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Oct 20, 2020
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Oct 30, 2020
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Performance Schedule of the 2020 Prelude Festival

Prelude 2020: Sites of Revolution
October 20 – October 30, 2020

Co-Curated by David Bruin and Miranda Haymon, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker
Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (Frank Hentschker, Executive Director)

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The 2020 Prelude Festival, titled Sites of Revolution, will bring together artists, critics,
activists, and producers from New York City and beyond to explore the many ways in
which revolutions are taking place today. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly
every aspect of life. At the same time, widespread protests—spearheaded by Black, Indigenous,
and People of Color—are challenging centuries-old white supremacy, white fragility and settler
colonialism. Against the backdrop of this collision between rapid change and obdurate inequity,
the repertoire of revolution plays out daily in the streets, on screens, inside classrooms,
between loved ones, and in our minds and processes. In tandem, artists have adapted their
work in innovative ways, redrawing the boundaries of their art forms and rethinking previously
fundamental concepts such as “theatre,” “performance,” “live,” and “time-based.”

In concert with this season of upheavals, Sites of Revolution will offer audiences a free online
platform to experience genre-bending productions inspired by this moment of revolution and
reckoning. The festival will feature a wide array of new multimedia work created by artists at the
forefront of contemporary theatre and performance, as well as a series of panels and other
events that put artistic practice in conversation with critical discourse.

The artist lineup for the 2020 Prelude Festival was previously announced but a full schedule
including further information about each piece and the artists involved can be found below.

TUESDAY, OCT 20

6:30 pm EST, Franky Award: Tonya Pinkins
Join us in honoring Tonya Pinkins for her long-term, extraordinary impact on contemporary theater and
performance in New York City. Expect virtual toasts by special guests!

8:00 pm EST, social disDANCE
social disDANCE is a live-streamed invitation to dance together, apart, in line with “Flatten the Curve”
directives. In a spirit of solidarity, wellbeing, and uplifting play, we invite you to a new kind of dance
party…

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21

8:30 am EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann
hold is an invitation to contemplative practice in queer resistance to capitalist conditioning of time, via
collective gathering and recurring durational space. hold cultivates the body as site of revolution with
seeds of intention sown in the morning and the rain of prayers at night.

5:30 pm EST, you niggas in trouble
Co-created by Nile Harris and Trevor Bazile
you niggas in trouble is a meme essay/lecture created by Nile Harris and Trevor Bazile that utilizes a
Google Document file as a site of liveness. Examining the online formations of self under the reign of
neoliberal identity politics, you niggas in trouble asks “will the revolution have 501c3 status?” And
occasions an experiment in ‘internet choreography’ or (a hyperlink opera) as a mode of hybrid,digital
storytelling. This work is presented in partnership with YAH World.

6:30 pm EST, Revolutionary Partnerships

A conversation about how theatre and performance institutions are forging partnerships with

local, grassroots organizations in an effort to help build more equitable, just, and beautiful
communities. The participants will discuss their ongoing collaborations, share what they have
learned, and dream about what comes next. Featuring Jordana De La Cruz (JACK), Zafi
Dimitropoulou Del Angel (People’s Theatre Project), Sam Johnson (We Keep Us Safe Abolitionist
Network), Alexander Santiago-Jirau (New York Theatre Workshop), and Gaven D. Trinidad (New York
Theatre Workshop)

8:00 pm EST, Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge
Elevator Repair Service. Directed by John Collins, stage management by Maurina Lioce, featuring Gavin
Price, Greig Sargeant, Christopher-Rashee Stevenson, and Ben Williams.
In 1965 James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr. were invited to The Cambridge University Union to
debate the resolution “The American Dream is at the Expense of The American Negro.” ERS re-creates
their profoundly relevant confrontation in a work-in-progress showing of Baldwin and Buckley at
Cambridge. Special thanks to Aaron Landsman and April Matthis for dramaturgical support.

10:00 pm EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

THURSDAY, OCT. 22

8:30 am EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

8:00 pm EST, Cut Woman
Written, produced, and performed by Dena Igusti, directed by Ray Jordan Achan
A choreopoem based on Dena Igusti’s poetry about an Indonesian Muslim survivor of female genital
mutilation navigating the loss of her people, body, and inevitable demise. She uses her body’s ghost, the
internet, and webcams to realize what stays in a world shaped by what is and will be lost.

