Julian Crouch, Shoehorn Theater, Fiasco Theater and More Among New Victory's 2013-14 Residencies

Julian Crouch, Shoehorn Theater, Fiasco Theater and More Among New Victory's 2013-14 Residencies

The New Victory Theater, New York City's premier theater for kids and families, announces the 2013-14 artists-in-residence for New Victory LabWorks, a groundbreaking initiative designed to spur the development of original high-quality productions for young audiences. This unparalleled program aims to significantly expand the landscape of quality performing arts for young people created in New York City, and challenge professional artists in all disciplines to create their highest caliber of work with a family audience in mind.

The New Victory launches the official first year of the program by hosting the initial development of three original projects by a diverse roster of New York City-based artists: Julian Crouch (The Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera's Satyagraha and New Victory presentations Shockheaded Peter, Wolves in the Walls) in collaboration with Saskia Lane (Dan Zanes & Friends, The Lascivious Biddies); Parallel Exit (Room 17B, Exit Stage Left, Time Step); and the newly-formed ensemble Shoehorn Theater Company. In addition, New Victory LabWorks will host the final development phase of Fiasco Theater's (Into the Woods, Cymbeline) Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, which will premiere at The New Victory this spring.

"Theater for young people is nothing less than essential in the long journey towards full-rounded adulthood," says theater designer, director and puppet makerJulian Crouch. After the success of The Devil and Mister Punch (Barbican, 2012), Crouch will reunite with musician, puppeteer and performer Saskia Laneto begin a residency for the creation of an original work featuring puppetry and live music. Inspired by the stunning and strangely beautiful images of albatrosses by acclaimed photographer Chris Jordan, this project will be Mr. Crouch's first original piece for kids as young as seven years old. "The New Victory sits at the very heart of the most famous theater district in the world and I have had the great pleasure of working there as an artist, and visiting as an audience member and parent of children who have sat transfixed in their chairs. For me, it is the most important theater in the city, and I am honored and excited to extend my relationship with them in the form of an artistic residency," stated Mr. Crouch.

In anticipation of the world premiere at The New Victory of Fiasco Theater's Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, New Victory LabWorks will provide rehearsal space and support for the company as they explore a new model of development that will involve their whole ensemble from concept to production. With a brilliant talent for devising new interpretations of classic works, the Fiasco Theater company includes Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Paul L. Coffey, Andy Grotelueschen, Ben Steinfeld and Emily Young. Recommended for ages 13 and older, Fiasco Theater's Measure for Measure will debut onFebruary 28, 2014.

Parallel Exit, led by Artistic Director Mark Lonergan and comprised of Mike Dobson, Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, Ryan Kasprzak, Brent McBeth, Olivia O'Brien and Derek Roland, was founded in 1997 and has performed around the world and in New York at 59E59 Theaters, Soho Rep, Symphony Space, PS 122 and The New Victory Theater. Parallel Exit will explore how their signature mix of physical comedy, dance and circus translates to an immersive theater experience and will devise a new work with all ages in mind.

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