“My very tight uniform has become a symbol; a symbol of lost dreams and sexual confusion.”
Choreographer Reut Shemesh shares a collection of memories from her service in the Israeli military and brings into awareness a phenomenon that has not often been spoken about: the emotional difficulties and despair that female soldiers experience in junior positions. Many of them suffer from a loss of control, eating disorders, and endure sexual harassment. The work tests the borders between vulnerability and control, the transition from human to mechanic and the collision between present and past. LEVIAH brings into light the effect of political processes on the individual’s psyche.
Winner: Cologne Tanz- und Theaterpreis 2017.
Winner: audience prize Festival 638 KiloTanz Essen.
»Leviah« is big, dark, brave, personal, but not private. Reut Shemesh allows dance to handle the art of dealing with vulnerability without portraying the victim as small and powerless”
– M. Suchy TanzMagazine August 2016
Music: Simon Bauer
Scenography: Ronni Shendar
Costume: Dario Mendez Acost
Dramaturgy: Daniel Rademacher
Managemen:t Sabina Stücker
Camera & Photography: Ronni Shendar
Photography: Sasa Huzjak
Ira and Larry were Hebrew school classmates who took different paths in life. Ira came out and moved to the city; Larry got married, had a family and came out later in life. Now, following the 2016 election, they're spending one memorable weekend together with Larry's son Bryan, Ira's nephew Christopher and a whole lot of gay history.
The cast will feature Brian Gilgor* (Mark in the international tour of RENT), Joseph J. Menino* (Edward R. Murrow in Murrow with Phoenix Theatre Ensemble) Marc Sinoway (Hunting Season on LOGOtv.com), and R. Scott Williams* (1st National Tour of Adventures of Tom Sawyer). The creative team wil include Set Design by Joe Burkard and Lighting Design by Scott Nelson. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors Equity Association
Boys of a Certain Age originally premiered at the 2016 Fresh Fruit Festival.
“Challenging, intelligent, witty and full of surprises.” Boy Culture
“Manages to be both funny and heartwarming, which is no easy feat.” GayLetter
performances, networking, light food, beverages, a 50/50 raffle,
and a silent auction to raise awareness and funding toward our goal of
reaching gender equality in the theatre by the year 2020.
Presidents Day: Celebrating LPTW Presidents and Founders!
The Ultimate Give and Get!!!!
President Billie Allen 1984-1988
President Lynda Sturner 1988-1992
President Shari Upbin 1992-1999
President Isobel Robins 1999-2003
President Harriet Slaughter 1999-2003, 2005-2007
President Joan Firestone 2005-2007
President Lynne Rogers 2007-2009
President Rachel Reiner 2009-2011
President Kristin Marting 2011-2013
President Lorca Peress 2011-2014
President Maxine Kern 2013-2015
Moderators: Richarda Abrams and Romy Nordlinger
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Event Held Monday, February 17, 2014, 6-8 PM at:
357 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor
(Between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10018
For more Information: 1-800-838-3006
Brought to you by your LPTW Networking Committee:
Richarda Abrams and Romy Nordlinger, Co-Chairs
Ivy Austin, Jill Du Boff, Victoria Hale,
Dorothy Leeds, Frances McGarry, Wendy Peace,
June Rachelson-Ospa, Cynthia Robinson, and Rachel Sussman
And C&S International Insurance Brokers, Inc.
Saturday, January 25th - Doors at 8 PM
357 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018 (btwn 8th & 9th Ave)
Featuring Live Music By
Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE
Booze - Jello Shots - Baked Goods - Raffle Prizes
Tickets are $10 in advance - $15 at the door
For more information go to www.FullStopCollective.org
How can beauty thrive without sensible business practices?
Is beauty even possible without exploitation?
What price are you ready to pay for a piece of that beauty?
Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard premiered exactly 110 years ago at the Moscow Arts Theatre and its core theme is still a burning topic for any arts organization immersed in today's society.
Come see an ensemble of thirteen actors boldly embody the forces at play in this touching and funny story of redemption through awareness, friendship, tears and laughter that speaks to all ages.
James Allerdyce, Morgan Billings Smith, Melody Gray, Larry Gutman, Morgan Hooper, Claire Jamison, Nichole Jorgensen, Lorenzo Landini, Samuel Muniz, Emily Nash, Clinton Powell, Gregory Wilson, Fred Winkler
Design: Sara Baldocchi
Movement: Michael Raine
Lighting design: Haejin Han
16-18 January 2014 @ 7:30 pm
19 January 2014 @ 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Theaterlab 357 West 36th Street 3rd floor New York
$18 / $15 students
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes including a 15 minutes intermission
Theatreplots is a theatre ensemble dedicated to the staging and reinterpretation of engaging classic plays that are relevant for contemporary audiences. It fosters new translations of drama and embraces the cultural and ethnic diversity of New York City.