10:00 pm EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

FRIDAY, OCT. 23

8:30 am EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

5:30 pm EST, Speedrun
Written, edited, and sound/projection design by Zachariah Ezer, directed by Dominique Rider, with
performances by Imani Russell, Namakula, Brandon Bogle, Ethan Fox, and camerawork by
Elizaveta Kravchenko.
In a fantasy kingdom, a princess and her captor’s magical lackey dream of social change, the overthrow
of the local crime boss, and rescue from an overall-clad hero. Speedrun explores the idea that social
movements are built on Black bodies who are then excluded when those movements reach the
mainstream.

8:00 pm EST, Vichitra
Created, directed, and produced by Shayok Misha Chowdhury, art direction and video by
Kameron Neal, sound design by Jeremy S. Bloom
Vichitra is an experiment in queer South Asian imagination. In the first episode, An Anthology of Queer
Dreams, we eavesdrop on LGBTQ+ South Asian folx across the world through anonymous, intimate,
intricate recollections of their dreams. The second episode, Englandbashi, is a contemporary ghost story
about taking reincarnation (too?) seriously.

10:00 pm EST hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

TUESDAY, OCT. 27

8:30 am EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

5:30 pm EST, Striking the Balance: A Conversation with MENASA Theatre Artists Working in
Non-Traditional Styles
A panel featuring Avi Amon, Mariam Bazeed, Kareem Fahmy, and Moe Yousuf.

7:00 pm EST, Una niña, una familia, un pueblo
Directed and video designed by Stefania Bulbarella with performances by Eugenia Diaz
Cosentino, Delfina Kavulakian, Dominique Melhem, Flow Gateño, and Camila Taleisnik
Una niña, una familia, un pueblo is a developmental work in progress based on the memoir of María
Melizza. Focusing on her memories as a child this piece explores her journey as an immigrant from Italy
arriving in Argentina after escaping the Second World War. In the midst of devastation, “cuando no hay
patria ni enemigos, vencedores ni vencidos,” we are left with each other in order to survive.
Based on the memoir of Maria Isabella Melizza – Una niña, una familia, un pueblo

8:00 pm EST, How We Get Through
Created by Kareem M. Lucas
At an unprecedented time when our industry remains at a virtual standstill during a simultaneous global
pandemic and national uprising on the cusp of a generation defining presidential election, this piece uses
intercut interviews with various artists to excavate the meaning of this moment. In this short film, Kareem
M. Lucas has created and shared a brief list of personal questions for married artists from all over the
country to transparently answer while recording themselves. Weaving together a timely and timeless
collage of how we get through this trauma, grief, fear, and uncertainty, while continuing to dare to live.

10:00 pm EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28
8:30 am EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

6:30 pm EST, Get Rid of the Gala!: Artists and Arts Workers Reimagine What Could Take Its Place
Most nonprofits host an annual fundraising Gala, an event that seems to amplify every aspect of the
field’s inequity: Attendance is overwhelmingly white and rich, and artists often perform for little or no
money. This gathering of artists and arts workers seeks to reimagine the Gala and how it can reflect the
shared values of everyone who makes the work on stage possible. A panel featuring Cynthia Flowers and
Seonjae Kim, additional panelists TBA.

8:00 pm EST, Weltschmerz, and other Italian words I never reunderstood for the first time in 1920
under a Fascist regime 100 лет спустя
Directed and co-created by Dustin Wills, composed and co-created by Daniel Schlosberg
This is a Soviet montage of attractions con motivetti di Weltschmerz, Shadenfreude, Fernweh, Ohrwurm,
Backpfeifengesicht, Schwarmerei, Vershlimmbessern, Sturmfrei, Wanderlust, Zugzwang, Kummerspeck,
Torschlusspanik, Erklärungsnot, Innerer Schwienehund, Treppenwitz, Lebensmüde, Sitzfleisch,
Sitzpinkler, Kuddelmuddel, and Kopfkino. Is it anterograde and retrograde amnesia? False awakenings?
Déjà vu? Uroboros? Hè hè?

