New Georges to Offer Workshop Presentations & Cabaret Shows as Part of Jam On Toast at Dixon Place, 5/14-31
New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Producing Artistic Director; Sarah Cameron Sunde, Deputy Artistic Director; Jaynie Saunders Tiller, Managing Director) will present workshop presentations of new plays by Jam artists Dipika Guha (The Architecture of Becoming with Women's Project), Mary Elizabeth Hamilton (current member of EST's Youngblood), and Anna Moench (The Pillow Book at 59E59; Gormanzee at The Flea) as part of The New Georges Jam On Toast, a brand-new play festival featuring work by The New Georges Jam, a "performance gym" for early-career female playwrights and directors founded in 2010 by Lucy Alibar, Jess Chayes, and Portia Krieger. The works in progress will be directed by Sarah Krohn (Victor Frange Presents Gas at Incubator Arts Project; 2013 Boris Sagal Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival), Pirronne Yousefzadeh (QVC with Partial Comfort; The Tenant with Woodshed Collective), and Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Colt Coeur's Fish Eye at HERE; Missed Connections with Ars Nova). The festival will also feature cabaret-style pieces and special presentations by Sofia Alvarez (Between Us Chickens at South Coast Rep), Eliza Bent (Blue Wizard/Black Wizard at Incubator Arts Project; The Hotel Colors at The Bushwick Starr), Mary Birnbaum (Artistic Director of art.party.theater.company), Katie Brook (She Is King at Dixon Place; American Realism at The Invisible Dog), Meghan Finn (Take Me Home with Incubator Arts Project/3LD; Erin Courtney's The Service Road; Mac Wellman's AFAR at Dixon Place), Morgan Gould (co-creator of Young Jean Lee's Untitled Feminist Show),Caroline V. McGraw (2013 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow), and Mia Rovegno (The Civilians' Pretty Filthy II at Joe's Pub; We Play for the Gods with Women's Project).
The New Georges Jam On Toast will run May 14-31 at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street between Rivington and Delancey). The festival will also feature World Premiere productions by Jam members Kate Benson, Krista Knight, and Caroline V. McGraw. Tickets ($20 each; all-festival pass $50) are available for advance purchase online at www.newgeorges.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
THE LADIES OF SALERNO
Written by Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, directed by PIrronne Yousefzadeh
Deep in the Dark Ages - the real dark ages - a woman doctor and a group of female medical students document the female anatomy and invent the science of gynecology. Or do they?
Tue 5/20 @ 7pm & Thu 5/22 @ 3pm
Written by Dipika Guha, directed by Sarah Krohn
A poet's obsession: hunt my plagiarist down, bring him to justice. The Chorus comments. Letters, paranoia, pseudonyms ensue, shades of Greek tragedy abound. In collaboration with visual artist Jessica Tam.
Wed 5/21 @ 2pm & Thu 5/22 @ 7pm
Written by Anna Moench, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Enticed to North Dakota by the oil boom, well compensated but ill housed, our prospectors find that with four men to every woman, it's gonna be a long and lonely winter on the prairie.
Wed 5/28 @ 3pm & Thu 5/29 @ 7pm
Morgan Gould directs Eliza Bent in FIRE THE HIRE, a work-related meta-theatrical exercise in stand-up. A send up. Sit down! H'what?
Thu 5/15 & Fri 5/16 @ 9:30pm
Megan Emery Gaffney is Anne Shirley and Eliza Bent is everyone else in ANNE OF GREEN GAFFNEY BENT GABLES, an homage to Canada's favorite fictional redhead.
Mon 5/19 @ 9pm
Sofia Alvarez and Meghan Finn, poetesses, perform DID HE JUST CALL ME FAT culled from the autobiographical blog musings of director and fellow Jammer, Morgan Gould.
Sat 5/24 @ 10pm, Wed 5/28 @ 8:30pm, & Fri 5/30 @ 10:30pm
Mary Birnbaum directs Caroline V. McGraw in ...BABY, NO MORE TIMES a fistfight with the power of the pop album and all its weird messages about body image, gender roles and genies in bottles. It's as if Britney Spears wrote an album with Gloria Steinem - collaboration with Melissa Lusk of Boy Girl Party!
Mon 5/26 & Thu 5/29 @ 10pm
nothin's gonna change my world (meditations on that mythological place called home)
Written by Mia Rovegno, directed by Meghan Finn & Mia Rovegno
With Monique Vukovic, Jessica Frey, Charise Greene, Jorge Cordova and house band The Point: Sammy Tunis and Michael O'Neill
This 2013-15 New Georges Audrey Residency project immersively explores the dislocated and relocated, glimpsing stories from across the nation.
Tue 5/27 @ 7pm
It's jammer vs. jammer when Katie Brook whips up a performance game called MOTHER.
Sat 5/31 @ 9:30pm