After a busy summer that included directing readings and workshops of HARMONIOUS PIMPS, HAMLET and FILL OUR MOUTHS in NYC and Deb Salem Smith‘s FAITHFUL CHEATERS for Trinity Rep in Providence, as well as devising a new work with McCarter Theatre‘s Conservatory in NJ, I’m looking towards next season.
It’s official, THE ARCHITECTURE OF BECOMING will premiere Off-Broadway at New York City Center, running Feb – March. More info here.
Very excited to be back in development with uber-talented playwright Lauren Feldman on her bilingual play FILL OUR MOUTHS. Below are some shoots from our first week working with an incredibly adventurous and inspiring company. We’ll all reconvene at the end of the month to continue working.
I’m elated to announce that I will be joining LAVA as their General Manager. LAVA is Brooklyn-based dance company that combines acrobatics and theater into their adventurous and often high-flying work. With fourteen years of rigorous artistic and organizational growth, international touring and critical success behind them, I’m thrilled to be taking LAVA to even new heights.
If you missed our recent show at BAM, which the NY Times called “tender and primal,” check it out here.
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I’m thrilled to be directing new plays by Bekah Brunstetter and Kara Lee Corthron for the Brooklyn Museum this Saturday, May 4th. The plays are inspired by the Sargent paintings now on view and will play in the galleries themselves, on loop, from 7 – 9pm. Click the image below for more details, and come check us out!
by Bekah Brunstetter
featuring: Jon Dyrud and Monica Hammond
TWO SOPHISTICATED LADIES
by Kara Lee Corthron
featuring: Francesca Choy-Kee and Ayesha Ngaujah
Spring break for NYC public schools could not have been timed more perfectly. While my residency classes are off enjoying a well deserved break, I’m diving into COLLAPSE. We head into tech next week – get your tickets here!
And, especially thrilled to be representing the Women’s Project at the Women in the World Summit this year. Innovators and revolutionaries from around the globe sharing knowledge and inspitation. And Hillary and Oprah will be there, of course.
2013 seems to have launched me out of a canon. Between the Time Warner Fellowship, actively developing PIMPS (update coming next month on that) and HAMLET with Stephanie DiMaggio, associate producing COLLAPSE for the Women’s Project and beginning four new teaching residencies for BAM – well, things have been a bit hectic, but all of it joyful.
I love doing this list because it’s a reason to think back over a year of theatrical experiences, and usually reflects my own travel, shifting interests, etc. This year, it seems to represent my employers – is that affinity? Bias? Below is the list, and thanks for stopping by!
Top 6 –
Not “Best” which is far too subjective, but the 6 shows that live most in my mind now, that impacted me the most.
Einstein on the Beach (BAM)
SITI’s Trojan Women (BAM)
Pina Bausch – como el musquito (BAM)
The White Snake (OSF)
Peter and the Starcatcher (B’way)
Fun Home (Public)
The Harmonious Pimps are hard at work completing final script tune ups, new songs and slammin’ bods. As we work towards a May/June NYC announcement (details forthcoming), here’s a some material you won’t see in the show. Think of it as a Pimptastic rif on World Finance.
This weekend I’ll spend Saturday with the Emerging Writer’s Group at The Public Theater, directing new pieces by some truly fantastic, exciting, boundary-testing playwrights. So psyched.
And, Sunday will spent with Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan; I’ll be staging the winning play of the 2011 Trinity Playwrights Competition – starring Francesca Choy-Kee and Lee Rosen. Tickets available here for free, with reception to follow.
Lots going on with the Shakespeare Society. Tomorrow will be our second major event, CONCORD OF SWEET SOUNDS, featuring powerhouse actor John Douglas Thompson. He will be playing an amazing and far-reaching range of characters, from Orsino to Prospero, all in one night.
And next Monday, at The Pearl Theater, we’re holding a talk with Daniel Sullivan, Liesl Tommy and Davis McCallum, moderated by Michael Sexton, on Directing Shakespeare. Quite a breath of experience and approaches in conversation with each other. Don’t miss it!
The Women’s Project Lab is off to a great start! We just completed our first project together – making pieces for the Annual Meeting. I was thrilled to work with uber-talented playwright Dipika Guha and producer Deadria Harrington. We created a piece based on Joan Schenkar’s 1978 play SIGNS OF LIFE, which starred Kathleen Chalfant. This was especially exciting because we discovered, after embarking on making the piece, that Joan and Kathleen would be in attendance. Eep! Well, great fun was had by all and it was a thrill to meet them both. There was even talk of exploring SIGNS OF LIFE again – which is a wonderful, intricate play.
I had the honor of introducing Kathleen to the excited attendees, and look forward to more invigorating nights at City Center over the coming years.
Joan Schenkar, Kathleen Chalfant, Deadria Harrington and myself. Dipika, where were you? I’ll have to Photoshop your head in between Joan and Kathleen.