It’s the 2018 JAMboree from The New Georges Jam, our collaboration-based “performance gym” for early-career theatermakers…
…happening in two separate evenings May 15 and 16 at The Tank on W. 36th Street. Both run under 90 minutes, and there’ll be drinks and snacks (and Girl Scout cookies – it’s a Jamboree!) in the lobby after! Details below.
Tuesday May 15
in The Tank’s 99-seat theater, four highly-theatrical projects demonstrate “proof of concept” in 20-minute workshop showings!
MADONNA col BAMBINO
Sarah Einspanier / Caitlin Sullivan
with music by Deepali Gupta
Merry (with an E) is Christine’s surrogate mother. Mary (with an A) is Christine’s biological mother. Kristine (with a K) is Christine’s biological mother’s surrogate daughter. Martha is Christine’s friend. Martha is having a baby. She can’t decide on a name. A play about family (in many forms) with no yelling.
Ruffles, or, A Progression of Rakes
In a corridor haunted by wronged maidservants, a stable boy (Ruffles) considers the ways he is becoming bad because of the things his new job asks him to do. As a progression of rakes, profligates and libertines drink more liqueurs and vomit in the decorative urns, one rake reflects on his dawning consciousness that his actions harm others. He tells the audience: “I want to let you know that none of this is my fault. Not exactly. It’s not like I want to do these things. It’s just, I don’t know, I do them?” A meditation on power, consent and how to be a person, that is, a good person.
We Used to Wear Bonnets & Get High All the Time
Julia May Jonas / Sarah Hughes
with Lanxing Fu, Zoë Geltman, Courtney G. Williams, more
and music by Brian Cavanagh-Strong
A factory becomes a photography studio becomes a rehearsal space becomes a cultural landmark. Five women act and reenact patterns of addiction, self-hatred and high melodrama. A response play to Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, We Used To Wear Bonnets is a study in the inter-generational forces beyond our control, and an inquiry into how families become institutions. Part of the five play-cycle All Long True American Stories, in which Julia May Jonas reimagines classic American male-experience plays for other people (mostly women).
Kristine Haruna Lee / Morgan Green
collaborators/performers Jen Goma, Kristine Haruna Lee, Morgan Green
plural (love) is a project that centers around the ethics of intimacy, and is an ongoing document of experiences catalogued and shared in real-time over the past year between makers Lee, Goma, and Green. Using their own bodies and voice as canvas, they draw on personal anecdotes, daydreaming, critical theory, interview, and song as a way to exercise radical truth-telling.
Wednesday May 16
in the 56-seat thrust space, we test drive new works in a variety of formats!
song: The Nuns of Prinkipo from Icons/Idols: The Eunuchs Part One: Prinkipo
Helen Banner / Colette Robert
with music/music direction by Grace Oberhofer
ICONS/IDOLS is a tetralogy of choral plays that recovers the secret history of three Byzantine empresses as they ascend in a society rife with animosity towards female rule. This song from play two introduces the radical nuns of Prinkipo, who want to stop the exiled Euphrosyne from accepting the Eunuchs’ deal that she marry a violent usurper in order to return to power. See www.byzantinechoralproject.com for more of the story!
Whip it Up with Wendy
Tasha Gordon-Solmon / Christina Roussos
with Alex Trow
Whip It Up with celebrity chef and lifestyle guru Wendy G, live on May 16!
Meditations Toward a Magnetic North
Tasha Gordon-Solmon / Estefania Fadul
An exploration of memory, history and finding your way home.
Climate Change: An Opera (with as of yet no music)
Zarina Shea / Sarah Hughes
with Lanxing Fu, Harmony Stempel and Tanyamaria
A dramatic exploration of what it means to live in a world where there’s such a thing as “climate refugees,” where rising temperatures have permanently changed the global ecosystem, where major urban meccas run out of water. We’re using pop-culture, science, and, yes, opera, to wrap our minds and senses around climate change.
Stella Stein: A Parable
Zarina Shea / Sarah Krohn
with Matthew Korahais and Zarina Shea
Stella Stein’s in search of Perspective, of a departure from her native Western point of view. She enlists Sam, an engineer working in South Africa, to join her on a road trip through that nation’s Drakensberg mountain range. Over the course of their drive together a simple but profound transformation occurs. There’s talk of Heidegger and herpes, Coke and post-colonialism, being and seeing, life’s meaning and licorice.
Lindsay Joelle / Celine Rosenthal
Danny’s a white, conservative, proud union member of the DSNY. Marlowe’s the Black, liberal, ivy-educated newbie who just joined his sanitation route. When they find something on the curb too valuable to throw away, they’ll be forced to reevaluate in each other what they mistook for trash.
All at 7pm, all at The Tank, 312 W. 36th Street, 2nd floor
in the lobby at The Tank:
our bodies, our in-between-ness,
and other deep thoughts
a dramaturgical installation by Emily Auciello, Colette Robert, and Natalie Robin
Inspired by The Met’s 2017 exhibition featuring the work of Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), this installation explores bodies, power, and what happens when the visual and aural worlds precede narrative in the playmaking process.
The Jam co-leaders, 2016-18: Sarah Krohn & Colette Robert