Stebos (director, producer) is resident director at The Flea Theater in New York City. In April 2013 he was a resident artist of collaborate:create at Theaterlab. He is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Plots Productions and the European School of Dramatic Art.
For more details, go to stebos.net
MANHATTAN, NY- Calliope Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of Children of the Future Age, a new play with music. Set in an abandoned building, the play follows three runaways as they compete to usher the second coming of the poet William Blake through vision and songs.
Children of the Future Age is written and directed by Knud Adams; with original music by Nick Lerangis; set design by D. Schuyler Burks; lighting design by Nick Houfek; costume design by Mia Bienovich; assistant directed by Lydian Blossom; and produced by Kevin Holloway. Featuring Will Dagger, Molly McAdoo, and Raphael Sacks.
About the Company: Calliope Theatre Company
Established in 2011 by Kenyon College alumni, Calliope is a new company aspiring to bring a fresh face to an age-old tradition of storytelling. In one big circle of inspiration, ambition, and collaboration, they aim to create a place to play that is uniquely their own--one of truth, mystery, and epic exploration. Calliope Theatre Company is comprised of Kate Hamilton, Drew Lewis, Maria Krovatin, and Will Dagger.
Based on FEMMME, by CHRISTIAN RULLIER, HW3 is the raw, poetic perspective of a man through the eyes of a woman, exposing the genesis, the mother, the culture, three childhood, the fusion, the feeling of being in love, while trapped by the enclavement of the body.
Jacques Perdigues is the recipient the premier Prix Christian Dior. His credits includes assisting Thierry Mugler and Galliano, designing sets and costumes for Victoria Chaplin, doing art direction for french cabaret star Jean Guidon and directing his own theater piece Femme 3 at the "Maison des Métallos" in Paris.
Text : Christian Rullier
Conception/direction : Jacques Perdigues
Distribution : Nanette Stanley, Julia Wilkins, Jacques Perdigues
Stage Director-Julie S. Halpern
Musical Director-Tamara Cashour
The texts are drawn from urban theorist Paul Virilio’s book Pure War, which questions the accelerating developments of technology; and French author/critical theorist Maurice Blanchot’s short story "The Madness of the Day" which introduces us to the character we consider the protagonist par excellence for our time: The Disappeared One. The piece is devised through a reciprocal reading of Blanchot's text through the lens of Virilio and vice versa.
Individually the actors become Blanchot’s protagonist and together conspire to create a series of exhibits, confessions and briefings as a simulation of the relationship between technology and the human body. The actors employ techniques of "jazz acting" and biomechanics in a series of micro-narratives and vignettes.
Pure War / The Madness of the Day is set in a “box full of speeds” and images, and functions in the context of a public hearing. The actors place themselves under public scrutiny in order to engage the audience in a para-theatrical experience about the terms of appearance between actor, character and audience, pointing to the societal value of theatre as a technology of human recognition and interaction.
We live in a society where the substance of self is negated. The Age of Reason is transforming; and technology has become a contemporary prosthesis on consciousness. We are nearing that point of exhaustion in both the Enlightenment and ourselves where each of us disappears. The question “Who am I?” becomes increasingly eclipsed by the question "How do I appear?"
"...and if seeing was madness, I madly wanted that madness!" – Maurice Blanchot
"The speed of light, the light of speed. We have gone from the aesthetics of appearance, stable forms, to the aesthetics of disappearance, unstable forms. ...Too much speed is like too much light. It's blinding. It's blinding. It's blinding." – Paul Virilio
Acedia is set in an alternate present where personal and public humiliation has become so ubiquitous that governments worldwide have criminalized any act of malicious humiliation. Society is more afraid of public embarrassment than personal harm.
Six characters have been charged with criminal humiliation and they must spend the night deciding if at the end of their incarceration - they will decide to stand up to the responsibility of their actions or escape through anonymity.
Acedia is the result of a collaborative instigation to explore and devise a play about Group Apathy within our current generation.
Please come to one of eight work in progress showings of Acedia at TheaterLab on 14th Street in Manhattan; a new devised play created by Jillian Lynn Johnson, written and performed by Keiko Green, Will Neuman, Carolyn Rossett, Katherine Stults, and Nora Jane Williams. Lights by Kirstin Kapustik, Music by Gene Baker.
CHAIN tells the tale of a sixteen-year-old crack addict, Rosa Jackson, whose parents take matters into their own hands. Their solution: to keep their daughter chained inside their home for seven days. In this desperate attempt to keep their daughter away from drugs and the violence of their Harlem community, Rosa teeters between discovering her self worth, the admiration for her boyfriend, Jesus, who introduced her to the drug, and the reality of her addiction.
