Photo Flash: Ars Nova's THE URBAN DICTIONARY PLAYS
Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Jeremy Blocker, Managing Director) will kick off its 2012 season with The Urban Dictionary Plays, by Ars Nova's Play Group. Set to play 10 performances only from February 1-11, this year's incarnation of Ars Nova's annual Play Group production features original short plays and live music inspired by the irreverent entries on urbandictionary.com. Check out photos from the productions below!
Each year, members of Ars Nova's vibrant and eclectic writers' group Play Group create an original evening of work related to a theme collaboratively devised by the group. This annual Play Group production kicked off with The Wikipedia Plays, and was followed with Playlist, Missed Connections NYC, and last year's hit, The Wii Plays. Play Group gathers twice a month at Ars Nova to share new work and get peer feedback, affording its members the opportunity to develop their plays with peer support, form collaborative relationships, and build a strong sense of community within Ars Nova.
The Urban Dictionary Plays features new works by Joshua Allen, Chad Beckim, Rachel Bonds, Jenny Connell, Kara Lee Corthron, Jon Kern, Josh Koenigsberg, Molly Smith Metzler, Michael Mitnick, Kim Rosenstock, Sharyn Rothstein and Joe Tracz. (Bios below)
Directed by Oliver Butler, Wes Grantom, Kate Pines and Laura Savia. (Bios below)
Costume Design is by Tilly Grimes. Lighting Design is by Driscoll Otto. Projection Design is by Dan Scully. Sound Design is by Asa Wember. Music Direction is by Arthur Lewis. The Production Stage Manager is E. Sarah Barnes.
The show features performances by Peter Benson, CAndy Buckley, Nick Choksi, Sas Goldberg, Meredith Holzman, Keith Nobbs, Zach Shaffer and Susan Kelechi Watson.
The Urban Dictionary Plays are as follows (each evening features the full slate of plays):
Humble Brag by Josh Koenigsberg, directed by Oliver Butler
Business Shower by Kim Rosenstock, directed by Laura Savia
Gunt by Jon Kern, directed by Oliver Butler
Olympic Narcolepsy by Rachel Bonds, directed by Wes Grantom
Tooth Fairy by Joshua Allen, directed by Laura Savia
Blue Waffle by Kara Lee Corthron, directed by Kate Pines
Food Douche by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Wes Grantom
The Fluffer by Chad Beckim, directed by Laura Savia
Body Language by Jenny Connell, directed by Kate Pines
Lunchblocked by Sharyn Rothstein, directed by Kate Pines
Porky Pig by Joe Tracz, directed by Oliver Butler
Subway Gymnastics by Michael Mitnick, directed by Wes Grantom
For more information on Ars Nova's programs, visit www.arsnovanyc.com. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg