This is what’s happening!
LAVA FOSSIL: A suitcase theater show about a dad, a crab, a dentist and where things go when they are gone. Plus! The secret life of eel grass, an ash-encrusted visitor from Pompeii, and how to measure grief with a ruler.
With directorial consultation from the always astute Megan Sandberg-Zakian.
This summer and fall, I performed LAVA FOSSIL locally in Providence and Boston and took it on 2 mini-tours to The SoLow Festival in Philly, The Great Small Works 10th International Toy Theater Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse in NYC, Gabfestry in Machias, Maine. I also performed for youth involved in Hospice’s Camp Braveheart and The SWN Symposium at URI’s Oceanography School (held in honor of my dad.) I some got great feedback from audiences (read a review here). Now, I am resting this show for a spell before I pull it back out this winter when Megan and I have a short residency up at Goddard College as we get ready for an updated version of LAVA FOSSIL in Boston and beyond this Spring. More news as it evolves…
WINGED LIFE: A new back-lit suitcase crankie show of an excerpt from Walden about a bug. I performed it at the Banners and Cranks Festival AKA The Singing Picture Show at The Jalopy Theater in Redhook, Brooklyn, NY and at Building 16′s “Can’t Evict the Dream 16 Hour-A-Thon” in Providence (the heart-breaking end of a warehouse community space and my favorite place to perform in Providence…) I’ll do it again at at house show in Providence on Dec. 15th. Be in touch for the address.
This year I was invited to organize the community group and artist partnerships for the PRONK parade. It was a blast! New Urban Arts and about a dozen other activist and community groups came out and I got to work with a group of artists with special needs from RHD-RI who built amazing things to carry, wear, and attach to their wheel chairs. We’re already looking for folks to help us create PRONK 2014, be in touch if you want to jump in!
In The Works….
I’m still in the very early stages of creating a suitcase-theater performance project, slated to debut in 2015. Using puppetry, clown, storytelling and audience interaction, this project explores notions of dislocation and travel, temporarily transforming train platforms, bus stations and baggage claim terminals into sites of performative inquiry and human exchange. Currently, I’m fundraising, brainstorming and looking for luggage…
A Fellowship at New Urban Arts
I am in my 2nd year of this awesome Fellowship position. In my role as a Fellow I support artist mentors, share artwork and ideas about community arts practice, and work as an artist-in-residence at New Urban Arts. One of last year’s highlights was facilitating the creation of a bunch of giant puppets and, with the What Cheer? Brigade to power us along, kicked off NUA’s first ever parade at the Art Party in May.
Photo credit: Christine Healey. See some video of our parade here.
Another highlight was co-curating and participating in our 2013 Series of Conversations on Creative Practice. This is an annual series of public conversations with artists and community practitioners, who share how they integrate creativity into their personal and professional lives. Really great to chew on some big questions with a handful of incredible artists/ humans. Keep your ears peeled as co-fellow Rick Benjamin (RI Poet Laureate!) and I gather the next round of folks to come converse with us this spring!
Below and Beyond
A play about natural gas extraction, urban camouflage, immortal jellyfish, and an underground creek-turned-sewer.
In May of 2012 we took Below and Beyond on East Coast Tour; it was a blast! In 2014 or 2015, we are hoping to take it on tour again, this time around Upstate New York. Learn more about our show HERE and please be in touch if you have any contacts in that region who might want to help us make this tour happen.
BELOW and BEYOND is a performance directed by Donna Sellinger (of The Missoula Oblongata), and created by Beth Nixon (of Ramshackle Enterprises) and Sarah Lowry (also of The Missoula Oblongata), with Matthew Schreiber on accordion and a million other instruments. Inspired by the long-submerged Mill Creek of West Philadelphia, as well as current debate about fracking in Pennsylvania, this original play explores the complications of what lies beneath our feet. Using puppets, pulleys, movement, maps, and the imagination, the performance examines the intricacies of extraction and recognizes a waterway that continues to resurface. Tree house, houseboat and bunker dwellers unite amidst an invasion of urban water buffalo. All this, plus a one-man band!