This one-woman show not only explores “urban” violence and the impact of drugs on the African American community but the affects of peer pressure and how far parents will go to protect their children.
Are they created under the influence of the events of life, or on the contrary, do composers aspire to relinquish everyday life?
The answers to these questions may be found in the correspondence of the great Russian composer Alexander Scriabin with his lover Tatiana and in his music. Without these stories of love, the music may not have been born…
Presented with Muses - an Art exhibition from Chelsea-based artist Patrick Collins
with Haleigh A Spasojevich (Tatiana), Ty Hewitt (Alexander) and Anna Forsythe (piano).
Directed by Nadia Foskolou
Presented as part of the Open Frames Series at Theaterlab, which is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
This project explores the identity struggles of Black Women and Men in America. This show explores the things that define a Black woman in America by looking through the lens of her relationships to Black men and to other Black women. Challenging stereotypes, "They do not know me says the Lord Jeremiah 9:3", brings new light to the positive things that Black Americans represent and also discusses the impact that they have on the world. Fast paced and engaging, this show is a multimedia piece composed of filmed and staged scenes, projections, monologues, songs, and movement pieces.
Starring Joshua Boone, Crystal Boyd, Karisma Jay, Denise Wesch, Jazmyn Richardson, Camille St. James & Ronald Peet
Presented as part of Theaterlab's Open Frame Series, which is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Featuring Tony DiSante, Kaira Klueber, Sarah Ecton-Luttrell*, Matthew Porter*, Danny Stix, Renee Torriere, Karen Christie-Ward, T.D. White, Jeff Wills* & David Zhonzinsky*
THEATERLAB will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a fundraiser, hosted by noted comedian Reno on Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at its downtown Manhattan complex.
Drink – Food – Music – Entertainment – Very Cool Silent Auction!
Theaterlab is an artistic laboratory dedicated to research into the nature of live performance and providing affordable space to the artistic community at large for the development of new works.
Since 2005, Theaterlab has presented daring new pieces, primarily in the fields of theatre, music and performance art, such as:
•Three Sisters Come and Go, a stunning theatrical production drawing from the texts of Anton Chekhov, Samuel Beckett and Julia Kristeva. Critics hailed it as a “breathtaking experience” and a “mesmerizing feast for the eyes and the mind.”
•EXCAVATION, a two-year action painting cycle featuring the painter Naoki Iwakawa and composer Carlo Altomare.
•MMiX Festival of Interactive Music Technology, featuring cutting edge digital music performances by Todd Reynolds, Luke DuBois, Bora Yoon and more. Curated by Patrick Grant and Jocelyn Gonzalez.
•Appearance – A Suspense in Being, a theatre piece that explores new directions in the art of acting.
In addition to its in-house productions, Theaterlab hosts visiting local artists as well as residencies for international performers and teachers. Some of our most recent resident artists include:
•Carolina Morais Fonseca (Portugal), Gypsy and Flamenco Duende, who will present her latest piece, A Poet in New York, based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s text, November 17 – 20. She is currently teaching dance classes three times a week.
•Celebrated Dutch movement theatre artist Linda Olthof. She completed her third residency in August, presenting a new dance-theatre work, Dreampalace: Let The Right One In, and conducting a very successful workshop.
•Jef Johnson, renowned principal clown of Slava’s Snowshow.
•And this year's Obie Award winning Secret City, which concluded its third year of monthly events at Theaterlab.
The 5th Anniversary Fundraiser will feature live performances by Carolina Morais Fonseca (Gypsy & Flamenco Duende from Portugal) and Theaterlab co-founder Carlo Altomare as well as a silent auction of artwork, theater tickets, amazing spa packages, handbags and more.
THREE SISTERS COME AND GO
A tragicomedy drawing on the texts of Anton Chekhov, Samuel Beckett & Julia Kristeva
"Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that."
– Nell, Endgame
THREE SISTERS COME AND GO follows the lives of the three archetypal women of Chekhov's plays read through the lens of Beckett's comic take on the existential dilemma, and Julia Kristeva's insight regarding the transformation of despair and loss into joy and acceptance. Bound to living together, each of the sisters is comically obsessed with being the most unhappy of the group.
Dramaturgy: Orietta Crispino and Marco Casazza
Directed by Orietta Crispino
Assistant Director - Marco Casazza
Costumes and Curtains: Sara Baldocchi-Byrne
Performed by Liza Cassidy, Claire Helene & Jackie Lowe
Advance tickets: $15 at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/765325 or (212) 352-3101. At door: $20
Theaterlab (137 West 14th St., between 6th & 7th Ave.; Subway: 1/2/3 or F or A/C/E to 14th St. or L to 6th Ave.)
