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March 6

FTP: Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – Book of Clarence

Photo by Eric Marciano

11:00am – 12:45pm
Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – Book of Clarence (US, 2016)
100 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.bookofclarence.com

This feature length documentary essay follows the life of legendary blind gospel singer and founding member of the Grammy award winning Blind Boys of Alabama, Clarence Fountain. We learn of Clarence’s life, music and health through his dreamlike and hallucinatory memories while he receives kidney dialysis. These memories are woven together with past performances of The Blind Boys of Alabama and current performances with a small band featuring long-time collaborator and guitar player Sam Butler Jr. The film also features Clarence’s last performance with The Blind Boys of Alabama at the 2015 Jazz and Heritage Festival. The kidney dialysis dream sequences feature the kinetic abstract light paintings by the artist Bill Ham of 1960s San Francisco psychedelic light show era.

Photo by Tom LeGoff

Lee Breuer is a playwright, director, filmmaker, poet, & lyricist. He is considered to be one of the most innovative directors on the world stage. Breuer is an artistic director of Mabou Mines Theater Company, which he founded in 1970 with JoAnne Akalaitis, Philip Glass, Ruth Maleczech, and David Warrilow. Lee is a MacArthur Fellow, and a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

 

 

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Eric Marciano is a New York based filmmaker, media designer and storyteller. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he earned a BFA in filmmaking in 1984. In 1984 he formed American Montage to engage in editing, motion picture production and storytelling to its fullest. In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art acquired all of Mr. Marciano’s early film works for their permanent collection.

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March 6

FTP: Zachary Oberzan – Flooding With Love For The Kid

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1:00pm – 3:00pm
Zachary OberzanFlooding with Love for The Kid (US, 2007)
107 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.zacharyoberzan.com

Meticulously adapted from David Morrell’s novel First Blood, which introduced us to a young man named Rambo and his one-man war against a small town, Flooding With Love for the Kid is itself a one-man cinematic war. Shot entirely for $96 in a 220 sq.ft. apartment in Manhattan, it was adapted, directed, filmed, acted, and edited by one man, destroying all previous notions of low-budget filmmaking with a determination lifted from Rambo’s own infuriated rampage.

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Zachary Oberzan was a founding member of the NYC theater collective Nature Theater of Oklahoma, collaborating and performing in numerous productions, including the Obie-winning No Dice, and the one-man show Rambo Solo. His first solo film/theatre hybrid, Your brother. Remember?, premiered in May 2010 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, and has, to date, been performed in over forty cities worldwide. A stand-alone film version of Your brother. Remember? had its cinematic premiere in NYC in 2012. Recent hybrids include Tell Me Love Is Real, and The Great Pretender. Oberzan has also performed with The Wooster Group and Richard Foreman.

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March 6

FTP: Sean Edward Lewis – Storefront

Photo by Galya Kovalyova

4:00pm – 4:20pm
Sean Edward Lewis – Storefront (US, 2017)
15 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
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A 1980s Brooklyn murder case is re-imagined as a lo-fi snuff comedy.

Photo by Galya Kovalyova

Sean Edward Lewis (born 1968, Yucaipa, California) is a writer, actor, director, and founder of Brooklyn, NY based LILAC CO. His work has been shown in abandoned storefronts, church basements, the Polish National Home, Dixon Place, The Tank, Saint Vitus, Zebulan, D.I.Y. spots throughout New York City and Los Angeles, Joe’s Pub, The Roy Hart Institute (Malérargues,Fr), Pantheatre Myth and Theatre Festival (2014 Paris, France) The Collapsable Hole, The Segal Center’s PRELUDE Festival (2016), The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (2014).

 

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March 6

FTP: Temporary Distortion – This Empty Room

Photo courtesy of Kenneth Collins

4:20pm – 4:45pm
Temporary Distortion – This Empty Room (US, 2017)
10 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.temporarydistortion.com

This Empty Room is a site-specific short film. It is a portrait of where you are right now.

While contemporary culture trains us in practices of distraction, fragmentation, and multitasking, this film asks you to make space for a single-focused awareness of the present moment and your current surroundings.

There are as many possible versions of this film as there are rooms to view them.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Kenneth Collins.

Photo by Shannon Collins

Temporary Distortion explores the potential tensions and overlaps found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema, and music. The group works across and between disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage that have been shown in over twenty cities in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.

Temporary Distortion’s recent work has focused on long-duration, installation-based performances featuring live music, where spectators are encouraged to come and go throughout all-night events.

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March 6

FTP: Brian Rogers/ The Chocolate Factory Theater – Screamers

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5:00pm – 6:00pm
Brian Rogers/ The Chocolate Factory Theater – Screamers (US, work-in-progress)
30 minutes excerpt | Segal Theatre
English
www.chocolatefactorytheater.org

Screamers (working title) is Brian Rogers’ first feature film.

