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New Islands Archipelago  | Open: 05/20/10 Close: 06/06/10
NEW ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO is at once a real-estate scheme, a tropical dream of new beginnings, and the accidental destination of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship, S.S. Azure. The action takes place on the ship’s deck, within the various rooms of the ship, in the sea, and within the characters dreams, (which are rendered on video.) Each person who has embarked on the cruise longs for a change and, as the voyage progresses, the passengers begin to enter one another’s dreams. Thrown together with strangers in increasingly unfamiliar surroundings, they find their lives propelled forward and unfolding in ways they hadn’t imagined.

NEW ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO stars downtown performance luminaries Todd D’Amour, James Himmelsbach, Kristine Lee, Bianca Leigh, Ellen Maddow, Steven Rattazzi, and Tina Shepard. The production team includes Paul Zimet (writer/director), Ellen Maddow (music), Nic Ularu (sets), Nan Zhang (lighting), Olivera Gajic (costumes), Hilary Easton (choreographer), Simon Tarr (video), Harry Mann (saxophone & keyboards, Beth Meyers (viola) and Julia Funk (stage manager).

Dr. C (or How I Learned To Act In Eight Steps)  | Open: 06/02/09 Close: 06/14/09
Imagine you awoke one morning and didn’t know who you were. You felt healthy, and all the material trappings of your life surround you—except memories. Your task becomes to construct a life using the evidence that you can find. Such is the work of the actor. Juxtaposing the 1919 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari against a new text created from the words of eight of history’s leading acting theorists, DR.C (OR HOW I LEARNED TO ACT IN EIGHT STEPS) investigates the history of acting through athletically precise movement, live music, innovative projections and songs. It is an unintentional homage to the people and ideas that, for better or for worse, have irrevocably shaped the way we view the art of acting.

DR.C evolved from Artistic Director Rubén Polendo’s realization that the three most common excuses for ‘bad acting’ (“I wasn’t grounded”, “I wasn’t feeling it”, and “it didn’t seem truthful”) are tied to the assumption that an actor’s experience of performing is the same as what the audience experiences. Polendo decided to do an experiment: what if you removed any possibility of experiencing those three supposed necessities? Using the film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, one of the few remaining examples of what acting was before Stanislavski began to shape American acting, the company began exploring a correlation between distinct sections of Caligari and eight major theorist/artists whose ideas have influenced what acting ‘is’ or ‘should be’. By exactingly recreating the physical movement of Caligari and supporting it with a new text created from the words of Aristotle, Adolphe Appia, Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Grotowski, Peter Brook and Anne Bogart, a new and autonomous narrative was birthed that asks “What is acting?”

DR.C (OR HOW I LEARNED TO ACT IN EIGHT STEPS) stars Aysan Çelik, Justin Nestor, Matt Carlson, Emily Davis, Adam Cochran, Nathan Elam, Laura Stinger, and Marc LeVasseur. The production features sets by Amy Rubin, lighting by Kate Ashton, costumes by Candida K. Nichols, video by Jake Witlen, sound by Alex Hawthorn, original music by Ellen Reid, text compiled by Rubén Polendo and Jocelyn Clarke, production management by Leighton Mitchell, and stage management by Hilary Austin. The production was developed at Sundance, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and New York Theatre Workshop (where Mitu is Company-in-Residence).

Dr.c (or How I Learned To Act In Eight Steps)  | Open: 06/02/09 Close: 05/14/09
DR.C evolved from Artistic Director Rubén Polendo’s realization that the three most common excuses for ‘bad acting’ (“I wasn’t grounded”, “I wasn’t feeling it”, and “it didn’t seem truthful”) are tied to the assumption that an actor’s experience of performing is the same as what the audience experiences. Polendo decided to do an experiment: what if you removed any possibility of experiencing those three supposed necessities? Using the film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, one of the few remaining examples of what acting was before Stanislavski began to shape American acting, the company began exploring a correlation between distinct sections of Caligari and eight major theorist/artists whose ideas have influenced what acting ‘is’ or ‘should be’. By exactingly recreating the physical movement of Caligari and supporting it with a new text created from the words of Aristotle, Adolphe Appia, Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Grotowski, Peter Brook and Anne Bogart, a new and autonomous narrative was birthed that asks “What is acting?”

