence, to develop #artsuperpac. Kate hopes to see you @ Judson on Sunday's or at their amazing dance, poetry and theater programming (you rock, Micah)! Catch HOW TO STAY @ Culture Project's Women CenterStage in June 2013, and other music performances via kateeileen music and ukelele duo Anna/Kate.

Dalton Ridenhour
Dalton Ridenhour has been playing ragtime, stride, and blues for most of his life -- and it shows. A native of St. James, Missouri, he has quietly become one of the most celebrated pianists on the ragtime and jazz festival circuit today. Drawing inspiration from across the board (from Scott Joplin to Fats Waller to George Jones to Elvis Presley to Radiohead to Robert Johnson to Nat King Cole), Ridenhour's playing is distinctive not only for its refreshing originality, but also for its breathtaking lyricism and beauty. Whether playing a classic rag by Joseph Lamb or a Tin Pan Alley song or an improvised blues, he sounds right at home, breathing life into his performances with a steady, inviting swing.

Margi & the Dapper Dots
As far back as she can remember, Margaret Gianquinto, who's childhood family nickname was Margi, listened lovingly to music from the Golden Age. With these songs at her core, she followed her own musical path, exploring classical piano and choral singing, singing harmonies across multiple genres, and arranging for folk piano. But her true passion has always been the old songs she grew up with, especially the standards. Her sultry style, which many describe as "vintage," is reminiscent of the voices of an earlier era when those marvelous big band singers and gifted male and female vocalists sang the music of Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, Arlen and Rodgers and Hart.

Into Doubt
Into Doubt is a 2 piece acoustic/folksy/indie group that loves to have fun and make music that makes you want to laugh, cry and drink yourself into a brownout resulting in waking up and finding you have just bought the band a new car and several pounds of candy. We are "unplugged" and have a banjo and a harmonica!

Anna Gothard
Anna Gothard is a Brooklyn based musician and actor. She enjoys making original music on her ukulele, looking dapper and playing with her cat.
 

The World's Smallest Violin

By Max Freedman

Wendy has never had a job, never needed one. Her husband's never home and her kids are moving out and her mother's losing her mind, so what better time to join the workforce? The World's Smallest Violin is a six-way coming-of-age story, a comic minor tragedy about privilege, choice, and management consulting.

Rick: Edward Stanley*
Wendy: Orlagh Cassidy*
Jason: Matthew Baldiga*
Tanya: Alice Bahlke
Kara: Yadira Guevara-Prip
Helen: Charlotte Hampden*

Stage Directions: Johanna Weller-Fahy

 

 

GODDESS

by Saheem Ali, Mkhululi Z. Mabija & Michael Thurber

Director: Saheem Ali
Music Director: Michael Thurber
Associate Producer: Rashad V. Chambers
Assistant Director: Logan Reed

Goddess is a new African musical, adapted from short stories and myths from the continent. It takes place in a fictional African city, mostly in a jazz club called Moto Moto. The show revolves around Nadira, a beautiful jazz singer at the club, and the men who love her. It is a story of love and destiny, set against the backdrop of an African society where the modern and the ancient live side by side.

Performers:
Ahmed: Larry Powell
Kobe: Cedric Leiba
Pakamile: Max Kumangai
Nadira: Karan Kendrick
Omari: Keith Antone
Balozi: Cedric Cannon
Madongo: D’Monroe
Maya: Allison Blackwell
Cheche: Britney Coleman
Kamau: Marc Damon Johnson
Siti: Kimberly Hebert Gregory
Rashida: Shaleah Adkisson
Mosi: Forest Van Dyke

Debby Dark — Full Circle

 

 Playwright/Performer: Deborah Clapp


Debby Dark — Full Circle is a solo performance retrospective journey through darkness toward enlightenment, featuring appearances by a host of characters created by Deborah Clapp, including Little DBee, Debby Dark, Mrs. Margaret Marie O'Sullivan, and The Statue of Liberty.


