Dominique Fishback Presents SUBVERTED, 7/2-14
"It's hard to believe all that consciousness, purpose, outrage and hope can be packed into one small body -- or all that consciousness into one brain!" -Gloria Steinem
Subverted: A one-woman show written and performed by Dominique Fishback.
Lighting Design by Cory Pattak
Assistant Director/Associate Producer TJ Newton
A limited run performance is scheduled for Subverted at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios (244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor). Actor, writer, and spoken word poet Dominique Fishback portrays 18 different characters - family, friends, and historical figures, all grappling with the destruction of Black identity. Subverted begins in 1788, and travels back and forth between both the mid 17th century America and present day.
Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/733509 or at the door for $15.
Special matinees with $10 tickets are July 3 and July 14 at 2pm.
Written and performed by Dominique Fishback (The Knick, HBO), directed by Terry Berliner (The Lion King, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), set design by Wilson Chin (Next Fall), lighting design by Cory Pattak (Handle With Care, Witnessed by the World), sound design by Scott Stauffer (A Free Man of Color, The Rivals, Contact) and John Emmett O'Brien (Anything Goes, Fela!). Synopsis: Subverted portrays the destruction of Black identity as seen through the eyes of Eden, an 18 year-old girl living in any urban city in the USA. Through the colliding viewpoints of 18 friends, family members, and historical figures (all portrayed by actor, writer, and spoken word poet Dominique Fishback) Eden discovers that the promise of "equal opportunity" still, to this day, does not exist. She questions why the people she loves the most continue to live blindly subverted by an unrelenting history that they did not live through, yet inherit and must accept. Eden's journey will make a difference in our understanding of what true equality actually looks like. Performance schedule: *All tickets are $15 unless noted otherwise.
BIOGRAPHIES Dominique Fishback (writer/performer/producer) is a TV, film, stage actor and spoken word poet from Brooklyn, East NY. Her theater credits include original work with MCC Theater's youth Company for 5 years, and original work with Girl be heard, a girl empowerment theater group, that writes about the issues affecting girls all over the world. With whom she has performed at The White House, Chicago Theater, Ted Talk Conferences and places that include Texas, Los Angeles, and the Globe Summit for Angelina Jolie in London. Last year she won Outstanding Lead Actress in a play at the Planet Connections Festivities for her original work in their production 9 MM America, to end gun violence in America. She also became a member of the Labyrinth Theater fellowship by way of Lynn Nottage. Pace University Credits include The Syringa, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Our Lady of 121st Street. She recently became Sag-Aftra eligible by filming opposite Clive Owen in the new HBO series The Knick and she continuously works on different types of films. She has also had the honor of performing her Original work with friend Samia Finnerty for Gloria Steinem's 80th birthday/Ms Magazines 4oth anniversary. Dominique-fishback.com and follow @dymeactress on Twitter and hashtag Subverted, to help start a movement. She thanks God, for the talent and opportunities he continues to bless her with. Without him none of this would be possible.
Terry Berliner (director) specializes in developing and directing new plays and musicals. Recently she directed a reading of Alone in the U.S., a new musical she wrote with co-lyricist/composer Bobby Cronin (2014 Outstanding Program of the Year Award, Marymount Manhattan College), Next Thing You Know (2013 Jonathan Larson Award), Cloaked (2011 Kleban Prize and Jonathan Larson Award), the new musicals Roam the Ruins, and It Goes Like It Goes, a tribute to Grammy award-winner David Shire. Recent plays include The Tempest, The End of Days, and The Last Romance. Broadway credits include The Lion King, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, The Sound of Music, and The Red Shoes. Off Broadway: Honour, Hereafter, Time and Again, Captains Courageous, Violet, and Merrily We Roll Along. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Arena Stage, among many others. As a guest artist Ms. Berliner has lectured at and directed for CAP21, Stephens College, SUNY - Buffalo, NYU, Tisch, Pace, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and North Carolina School of the Arts. She has written for American Theatre magazine, Theatre Bay Area, Theatre History Studies, and is an Artistic Director for LeAp Onstage (a playwriting program for NYC public middle and high school students). This season marked Ms. Berliner's 5th season as a member of Off Broadway's Lucille Lortel nominating committee. She is a member of the CAP21 Resource Board of Directors, the Dramatists Guild of America, and the Stage Director's Choreographers Society. www.terryberliner.com.
