New Georges to Present New Play Festival 'JAM ON TOAST,' 5/14-31
New Georges will present The New Georges Jam On Toast, a brand-new festival featuring work by The New Georges Jam, a "performance gym" for early-career playwrights and directors founded in 2010 by Lucy Alibar, Jess Chayes, and Portia Krieger. New Georges will take over the legendary downtown performance space Dixon Place (161 Chrystie Street between Rivington and Delancey) from May 14-31 with World Premiere productions running in rep, works-in-progress presentations and cabaret-style shows, for a total of 47 performances over two and a half weeks.
The festival will feature the World Premieres of The Vaults by Caroline V. McGraw (2013 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow) directed by Portia Krieger (Eager to Lose with Ars Nova; Baby Screams Miracle with Clubbed Thumb); Primal Play by Krista Knight (Salamander Leviathan at Joe's Pub; Clementine and the Cyber Ducks at Incubator Arts Project) directed by Jess Chayes (The Netflix Plays with Ars Nova; HOME/SICK with The Assembly; Associate Director on Peter and the Starcatcher); and A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes by Kate Benson (2014 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission winner) directed by Lee Sunday Evans (Resident Director for CollaborationTown; Associate Director to Young Jean Lee).
The festival will also feature work-in-progress presentations including Lifted by Dipika Guha (The Architecture of Becoming with Women's Project) directed by Sarah Krohn (Victor Frange Presents Gas at Incubator Arts Project; 2013 Boris Sagal Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Ladies of Salerno by Mary Elizabeth Hamilton (current member of EST's Youngblood) directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh (QVC with Partial Comfort; The Tenant with Woodshed Collective) and Wildrose by Anna Moench (The Pillow Book at 59E59; Gormanzee at The Flea) directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Colt Coeur's Fish Eye at HERE; Missed Connections with Ars Nova).
In addition there will be cabaret-style performances in the Dixon Place Lounge by director Meghan Finn (Take Me Home with Incubator Arts Project/3LD; Erin Courtney's The Service Road; Mac Wellman's AFAR at Dixon Place) and playwright Sofia Alvarez (Between Us Chickens at South Coast Rep); writer/performer Eliza Bent (Blue Wizard/Black Wizard at Incubator Arts Project; The Hotel Colors at The Bushwick Starr) and director Morgan Gould (co-creator of Young Jean Lee's Untitled Feminist Show); and Caroline V. McGraw with Mary Birnbaum (Artistic Director of art.party.theater.company); and special theatrical happenings by Katherine Brook (She Is King at Dixon Place; American Realism at The Invisible Dog) and Mia Rovegno (The Civilians' Pretty Filthy II at Joe's Pub; We Play for the Gods with Women's Project) with Meghan Finn.
NEW GEORGES, founded in 1992, has premiered 38 new full-length plays and 11 festivals of new work; hundreds of original works have passed through New Georges' workspace, The Room, on their way to venues in New York City and beyond. In addition to producing regular seasons, the company is a play and artist development organization, providing essential resources and opportunities to a community of adventurous artists. Notable productions have included: Lynn Rosen's Goldor $ Mythyka; Kara Lee Corthron's AliceGraceAnon; Peggy Stafford's Motel Cherry (Huffington Post Top Ten); Sylvan Oswald's Nightlands; Heidi Schreck's Creature; Eisa Davis' Angela's Mixtape (New Yorker Top Ten Off Broadway Shows); Jenny Schwartz's God's Ear (Time Out New York Top Ten); Wendy Weiner's Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With a (Somewhat) Happy Ending; Susan Bernfield's Stretch (a fantasia); Sheila Callaghan's Dead City (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Deb Margolin's Three Seconds in the Key (Kesselring Prize); and Lisa D'Amour's Anna Bella Eema.