September 29 – October 10, 2010 at Theaterlab
Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Additional performance Sunday, October 3rd at 7pm.
There is no performance on Friday, October 1st.
Conceived for these New York dates, FEMINEA – WHITE FRAME is a performative project, a multimedia study that relates a live performance with pre-existing video (produced by Teatro Deluxe in 2009) named FEMINEA – FIRST ANIMATION. The inspiration for this work comes from the first phase of the FEMINEA project (the video itself and photographic series that gave origin to it) and the discussions it stimulated, even beyond the authorial intentions. FEMINEA – WHITE FRAME offers a study of the relationship among different media (video-photo-body) and an invitation to ponder the identity of the contemporary body.
The first frame, then, is white. It’s tabula rasa like the mind of a newborn, a new life that has nothing but instinct, which is essential to the body to overcome its limitations. The beginning of life is characterized by unconscious gesture; this project transports the audience to that part of their own lives that they don’t remember, characterized as collective non-memory, although the body of each of us retains memory, more or less. FEMINEA – WHITE FRAME queries the body of a newborn, trying to re-locate the sense and the route to reach the self-consciousness. It is, therefore, a search as well as an attempt to analyze the way in which the living being becomes conscious of existing.
FEMINEA – WHITE FRAME was conceived by Claudio Oliva and Vera Michela Suprani and features Vera Michela Suprani and musician Alessandro Oliva under the direction of Claudio Oliva.
Set between the apparently opposite poles of Chekhov and Beckett, the piece follows the lives of the three archetypical Chekhovian women and their desire to reconstitute their lives beyond their sense of profound loss. They inhabit a space in which "character" is the very thing that they cannot escape. Yet, in the still geometry of Beckett's Come and Go the narrative escapes the stage, opening a door to ambiguity, inviting both actor and audience to examine a trajectory of refreshed desire.
The piece was devised through a collective process among director Orietta Crispino (who conceived the piece), Italian dramaturg Marco Casazza, and the three actresses:Liza Cassidy (Patricia Wilson’s Zia Dance Company), Claire Helene, and Jackie Lowe (Broadway: The Tap Dance Kid, Ain’t Misbehavin, Eubie, The First, and Wind in the Willows). All of the text is drawn from Beckett's Come and Go, and the voices of the women from Chekhov's major plays.
THREE SISTERS COME AND GO is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Come and Go is presented through special arrangement with Georges Borchardt, Inc. on behalf of the Estate of Samuel Beckett.
"Even if Ms. Johnson had few other talents - and she seems to have many - one couldn't dispute her ability to grab an audience's immediate attention." -- Frank Rich, The New York Times
Cast: John Golaszewski and Erin Mallon
Stage Manager: Jasmin Sanchez
Lighting Designer: Christina Watanabe
Set Designer: Rachel Kenner
Technical Consultant: Phil Foleen
Fight Choreographer: Ian Roettger
What is it, about the art of acting, that touches us so deeply? It is, after all, an inherent deceit, in which the actor convinces us that they are someone else. What is the discourse between who we are and what we do? Why is that distance so compelling and moving within the self?
"It is new, but building on the work of Meyerhold, Artaud, The Living Theater, The Open Theater and Grotowski. It takes their work to the next plateau. I was mesmerized by the four performers. They were exposed yet in command, vulnerable yet empowered by the techniques that Carlo Altomare and Orietta Crispino have evolved at the Theaterlab, their home on 14th St. " – Larry Loonin
"The magnificent actresses of the ensemble shine in something that I can only call a mixture of Alexander Moissi and Jim Carey. Sentences cut in half, caricaturing our post-modern need, always more and more of what we want in this insatiable society. " – Gerald Thomas
We set out to make a piece about the theatre itself, A poetic drama about the enigma of living human presence – to get to the soul of live acting, the presence of the actor. We want to show you what we found beneath the character, the narrative, and the technologies of representation Through an unfolding sequence of solo exhibits and ensemble scenes, four actresses approach acting in the way that jazz musicians approach music. The mostly non-verbal forms are dynamic and rhythmical, composed of micro-narrative fragments drawn from the actors immediate experience.
Appearance was created through a five month workshop process. It began with technique training in Meyerhold's Biomechanics and extended into a kind of "jazz acting". Its about velocity and perception and the enigma of human experience in a techno-spectacular culture, a world in which real-time human presence struggles to appear.
We invite you to join us in our beautiful white-box performance space to witness this one hour jewel of a piece.
Appearance includes music by Carlo Altomare and Joerg Burger and the film: "Loretta" by Jeanne Liotta
Limited seating Reservations recommended. Tickets $15 -- Students $10