Wilson Chin's (set design) designs for new plays include Geoffrey Naufft's Next Fall (Broadway), Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons (Bucks County), Nick Blaemire's A Little More Alive (Kansas City Rep), Rolin Jones' The Jammer (Atlantic), Conor McPherson's The Birds (Guthrie), Samuel D. Hunter's A Great Wilderness (Williamstown), and Meghan Kennedy's Too Much, Too Much, Too Many (Roundabout), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Dark Matters (Rattlestick), and Carly Mensch's Len Asleep in Vinyl (Second Stage). His opera designs include Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago), The Saint of Bleecker Street (Central City Opera), and Don Giovanni (San Francisco Opera Merola). He has been nominated for multiple regional Critics Circle Awards for his designs at Hartford Stage, Westport County Playhouse, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Cleveland Playhouse, and won Canada's Dora Award for his designs of Eine Florentinische Tragodie and Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera). Mr. Chin is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. His work can be seen at www.wilsonchin.com
Cory Pattak (lighting design) New York: Revolution...(Minetta Lane), Handle with Care (Westside Downstairs), Witnessed by the World (59E59), Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA), This Side of Paradise (St. Clements), Unlocked, Nymph Errant, With Glee, The Blue Flower (Prospect Theatre), Hot Mess in Manhattan (Chernuchin), Ingmar Bergman's Persona (HERE), The Maiden's Prayer (InProximity Theatre), Dreyfus in Rehearsal (Beckett Theatre), They're Playing Our Song, Our Town (Actor's Fund), Happy We'll Be (Roseland Ballroom) Regional: Dog and Pony (The Old Globe), The Fabulous Lipitones (Goodspeed), Other Desert Cities (Maltz Jupiter), A Little More Alive (KC Rep), Single Girls Guide, A Christmas Carol (Cap Rep), Liberty (Warner Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Arkansas Rep), Shipwrecked! (Penguin Rep), 42nd Street (Resorts Casino), Rent, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, (Engeman Theatre), High School Musical (Surflight), Woodloch Pines Resort, Les Miserables, Spelling Bee,(Northern Stage), Cats, West Side Story, Footloose, Annie (Pittsburgh Musical Theatre), Fully Committed (Syracuse Stage) Associate/Assistant: Newsies, Peter...Starcatcher (Tony Award), A Time to Kill, An Evening..Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin, The Story of My Life, Irena's Vow (Broadway), Heathers (New World Stages), Band Geeks, How to Succeed... (Goodspeed), Daddy Long Legs (Various Regional/London). Cory is the host of "in 1: the podcast", featuring conversations with theatrical designers. BFA: Syracuse University. www.corypattak.com
Scott Stauffer (sound design) Broadway: A Free Man Of Color, The Rivals, Contact (also in London and Tokyo), Marie Christine, Twelfth Night, Jekyll And Hyde. Off Broadway: Honour, Hereafter, A Ministers Wife, Bernarda Alba, Third, Belle Epoque, Big Bill, Elegies, Hello Again, The Spitfire Grill, Dancing On Her Knees, Cowgirls, Pageant, Theda Bara, Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Regional: The Hanger Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival, Chicago Shakespeare, Alley Theater. Concerts: Lincoln Center's American Songbook (1999 thru 2014), The Actors Fund concerts of Frank Loesser, Broadway 101, Hair and On The Twentieth Century. Brian Stokes Mitchell (Carnegie Hall). As Sound Engineer- The Lion King, Juan Darien, The Little Foxes, Chronicle Of A Death Foretold, Carousel, Once On This Island, Conversations With My Father; Off-Broadway: Little Shop Of Horrors. John Emmett O'Brien (sound design) Select designs include: When We Met (dir. Eric Hoff/CAP21) Jericho (dir. Evan Bergman/New Jersey Rep & The Directors Company) workshop of The Last Goodbye (dir. Alex Timbers), Ten Chimneys (Peccadillo Theater Co.) Tail!Spin! (dir. Dan Knechtges/NYIFF) Poetic License (59E59/The Directors Company), workshops of The Blonde Streak (directed by Jack Cummings III), The Rhythm Club and Tuck Everlasting (both directed by Casey Nicholaw) Next Thing You Know (dir. Terry Berliner/CAP21), Marrying George Clooney (dir. Frank Ventura/CAP 21) Select assistant credits: Anything Goes (Drama Desk Award, Tony Nom.), Fela! (Tony Award) Proud member of Bastard Playground.
T.J. Newton (assistant director/associate producer) is a 2014 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where he also directed & choreographed Legally Blonde: The Musical. He recently assistant directed Hello, Dolly! at the Professional Performing Arts School. T.J. just completed a stage workshop of Kekla Magoon novel, Camo Girl. Favorite performance credits include: In The Heights, All Shook Up, and Hairspray.. www.tj-newton.com