Genre: Comedy, Musical, Solo Performance, Magic, Other
Elizabeth May

Zodiac Math, written and performed by Elizabeth May is equal parts 90's pop music video, slumber party seance, and honest confession. Zodiac Math is an evening of intimate storytelling, scored by anachronistic alt-pop. Driven by family folklore of a childhood death curse, Elizabeth May explores questions of sexual identity and twin magic. She’s endlessly searching for the missing half of a broken heart necklace, and laying herself bare in a dark comedic ritual that transforms the audience into her imaginary friends. Zodiac Math was developed as part of The New Collectives’ Daily Development Workshop at IRT Theatre.

Written and Performed by Elizabeth May
Directed by Lindsey Hope Pearlman

Thursday, November 1st at 8pm
Friday, November 2nd at 8pm
Saturday, November 3rd at 2pm & 8pm

580 Sackett Street, Unit A, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Subway: R train to Union St
Tickets: $20 online or at the door

Written & Performed by Elizabeth May
Directed by Lindsey Hope Pearlman
Set and Projection Design by Ingrid Larson
Lighting Design by Kate McGee
Sound Design by Michael Hernandez
Pom Art Design by Nora Menken
Stage Managed by Kellian Frank
Featruing: Lyndsey Anderson on guitar; Brittany Parker on bass; Shannon Sigley on drums

Join us for our Inner Light Bazaar! Before every show, our lobby will house a market featuring a curated collection of talisman, wears, services, and social action opportunities, each carefully selected to harmonize with Zodiac Math's themes. Come early and enjoy a drink while supporting local artists, healers, makers, and activists that will help you feed your inner light! Visit for a full list of participants.

In continuing with The New Collectives' mission of giving back both artistically and financially, established during our 2017 Season, we will be collecting donations at the show for Safe Horizons, whose mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

Elizabeth May (EMay) (Writer & Performer) is a playwright, musician, and performer based in Brooklyn. Original works include, Zodiac Math, produced by The New Collectives, Vengeful Moon, a song cycle of love and revenge written for the solar eclipse as a part of Tapp’s Art Center’s ECLIPSEploitation Event, Old Souls, an original folk musical, performed in residence at The Barn Arts Collective, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Brooklyn Presents: Missionary Style for The Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Trojan Women for The New Collectives (Song Writer/Music Director). Other performing credits include, The Edge of Glory for Lady Gaga and Google Chrome, Stop the Virgens at St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Rocky Horror Show and The Traveling Musicians for The Barn Arts Collective, Sarah Flood in Salem, Mass., #serials, and Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love for The Flea Theatre, At The Rich Relatives for Target Margin, and TL;DR as a part of Prelude Fest and The Northwest New Works Festival. Her band is called Pollens. Follow them on their website, See more at 

Lindsey Hope Pearlman (Director) Selected directing: O’Neill Theatre Center, The Flea, Goodspeed Opera House, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adobe Rose Theatre, Dixon Place and Barn Arts Collective. Original plays: LUCY (EST/Sloan Commission) and VIV IS FOR VENGEANCE (Honorable Mention, American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award). Assistant Director, BANDSTAND (directed/choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler- TONY Award, Best Choreography), and Associate Director for Blankenbuehler's original musical ONLY GOLD, featuring music by Kate Nash. Associate Director, A SIGN OF THE TIMES (dir. Gabriel Barre). Two-time SDC Observer/SDC Associate Member. Co-Artistic Director, Up & Down Theatre. Her viral video MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN has been viewed over 20 million times on Facebook and YouTube. Graduate, London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) B.A Hamilton College.

The New Collectives (Producer) is a New York based theatre and film collective. The company took shape in February 2014 while working on The Witches, a four person adaptation of Macbeth. After a successful workshop production in August 2014, Giverny Petitmermet, Dan Morrison, Sarah Moore and Mara Gannon decided to make their collaboration official and The New Collectives was formed in January 2015. Our mission is to create new, intimate, innovative works drawing inspiration from classic plays, to develop contemporary work, and to cultivate community through outreach and education programming. In July 2015, The New Collectives ran a successful week long Shakespeare summer camp in Brooklyn, forming our education branch, The Young Collectives. Helmed by Education & Outreach Director, Erin Maxon, and Assistant Education & Outreach Director, Sam Leichter, The Young Collectives has expanded its education programing to includeprofessional development workshops, in-school workshops, and holiday Shakespeare camps, in addition to our Shakespeare summer camps. In October 2015, The New Collectives, in association with Wandering Bark Theatre Company, produced a full production of The Witches, at The Access Theatre in NYC. In August 2016, TNC brought the world premiere of Sam Gooley’s Steve Got Raped. to the New York International Fringe Festival. The 2017 Season consisted of three full productions: Buyer’s Remorse, a one woman show by company member Mara Gannon, produced at the FRIGID Festival; The Occasion of Existence, an original dance theatre piece based on the book Einstein’s Dreams; and Brendan Kennelly’s modern translation of The Trojan Women. In Mach 2018, The New Collectives was honored to be part of IRT’s 3B Residency program. While in residency at IRT, they produced the world premiere production of Life Brief & Glorious by Bryn Manion and developed three new pieces – THIS an ensemble built full length play by Co-Op Theatre East artists Laura Iris Hill, Robert A. K. Gonyo, and Anna Savant, Zodiac Math A one woman millennial siren song by Elizabeth May, and my favorite flower. a new full length play by Arika Larson, as part of Daily Development Workshop. In
June 2018, TNC developed and produced a reading of Resident Dramaturg Taylor Beidler’s new play,
Groundswell. Zodiac Math, the final show in our 2018 Season, runs at MITU580 from November 1st through the 3rd. For more information visit

Press Quotes
The New Collectives:
“The troupe has produced steadily since its 2014 inception, which is no small feat for a nascent company.”

“And, like most of the troupe's shows, it's predominantly led by women. Although there's nothing about gender in The New Collectives' mission, three of its four founding members are female, and a majority of its original work has been created or co-created by women.”

“The New Collectives also puts its activism where its art is by raising funds at curtain call for thematically connected organizations. “
-Regina Robbins, TDF Stages Magazine

Buyer's Remorse, February/March 2017, Under St. Marks, FRIGID Festival
"Gannon has crafted her show in such a way that, aided by her clear skill, the audience almost has no choice but to fall in love with and root for her....a gem of a show. If you are looking for a great girl’s night out treat, then be sure to catch Buyer’s Remorse before Frigid ends."
- Theatre is Easy (named a ThEasy Best Bet!)

Steve Got Raped, August 2016, The Player’s Theatre, FRINGE NYC:
"Steve Got Raped does well what theatre does well: it presents a question that it does not claim to know how to answer, but gives the audience permission to comment, to engage."
- Theatre is Easy (named A TheEasy Best Bet: Best of FringeNYC 2016)

The Witches, October 2015, The Access Theatre:
"Not every actor is equipped to do Shakespeare. Fortunately, the ensemble of The Witches was more than capable. The sextet tackled the dialogue with ease. While Macbeth is the focal character of the source material, it was the witches in this production that stood out. They were in sync as a unit but when they broke out into characters, they shined individually." -Theater in the Now

Open:   11/01/18
Close:   11/03/18

Thursday, November 1st at 8pm
Friday, November 2nd at 8pm
Saturday, November 3rd at 2pm & 8pm:11/1/201811/2/201811/3/2018:
Theater:   IRT Theater
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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