It is one half of a larger project which will premiere at PS122 later this year.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Brian Rogers.

 

Photo courtesy of Brian Rogers

Brian Rogers is a director, video artist, co-founder and artistic director of The Chocolate Factory Theater, which supports the creation of theater, dance, music and multimedia performances at its 5,000 sq ft facility in LIC, Queens. Since 1997, Brian has conceived and/or directed numerous large scale performances at The Chocolate Factory and elsewhere including Hot Box (September 2012, co-presented with FIAF’s Crossing The Line Festival / January 2013, PS122’s COIL Festival / February 2013, EMPAC Center), the Bessie-nominated Selective Memory (2010/11), redevelop (death valley) (2009), 2 Husbands (2007), Gun Play (2006), Audit (2004), and Fundamental (2002). His newest project, Screamers, will premiere at PS122 in 2017.

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March 6

FTP: Andrew Schneider – Acting Stranger

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6:00pm – 6:30pm
Andrew Schneider – Acting Stranger (US, 2014) 
20 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.actingstranger.com

I write very short scenes. No exposition, no inciting incident, no denouement. We act them together, you and I, having never rehearsed, discussed, or met. These scenes are videotaped as documentation and made available through a website. The film is a document, a by-product of the ongoing process exploring intimacy between strangers.
*Followed by a brief discussion with Andrew Schneider

 

Photo by Maria Baranova

Andrew Schneider creates and performs solo performance works, large-scale dance works, builds interactive electronic art works and installations, and was a Wooster Group company member (video/performer) from 2007-2014. Andrew’s original performance work in NYC includes YOUARENOWHERE (2015 OBIE award, 2016 Drama Desk nom.); FIELD (2014); TIDAL (2013); WOW+FLUTTER (2010) at The Chocolate Factory Theater among others. His interactive work has been featured in such publications as Art Forum and Wired, among others and at the Center Pompidou in Paris.
More at andrewjs.com

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March 6

FTP: Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – La Divina Caricatura

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6:30pm – 7:30pm
Lee Breuer & Eric Marciano – La Divina Caricatura (US, 2017)
20 minutes excerpt | Segal Theatre
English
www.leebreuer.dog

La Divina Caricatura, is part of the artist Lee Breuer’s canon of personal works called, I Don’t Want to Change Your Mind, I Want To Change Your Music. Much like Whitman’s Leaves of Grass this a life-long body of work that he has been continuously adding to. It includes music, plays, poetry, and screenplays. La Divina Caricatura’s proposed screenplay is an adaptation of a musical theater piece that featured Bunraku puppets, musical performances by three bands and live actors. The original theater piece was performed at LaMaMa Theater in December 2013. The work is an exploration of a love relationship between a man, John and his dog Rose. These lovers go through cathartic and transcendental experiences on a Dantesque pilgrimage.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Lee Breuer and Eric Marciano.

 

Photo by Tom LeGoff

Lee Breuer is a playwright, director, filmmaker, poet, & lyricist. He is considered to be one of the most innovative directors on the world stage. Breuer is an artistic director of Mabou Mines Theater Company, which he founded in 1970 with JoAnne Akalaitis, Philip Glass, Ruth Maleczech, and David Warrilow. Lee is a MacArthur Fellow, and a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

 

 

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Eric Marciano is a New York based filmmaker, media designer and storyteller. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he earned a BFA in filmmaking in 1984. In 1984 he formed American Montage to engage in editing, motion picture production and storytelling to its fullest. In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art acquired all of Mr. Marciano’s early film works for their permanent collection.

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March 6

FTP: Claire Moodey with Steve Zehentner and Penny Arcade – Richard Foreman Biography

Photo by Eric Wallach

7:30pm – 8:30pm
Claire Moodey – Richard Foreman Biography (US, 2013)
English | 30 minutes | Segal Theatre
in collaboration with Steve Zehentner and Penny Arcade
www.pennyarcade.tv

The Richard Foreman Biography is a part of The Lower East Side Biography Project, created in 1999 by performance artist Penny Arcade and video producer Steve Zehentner as an ongoing biography series and oral history archive.

About Richard Foreman: He is the founder and artistic director of the non-profit Ontological-Hysteric Theater (1968-present). He has written, directed and designed over fifty of his own plays both in New York City and abroad. Five of his plays have received OBIE awards as best play of the year—and he has received, next to many national and international awards, five other OBIE’S for directing and for “sustained achievement.”

*Followed by a brief discussion withSteve Zehentner and Penny Arcade

 

Penny Arcade. Photo by Steven Menendez

The LES Bio Project’s biographies and archive will help to ensure that future generations have access to the mad souls of invention and rebellion that built the Lower East Side’s international reputation as an incubator for authenticity and iconoclasm in art, culture and politics. The project seeks to stem the tide of cultural amnesia by bridging the cultural gap between long time residents and newcomers to the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side. The project’s biographies cablecast in New York City every Monday at 11pm EST on Time Warner Channel 34, RCN 82, FIOS 33, and stream live on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Channel One.