DR.C (OR HOW I LEARNED TO ACT IN EIGHT STEPS) stars Aysan Çelik, Justin Nestor, Matt Carlson, Emily Davis, Adam Cochran, Nathan Elam, Laura Stinger, and Marc LeVasseur. The production features sets by Amy Rubin, lighting by Kate Ashton, costumes by Candida K. Nichols, video by Jake Witlen, sound by Alex Hawthorn, original music by Ellen Reid, text compiled by Rubén Polendo and Jocelyn Clarke, production management by Leighton Mitchell, and stage management by Hilary Austin. The production was developed at Sundance, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and New York Theatre Workshop (where Mitu is Company-in-Residence).
 

In Security  | Open: 04/17/09 Close: 05/10/09
IN SECURITY is a capriciously funny glimpse into the brain of Dr. Lona Waverton, successful surgeon and endearing control freak. It´s the night before her wedding, and everything is in check, until she makes one mistake – and suddenly her personal and professional lives are thrown into conflict. Drawn into Lona's chaotic fight against insecurity, the audience enters a world where fantasy and reality collide.

Creating the playful world of Lona Waverton, the set juxtaposes real objects with drawn objects, creating a childlike construction of a room. Prop details are projected onto the set and as six different people in Lona's life come in and out of her mind, the projected props morph into "puppets" of those characters, using video with a combination of live action and animation. The set is a vessel to Lona's mind – the more chaotic her mind gets, the more intrusive the characters become.

In addition to Gutto, IN SECURITY features filmed performances by Carmen Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin´s granddaughter and Eugene O´Neill´s great granddaughter), Lawrence Ballard (Broadway’s A Raisin on the Sun, A Soldier´s Play), Miquel Belmonte, Stephanie Davis, Anita Hollander, Barbara Klaaysen, Luis Moreno, Erik Parillo, Alireza Rofougaran, Kathleen Turco-Lyon and Veronica Vazquez.. Produced by Lisa Dozier and Michael Soussan, the production features set design by Dagny Drage Kleiva, costumes by Andrea Sundt, dramaturgy by Oda Radoor, lighting by Gina Scherr, sound by Robert Quillen Camp, production stage management by Naomi Anhorn and computer programming by Yu-Chien Cheng. Hit songwriter SILYA ("Sneaker Night" for Vanessa Hudgens) has written an integrated video/live song for the production.

Anna Gutto (aka Anna Guttormsgaard) received critical acclaim for her roles in Jon Fosse´s Night Sings Its Songs and Sa Ka La, both at 45 Bleecker; The Workroom and Under Milk Wood, both directed by Moni Yakim; and Ibsen´s Rosmersholm at 59E59. Before coming to New York, she worked professionally at state theaters in Norway, with award-winning actors and directors. She has done workshops in France, Hungary, Sweden, Estonia, Norway and New York. Her one-woman show Fidel´s Island, about a Norwegian woman who wants to travel to Cuba, was a hit at Molde International Jazz Festival. Other plays she has written include Time and P*ssing in the Wind (2002 NYC International Fringe Festival). Acting in film, Gone with the Woman won Top Feature Award at Hollywood Film Festival, and was Norway´s Best Foreign Language Film contender for the 2008 Academy Award nominations. Anna Gutto is the recipient of the prestigious 2-Year Emerging Artist Grant from the Norwegian Arts Council and the 2007 Cultural Grant from American Scandinavian Society.

Ann Oren´s work has been showed worldwide: The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, APEXART and PS 122 in New York, Festival du Cinema de Paris and the Pink Cow in Tokyo. Ann has received grants from The Jerome Foundation, The School of Visual Arts, The National Board of Reviews New York and The Visual Arts Fund. She received her MFA from School of Visual Arts.

Alexis Poledouris' directing credits include: Vendetta Chrome for Clubbed Thumb at The Ohio Theater; the award-winning The Jew and the Demon by Jonathan Goldberg at NYU; Cherubina by Paul Cohen at the Sanford Meisner Theater; Momma by Edith Freni at PS122; Food for Fish by Adam Szymkowicz at The Kraine;, God's Waiting Room by Ashlin Halfnight for PL115 at PS122 (winner of the NYC Fringe Overall Excellence Award for Best Production) and The Merlin International Theater in Budapest, Hungary. She received her MFA in Directing from Columbia University.