Deborah's bio:
Deborah Clapp is a poet, performance artist, producer, and director. She has produced dance, original theatre pieces, film, and one-woman shows. She has also performed stand-up and musical improvisation. Her work has provided a context for the development of a repertoire of original characters telling their stories through poetry and monologues.

Deborah is a recipient of a La MaMa Award for playwriting and has performed a one-woman show entitled "Recipe for An Expanding Universe" at the Ediburge Fringe Festival and "Outrageous Introverts," aired on Manhattan Cable.

In New York City, she has appeared at The Duplex, St. Mark's Church, The Club/La MaMa, Solo Arts Group, The Joyce/SoHo, and Westside Y, among many other venues.

Deborah is currently working on a piece called "Debby Dark — Full Circle," which she will present as a work-in-progress at Judson Memorial Church in November. 

Come Back Up

Friday, October 12th  - Doors open at 7 - Performance at 8

What pulls us up out of ourselves into a larger consciousness? What makes our hearts and heads and feet soar? Is it a person, an ideology, a theology? Is it an action? Is it a community? What pulls us down, what makes us retreat? What pushes us over the edge? And what, if anything, breaks our fall?

Come Back Up is about seemingly unforgivable crimes--actions, mindsets, and the overlap of the two. A play in five parts (Feet, Heart, Head, Beak, Wings), Come Back Up fully blooms as people come together to help Buddy Hudson, a developmentally challenged young black man on trial for a truly horrendous crime--a crime whose fallout reveals societal racism and media scare tactics at their worst. Through their involvement with this case, Letta, Clara, Mo, Robin, Jessamyn, Buddy and Cousin come face to face with the prejudices in themselves and their loved ones.

Credits: 

Sarah Duncan is a writer, performer, and activist. She recently moved from the midwest to New York City last November, and has been graciously given opportunities (like this one) to share her art and ideas with people on both small and large scales. Sarah is a graduate of the Kennedy Center's Playwright Intensive Program (Summer 2011), the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Summer Intensive 2008) and Bradley University (Class of 2009.) Most recently, Sarah performed her own slam poetry at The Cherry Lane Theater for We Are Theatre, and last April her full length play, Bees and Lions, premiered at the W.O.W Cafe Theatre on East Fourth, produced by Sanguine Theater Company and directed by the marvelous Jillian Roberston. In addition, Sarah is a happy member of Judson Church, and also a busy occupier, and co-runs Occupy the Empty Space, OWS's new play festival that explores the definition of human rights through a variety of new plays and teachins from local organizations. Thanks to Micah and Melissa and Michael and Donna, and to all of the Judson folks who make Judson as full of Magic and forward momentum as it is. And much love and thanks to her cast, to Jillian, and to all who gave feedback throughout this year + process. Alright, enough talk. It's Magic Time.

Jillian Robertson (Director) is a freelance director living and working in NYC. She has worked with many companies and theaters over the last few years, some of her favorite credits include, Bees and Lions (STC), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Sanguine), The Laramie Project (Under the Umbrella), and Dog Sees God (317 Theatre). She received her BFA from the Univ. of Oklahoma. Jillian is the Artistic Director and a founding member of STC www.sanguinenyc.com. Thanks to Sarah for this exciting opportunity!

Cast: Alexander Haynes, Rahima Wachuku, JoNae Smith, Brian Edwards, Kristina Doelling, Curry Whitmire, Ali Rose Dachis.

DELICIOUS DELICIOUS



A story of twin loss, rent control, 1980s SoHo, and a love that longs to speak its name... it just doesn't have one yet.

Amanda Duarte is a writer, actor and director who is thrilled to be part of Magic Time. She is also a storyteller-about-town, a regular at the Soundtrack Series and New Work, New York. Her solo show Lucky Pink Wonderland premiered at the SoloNOVA Arts Festival and enjoyed a subsequent sold-out run at the PIT, and her comic short "No Denying Love" made Funny or Die's home page and has an improbable 97% "Funny" rating. This is her first full-length play, and she thanks you for participating in this, its first reading.

Cast: Finnerty Steeves, Yuval Boim, Bernardo Cubria and Steven Patterson. 

