In his now-annual pilgrimage to JACK to create a new theater piece, William Burke asks the audience to “look upward and question if we can actually experience life as a human or as a perfectly-scheduled adult while wearing jeans and attempting to hum Walt Whitman and live life with hands stretched out until we are able to grow a tie out of our mouth before the snow reaches above our noses.” With set designer Carolyn Mraz inverting the space, the audience will focus upward and take and bask in beautiful, uninhibited youth and try to balance the harmonies of the outdoors and the clanging silence of the indoors. This is a youth play. With a middle finger.
Six low-level employees of an anonymous bank refuse to take the apocalypse seriously- each on their own metaphysical journey, they intersect during work hours to try and keep afloat of their clerical responsibilities, share their nightmares, and attempt (and fail) to behold the world's terrible face, unmasked. Utilizing our singular hybrid of dance, text, and interactive media, "Chase" will stage the struggle for survival in a degenerating world.
On loan from Performance Space 122, AVANT-GARDE-ARAMA: MAYDAY! is a MONUMENTAL tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Abrons’ Playhouse. This edition of AVANT-GARDE-ARAMA features artists who have helped to build the legacy of 21st Century performance, along with their picks for the next generation of groundbreaking, edge cutting, legacy making artists.
Friday, May 1st | 8 PM
Hosted by Penny Arcade and Erin Markey
Movement Research presents Jennifer Miller and John Jasperse Projects
Dixon Place presents Animals Performance Group
Performance Space 122 presents Niv Acosta
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club presents Theodora Skipitares
The Chocolate Factory Theater presents Rebecca Patek
BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange presents Ballez/Katy Pyle
Movement Research presents Ishmael Houston-Jones
Inspired by the illustrations of Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire, “She Counts Her Dresses” celebrates Gertrude Stein's depiction of this real-life couple through the compulsion to travel and dance. Miss Furr and Miss Skeene demand that the audience read with us, be gay with us, be regularly gay with us, and to sing until we can be proud of tomorrow.
Thurs. 1/29 at 7:30pm, Fri. 1/30 at 9:30pm, Sat. 1/31 at 7:30pm, Tues. 2/3 at 7:30pm, Thurs. 2/5 at 7:30pm, Fri. 2/6 at 9:30pm, Sat. 2/7 at 7:30pm. Playing with Aaron Ethan Green's STEIN-DRAG.