 

Rods And Cables  | Open: 03/16/09 Close: 04/11/09
RODS AND CABLES is a wild, vulgar and cartoonish look at desire and despair. Human nature is examined at its most instinctual and unmannered. The thrills of youth are shown to be fleeting and artificial, but nonetheless exhilarating. This ambitious multimedia production creates wild chaos with its elaborate bizarre designs (pools of applesauce, a circus ring, 100 household lamps) and compelling characters (The Sultry Flight Attendant, That Woman, The Sexy Clown, The Little Man with a Big Costume). Come see the awesome beauty in this nasty adult world.

Wickets  | Open: 01/03/09 Close: 01/25/09
Set inside an airplane, the entire theater becomes the stage with high-flying action that takes place in and around the audience--in the aisles, galleys and lavatories of a trans-Atlantic flight. Immersed in a mystery, eight 1970's stewardesses find themselves split between the private self and the public persona in this radical adaptation of Maria Irene Fornes' play. Manned by a dedicated crew, Wicket Air Flight 1971 takes off just prior to the crest of the 2nd Wave of feminism on a journey where no man has gone before—to women's struggle in the workplace. On board, these stews look for mysterious signs of life and offer oxygen to a present-day feminism desperately in need of life support.

Co-directed by Jenny Rogers and Clove Galilee. Adapted and designed by Jenny Rogers, with choreography by Clove Galilee, videography by Jenny Rogers and an original soundtrack by the LA rock band Jetliner (fronted by lead singer Adam Paskowitz, formerly of The Flys). It stars Katie Apicella, Lee Eddy, Jessica Jolly, Christianna Nelson, Maria Parra, Kristen Rozanski, Lucas Steele Jona Tuck, and Elizabeth Wakehouse.
 

The Only Tribe  | Open: 11/28/08 Close: 12/20/08
Conceived by Roland Gebhardt, this unique theatrical experience animates 80 geometric masks by Gebhart with choreography by Peter Kyle, video design by Reid Farrington, and music by Stephen Barber. Opening night is slated for December 3.

THE ONLY TRIBE is a fantasia that blends together masks, movement and sociology in an abstract interpretation of a short story by Rebecca Bannor-Addae. This mythical tale explores how identity creates relationships, stirs conflicting tribal identities, and leads to eventual chaos. The distinct geometric shapes of the masks are employed in an exploration of individual identity and the formation of group identities. Through ritualistic movement, sets of masks interact with lighting and projected images to conjure strong visual imagery while music and sound provide emotional contrast and congruency. THE ONLY TRIBE cannot be defined by style or ethnicity; rather, visual elements, sound and movement combine to create a unique theatrical experience.

Fire Island  | Open: 04/10/08 Close: 05/03/08
FIRE ISLAND takes on several forms: an extremely wide format HD video work, a large scale panoramic multimedia installation/performance with 3-dimensional video and spatial sound as well as an ongoing interactive web component. A giant rear projection screen will show multiple perspectives, collaged into one giant array of imagery. All at once, the viewer will experience a couple falling in love from their perspective, close up, from a distance, as a voyeur peeping through the window, as well as the details of the environment around them (the weathered, salted boardwalk or the decaying pine needles). Using invisible Eyeliner screens multiple layers of video will also pop up in thin air, surrounding and sometimes hiding the performers.

FIRE ISLAND involves 108 artists, including the Tuvan throat singer Albert Kuvezin. Kuvezin's album Re-Covers, which is specified in the script, consists of covers of popular songs (including Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and Iron Butterfly's "In a Gadda Da Vida") performed with Tuvan overtone singing and traditional Tuvan instruments. Kuvezin will travel from Tuva to perform in the piece both on video and live.

Milk 'n' Honey  | Open: 10/21/07 Close: 11/18/07
A world-premiere play about food and why we eat what we eat --- based on their interviews with diabetics, dumpster divers, farmers, food scholars, advertising execs, waiters, and others about food and their relationship to it.

The six-member cast of MILK 'N' HONEY includes Aysan Celik, Brian D. Coats, Vaneik Echeverria, Shawn Fagan, Signe V. Harriday, and Adam Rihacek.

