QUIZZICALLY QUIMSICAL

Genre: Drama, Dance, Lesbian+Gay, Poetry
Written, directed and produced by G.J. Dowding

  Enter a queer imagination and embark on  an exploration of exploitation....

An original performance piece made up of poetry, prose, narrative, music, choreography, and movement with an immersive set design. This is a story about a boy on a queer journey toward self-fulfillment. The journey is shaped by the boy's first influence from a feminine force, a femme fatale: his mother. Upon identifying with a queer identity, the struggle becomes appropriating the haunting presence of his eccentric mother within the realm of exploring what queer means to each individual: both sexually and emotionally. How do we ever know when we have reached solid ground? How do we ever know when we have taken root into something concrete?

Open:   09/07/12
Close:   09/09/12

Schedule:
Opening Night: Friday, September 7th 8pm
Matinee: Saturday, September 8th 4pm
Saturday, September 8th 9pm
Matinee: Sunday, September 9th 3pm
Closing Night: Sunday, September 9th 7pm

Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show. There will be full concessions. After each show there will be an impromptu Q&A in the theater lobby.

Theater:   The Gene Frankel Theatre
Address:   24 Bond Street
New York, NY 10012
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Cost:$15 General Admission $12 Student w/ ID
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006
 

G.J. Dowding is a writer, director, and performer living in Brooklyn, New York. He attended both Wagner College and New York University, studying everything from vocal performance, music theory, acting, journalism, and fiction/poetry writing. Predominantly trained in acting, he is currently interested in exploring  physical theater and performance art through collaboration of different artistic mediums. 

 As a gay male, he has been exploring queer identity, persona, and art over the past year while writing a lot about queer theory and his personal upbringing in a queer lifestyle. This piece is essentially a queer solo performance piece with a supporting ensemble. It is autobiographical, filled in with splendid fiction of course! Being that he loves bringing various art forms together within one context, G.J. decided to present my writing in collaboration with music and movement. This is where the ensemble came in; to aid in the telling of a personal queer story, to bring the psyche and subconscious to life. This project is not only based on G.J.'s career goals as an artist but is also meant to serve as a therapeutic conversation with people. His desire to hear as many people’s stories in the world as possible in his lifetime and this is G.J.'s contribution to the conversation.

Quizzically Quimsical  is  his first original multi-media performance piece based on his poetry and prose. G.J. has participated in musical theater and plays in the past as an actor, been involved in conservatory groups, taken workshops and classes in various acting mediums, been a part of the New Generation Theater Ensemble (NGTE), and most recently participated in an advanced movement class at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. 

 

Aidan Davis as the boy

 Aidan Davis is a native of Lewisburg, PA, has been singing and acting for as long as he can remember.  Aidan attended Indiana Wesleyan University for Applied Voice, Music Theory/Composition, and Church Music (B.A.), The Cleveland Institute of Music and The Pennsylvania State University (M.M.) for Voice Performance and Pedagogy.  In addition to doing extra work for TV and film, Aidan has enjoyed playing a diverse assortment of leading roles in musicals, plays, and opera, including Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), La discorde (Les arts florissants), The Counsel (Trial by Jury), Joseph (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), The Bradley (Schoolgirl Figure), The Gay Guy (The Penis Monologues), and most recently, The Boy in Quizzically Quimsical.  Aidan is a recent transplant to the Big Apple and is delighted to be making his official NYC acting debut in this production.  He'd like to thank his family, friends, and partner Brian for their constant love, support, and encouragement, and also a special shoutout to his fabulous fellow cast members and brilliant team of directors. "He aim to go!"

Elisa Marti Ensemble

 Elisa Marti is an actress and a dancer from Italy. She received her B.A in Theater at the University of Art, Brescia, Italy. She studied acting for film at the New York Film Academy, one year conservatory program and at The Acting Studio, NY. Elisa has performed in short films, (GEMINI, showed in the shorts section at Cannes 2012); in theaters, (THE RED COAT,2012); commercials (DANONE YOUGURT, 2011) and music videos (EMERALD CITY, 2011).  She’s currently  involved in a production of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in Long Island, NY. She’s thrilled to make her debut in the off-Broadway original performance piece “Quizzically Quimsical” and be a part of this new and amazing experience with such an exceptional cast and director, choreographer and music director.

 Alesandra Nahodil is a New York based theatre and film actress and a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  She has trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, The Stella Adler Conservatory, the Stonestreet Film & Television Studios, and WITS University Johannesburg, South Africa.  Alesandra has just returned from performing as Ronnie (lead) in the D.C. Black Theatre Festival production of "Still Life Goes On," is currently preparing for a showcase with Front and Center NYC this October and will be making her directing debut at the Ancient Drama Festival this November.  She is also workshopping sketch comedy with EndTimes Productions for their 6th annual winter show "Naked Holidays" and is shooting her first sci-fi action feature with Silver Cheese Productions.  Some of her favorite roles include Claire Zachanasian of The Visit and Suzanne of Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  She would like to thank G.J., the innovative creative team who never ceased to amaze, and the astoundingly talented cast of QQ for such a beautiful and heartfelt process.  "My cup runneth over."  ~And as always, thank you Mom, Dad, Jake & family for always supporting me and my endeavors!

