This is what’s happening!
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. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian.
Check out these reviews of a recent run of Lava Fossil: Boston Globe and Edge Boston
Providence- NOVEMBER 3 at 7:30 pm at Brown University’s Granoff Center, Englander Studio. Tickets at the door, by donation.
Philly- NOVEMBER 12 &13 at 7 pm at The Christ Church Neighborhood House as part of The First Person Arts Festival.
Connecticut- DECEMBER 13 at 1 and 3 pm at UConn’s Ballard Institute of Puppetry Performance Series.
This summer I performed Lava Fossil as part of a Sleeping Weazel festival at The Boston Center for the Arts as well as at the Providence Fringe Festival. The summer before last, I performed a much shorter version of the show at The Great Small Works 10th International Toy Theater Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse in NYC, Gabfestry in Machias, Maine. As well as at Hospice’s Camp Braveheart and The SWN Symposium at URI’s Oceanography School (held in honor of my dad.)
With support from a grant I received from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, I’ve been organizing the 7th annual PRONK parade, which takes place as part of the PRONK Activist Street Band Festival on Oct. 13th at India Point Park. I’ve been working with about a dozen activist and community groups to either lead workshops or link them them up with other artists to create visual spectaculah to march with at the parade. Then the groups keep the art to use in future organizing and demonstrations. Come craft out with me at our open studio days on Oct. 12&13 from 12-4 at New Urban Arts; we’ll provide materials and support to create art and costuming for you to march with on the 13th. Join us in this cacophonous disruption of “Columbus Day.”
THIS IS WHAT JUST HAPPENED (RELATIVELY RECENTLY):
The Corrugated Community
For two hot weeks in August, I led a team of 6 high school students, one assistant and a mentor from New Urban Arts through an intensive cardboard construction project. With funds from Pop-Up Providence, we built cardboard structures for kids to play in and draw on in parks around the city and then hosted a series of performances and workshops in our cardboard town square each afternoon. We engaged in rigorous discussion of public space, how to build for and deal with hordes of children, and the frustrating mechanics of crafting sturdy but collapsible cardboard structures. Come visit the interactive display about our project at New Urban Art’s gallery show on Oct. 10th from 5-7 pm.
On March 14-16 I was part of a uniquely collaborative full-length performance combining projections, dance, puppetry, theater and music on the theme of dissolving borderlines (between people, nations, life and death, etc.). It featured a “dream team” of local/national artists including: Sophie Wood (The Royal Frog Ballet, Western Mass), Eternal Cult (Minneapolis), Rick Burkhardt, and Chrissy Wolpert & the Assembly of Light Choir. It was accompanied by an amazing live band directed by Dan Schleifer of The What Cheer? Brigade. I made a clown act about the body breaking down. Flesh suit curtesy of Kristina Brown. Photos of the whole shabang here (by Jori Ketten). And a video here.
In The Works…. Attended Baggage
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 have completed my 2nd year of this awesome Fellowship position. In my role as a Fellow I supported artist mentors, shared artwork and ideas about community arts practice, and worked as an artist-in-residence at New Urban Arts.
Photo credit: Christine Healey. See some video of our parade here.
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!