Incubator Arts Project Kicks Off 5th Annual OTHER FORCES Festival Today

The Incubator Arts Project presents its fifth annual Other Forces, a festival of work from some of independent theater's most innovative artists. Other Forces will run today, January 9 - 26, 2014.


Take Me Home
A mobile performance in a taxi
Written by Alexandra Collier
Directed by Meghan Finn

January 9-26; Previews January 7 & 8 // $25 general

TAKE ME HOME is an interactive live performance that takes place inside the mobile heart of New York City: a taxicab. Transporting three audience members only, from a secret location, the Driver takes passengers on a radical journey through the city, along streets both familiar and strange. The windows to the cab become eyes to a vast theatrical landscape as the streets of New York transform into an unending performance installation. Integrating live performance, sound, video and street action, TAKE ME HOME offers a captivating, dark and irreverent view of the city through an intimate and innovative theatrical experience.

Directed by Meghan Finn (The Downtown Loop, The Service Road), this performance promises to be a completely singular theatrical experience for audiences. Exploring the relationship between cab driver and passenger, the intimate setting of the taxi allows revelations about both sides to come to light. Audiences will be able to engage interactively in various ways, as well as spying surprise performance moments on the streets. The show will run in rep, three times each night.

Alexandra Collier (Playwright) is from Australia, now based in New York. Her plays have been developed at Sydney Theatre Company, Women's Project, New Georges, the Lark and Dixon Place. Her recent work includes WE PLAY FOR THE GODS (created with the Women's Project, Cherry Lane), and UNDERLAND (Sydney Theatre Company workshop and Page to Stage, Dixon Place).

Meghan Finn (Director) Directing credits include: World Premieres of THE DOWNTOWN LOOP by Ben Gassman (3LD), THE SERVICE ROAD by Erin Courtney (Adhesive Theater Project; NY TIMES Critics' Pick), MOTEL CHERRY by Peggy Stafford (Summerworks Clubbed Thumb/New Georges at HERE Arts Center; Huffington Post Top 10 of 2012) and 3 2's; or AFAR by Mac Wellman (Dixon Place).

Produced by Lauren Rayner Productions in association with the longest lunch
Featuring: Modesto "Flako" Jimenez
Associate Directors: Claire Moodey & Jenny Snyder
Sound Designer: Stowe Nelson
Video Designer: Robert Wuss
Production Stage Manger: Geoff Maus

Blue Wizard/Black Wizard
Eliza Bent and Dave Malloy
January 9-14 // $18 general

Ancient ideals and modern musings rub up against each other in Blue Wizard/Black Wizard, a philosophical musical fantasia. Two referees adjudicate the proceedings as the Black and Blue Wizards battle to save themselves and humanity from the mundane. Warping the conventions of musical theater and classical art song to intersect with the sensibilities of electronic music, Blue Wizard/Black Wizard is a pop culture smashup of fantasy language and contemporary parlance. What unfolds is a ritualistic sporting event, the likes of which audiences have never seen.

Eliza Bent (Writer/Performer) is a performer, playwright, and journalist. Recent plays include The Hotel Colors (Bushwick Starr), Karma Kharms (or yarns by Kharms) (Target Margin Lab series at the Bushwick Starr), Toilet Time with Eliza Bent (various) and Pen Pals Meet (Iranian Theatre Festival at The Brick). Bent is a MacDowell Colony fellow, a Bay Area Playwrights Finalist and a New Georges affiliated artist. She is a company member of the Obie-award winning theatre ensemble Half Straddle and a senior editor at American Theatre Magazine. MFA in playwriting, Brooklyn College; BA in philosophy, Boston College.

Dave Malloy (Composer/Performer/Sound Designer) is a composer/performer/sound designer. Shows include Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; All Hands; Three Pianos; Beardo; Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage; The Sewers; Sandwich; Clown Bible; and (The 99-cent) Miss Saigon. He lives in Brooklyn.

Dan Safer (Director and Choreographer) directs and choreographs plays and other things and is the Artistic Director of the dance/theater company Witness Relocation, with whom his work has been performed in NY, across the US, in Europe, and Southeast Asia. His choreography has been seen in venues like BAM and in The Rite of Spring with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He is the Head of Movement Training at NYU/Playwrights Horizons Theater School and has recently taught at Princeton University and The Norwegian Theatre Academy. He used to be a go-go dancer and once choreographed the Queen of Thailand's Birthday Party.

Text by Eliza Bent (and Dave Malloy)
Music by Dave Malloy (and Eliza Bent)
Directed and Choreographed by Dan Safer

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