TRAMPS LIKE US


The First Dooley Street Play
Written by: Brian Otaño
Directed by: Stefanie Abel Horowitz

1981.

Jack and Linda return to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn to rob Jack's parents, only to get sliced up by an old lady on the way-- the result of a botched mugging.

Upon arriving at Coney Island Hospital, they find out that Linda's pregnant and they don't have to rob Jack's parents at all because his parents are dead, and everything they owned is now Jack's.

So begins the first play in a cycle of three genre-bending plays set in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn about two families enmeshed in a history of violence, secrecy and addiction.

Featuring:
Dana Berger
Meredith Burns
Deniele Cloutier
Vaneik Echeverria
Kim Gambino
Ryan Michael Jones
Constantine Lignos

Brian Otaño is a New York native and a New Dramatists Van Lier Fellow. His plays include Lucky, Temptation Waits, Zero Feet Away and The Dooley Street Trilogy. The second play in the trilogy, What We Told The Neighbors, was developed with the The Glass Bandits Theatre Company and will be featured in Atlantic Theater's Latino Mixfest this month. Brian’s has had numerous short plays performed at Manhattan Theatre Source, Cakeshop and Theatre 3. Brian was an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where he was honored with a residency under the guidance of ACA Master Playwright Annie Baker. Merry Christmas, Eve (a film co-written with Alyssa Codamon), was screened as part of NewFilmmakers series at Anthology Film Archives. His first feature film, The Groom, is currently in pre-production. Education: Purchase College, BFA, Dramatic Writing Class of 2011. Brian is a proud member of Local USA 829.

Stefanie Abel Horowitz is a Brooklyn-based theater director. She is currently an Emerging Artist in Residence at The Gym at Judson with her team from The Capables by Jay Stull. Other favorite directing credits include Modjeska Dispatches #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 by Sibyl Kempson, unequivocal proof for the existence of a benevolent god by Jerry Lieblich, The Lovers by Marisa Michelson and Josh Cohen, and Hello Again by Michael John LaChiusa. Currently, she is observing Bart Sher at the MET on his new production of L’elisir d’amour. She was the recipient of the 2008 Emory Women’s Club Arts Scholarship and is a graduate of Emory University. She is also a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a founding member of The Accidentals.

Colony

July 18: Doors open at 7, Performance at 8

Jenny Connell is a writer, actor, and teacher. Her plays include Summer People, Chrysalis, The Dragon Play, Scientific Method and The Psyche Project (top 9 of ’09, Austin Chronicle, best new play nomination, Austin Critics Circle 2010). She’s been twice-nominated for the PONY, and a finalist or semi-finalist for BAPF, the Heidemann, the O’Neill, and Seven Devils. Her plays have been commissioned by Ars Nova and Scriptworks, and produced in Austin, Chicago, and NYC.

Colony: A Requiem for the End of the World began its development at UT Austin, with guidance from playwright Daniel Alexander Jones and director Katie Pearl. Inspired by the Colony Collapse Disorder phenomenon among the world's honeybee population, the play is an exploration of memory, language, loss...and rising from the ashes.

Rejection Reflections

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC and the Ali Forney Theatrical Society Troupé present Rejection Reflections, a forum piece exploring the issues surrounding being LGBT and homeless in NYC.

 More info: www.theatreoftheoppressednyc.org

Rejection Reflections is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Theatre of the Oppressed is an interactive, physical and playful tool used to investigate situations in which we are denied our basic rights, personally and collectively. Community actors, directors, playwrights, designers and producers create original, interactive plays inspired by real-life struggles for human rights. These popular troupes tour throughout varied communities to engage in theatrical brainstorming or "forum theatre," in which the scenes ask a question of the audience, and the audience becomes involved as “spect-actors,” taking on the role of the protagonist to offer alternatives to the problems onstage. These interactive forums demand solidarity amongst diverse New Yorkers and creatively challenge systems of oppression. 

Methtacular

Through wildly outrageous anecdotes and hilarious song stylings, METHTACULAR! is Steven’s Straffo

 

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