I'm pleased to share that I've been awarded a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts scholarship to attend the 2017 Alliance of Artists Communities conference in Denver in October. This scholarship is a great boost as my husband David and I look to formalize our habitual hosting of artists and scholars into a proper Artist Residency Program. We've been operating ad hoc for several years out of our home in Providence, giving space, feedback, and excellent grilled food to wayfaring artists, but now we want to add some space and dig into a community even deeper. Participation in the AAC conference will fertilize our thinking. Stay tuned for more adventures and musings.
Scars of war never disappear. It is April 2017, Easter Sunday, and I am thinking about the fact that a week ago, the centennial of the US' engagement in the Great War passed without much fanfare or reflection. That the US marked the occasion by dropping what has been termed "the Mother of All Bombs" on Afghanistan is on beyond ironic when we consider that that first big war of the 20th Century was meant to be "the war to end all wars." 99 years since the Armistice was called, world powers, the US especially, are still war-hungry, consuming resource after resource, burping out toxicity and trauma.
Perhaps it is timely then, that David Higgins and I are revisiting Over the Top, our World War One play with a game and a snack for the audience, graciously given a slot in the Wilbury Group's Festival of New Works. The work is ambitious, stitching together a play that David wrote about 8 years ago with some games that we play with the audience and a durational performance action attempting to account for every casualty of the Great War. Overall the work is intended to serve as a living memorial, one that demands our physical labor and attention rather than an obelisk rendered in granite or marble.
We hope you can join us as we attempt this newest iteration, fresh with new cards, added video and the introduction of snack food, on Wednesday April 26 at 7:30pm. Entry is PWYC (Pay-What-You-Can) and we are performing at the Wilbury Group's home theatre in the Southside Cultural Center in Providence. Your fearless readers include Jim Sullivan, Vince Petronio, Kate Lester, Robyn Geogan Noble, Stuart Window, Corinne Walhberg, Nate Talbutt, and David Higgins.
For more information about the process and the play's history, find us HERE.
Hope to see you in the theatre.
I've been laying low for a while, plotting my next moves, considering what it means to be an artist/educator in the Never Normal administration, but this weekend I'm surfacing to give pre-show talks before Italian choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni's work, Folk-s will you still love me tomorrow, at the ICA Boston on Friday February 17 and Saturday February 18. The talk intends to orient audiences to the context of the work, providing a window into the artist's intention and putting the work in a continuum of other works that rely on the gracious attention of an audience and the deep and intense labor of performers. Preparing for this also has me listening to the Shirelles big hit, as written by Carole King:
Tonight you're mine completely
You give your love so sweetly
Tonight the light of love is in your eyes
But will you love me tomorrow?
Hope you'll venture out to see some bodies attempt to record and extend some history.
Tickets can be had through the ICA BOSTON website (click here)
Pre Show talks begin 30 minutes before curtain (7:30pm)
On Friday, July 29, at 8:45pm and 9:45pm, Bonky Dolls and the Instant Opera Company will perform its premiere production, The Haunting of Buzzards Bay, as a pop-up performance in the Fringe PVD 2016 festival. Built for the culture*park 13th Short Play Marathon in November 2015, The Haunting presents the story of a 19th century whaler returning years later to his beloved New Bedford to find it irrevocably altered. The show features story and shadow puppetry from David Higgins, story and vocals by Vanessa Gilbert, musical direction/viola accompaniment by Jeremy Fortier and all-around great manipulation by Stuart Window.
To see the show, gather at Grants Block in Providence (the corner of Westminster and Union Streets) at showtime, and a performer will conduct you to the adjacent, indoor, venue.
For information about the rest of the wildly full Fringe PVD, visit their website, HERE
Sunday, May 8 isn't only Mother's Day, but the day that Boston Playwrights' Theatre presents the Boston Theater Marathon, 50 10-minute plays penned by Boston-area playwrights and produced by Boston-area theatre companies. I'm directing This is Marriage, a short play by Sleeping Weazel artistic director Charlotte Meehan and featuring actors Veronica Wiseman and Steven BarkhimerWe're on at the top of the final marathon hour (9pm-10pm) but lots of noteworthy writers will be featured all day! All proceeds support the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, a non-profit organization for theatre artists and organizations in dire need of financial relief.
For Tickets, click through HERE
2016 gets off to an exciting start! I am pleased to report that I will be presenting my paper, Cry You One: Participatory Possibilities through Strategic Siting at Connecticut College's 2016 Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology Symposium: Open All Ports. The paper describes the New Orleans- based ArtSpot Productions/Mondo Bizarro performance Cry You One and tries to define the space that the work creates between the physical sites that they have performed on and the website that contains several short digital stories. I'll be on a panel about space/access and couldn't be more thrilled.
More about the symposium HERE
More about the performance Cry You One HERE
Happy 2016!!!Read More
I often expound on how theatre is a form of hospitality, and I just found an article, put together by the far-thinking Charlotte Meehan of Sleeping Weazel for Howlround on The Means of Production. Even though the article is three years old and I no longer run a theatre company, I strongly believe that the foundation of performance practice is a form of hospitality, of invitation, whether you are inviting something new to come into the world in the form of a performance or you are inviting other people to share in something you have created.
We're reading our script on August 24!!!Read More
My first collaboration with Justine Williams and Eva Peskin received a wonderful reflection on Culturebot! Stay tuned for our reprise of There's Nothing to See Here in September!