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March 13

Poetry as Revolt: Spoken word reflections after the Age of Obama – Co-presented with the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

From top left, clockwise: Pamela Sneed, Saroya Marsh, Advocate of Wordz, Jaime Lee Lewis, Jennifer Falu, Shanelle Gabriel

Monday, March 13
Segal Theatre

6:30pm Readings + Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

NYC-based spoken word artists address the drastic changes that have recently impacted our political landscape. Confirmed poets include Advocate of Wordz, Jennifer Falu, Shanelle Gabriel, Jaime Lee Lewis, Saroya Marsh, and Pamela Sneed.

Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theatre and visual arts. The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop, and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Allen Ginsberg called the Cafe “the most integrated place on the planet.” Curated by Daniel Gallant in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.
www.nuyorican.org

Erik “Advocate Of Wordz” Maldonado is an award winning performing poet, published author, and teaching artist who has been honing his craft for fifteen years. He is a recipient of the 2014 BRIO Award, and has worked out of legendary performance venues such as Lincoln Center and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. His work has been featured and/or covered by many major publications including PBS, LA Times, Fox News, Univision and CNN. Wordz has toured many notable establishments such as Princeton University, Roseland Ballroom (Broadway), and Georgetown University to name a few. His book “Advocate Of Wordz; a book of poems and other creative nonsense that is imperative to your existence” can be found on Amazon and is also available at all his live performances.

Jennifer Falu recently won first place in NBC-TV’s Amiri Baraka Poetry Slam and was ranked third internationally in the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She has been a member of the 2006, 2009 and 2012 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Slam Teams, won the national Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2006, and ranked 3rd in the WOWPS in both 2009 and 2012.  As a performer, Falu has shared the stage with Jennifer Holliday, Carl Thomas and Patti LaBelle. She recently made her film debut in Mania Days, alongside Katie Holmes.

Shanelle Gabriel is a singer, poet, and powerful advocate for lupus. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shanelle is widely known for both opening and featuring on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam alongside Jill Scott and DMX, and has shared the stage with artists such as Eric Benet, Talib Kweli, Nas, and more. Shanelle was spotlighted on the Rachael Ray Show, HuffPost Live, in a promo for the NFL Draft, in Women’s Health Magazine, and narrated Jennifer Hudson’s “I Got This” audiobook biography. She is presently the Program Director at Urban Word NYC, facilitates the North Brooklyn Lupus Support Group, and continues to perform throughout the US and abroad. For more information, visit www.shanellegabriel.com

Roya Marsh is the poet/author of the chapbooks Not All of Me Shall Die, Pieces, Vol. I & II and 26. She works as a preschool teacher and youth mentor, but has always had a passion for writing.   Roya was a finalist in the 2013 Poetry Idol, 2013 Inspired Word Slam Master Jam Champion, 2014 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion and captain of the first all- female slam team in the tri-state area, representing Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She has recently been ranked second in the world at the Woman of the World Poetry Slam. She has been featured in the Village Voice, Huffington Post, Blavity, Button Poetry, Def Jam’s All Def Digital and at many venues and colleges around the country.

Pamela Sneed is a New York based poet, writer and actress. She has been featured in the New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerTime OutBombVIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. In 2015, she appeared in Art ForumBlack Book and The Huffington Post. She hosted Queer Art Film at the IFC in New York City. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery, published by Henry Holt in April 1998, KONG & other works, published by Vintage Entity Press (2009) and a chapbook Lincoln (2014). In 2015, she published the Chaplet Gift with Belladonna. She has performed for sold out houses at Lincoln Center, PS122, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, The ICA London, The CCA in Glasgow Scotland, The Green Room in Manchester England, BAM Cafe, Joes Pub, The Public Theater, Central Park Summer Stage, Bronx Summer Stage,Columbia University’s Tribute to James Baldwin, The Whitney Museum, BRIC and recently curated and performed in All Black/An Invitation at Danspace; Platforms. In 2016, she was also a presenter for Zoe Leonard’s event, “I  Want a President” at the Highline. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, The One Hundred Best African American Poems. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence as a guest faculty member and is an online Professor at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching the courses Human Rights and Writing Art. She was a mentor/consultant for the Poet-Linc program at Lincoln Center and directed a final show at Lincoln Center Atrium in 2016. She has recently presented at a symposium at NYU on Humor, Politics and the AIDS crisis. In summer 2016, she received a residency at Denniston Hill and was an SAIC Visiting Artist in the MFA low residency program. She is completing a collection of short stories Anna Mae/For Me, Tina Turner and All Black Women Survivors, and has a forthcoming chapbook Sweet Dreams with Belladonna, February 2017.

