Molly Beach Murphy and Taylor Riccio Set for Double Bill at Incubator Arts Project, Now thru 3/2
Molly Beach Murphy and Taylor Riccio will present LBJ'S GREATEST HITS + MOLLY MURPHY & NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON ON OUR LAST DAY ON EARTH, today, February 28-March 2, 2014, at Incubator Arts.
Molly Beach Murphy and Taylor Riccio premiere two works in conversation with one another on this double bill.
Taylor Riccio has every intention of performing his two-man show with the world's most advanced one-half life-sized Lyndon Johnson robot. The plan is that for a live audience, the two will discuss Johnson's place in history, his greatest achievements and regrets in politics, love and life using scaled models and documents from the historical archive. Unfortunately that plan is derailed when the pair have a falling out. What remains is an ardent attempt by Riccio to perform the two-man work by himself in an attempt to win back the love of his robot. Over the course of the evening the discourse devolves from a logical and historically accurate exploration of LBJ's life to a rambling monologue accusing the robot itself of having been behind the JFK assassination as evidenced by doctored photographs, strangely scaled models, and unreliable accounts from unsavory characters.
Molly Murphy And Neil deGrasse Tyson On Our Last Day On Earth is an experimental adventure cabaret by Molly Beach Murphy about the famous astrophysicist, Neil de Grasse Tyson and his biggest fangirl, a fictional character named Molly Murphy. It's the last day on Earth, and our solar system is about to get sucked into a massive black hole. Molly marches down to the Hayden Planetarium in New York City in order to find her hero Dr. Tyson and have him fulfill her lifetime dream of being a space tourist. A vaudeville adventure story about two lost souls in the Hayden Planetarium, Molly Murphy as Neil deGrasse Tyson On Our Last Day On Earth is composed of source material from Tyson's books, lectures, podcasts and biography as well as our own fears about the cosmic end of the world.
Written by Molly Beach Murphy
Directed and Choreographed by Derek Smith
Music and Lyrics by Loren Beri and Kyle Acheson of Met City
Dramaturgy by Jenna Clark Embrey
Featuring Kyle Acheson, Loren Beri, Steve Conroy, Edlyn "Sonny" Griffin, Julia Izumi, Carson Moody, Molly Beach Murphy, and Sarah Stephens
Scenic and Lighting Design by Taylor Riccio
Artwork by Eric Emch
Photography by Hunter Canning
Produced by Allison Bressi
Taylor Riccio is a theater artist living and working in New York City. He has worked in various capacities with Reid Farrington, Object Collection, Hybrid Stage Project, Molly Murphy, Sarah Rose Leonard, and True/False Theater. He holds a BA in American Studies from Fordham University.
Molly Beach Murphy is a Harlem-based stage and film director via Texas via Indonesia. At the Incubator: Indigo Dai: Immortal Men, Morbid Poetry. New York Directing: Not I (APT. 3E), To Bloom (Dixon Place Hot Festival), The Stronger (APT. 3E) and Okay, Cupid! (Snapdragon Theatre Works). She has worked at venues that include Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, The Apollo Theater, Arena Stage, The Dallas Theater Center and The Invisible Dog among many others. She is the creator and curator of APT. 3E, a monthly performance salon in her living room. To date, salons and performances have included new plays, work by Beckett and Strindberg, drag performance, long form improv, new music, and mask performance by various artists in the community. Molly has served as an assistant to John Guare, Suzan-Lori Parks, Tina Landau, Patricia McGregor and Stan Wojewodski Jr. She is a recipient of the Garland Wright Award for Achievement in Directing. BFA, Southern Methodist University.