Scenic design by Narelle Sissons; sound design by Bray Poor; lighting design by Justin Townsend; costume design by Meghan Healey; video design by Nicole Betancourt; and C. Andrew Bauer

Doppelganger  | Open: 06/23/07 Close: 07/21/07
The story of two office drones—a network engineer, George, and a human resources executive, Marcia—coming to terms with the sudden death of their mutual acquaintance, Frank. Frank dies by falling from his office window to his death while joking with George. Simultaneously, the same Frank is having an affair in the office across the street with Marcia. Time and space play tricks on the two protagonists, haunting, perplexing and tempting them to open up its mysteries and come to an understanding of Frank's death and their own existence.
American Living Room Festival  | Open: 07/28/06 Close: 08/30/06
Now in its 17th year, The American Living Room (TALR) festival supports the development of new, multi- disciplinary works & artists in a setting that strives to make theatre as much a part of everyday life as watching TV. Each year, TALR invites a wide array of daring directors, writers, choreographers, performers, puppeteers, composers, film/video makers and visual artists to share their work. The 2006 festival will host more than 30 projects ranging from 10 to 120 minutes in length, and will involve approximately 300 artists.

THE AMERICAN LIVING ROOM FESTIVAL 2006 SCHEDULE:

SHADOW PLAY - July 28 & 29 (Friday & Saturday)
Directed & choreographed by Ariane Anthony, with film by Jennifer Todd Reeves
Shadow Play reflects on the poignant interplay of perception and memory as dramatic events take place and characters from a silent movie dance in front of a film projection.

CAUSE FOR ALARM - July 28 & 29 (Friday & Saturday)
Created & directed by Tina Goldstein
The sound of car alarms built into a scored musical structure, along with a text based on clichés, this piece challenges our interpretation of what we hear & how we respond to, or ignore, what occurs around us.

29 FRIENDS - July 28 & 29 (Friday & Saturday)
Conceived & choreographed by Megan Metcalf
Incorporating live performers and video, this work celebrates the idiosyncrasies of dancers and non-dancers alike, investigating what exactly we do when we groove to our favorite tunes.

PESSIMIST, MOI? - July 30 & 31 (Sunday & Monday)
Conceived by & featuring Sophie Amieva, directed by Sarah Sanford
Murder. Sex. Prescription Drugs. Valérie Chameaux is a French clown of
the 21st century with a problem. A night of savior de vivre with a woman who simply wants to scream "Live you fools, Live!"

LOOKING FOR LIMBO - July 30 & 31 (Sunday & Monday)
Written by Melaena Cadiz, Joseph Keckler & Erin Markey
As the Vatican eliminates Limbo from Catholic Lore, the spirit of one giant unbaptized baby arrives at the gates of the nether-region, greeted by a colorful and confused crew of fleeing citizens. Together they embark on a soul-searching musical journey. Where do you go when you've been evicted from oblivion?

HOT FLASH - August 1 & 2 (Tuesday & Wenesday)
Created & performed by Laryssa Husiak
Creating an absurd and heartfelt world, solo artist Laryssa Husiak melds original piano composition, choreography and prose, inviting the audience into the passionate underbelly of five intricate women, each with an object that inspires them to share stories of their unique and festering desires.

REMOVED EXPOSURE- August 1 & 2 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Created & performed by Karen Bernard, directed by Maureen Brennan
Organically incorporating the audience's active gaze into a meditation on popular perceptions surrounding aging and beauty, this solo work uses Bernard's idiosyncratic style to reveal insights into the intersections of everyday life and art.

MORT - August 3 & 4 (Thursday & Friday)
Co-created & directed by Kip Fagan, co-created & performed by Nico Vassilakis
A solo performance & excavation of the mind, music & personality of the experimental American composer Morton Feldman, examining the tension between his notoriously quiet music and his equally loud persona.

LEARNING TO LISTEN - August 5 & 6 (Saturday & Sunday)
Written & choreographed by Robin Prichard, performed by Robin Prichard & Alison Malloy
Pairing highly physical movement with subtle gestures, this duet explores the schism of communication inherent in relationships. This dance project navigates the subtle and indirect meanings of movement, infusing humor to reveal sorrow hidden just beneath the surface.

YOUR NEGRO TOUR GUIDE - August 5 & 6 (Saturday & Sunday)
Directed by Jeff Griffin, performed by Torie Wiggins
Based on the writings of award-winning columnist & commentator Kathy Y. Wilson, this provocative solo performance paints a portrait of identity in modern America. Scathing and thoughtful rants, letters, music and nightmares come together to depict the modern Black landscape of race, gender and class.

FOX(Y) FRIENDS - August 7 & 8 (Monday & Tuesday)
Written & directed by Kevin Doyle, featuring members of Sponsored by Nobody
A series of revolving monologues delving into the lives of "Fox News" morning hosts, this project probes what lurks beneath the surface of the glib rhetoric & plastic smiles associated with morning news shows.