Daniel Gallant is the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the author of the short story collection Determined to Prove, and the recipient of a 2016 Eisenhower Fellowship. He is also a poet, playwright, theatrical producer, actor and teacher. His writing has appeared in eight anthologies from Vintage Books, Applause/Hal Leonard and Theater Communications Group. Daniel previously served as the Director of Theater and Talk Programming at the 92nd Street Y’s Makor and Tribeca centers. As an Eisenhower Fellow, he has explored how cultural organizations in Spain and Japan use innovative program and funding models to expand arts engagement. Daniel also advises cultural organizations in the United States about how to use game theory and social media to broaden their impact. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Crain’s New York, the Daily News, New York Post, Time Out New York, New York Magazine and Voice of America; and on MTV, CNN NBC, NY1, CBS, NPR, Univision, the BBC and other networks. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Gallant has exploited expanding social-media tools to grow the cafe from a small, volunteer-led venue best known for weekly poetry events to a thriving arts center with partnerships across the city.”

Start: Mar 13, 2017
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March 22

Create NYC: A Symposium and Town Hall

Photo by Julien Jourdes

Wednesday, March 22
Proshansky Auditorium
All day symposium and town hall

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

The Segal Center is partnering with New York arts and culture organizations to host a day of outreach, engagement, and strategy towards the creation of a new cultural plan for New York.

Who is this for? Artists, administrators, activists, community members…..Everyone who is committed to strengthening the NYC-based Arts and cultural landscape. We want to hear your voice.

The symposium will address issues of equity, access, affordability, and social and economic impact of the arts in our communities.

 

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE:

10:00am – 12:00pm Breakout Sessions:

  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Space and Real Estate
  • Collective Manifesto

2:00pm – 5:30pm 5 Minute Proposals and Presentations Open Call

6:30pm – 8:30pm Manifestos and Open Mic Town Hall

 

The all-day symposium features morning breakout sessions around themes and ideas generated from a series of breakfasts and meetings between cultural workers and organizations over many months leading up to this event.

The afternoon program features short presentations of direct proposals to the planning consultants, followed by an evening with short manifestos from NY arts organizations and a Town Hall discussion. In partnership with The Field, New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, Center for Arts Education, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and Gibney Dance, the initiative grew out of the Cultural Agenda Fund’s efforts to supplement the official planning process conducted by the city and is supported by the New York Community Trust. This Create NYC event was organized by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Brad Burgess and Frank Hentschker in close collaboration with The Field, New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, Center for Arts Education, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and Gibney Dance.

Visit www.CreateNYC.org to learn more about the NYC Cultural plan and the work of the Hester Street Collaborative.

 

Invited are:
The Actors Fund
Amerinda
A.R.T. / New York
ArtsPool
Asian American Arts Alliance
BAAD
Catalyst
FAB
The Indie Theater Fund
Staten Island Arts Council
TCG: Theatre Communications Group
LITNY
NET
The New Black Fest
NYIT
Peoplmovr
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
all CIGs, CEGs,
and more TBC.

                      

                      

 

 

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April 3

Richard Maxwell

Photo by Juri Junkov

Monday, April 3
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Artist Talk + 2:00pm Screenings

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Join us for an artist talk with Richard Maxwell of New York City Players and selected afternoon screenings of his work.


Evening Program
6:30pm
Richard Maxwell in Conversation
with Frank Hentschker

Afternoon Screenings:
2:00pm
House (1998 / 50 mins)
3:00pm The Darkness of this Reading (2005 / 60 mins)
4:00pm Isolde (2014 / 90 mins)

Richard Maxwell is a playwright, director, and the artistic director of New York City Players. He studied acting at Illinois State University and then became a co-founder of the Cook County Theater Department. He is a Doris Duke Performing Artist and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and was an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial. His latest book, Theater for Beginners, is published by TCG (2015). He directed Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play, Really, for New York City Players (March 2016). Upcoming projects include The Evening Part 2 and Samara, directed by Sarah Benson with music by Steve Earle (April 4-May 7 at Soho Rep).

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April 17

PS122: Past and Future with Vallejo Gantner, Mark Russell, and Jenny Schlenzka

Mark Russell, Vallejo Gantner, Jenny Schlenzka. Photos courtesy of PS122.

Monday, April 17
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Conversation

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Join us for an evening with former and present Executive Artistic Directors of PS122: Vallejo Gantner, Mark Russell, and Jenny Schlenzka. They will discuss past, present, and future of PS122, one of the most influential theatre and performance spaces in the Americas.

Performance Space 122 began in 1980, emerging from a city struggling with high rates of poverty, crime, racial strife, and drugs, as well as the deaths of many vital artists and thinkers caught up in the AIDS epidemic. Together with AIDS Service Center NYC, Mabou Mines, and Painting Space 122, PS122 transformed an abandoned public school in the heart of a low-rise immigrant neighborhood into a multi-use community and cultural center.