Shlomit Oren Ensemble

 Shlomit Oren is a multicultural  physical actress. Being that she is half Israeli and half Colombian, two places she has called home in the past, Shlomit is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew and English.This mixture has helped make her the unique personality she is today. Shlomit moved to the United States two years ago to get the best training in acting at the great Circle In The Square Theater School- Professional Workshop, where she is a recent graduate.Her credits are as follows: Bawd in Pericles by Shakespeare, in the PW Circle In The Square, Chochona the Clown in Plays For Grades K-6 At Circle In The Square Theater, Sketch comedian in Something Outrageous in 45th Street Theater.She has also been featured in student films in Israel and New York.She has performed at Figment festival, Bellyqueen Spring Galashow, Jebon and more as a hula hooper and belly dancer. Shlomit is also a great, painter, writer, mask performer and model. She also spent 2 year of her life serving the Israeli Air Force as an air planes technician. She wants to thank the Universe for giving her an enormous amount of energy and for being smart enough to use it!

Laura Riveros Ensemble

  Laura is a Colombian actress, singer and performance artist based in NYC, and is in love with everyone involved in QUIZZICALLY QUIMSICAL! After studying Musical Theatre in Bogotá, Colombia, she performed in several productions with Misi Producciones, including Gaitán; El Hombre A Quien Amé, Jesucristo Superestrella, Grease, Annie, Fuego, Son Las 12; Es Navidad and more. Moved to New York in 2009 to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre And Film Institute, where she studied under Mauricio Bustamante and Ted Zurkowski, and performed in plays like Proof (Claire) and The Threepenny Opera (Frau Peachum). In New York, she has worked with companies and artists such as MultiStages, Ming Wong, Matt Reeck, Women of Color Productions, IATI Theatre, Ingenue Theatre, AliveWire Theatrics, Grupo Transito and Castillo Theatre, among others. She is an Associated Artist with Hybrid Theatre Works, an international network of theater artists engaged in cultural diplomacy through cross-cultural collaborations, and also works as a Performance Art Curator with Fluid New Media Lab. Website:http://www.laurariveros.com. FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/Official.Laura.Riveros

Yael Shavitt Ensemble

Yael has performed at the Public Theater with Obie Award winners 600 HIGHWAYMEN in The Record, and understudied (& performed) the title role in Yentl with Beautiful Soup Theater. She’s played lead roles in the indie feature Calvary! Parade!, the web series Plan B, and the short There She Hung (Big Apple Film Festival). Yael is a Founding Member of the theater collective Asylos. She co-created and performed in Asylos’ Crystal Jukebox Hymn (created from texts by Bob Dylan) and the immersive piece Out of the Ash (devised from Sylvia Plath texts). Yael is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts (Israel), with additional training from MN Acting Studio and UCB.

Visit yaelshavitt.com and follow @YaelShavitt

J.R. Yussuf Ensemble

J.R. Yussuf is a New York based actor, vocalist and writer. Since the ripe age of 16 years old he has studied the craft of acting (Stanislavski, Meisner, and various Eastern methods to name a few) at various institutes across the city of New York. He is currently acting in a full length feature film called 'Colours' and a musical called "Beyond This Paradise." J.R. hopes to deepen his understanding of his craft and of the world which is reflective in his statement which is,"Questions don't always produce answers but they are worth asking because it's not only about an answer; sometimes the journey to the answer is more important." J.R. graduated from Stony Brook University with his B.A. in Theater Arts.

Jillene Johnson Choreographer

 Jillene Johnson is a choreographer and performer here in New York City. Miss Johnson received her BA in Dance Studies from The New School University and her artistic certificate from The American Music and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood.  Miss Johnson’s recent pieces include FamilyFoto (2010: Alvin Ailey), BeStillandKNow (2011: Alvin Ailey) Till Love Do Us Part (2011: Frigid Festival), and Flock (2012: New School).  Jillene is interested in how Post Modern Dance and Cabaret Performance could interact with one another. She considers making the serious funny and the mundane stunning. She values beauty; the world needs more of it through art. Art is a means of transmitting light and love for glimpses of clarity and truth. Miss Johnson is constantly living between reality and fantasy. She creates to challenge, entertain, inspire, and explore the interaction of live harmonized vocals, silence, and movement in intimate settings. The entry point of this work is the idea of contorting the body with both naturalistic and grotesque shapes while layering them with poetic vocals and speech to construct a dynamic audio and visual piece. As a Broadway show creates it’s environment with sets and lights, the movement, persisting rhythm of the writing and vocals in this piece transport the audience from a simple stage to the possibility of being immersed in an alternate reality.

Jillenejohnsonjj.com 

Jillene.Johnson@me.com

Hillary Capps Music Director

 Hillary Capps is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter. She graduated from Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts with a BA in Music and Culture and Media Studies. Hillary began performing professionally as a jazz vocalist at the age of sixteen, and released two full length albums, first A Perfect Dozen and then Playlist by the time she turned twenty. While in college the singer ventured in new directions, joining a rock band called Cheers to Fall as the lead singer/co-songwriter. The band released a five song EP and toured down the East coast to Austin, TX to perform in an official SXSW Showcase. Currently, Hillary is playing shows to promote her newest release, Maybe in the Morning, a six song EP of all original material. For information on upcoming performances, to stream or download the album, and more, please visit: www.hillarycapps.com