NY_HEARTS: LES Plays The Brick's Game Play Festival, 7/6-22
NY_HEARTS: LES, featuring Jenny Maguire, is presented as part of The Brick Theater's Game Play Festival, July 6-22, in multiple locations across the Lower East Side.
NY_Hearts: LES melds a love story with an iPhone app and the sights and sounds of the Lower East Side. Dive into the story of Jill, a mixed media and tattoo artist, as she speaks to Sal on the anniversary of their first date. Over the audio storytelling app Moveable Feast, Jill recalls how they met and fell in love in the Lower East Side of NYC, leading listeners, like voyeurs, to sexy moments and special spots. Relive what Jill saw, tasted and felt as she reveals the truth about Sal’s past.
“I’m thrilled to be presenting the first part of NY_Hearts in the Game Play Festival,” said creator and producer James Carter. “It is part scavenger hunt and part love story. The audience steps into the shoes of a main character, visit places they never knew existed, and get a yoga class, lunch and other surprises.”
Featuring eight different locations in the Lower East Side including six small businesses, NY_Hearts: LES integrates goods and services featured in the tale. Participating partners include Yoga High, The Fat Radish, Bosi Contemporary, Lost Weekend NYC, My Plastic Heart, and The Parkside Lounge. The ticket includes a yoga class, lunch, and other goods and services from the businesses. Conceived as a way to discover the Lower East Side in a fun, new way, creator James Carter launches the first of his four neighborhood love stories in July 2012 as part of the Brick Theater’s Game Play Festival.
James Carter (creator/producer) is a dramatist and transmedia artist. He was a founding member of terraNOVA Collective and served as its associate artistic director for eight years. He discovered transmedia storytelling when he created FEEDER: A Love Story (HERE, NYC), a transmedia play spanning blogs, video and stage. In July 2012, James launches his newest transmedia venture with NY_Hearts: LES, a location-based geo-tagged love story taking users on a journey through New York’s Lower East Side neighborhood.Other plays include: Reaching Outpost (Kaneland High School, Elburn, IL) and Baby Steps (The Lion, Theatre Row). Producer/Curator – Artists’ Night, dancelikeforever (CSNY), Baby Steps, Buck Fever (Blue Heron), terraNOVA’s soloNOVA Arts Festival (2004-2011, Subterranean (D-Lounge). Season Producer for The Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 2007/2008 season, including Lucy (William Carden, dir.), On The Way To Timbuktu (written &performed by Petronia Paley, Talvin Wilks, dir.), Thicker Than Water 2008 (Youngblood), Marathon 2008 (playwrights – Auburn, LaBute, Mac, Rivera), and Close Ties (Pamela Berlin, dir.).
Jenny Maguire (Jill) has worked Off-Broadway and regionally with award winning playwrights and directors such as David Auburn, Steve Earle, Lee Blessing, Jessica Goldberg, David Lyndsey-Abaire, Gia Forakis, Michael John Garces, Kate Robin, Lucy Thurber, Michael Greif, Pete Masterson and Kate Whoriskey. She stood by and went on for Sarah Jessica Parker in the off-Broadway play Wonder of the World. Some film & TV credits include That 70’s Show, Law & Order: SVU, Stella, Fair Game, The Girl In the Park, Wainy Days & The Baxter. In 2004, she became a founding partner of the Production Company Living the 6 and has spent the last several years developing skills as a producer and independent filmmaker. In 2009/10, as producer/creator, Jenny traveled the festival circuit with the feature length documentary film 21 BELOW; an official selection of the 2007 IFP Market, 10 top US/International Film Festivals, Tribeca Doc Screening Series, UK TV Premiere on Channe4 (More4) & Israeli TV, www.21belowfilm.com. Most recently, as a creative producer/advisor Jenny has been championing/developing theatrical works such as Hater (sold out rave review run, 2010 Ice Factory Festival) and Color Me Gone (smash success reading Rattlestick's F*!@CKING GOOD PLAYS FESTIVAL). In 2011, she launched Jenny Maguire Creative, www.jennymaguirecreative.com, as a way to promote and cultivate her creative skills as an actor, producer, filmmaker & advisor. Jenny presently serves as a gun for hire associate producer/creative director for the independent film Production Company, Helm Media, specializing in high quality corporate videos.