Ontological-Hysteric Theater

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Last Update: 05/31/09 05:53:17 PM
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In 2005, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater thoroughly revamped and updated its programs for emerging artists by starting the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator. The Incubator is programming which guides artists from workshop phases to fully realized productions. The Incubator houses artists, who follow in the compositional theater footsteps of Richard Foreman, but have their own unique visions and aesthetic strategies for tracing out the Ontological-Hysteric Theater's aim of unsettling perception and disorienting understanding. The Incubator programming provides these artists with aesthetic and practical mentorship and support on their way towards self-sustaining and more rigorous productions. Ontological-Hysteric Incubator is long-term development and process oriented programming for emerging artists. Ideally artists begin in one of its work-in-progress programs and grow towards fully realized and self-produced performances beyond the Incubator.

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

Age Less  | Open: 07/12/05 Close: 07/17/05
After performing in and directing in numerous Ontological-Hysteric Theatre Series, Beth
Kurkjian is graduating to perform her own full-length solo work on the stage of the Ontological
Theater. Age Less, a 45-minute solo, journeys into the mysterious cultural scripts that
females combat and assume during their life cycle: get ready for catwalks, girl scout songs,
beach vacations, and bridesmaid dramas, with a dash of osteoporosis. Kurkjian meshes
theatrical vignettes together to create a non-chronological life cycle of a female: from
weddings, to summer camp, to retirement, and so on. This dance theater solo includes
rigorous and pedestrian movement as well as found text and text written by Kurkjian. Pushing
the limits of form and function, Kurkjian crocheted all costume and set elements. Props come
from Kurkjian's home environment to the stage: for both the vignettes and the design
elements, Kurkjian mixes fictional and biographical material.

with an Opening Number, Glimpse, By Leigh Garrett

Panel. Animal.  | Open: 07/01/05 Close: 07/09/05
Banana Bag & Bodice's combine their shows Sandwich & The Young War into one evening of performance.

The Young War - four theorists explore the mysteries of the "escort" and "woo", examining the humiliating battle between "having" a sex and "doing the sex thing. The result is the violent, retrospective misgiving of a spend and dried-up rubber

Sandwich - a surreal cabaret, which leaks blood and uses bread to soak it up. With a cast of characters moving on all fours, holdign a shiny knife in one paw while washing the other of the evidence - this show will make you laugh while forcing you to smell the burning flesh surrounding your soul

The Eisteddfod  | Open: 08/31/05 Close: 09/10/05
A dark, hilarious and absurd play about a brother and sister rehearsing Macbeth for a drama competition (or "Eisteddfod"), in the hope of winning a ticket to Moscow and away from their stifling existence in a little room in Australia. After losing their parents in an accident when they were children, together they play out each other's fantasies of love and desire, reaching an unexpected conclusion.
The Shalimar's Strangers  | Open: 05/29/09 Close: 06/13/09
In STRANGERS, Ella wants to throw a party celebrating the 5-year anniversary of her “green card marriage” to Wes. When unease about the relationship surfaces, the lovers separately seek advice on how to handle their growing anxieties. This sets off a chain reaction that forces their friends -- and even some complete strangers -- to confront their fears about how they choose to live and love in this age of paranoia. The era of American Film Noir serves as an allegorical backdrop for Wes and Ella's ill-fated love story with periodic appearances from iconic femme fatales and detectives. Inspired by real green card marriages and interviews with expats, Americans and immigration lawyers, STRANGERS employs live music and video to explore the romance of “another” -- another person to love, another country to call home.

STRANGERS stars Joey Williamson, Jen Taher, Kim Gainer, and Franny Silverman, Daniel Popa, Brad Love, and Peter Stone with original music by Anthony Gabriele; choreography by Pavel Zustiak (Palissimo), video by Miklos Buk (Untitled Mars by Jay Scheib), lighting and set design by Ben Kato (Chautauqua! with National Theater of the United States of America) and costumes by Sydney Maresca (The Debate Society's Cape Disappointment).