THE DOROTHY BUILDING- August 7 & 8 (Monday & Tuesday)
Directed & designed by Michael Scott-Price, written by Trav S.D.
This tale of a boarding house where the guests are all identical women named Dorothy is an absurdist-mask piece that delves into a dream-like realm that is both unsettling and lightly humorous.

I-95 SOUTH - August 9 (Wednesday)
Written & directed by Kate Marks
Family tradition and Elvis mythology inform one girl's journey toward accepting her true identity in this theatrical production. One in a long-line of Elvis impersonators, this girl longs to be The King, but has been primed to be Priscilla. She runs away in an attempt to escape the perils and limits of her gender.

WITH CLAWS AND BEAK - August 10 & 11 (Thursday & Friday)
Created by Workhorse & directed by Stephen Buescher
A comedic, absurdist play in which two wayward soldiers escape the military they serve, in search of a home-cooked meal in a clean, well-lit place. They are soon entrenched in a new battle amidst a socially twisted, privileged, excitable bunch of aristocrats, waging a hysterical domestic war of their own.

THIRST - August 12 (Saturday)
Designed & performed by Jil Guyon
Based on the Bjork-inspired composition "Prayer of the Heart'' by John Tavener, this piece merges music, movement & video, creating a world that allows one to experience the emotions of transcendent silence.

LEE/GENDARY - August 12 (Saturday)
Written by Soomi Kim & Derek Nguyen
This multidisciplinary performance was inspired by the life of Bruce Lee.
Soomi Kim felt compelled to inhabit this role after learning Lee was given a girl's name as a disguise from evil spirits. This unique look at Lee's drive to defy definition blends text, live music and a hybrid of martial arts, dance and acrobatics.

WTC - August 13 (Sunday)
Directed by Jonathan Zalben
WTC is a multimedia work responding to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Custom software allows recorded radio communications, layered with original music to interact with images projected in the space.

THE JOY OF LEX - August 14 (Monday)
Created by Alexia Vernon, directed by Jon Stancato
Alexia Vernon and her teddy rabbit embark on an erotic journey from victimization to celebration. Melding a wide array of theatrical styles, this hybrid performance explores the problematic boundaries between danger and desire, fantasy and reality, and sincerity and irony.

TENDER TRAP - August 14 (Monday)
Created by Catherine Hournihan, performed by Tilt Performance Company
This evening of surreal sensuality presents four short pieces that offer unique perspectives on love, romance and gender. Infused with raspy love songs, this piece blurs the line between fine art and cabaret with influences from butoh, burlesque, performance art & postmodern dance.

BELLY DREAM REAL - August 15 & 16 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
An Imnotlost Production, written & directed by Kate Brehm
This is a short, dynamic piece of misunderstandings, discoveries and belly buttons. Chaos, upheaval, commotion and grotesque licking will be witnessed in this tale as the characters meet and deal with a swarm of mothers and their tongues.

I'M SORRY & I'M SORRY - August 15 & 16 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Written, directed & performed by The Candidatos (Kevin Wall & Justin Rose)
Part Marx Brothers, Coen Brothers and Cirque du Soleil- this is a lesson in incompetent betrayal. The Candidatos employ physical comedy, evasive banter, acrobatic drunkenness, willful deception & no small amount of absurdity to tell the tale of a seasick sailor, overzealous actor & a perfectly incompetent crime.

THE ANGUISH OF COMPOSURE - August 17 (Thursday)
Created by the Unruly Julies, featuring Julie A. O'Baoighill
A blindfolded painter & deranged violinist struggle to sustain self-control while in pain. Movement, painting & sound combine in this story about the ritual of shutting off one's senses to keep going in the world.

FEMINISTS ARE FUNNY - August 17 (Thursday)
Written & directed by Aphra Behn, featuring GUERILLA GIRLS ON TOUR
GUERILLA GIRLS ON TOUR take you on a fast and physical romp through the highlights of their herstory as anonymous activists opposing sexism in the performing arts, politics and beyond. Songs, sketches and parodies are woven with dramatizations of some of the 20th Century's most prominent & amusing women.

REMOTE - August 18 & 19 (Friday & Saturday)
Directed & performed by Sara Kraft & Ed Purver
This innovative performance looks at the attempt to connect while also trying to maintain a safe distance. Through a fusion of performance with live & recorded video, Remote blurs the lines between reality and projection, illuminating how detachment can allow the grace of perspective and the capacity for violence.

