Incubator Arts Project's 4th Annual Other Forces Festival Runs 1/3-20

Incubator Arts Project's 4th Annual Other Forces Festival Runs 1/3-20

The Incubator Arts Project presents its fourth annual Other Forces, an annual festival of work from some of independent theater's most innovative artists.

Grimly Handsome

Written and Directed by Julia Jarcho
Performed by Jenny Seastone Stern, Ben Williams and Pete Simpson

January 3—20 // $18 general

"Ms. Jarcho is an extremely clever and bewitching writer and a master of stylized behavior." - The New York Times

GRIMLY HANDSOME is a dark and funny new play about crime, desire, and shifting identity. A pair of sinister Christmas tree salesmen have come to wreak havoc on our fair city. A pair of detectives are bent on catching the killer. A young woman finds herself drawn into their cat-and-mouse games and transformed in ways she could never have imagined. Well, maybe she could’ve. Meanwhile, wild animals have been sighted in the vacant lot across the street. Are they dogs? Raccoons? Or something more ferocious? The play moves back and forth between the hair-raising fun of a crime drama and the even deeper mysteries of a weird, modernist lyricism. Jenny Seastone Stern and Ben Williams, who performed in Jarcho’s Dreamless Land (New York City Players, 2011), are joined by Pete Simpson. Enjoy, but be warned: the nicest people can turn out to be pretty dangerous.

Julia Jarcho is a playwright and director from New York City. Her plays include Dreamless Land (New York City Players, 2011), American Treasure (13P), The Highwayman (Missiles With Teeth), A Small Hole (Performance Lab 115), and All I Do Is Dream of You (Sophiensaele and English Theatre Berlin). She recently collaborated with the artist Meredith James on a sculpture-and-video adaptation of her play Delmar, coming soon. She is a member of 13P. Artists she has worked with include Richard Maxwell, Mark Ravenhill, Ami Garmon, Benjamin Gassman, and Ásta Bennie Hostetter. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, a winner of the Berrilla Kerr award, a board member of Young Playwrights Inc, and a Resident Playwright at the Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco.


Thursday, January 3, 8p.m.,

Friday, January 4, 8p.m.

Saturday, January 5, 8p.m.

Sunday, January 6, 8p.m.

Thursday, January 10, 8p.m.

Saturday, January 12, 10p.m.

Monday, January 14, 6p.m.

Tuesday, January 15, 2p.m.

Thursday, January 17, 8p.m.

Friday, January 18, 8p.m.

Saturday, January 19, 8p.m.

Sunday, January 20, 8p.m.

Nellie Tinder’s Evelyn in Concert

Written by Julia May Jonas

Composed by Jon Lundbom and Julia May Jonas

Directed by Abby Browde and Julia May Jonas

Performed by Nikki Calonge, Lisa Clair, Zoë Geltman, Mary Jane Gibson, Hannah Heller, LUCY KAMINSKY, Richard Saudek, Kate Schroeder, and Libby Winters.

January 10—14 // $15 general

"[Jonas'] ambitious new piece, Evelyn, transposes ancient madness to a modern clinic, suggesting that our unruly psyches still chafe at civilized life's compromises." –The Village Voice

The women of Pennsylvania House are making good progress - with talk therapy, group therapy, dance therapy and their surreptitious visits to the surrounding druidical wood, when luminous film actress Evelyn Henries arrives and wreaks havoc with her Star Quality. Will the fortress hold? Or will Evelyn's Magick destroy the fragile strands of sanity these women have left? A musical fever-dream, Evelyn is a story about the consequences of being somebody, and the horror of being nobody. In a re-imagined and updated version, Nellie Tinder’s Evelyn in Concert will be performed as an experimental chamber musical, allowing the audience to absorb the work less as a piece of narrative, and more as a hauntingly humorous nightmare unfolding in their minds.

Nellie Tinder, the company of writer/director Julia May Jonas, has created multi-disciplinary work since 2005. Recent works include Evelyn at the Bushwick Starr, For Artists Only at the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator, and Take Heart at PS122 with TerraNova, as well as a recent work in progress, Raise Your Voice in Medieval Counterpoint, performed at Prelude2012. NT has been seen frequently at the Catch! Series, curated by Andrew Dinwiddie, Jeff Larson and Caleb Hammons, as well as at the Little Theater Series at Dixon Place, and Jonas’ writing has been published by The Brooklyn Review. Nellie Tinder devotes itself to the creation of work that combines organic formal innovation wth moral investigation. Nellie Tinder is Art. Appropriate and Instructive.


Wednesday, January 9, 6p.m.

Friday, January 11, 2p.m.

Saturday, January 12, 6p.m.

Sunday January 13, 5p.m. and 8p.m.

Monday, January 14, 1p.m.

James Moore performs John Zorn’s The Book of Heads

January 11—12 // $15 general

“[A] compendium of fractious virtuosity” –The New York Times

James Moore offers an encore performance of The Book of Heads by John Zorn: a beautiful, playful, and literally explosive evening of solo guitar music. Written for Eugene Chadbourne in 1978, The Book of Heads is a collection of 35 short etudes which utilize an arsenal of acoustic and electronic techniques involving balloons, children’s toys and common household items. Moore offers a new interpretation of the pieces developed in collaboration with the composer. Time Out New York calls him a “local electric guitar hero” and describes The Book of Heads as “one of the toothiest works from the downtown-music canon … a compendium of virtually impossible solo guitar pieces that showcases fractious virtuosity and nimble reflexes.” The San Diego Reader describes “A knockout success … Like Muddy Waters having a seizure … Tonality was generally abused like a CEO at an S&M Convention.” Moore is currently working with filmmaker Stephen Taylor to create a DVD album and documentary of the project for upcoming release on Tzadik Records.

James Moore is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been immersed in New York's creative music community since 2006, earning the title of "local electric guitar hero" by Time Out NY and "model new music citizen" by the NY Times. James is a founding member of the electric guitar quartet Dither, and performs internationally as a soloist and ensemble player. He has worked with Bang on a Can, Alarm Will Sound, Clogs, Object Collection and members of the National. Recent projects include performances of Richard Maxwell’s Neutral Hero, and an upcoming new collaborative piece at BAM with composer David Lang and choreographer Susan Marshall.

Drawing on his experience in a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular and improvised music, John Zorn has created an influential body of work that defies academic categories. A native of New York City, he has been a central figure in the downtown scene since 1975, incorporating a wide range of musicians in various compositional formats. He learned alchemical synthesis from Harry Smith, structural ontology with Richard Foreman, how to make art out of garbage with Jack Smith, cathartic expression at Sluggs and hermetic intuition from Joseph Cornell. Early inspirations include American innovators Ives, Varese, Cage, Carter and Partch, the European tradition of Berg, Stravinsky, Boulez and Kagel, soundtrack composers Herrmann, Morricone and Stalling as well as avant-garde theater, film, art and literature.


Friday, January 11, 8p.m.

Saturday, January 12, 2p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at or by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101. Incubator Arts Project is offering a special price for all three shows of $40. Incubator Arts Project (located inside St. Mark’s Church) • 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Ave.) • L to First or Third Ave; R, W to Broadway/8th St.; 6 to Astor Place; N,Q, 4, 5 to Union Sq.

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