Vallejo Gantner joined PS122 in 2005. Previously, he was Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival from 2002 – 2004, and Artistic Associate of the Melbourne Festival 2000/01. Originally from Melbourne, Vallejo has worked in a range of capacities throughout the arts in the US, Asia and Australia – as a director, writer, performer, agent, producer and programmer. He co-produced Spiegelworld from 2006-2008, a commercial producer / presenter of contemporary circus, cabaret, music across the US. More recently he’s performed in “The Curator’s Piece” by Tea Tupajic and Petra Zanki across Europe and in NY, Executive Produced the hit indie feature films “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely” by Lynn Shelton, and the upcoming “Men go To Battle” by Zachary Treitz and Kate Lyn Sheil and directed a new concert performance at the Irish Arts Center by composer / singer Julie Feeney. He is a partner in a micro-brewery – Mountain Goat Beer in Australia, and in 2006, he was a Deakin Lecturer in Melbourne. Vallejo also sits on the board of directors of Jianguo Pty Ltd (Aus), and Four Winds Foundation (Aus).

Mark Russell launched the Under the Radar Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse in January 2005. UTR focuses on theater based contemporary performance. The festival moved to the Public Theater in 2006 and has become a centerpiece in the New York City theater season; mixing international performances with national and local artists. Russell has also served as the guest artistic director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time Based Arts Festival 2006-2008. He created the Off Center Festival for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, as well as the Off the Wall series at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served as an associate curator for the Act French Festival in New York in 2005. From 1983-2004 he was the Executive Artistic Director of Performance Space 122, bringing the space from an artist rental space to a world renowned presenting institution committed to developing the work of New York City artists.  Russell has been involved with many artists over his career in dance, music, performance and theater, creating opportunities for them to reach wider audiences.  In 2014 and 2015 Russell lived with his family in Lausanne, Switzerland, researching  European festival practice while maintaining his work with The Public Theater. He and his family are currently living in New York on the upper West Side.

Jenny Schlenzka was recently appointed Performance Space 122’s Executive Artistic Director and is the organization’s first female artistic leader. Prior to joining PS122, Ms. Schlenzka was the Associate Curator at MoMA PS1 in New York where she established the interdisciplinary live program Sunday Sessions. The program has featured artists such as Mette Ingvartsen, Ann Liv Young, and Justin Vivian Bond as well as new commissions by Trajal Harrell, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Matthew Lutz Kinoy and Tobias Madison, among many others. In addition to her event program that incorporated performance, music, dance, discourse, and moving images, Ms. Schlenzka also developed an interest in performance within the exhibition format, organizing at MoMA PS1 the New York presentation of Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy (2014) and Anne Imhof: DEAL (2015), both exhibitions with strong performance components. Prior to her work at MoMA PS1, Ms. Schlenzka was the Assistant Curator for Performance in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art from 2008 to 2012, where she focused on presenting, collecting, and exhibiting performance-based art, including co-organizing the Performance Exhibition Series with artists like Tehching Hsieh, Simone Forti, Roman Ondák, Jerome Bel, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and Allora & Calzadilla, among others. She has also worked as a curatorial liaison for KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Ms. Schlenzka received her MA in cultural studies from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 2007. She was the recipient of the 2012 Yoko Ono Courage Award.

 

 

 

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April 28

The 2017 Edwin Booth Award: Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac by Teddy Wolff. Photo courtesy of artist.

Friday, April 28
Proshanksy Auditorium

7:00pm

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Join us for an evening celebrating the groundbreaking work of Taylor Mac, American actor, playwright, performance artist, director, producer, and singer-songwriter. Taylor’s 24-hour, 246-song marathon performance, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, was hailed by Wesley Morris in the New York Times as “one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

The Edwin Booth Award is given annually by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the NYC theatre community, and to promote integration of professional and academic theatre. Past honorees include: The Royal Shakespeare Company (‘83), Ellen Stewart (‘84), Joseph Papp (‘89), Arthur Miller (‘92), Richard Foreman (‘97), Tony Kushner (‘02), Karen Finley (‘08), The Living Theater (‘09), Elevator Repair Service (‘14) and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir(’16). The event will feature live performances and a discussion with Frank Hentschker.

Presented by the GC CUNY Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association (DTSA; Elyse Singer, Second Vice President), in collaboration with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, and
GC Public Programs (Karen Sander, Director).

Additional support from Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center CUNY, and the Doctoral Students’ Council Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies; David Savran, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre.

          

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End: Apr 28, 2017
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May 11

Approaching Dance: Transdisciplinary Methodologies and Modalities of the Moving Body in Performance The Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association 2017 Conference

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Thursday, May 11
Segal Theatre

All day conference

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Approaching Dance
Transdisciplinary Methodologies and Modalities of the Moving Body in Performance
The Doctoral Students Association 2017 Conference

Join us for an interdisciplinary conference organized by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association (DTSA) interrogating dance scholarship and methodologies. This day-long conference aims to discuss and exchange methodological approaches to dance and to build a network for emerging scholars inside and outside of dance studies. The day will culminate in a public round table discussion with Thomas DeFrantz (Duke), Nadine George-Graves (UCSD), VK Preston (Toronto), Katherine Profeta (Queens College, CUNY), and Paul Scolieri (Barnard), moderated by Erika T. Lin (The Graduate Center, CUNY).

