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Dec 8th – TRANSMISSION by Gwydion Suilebhan

One night only! I’m thrilled to be directing a workshop presentation of Gwydion Suilebhan‘s extraordinary theatre piece TRANSMISSION, featuring accomplished actor Thomas Jay Ryan, presented by All For One Theater. Here are the details:

 

AFO | SoCo presents a workshop presentation of

TRANSMISSION
Written by Gwydion Suilebhan
Featuring Thomas Jay Ryan
Directed by Emerie Snyder

 

 

 

 

 

December 8th, 7pm

ART New York – South Oxford Space
Great Room
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Free with RSVP

TRANSMISSION is an immersive, participatory sermon on the viral evolution of culture from the radio age to the present. In act one, you’re invited into an intimate atmosphere — think 1930s armchairs and the warmth of a vintage radio — for a sonic mashup of 20th century history and 21st century dangers that’s part jazz, part science lecture, and part ritual invocation. In act two, you’ll discuss what it means to be inundated with narratives in our always-connected, always-sharing culture and explore the desperate need for skepticism and inquiry in a landscape of spin, lies, and out-of-control memes. It’s an antidote for the excesses of the 21st century.

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Recent Performances & Readings

A quick roundup of fun little projects I’ve worked on during spring/summer 2017 so far:

I created a set of very short theatre pieces all about HANDSHAKES (yes, really). This project was part of Laurel Snyder’s All Together Now at Threes Brewing in Brooklyn. Text was co-written by my frequent collaborator and all-around-great-guy Nick Lewis, and the handshake playlets were performed by Jordan Douglas Smith and Lim Mui.

I directed a funny and slightly ominous short play about Pinocchio’s possible adulthood: TALK, written by Matt Zambrano, was created for Amios’ April edition of Shotz. This was my third time creating new work for Shotz, and not my last, I’m sure.

I directed a reading of David Greig’s gorgeous short play EMPTY YOUR POCKETS as part of Potomac Theatre Project/NYC’s After Dark Series at Atlantic Stage 2. The play was originally commissioned through the Goethe-Institut’s international collaboration, the Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5). I was delighted to direct Greig’s work, especially as part of this timely and relevant project.

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Water Residency at New Georges / 3LD

I’m delighted to be one of New Georges‘ 2016-17 “water residents,” developing a theatrical work-in-progress to be presented as part of the (super exciting!) upcoming Works on Water, a month-long multi-disciplinary art event, co-presented by 3LD Art & Technology Center in June 2017.

Works on Water will cross boundaries between theater, visual art, and science, presenting multiple perspectives on water in a global context. BLUE IS THE NEW GREEN.

My piece is a theatrical experience in the form of a gallery tour, exploring themes of water, ice, memory, nostalgia, imitation, and reflection. As this unconventional tour leads each audience member through the 3LD gallery, a fictional story slowly emerges, both inspired by and in contradiction to the visual artwork on display.

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THIS IS LIKE THAT at Flying Solo – May 27th

I’ve been collaborating since last fall with playwright/performer Michael Sean Cirelli on This is Like That, a beautiful new one-person play in the form of a slide lecture that goes a bit off the rails. We did a fully-staged workshop production just a few weeks ago, and now we’re thrilled to share it with a public audience for the first time as part of the Flying Solo Festival at the Secret Theatre in LIC, Queens.

 

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY:

Friday, May 27, 2016
8:00PM

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street
(between 44th Road and 44th Avenue)
Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101
just across the river from Midtown–take the E, M, G & 7 to Court Square, or N & Q to Queensboro Plaza

BUY TICKETS HERE

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A Voice Inside Your Head

Telephone logoI was pleased to be invited to participate in Telephone, Satellite Collective’s fascinating world-wide artistic experiment/game. It’s like that telephone game we all used to play as kids–except in this case, the message gets translated from one artistic medium to another. I was tasked with reinterpreting of a mysterious little stop-motion animation that I received from somewhere in the world, and then my work was sent on to three other artists, and on and on…

Here’s my contribution: A Voice Inside Your Heada short audio-theatrical experience for one listener. Please wait to press play until you are alone. Also, please make sure to listen at full volume, using headphones. Enjoy.

It was a delightful challenge to figure out how to create a theatre piece that could be sent electronically across continents. My solution was to create an audio recording that essentially guides the listener in playing the roles of both audience member and performer, (hopefully) creating a real-time, live theatrical experience.

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Directors Salon Alumni Night

I’m delighted to work again with the amazing curators of the Working Theater’s annual Directors Salon. On March 20th, my staging of an excerpt of Daniel MacIvor’s play Here Lies Henry will be presented as part of the Directors Salon’s Alumni Night. More info and RSVP here. It’s free!

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Long Distance Affair & Telephone

In November, I was pleased to participate in two exciting and unconventional artistic projects. Long Distance Affair and Telephone both bring together collaborators from around the globe, and both use technology to create links between artists and audiences.

Guillermo Katz in rehearsal for our LDA play

Guillermo Katz in rehearsal for our LDA play

PopUP Theatrics’ Long Distance Affair is a one-of-a-kind theatrical event where audience members experience one-on-one performances of short plays performed via Skype, by actors in locations around the world. I directed the short play “Después de la siesta” for LDA’s recent performances in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the Bienal Arte Joven Buenos Aires at Ciudad Cultural Konex. It was a wonderful experience collaborating (entirely via Skype!) with brilliant playwright Lally Katz and fantastic actor Guillermo Katz on this project. Check out a video trailer here!

Telephone is a fascinating world-wide artistic experiment/game. It’s like that telephone game we all used to play as kids–except in this case, the message gets translated from one artistic medium to another… My contribution was a short audio-theatrical experience for one listener, which is my reinterpretation of a mysterious little stop-motion animation that I received from somewhere in the world. My work was then sent on to three other artists, and on and on… (If you’d like to play the game too, get in touch with them! They’re still looking for more participants.)

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Summer in the UK

Dorothy visits EdinburghThis summer, I spent several weeks in the UK, seeing lots of theatre and art, and using the time as a self-made creative retreat.

Highlights included: a fascinating design masterclass with Punchdrunk in London; an art historical pilgrimage to view a painting in rural Dorset, England; a week of theatre-overload in Edinburgh; and lovely visits with family and friends.

More news to come on the results of my travels and ruminations…

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Readings & more

Recently, I had the pleasure of directing readings of several great new plays:

Walking Out

Michael Oberholtzer & Bianca LaVerne Jones in “Walking Out” by Mfoniso Udofia

In June, I was selected to participate in an evening of short plays as part of the Working Theater’s annual Directors Salon. I directed a fantastic cast in Mfoniso Udofia’s thought-provoking play Walking Out. (Then in August, I had the chance to revisit the play by directing it in another reading for PLG Arts in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.)

And in July, I directed the quirky and mysterious short play Dreaming of Vreedland by Phil Ginsburg, with another fabulous group of actors, as part of the FRESH PRODUCE’d series at the Arthur Seelen Theater.

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Directing Intensive with Mark Wing-Davey

Stony Brook SouthamptonThis summer, I was pleased to be selected to participate in Stony Brook Southampton‘s intensive directing training program, studying with acclaimed director Mark Wing-Davey.

It was a rewarding learning experience, I met some fantastic fellow artists, and spending a couple of weeks near the beach in Southampton, Long Island, wasn’t too bad either.

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