10:00 pm EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

THURSDAY, OCT. 29

8:30 am EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

5:30 pm EST, Upheavals in Language: Four Critics on the Words They Never Want to See Again
This panel will explore the changes taking place in criticism today by reckoning with especially useless,
misunderstood, or noxious words. After a series of brief presentations, the participants will launch out on
a lively discussion about the roles and responsibilities of criticism in this revolutionary moment. A panel
featuring Soyica Diggs Colbert, Miriam Felton-Dansky, Brain Eugenio Herrera, and Diep Tran.

7:00 pm EST, bb brecht
Performed by Miranda Haymon
After teaching tenure, writing books, and receiving consistent recognition for his federally subsidized
art-making, bb brecht is finally satisfied….and has lost all inspiration. So he’s becoming an Instagram
influencer, where he hopes to rediscover desperation, exhaustion, suffering, and the many perils of
modern life under corporate-driven capitalism. Los geht’s!

8:00 pm EST, Good Byes
Music produced and vocals by Kelsey Pyro, film and direction by Kino Galbraith
An experimental music film about the journey of letting go to create space. The original music depicts the
ending of personal friend, romantic, and familial relationships with Black men amongst the national loss of
George Floyd. Shot in Brooklyn and Minneapolis, the imagery interprets the music’s story and tone.

10:00 pm EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

FRIDAY, OCT. 30

8:30 am EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

5:00 pm EST, Penny Thoughts
Co-created by Jeesun Choi and Bryn Herdrich
Money plays a huge role in our lives. We pin our hopes and dreams on the dollar and yet we are unwilling
to talk about it. Let’s end that taboo. A storytelling project/video collage, Penny Thoughts is a digital
companion piece to BUST (Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab).

5:30 pm EST, Animal Empire
Co-written by Justin Aaron Halle, co-written, composed, and directed by Yeujia Low
In this one-act digital musical, animals—sick of years of mistreatment and because a speeding sheriff
accidentally kills a deer on a highway—take up arms against humans. Our pet cats claw us to death, our
dogs deafen us with non-stop barking. The locusts destroy our crops, the sparrows spread diseases, the
wild animals invade the cities… When the dust clears, will there be any humans left?

6:30 pm EST, body100
Garrett Allen + Nazareth Hassan
Tell me what you want me to do. I don’t want to negotiate. I gave you the tools. Listen to my nothingness.
Worship me, if you want. Just make sure you listen.
8:00 pm EST, Passing Time with Grace
By Le’Andra LeSeur
Passing time with Grace is an extended documented performance using video, sound, and a form of
non-linear narrative to focus on the ways in which the body responds to trauma: in stillness, in reflection,
and in unhinged movement.

9:00 pm EST, hold
Created by Mei Ann Teo, composed by Orion S. Johnstone, with collaborators You-Shin Chen,
Troy Anthony, and Matthias Neckermann

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Additional panels and auxiliary events are still to be announced. Visit www.preludenyc2020.com
for more information.

The 2020 Prelude Festival is produced by Samuel Morreale, Lucy Powis, and Sami Pyne.
Digital stage management provided by Harry Corthell. Festival web development provided by
Lorena Ramirez-Lopez. Festival graphic design provided by Lena G. Mitchell. Additional
Festival coordination support provided by Andie Lerner.

The 2020 Prelude Festival is supported by the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

For press inquiries or any questions, please email preludenyc2020@gmail.com.
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About the Prelude Festival
Since 2003, the annual Prelude Festival has given audiences a first look at new work and ideas
by groundbreaking theatre and performance artists based in New York City. Prelude has
presented the work of more than three hundred artists, including Annie Dorsen, Jackie Sibbles
Drury, Half Straddle, Lucas Hnath, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Young Jean Lee, Taylor Mac, and
Nature Theater of Oklahoma, alongside legendary figures such as Richard Foreman, Marina
Abramović, the Living Theatre, and many more.

About the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is a nonprofit center for theatre, dance, and film affiliated
with CUNY’s PhD program in theatre. The Center’s mission is to bridge the gap between
academia and the professional performing arts communities both within the United States and
internationally.

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