Followed by a performance intervention by The Bureau for the Future of Choreography.

RSVP is required https://goo.gl/forms/FcA4rVPVDIoCZ4vo1

For more information, schedule, and RSVP form for roundtable and performance,
please visit:
http://approachingdance.com

This conference is presented by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association (DTSA, GC CUNY), The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, and The Ph.D. Program in Theatre. With additional support from Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies; David Savran, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre; and the Doctoral Students’ Council.

     

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End: May 11, 2017
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May 15

50 Years of Theatre of the Ridiculous

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Monday, May 15
Segal Theatre
6:30pm
Introduction by Sean F. Edgecomb, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Readings + Conversation with Everett Quinton, et al.
+ 5:00pm
Screening

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

50 years ago in New York City, the Theatre of the Ridiculous movement as a theatrical genre started in in 1965 with The Play-House of the Ridiculous, the spin-off group The Ridiculous Theatrical Company formed in 1967.

The Theatre of the Ridiculous made a break with the dominant trends in theatre of naturalistic acting and realistic settings and brought elements of queer/camp performance to avant-garde theatre. Cross-gender casting was common, scenarios improvised, and players often recruited from non-professional sources, such as drag queens or other “street stars.” In a reference to Martin Esslin’s concept of a theatre of the absurd, in 1965, Ronald Tavel promoted the first “Ridiculous” performances with the one-line manifesto: “We have passed beyond the absurd: our position is absolutely preposterous.”

With Theatre of the Ridiculous company members Everett Quinton, Brian Belovitch, Beth Dodye BassJulia Campanelli, Geraldine Dulex, Eureka, Jim Freeman, Chris Johnson, Lenys Sama, Kevin Scullin, and Jenne Vath.

Evening Program

6:30pm
Introduction by
Sean F. Edgecomb, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Excerpted play readings:
Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide by Charles Ludlam
Turds in Hell by Charles Ludlam and Bill Vehr
Grand Tarot by Charles Ludlam

Afternoon Screening

5:00pm Tabu Tableaux
Edited clips from Ridiculous Theatrical Company 60 min

 

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Everett Quinton made his stage debut in  the 1976  RIDICULOUS THEATRICAL COMPANY’S production of Charles Ludlam’s CAPRICE.  After that Everett became a member of the company and over 21 years appeared in about 100 productions including:  BLUEBEARD, CAMILLE, TURDS IN HELL, SALAMMBO, and LOVE’S TANGLED WEB among others.  Everett became Artistic Director of the company in 1987 after Charles Ludlam’s untimely passing. Everett is now a freelance actor and director.  He has appeared with The Penguin Rep, RedBull Theater, Yorick Theater, The Arizona Theater Co., The San Jose Rep, to name a few.

Sean F. Edgecomb is Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of
Performing and Creative Arts at the College of Staten Island, City University of
New York. He also teaches into the Ph.D program in Theatre and Performance
at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Prior to joining CUNY, he served as the Assistant
Professor of Theatre and the Director of the Bachelor of Creative Arts at The
University of Queensland, Australia. His articles and essays have appeared in
Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Popular Entertainment Studies, and The Gay and
Lesbian Review Worldwide. He is the author of the forthcoming book Charles
Ludlum Lives! Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, Taylor Mac, and the Queer Legacy of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company (University of Michigan Press, 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

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May 22

Classix: A Reading Series Celebrating Classic Plays By Black Playwrights

Monday + Tueaday, May 22 +23
Segal Theatre

4:30pm + 6:30pm Readings

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Please join us as we expand our collective knowledge of the classical canon with an exceptional group directors and actors for this unique series—curated by Awoye Timpo as “an exhibition of rarely seen Black classic plays.” Play readings are followed in the evening by a discussion with the theatre artists involved. Alice Childress, Kathleen Collins, Bill Gunn, and Ron Milner are just four out of a long line of writers whose extraordinary plays were produced in the 20th century. This series celebrates classic plays that feature dynamic characters, extraordinary dialogue, and compelling stories—all written by an eclectic group of Black writers, whose plays speak to their own time in a way that deeply resonates with our own.

Monday, May 22

4:30pm Wine in the Wilderness by Alice Childress (1969)
Directed by Jade King Carroll
Featuring Miriam Hyman, Ruffin Prentiss, Jillian Walker, Charles Weldon, Zenzi Williams

A timeless and thrilling play, Wine in the Wilderness (1969) revolves around a young girl who befriends an artist in the midst of painting his triptych. In this piece Childress explores the depths of Black womanhood.