BEAUTIFUL RADIANT THINGS - August 20 & 21 (Sunday & Monday)
Co-created & performed by Jane Ray, co-created & directed by Glynis Rigsby
Emma Goldman was loathed, feared, thrown in jail & deported. Red Emma loved flowers, opera, dancing & sex. This solo performance depicts the most dangerous kind of woman--one who defies stereotype.

INSOMNIA/INSEXTON - August 20 & 21 (Sunday & Monday)
Adapted & performed by Laila Maria Salins
Directed & performed by Leyla Ebtehadj, with Emily Tremaine
A three-actor music theater based on the life of the American poet Anne Sexton, weaving together excerpts of her work and revealing her search for redemption and love and her obsession with death.

MRS. HODGES WAS STRUCK BY A METEORITE - August 22 & 23 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Created & choreographed by Michael Bodel
A dance-theater-puppetry hybrid inspired by the physics of collisions, the science of probability and Ann Hodges, who was on her couch in Alabama when a meteorite the size of a grapefruit struck in her side.

DEATH IN VACANT LOT - August 24-25 (Thursday & Friday)
Written by Shuji Terayama, directed by Kameron Steele, featuring The South Wing
The South Wing presents a staged concert reading of their new translation of Shuji Terayama's 60s rock-and-roll film Death in the Fields (Denen ni Shisu), a coming-of-age tale about an adolescent run-away in WWII Japan as remembered by himself 20-years later in the 60s re-construction era.

SKETCH - August 26 & 27 (Saturday & Sunday)
Choreographed & performed by Amy Larimer
A lighthearted portrait of a woman with a heavy heart and a powerful set of magic markers, this dance piece was created as part of a series of portraits exploring the eccentric edges of ordinary people and the ordinary longings of eccentrics.

VAMPING - August 26 & 27 (Saturday & Sunday)
Created & performed by Kali Quinn
Vamping is a highly physical, multimedia solo piece that embraces and wrestles with the effects of dementia. This piece strives to share personal images, and at the same time distorts their reality and meaning. Video and voice-over help to create this unique dream world where time is constantly spliced.

3 AM, 89º, NO WIND - August 26 & 27 (Saturday & Sunday)
Choreographed & directed by Noel MacDuffie with original music by John LaSala
A murderer, a sad man and a woman made of gold struggle for a connection as the unrepentant heat of late summer turns night into a world of sweaty sheets. This dance piece features physically unusual characters moving with ease and shifts rapidly as characters struggle to find love, understanding & release.

WOVEN ROOM- August 27 (Sunday)
Created & performed by Anya Liftig, with sound by Angus Galloway
Anya Liftig uses her body as a weaving loom to entangle the elements of an upper middle-class living room into a full-scale, three-dimensional blanket in this performance installation accompanied by a sound design that uses parts of found answering machine messages.

viBe!- August 28 (Monday)
Written by viBe's ensemble of teenage girls, directed by Dana Edell &
Chandra Thomas
viBe's production will incorporate real-life issues of racism, body image, peer pressure, sex, culture and family. viBe Theater Experience engages teenage girls to create work that includes original songs, dances, poetry, monologues & scenes that reflect & respond to the positive & negative situations in the girls' lives.

BETWEEN THE SHADOWS- August 29 & 30 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Written & directed by Rania Khalil, with sound by Adam Matta
Egyptian-American performance artist & director Rania Khalil presents a multidisciplinary work of imagination and mystery. Presented in the spirit of film noir and eastern European theater, shadow puppets give birth and mime goes to places it hasn't gone before.

UNFAMILIAR COMFORT(S)- August 29 & 30 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Written by Amanda Weir, directed by Wes Hopper
Unfamiliar Comfort(s) is a multimedia, movement/dance and performance piece whose language emerges from a repressed vocabulary, brought to the surface in emotional outbursts. This theater piece takes a closer look at Blackberries, anti-depressants and the American flag in a post-post-modern world.

Dead City  | Open: 05/26/06 Close: 06/24/06
"DEAD CITY" is Sheila Callaghan's loose adaptation, more of a "riff," on Joyce's Ulysses. Samantha is a woman in her 40s who wakes up one June morning shadowed by regret. She wanders out of her Upper East Side apartment and begins a day's journey through the city, a day punctuated by a series of chance encounters with a mysterious near-stranger: Jewel, the poet-prodigy daughter of the guy who did her kitchen. By the time Samantha heads home in the middle of the night, the events of one long serendipitous New York City day have transformed her relationship to the everyday elements of her life.