6:30pm What the Wine-Sellers Buy by Ron Milner (1974)
Directed by Nicole A. Watson
Featuring MaameYaa Boafo, Chakeefe Gordon, Brian D. Coats, Medina Senghore Collie, Suzzanne Douglas,
Trey Santiago, Adam McNulty, Melanie Nichols-King,
Keith Randolph Smith, Count Stovall

Written in 1974, What the Wine-Sellers Buy was originally produced by Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival at Lincoln Center. The play centers around Steve Carlton, a carefree high school student, who wrestles between his dream to become a professional basketball player and the other possibilities in his life.

Followed by a brief discussion with Woodie King, Jr., Artistic Director of the New Federal Theater.

Tuesday, May 23

4:30pm The Forbidden City by Bill Gunn (1989)
Directed by Awoye Timpo
Featuring Guy Davis, Marchant Davis, Bjorn DuPaty, Rachel Leslie, Doron Mitchell, Lee Aaron Rosen, Allie Woods

Bill Gunn’s final play, The Forbidden City, premiered at New York’s Public Theater in 1989. Set in the 1930s the play reckons with the nature of family and the excesses of love and power.

6:30pm The Brothers by Kathleen Collins (1982)
Directed by Seret Scott
Featuring Crystal Dickinson, Chalia La Tour, Margaret Odette, Carra Patterson, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart, Lizan Mitchell, Elizabeth Van Dyke

In this memory-drama, Collins weaves together a series of scenes and monologues about black men who “should have been born white’’ because they “spent their entire lives trying to jump out of their skins.’’ The Brothers (1982) was originally produced by the Women’s Project at the American Place Theater.

Followed by a brief discussion with Seret Scott, original cast member, moderated by Crystal A. Dickinson.

 

Playwright, novelist, actor, and screenwriter Alice Childress was a visionary artist. Born was in Charleston, South Carolina in 1916 she later moved to Harlem where she began writing and immersing herself in the vibrant arts scene. Ms. Childress wrote over a dozen plays over the course of her career including Florence, Wedding Band:
A Love/Hate Story in Black and White, Trouble in Mind, Mojo: A Black Love Story, and Wine in the Wilderness. She also wrote the novels Like One of the Family and A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich which was later turned into a film. A Tony Award nominee for her performance in Anna Lucasta, Ms. Childress was also a tireless advocate for actor union rights.

Photo by Mark Reid

Born in 1942, raised in Jersey City, and educated at Skidmore and the Sorbonne, Kathy Collins was an activist with SNCC during the Civil Rights Movement who went on to carve out a career for herself as a playwright and filmmaker during a time when black women were rarely seen in those roles. She was married twice, and had
two children who she raised in Piermont, New York. She died young, at age 46, from breast cancer. Her most known work is the film Losing Ground, followed perhaps by two plays, In the Midnight Hour, and The Brothers. A never-before released collection of short fiction, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?, was published by Ecco Press in Fall 2016. kathleencollins.org

Bill Gunn was an extraordinary artistic force with an exceptional body of work across various mediums. He began his career as an actor and appeared on Broadway in The Immoralist and off-Broadway in the classic play Take A Giant Step by Louis Peterson. Several of his plays were produced at the New York Shakespeare Festival
under the leadership of Joseph Papp and include masterpieces such as Black Picture Show, Johnnas, and The Forbidden City. In addition to his extensive work in the theater, Mr. Gunn wrote and directed films including his best-known work Ganja and Hess as well as the film Stop. He is also the author of two novels, All the Rest Have Died and Rhinestone Sharecropping. Bold, inventive, and surprising the work of Bill Gunn is impressively resonant and dynamic as ever.

Ron Milner was a legendary playwright with an extraordinary body of work including the plays Who’s Got His Own, Season’s Reasons, The Warning—A Theme for Linda, Jazz Set, and Roads to the Mountaintop which was a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Born and raised in Detroit, his work is infused with a rhythmic and regional
authenticity and an uncompromising depth of character. His play Checkmates appeared on Broadway in a production directed by Woodie King Jr. and featuring extraordinary an exceptional cast including Denzel Washington, Ruby Dee, Paul Winfield and Marsha Jackson. Mr. Milner is also the author of the book for the musical Don’t Get God Started, written in collaboration with the Winans family.

Awoye Timpo is a New York-based director. Credits include Sister Son/ji (Billie Holiday Theater), Carnaval (National Black Theatre), Ndebele Funeral (59E59; South African tour; Edinburgh Festival), The Libation Bearers (Shakespeare Theatre NJ), Chasing the Bird (Joyce Theater), Children of the Road (NYU Grad Acting), In the Continuum (Juilliard), Tears of Anatolia (Columbia), Araby (La Mama), Clybourne Park (Farmers Alley), Ruined (WMU), The Vanished (Novisi, site-specific), Rhinoceros (Novisi). Broadway: Assistant Director, Shuffle Along; Associate Director, Jitney. Segal Center: PEN World Voices, Feast (Fall 2016), Other: Page 73, TerraNOVA, Ma-Yi, Royal Shakespeare Company, WNYC, ABC/Disney, Soho Rep Writer/ Director Lab, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

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End: May 23, 2017
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October 4

PRELUDE 2017

Save the Dates! October 4, 5, and 6.

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November 13

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith: Remembering Ron Vawter

Photo by Paula Court

Monday, November 13
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Screening + Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Join us for a rare screening of a tape of a live performance of Ron Vawter’s legendary performance piece, Roy Cohn/Jack Smith, 25 years after it opened at The Performing Garage in 1992. Followed by a discussion with director Gregory Mehrten, author Gary Indiana, and critics and scholars David Román and Alisa Solomon. Moderated by Frank Hentschker.

Vawter’s two-part solo performance is a double portrait of two complex minds and two opposing manifestations of gay sexuality. Roy Cohn, written by Gary Indiana, is a fictitious imagining of an after-dinner speech that might have been delivered by Donald Trump’s mentor, the homophobic right-wing lawyer and sleazy back-room politico, Roy Cohn, to the “American Association for the Protection of the Family” in 1976. The second part, Jack Smith, is based on an audio recording of a performance by Jack Smith, the notorious underground filmmaker of Flaming Creatures fame, who, in flamboyant harem drag, constructed his own private theater of resistance from fragments of Arabian Nights kitsch, avant-garde film feuds, and passionate B-movie camp. Cohn and Smith had nothing in common except their homosexuality and their deaths from AIDS in New York in the late 1980’s. Vawter, who embodies both men without imitation, died of AIDS in 1994. Born in 1948, he was a founding member of The Wooster Group, and also worked with many leading directors of the Downtown scene.

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Greg Mehrten is an actor, director, writer, translator, and designer who has been making theater Downtown since 1975. A graduate in Theater Arts/Directing from UC Santa Cruz, he was invited by Lee Breuer to come to New York to work with Mabou Mines. He continues to work with Lee and Mabou Mines, including his upcoming role, alongside Maude Mitchell, in Glass Guignol, The Brother and Sister Play, at the new PS122. He has also worked (often many times) with directors JoAnne Akalaitis, Zoe Beloff, Anne Bogart, Kyle DeCamp, Jonathan Demme, Alison Folland, John Jesurun, Elizabeth Lecompte of the Wooster Group, Ruth Maleczech, Christina Masciotti, Richard Maxwell of New York City Players, Brooke O’Harra, PearlDamour, Bill Raymond and Linda Hartinian, David Schweizer, Ron Vawter and Marianne Weems, and Bruce Yonemoto, among others. He was a Member and co-Artistic Director of Mabou Mines from 1980 to 1991 (OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement, 1984), and is currently an Associate Member of the Wooster Group.

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November 15

Marvin Carlson: 10,000 Nights

Cover art from 10,000 Nights, design by Paula Newcomb

Wednesday, November 15
Segal Theatre
6:30pm

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

“Only Marvin Carlson could have written such a wonderful and engaging theatre history.”
–Erika Fischer-Lichte, Freie Universitat Berlin

Join us for a celebration of Marvin Carlson’s latest book Ten Thousand Nights: Highlights from 50 Years of Theatre-Going. This volume collects an astonishing chronicle of a half-century of theatre-going, in which Carlson recalls 50 memorable productions, out of over 10,000— choosing one from each year spanning from 1960 to 2010. The range of performances covered is wide and represents a history of theatre in itself–edgy experimental productions, theatre classics, mainstream musicals, and street performance. Travel with the author to stages and sidewalks across Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Milan, New York, and elsewhere.

Carlson provides unique insight on what theatre-going meant in each decade, what kind of theatre the zeitgeist produced, and his personal accounts of the productions. These engaging vignettes portray vivid descriptions of productions, venues, and neighborhoods, all told with necessary cultural context—covering significant theatre movements and artists from the late twentieth century to the present. Published by University of Michigan Press.

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Marvin Carlson is the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Director of the Marvin Carlson Theatre Center at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, China. Carlson has a Ph.D. in drama and theatre from Cornell University. His wide-ranging research and teaching interests include dramatic theory and Western European theatre history, dramatic literature, and translation, especially of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. He has been awarded the ATHE Career Achievement Award, the George Jean Nathan Prize, the Bernard Hewitt prize, the George Freedley Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has been a Walker-Ames Professor at the University of Washington, a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Indiana University, a visiting professor at the Freie Universitat of Berlin, and a Fellow of the American Theatre. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Athens. His best-known book, Theories of the Theatre (1993), has been translated into eight languages. His 2001 book, The Haunted Stage, won the Calloway Prize.

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