THE DOUBTFUL GUEST Arrives at Public Arts in NYC
Following the show's development at The Orchard Project in 2017, LubDub Theatre presents The Doubtful Guest, an immersive contemporary séance featuring cocktails and sleight-of-hand and exploring the legacy of American spiritualism. The piece premieres at The Public Hotel (215 Chrystie St., New York, NY) following sold-out developmental performances at The Inn at Saratoga and Guild Greene Gallery.
Performance Dates and Times:
Thursday, January 11 at 8:30pm
Friday, January 12 at 5:30pm and 8:30pm
Only 36 seats available per performance. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Ticketfly here.
An intimate audience is invited into a shifting world of immersive theatre in which sleight-of-hand magic, movement, and ritual move the guests closer to the performers, to one another, and to the other side. The performance begins with cocktails and ends with haunting revelations (and more cocktails). The Doubtful Guest draws inspiration from sources including the tradition of American spiritualism, the performers' personal histories, and the question "What does it mean to be a host?"
The Doubtful Guest is co-created by Caitlin Cassidy (Director, Sound Design), Geoff Kanick (Performer, Magic Design, Assistant Director), Miranda Rose Hall (LubDub Playwright-in-Residence), Robert Duffley (Dramaturg-in-Residence), Clinton Edward (Performer), and Mayte Natalio (Performer). Also featuring Kristin Yancy (Guide), the show includes Scenic and Lighting Design by Emmie Finckel and Costume Design by Dina El-Aziz.
ABOUT LUBDUB THEATRE CO.
LubDub is a hybrid physical theatre company animating stories of science, magic, and myth. LubDub productions spring from unexpected intersections. Devised in conversation with NASA's Golden Record, John Masefield's "Lollingdon Downs," and Gabriel García Marquez's "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World," The Voyager Project (2015-2016) orbits questions of arrival and belonging through dance, puppetry, and original music. In 2015, LubDub launched its inaugural Postal Play-a sold-out search for a missing classicist performed entirely via the U.S. Postal Service. In addition to full productions, LubDub conducts open artist sessions in New York City and educational programs around the world. lubdubtheatre.org
Caitlin Nasema Cassidy (Director, Sound Design, Co-Creator) is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of LubDub Theatre. She is a 2017-18 Fellow with The Lab for Global Performance and Politics and the Edinburgh Institute for International Cultural Relations. Theatre credits include Equity National Tours: There Is A Field, ShowBoat, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. International: Yerma (London Cockpit, Monique Wilson), Cymbeline (Shakespeare's Globe, Tom Cornford), The Ballad of Lorca (International Theatre Institute & UNESCO World Theatre Conference, Derek Goldman). Regional: Anything Goes (Williamstown, Roger Rees), Kafka's Metamorphosis (Synetic Theater Company), Paradise (Central Square Theater, Shana Gozansky). Training: East 15 School of Acting in London and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. www.CaitlinNCassidy.com
Geoff Kanick (Performer, Magic Design, Assistant Director, Co-Creator) is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of LubDub Theatre. He is an actor-magician-theatre maker. Geoff has been performing professionally as a variety entertainer for over ten years, specializing in the vaudeville tradition and performing a unique blend of new circus, improvised comedy, physical theatre, and world-class illusion. Geoff graduated with distinction from the Master's Program in International Acting at East 15 in London. He has also trained at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and at the London Dramatic Academy. He was named Seattle Performing Artist of the Year in 2012. Geoff has toured one-man shows across the country. He was an original cast member of Drama Desk award-winning Queen Of The Night at the Paramount in New York City's Times Square, in which he starred as Sarastro and served as a member of the creative team. Most recently, Geoff served as Resident Director of Randy Weiner and Ryan Heffington's immersive spectacle Seeing You. www.geoffkanick.com
Miranda Rose Hall (Playwright-in-Residence, Co-Creator) is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. Her plays have been produced at Yale School of Drama, Yale Cabaret, Yale Summer Cabaret, the DC Fringe Festival, the Sam French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and by Longacre Lea for the DC Women's Voices Theater Festival. She has developed her work with New York Theatre Workshop's Monday at 3 series, Play Lab at Baltimore Center Stage, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Festival, and PlayFest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. She is currently on faculty at Georgetown University, and has taught playwriting as a visiting lecturer at Wesleyan University and as a teaching artist with Baltimore Center Stage, Arena Stage, and Young Playwrights Theater. She graduated with her BA from Georgetown University and her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Robert Duffley (Dramaturg-in-Residence, Co-Creator) is the Editor & Assistant Dramaturg at the American Repertory Theater and Dramaturgy Advisor at Emerson College in Boston, MA. As a dramaturg, he has developed new work with the A.R.T., OBERON, Boston Theater Marathon, Organic Theatre, Boston Circus Guild, and the Moscow Art Theater. Writing includes Out of the Blue (by Vladimir Zaytsev, co-translated with Tatyana Khaikin) and pieces for Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge), Breaking Character Magazine (Samuel French), The A.R.T. Guide, The Theatre Times, Six By Eight Press, New International Theatre Experience News, and DC Theatre Scene. Education/Training: MFA, A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University; BA, Georgetown University.
Clinton Edward (Performer, Co-Creator) is a native of Oklahoma and has been working in the dance and theatre world since receiving his BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. Favorite performing credits include dancing at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, working as a swing in The Broadway Dance Lab, and performing Off-Broadway in Queen of the Night. Clinton is a choreographer for pop artist PRIMME and co-founder of immersive events company MinuteZero. He is a LubDub Theatre Co. Core Artist. www.clintonedward.com.
Mayte Natalio (Performer, Co-Creator) is from Queens, NY. She went to the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and SUNY Purchase (BFA). She has performed with the Parsons Dance Company, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown and Dancers and Chase Brock among others. She has toured with French pop singer Mylene Farmer as well as Kanye West. Regional musical theater credits include the Ogunquit Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, and Pregones Puerto Rican Theater. New York Theater credits include City Center Encores, the original cast of the immersive production Queen of the Night and Third Rail Productions' The Grand Paradise. As a choreographer Mayte has assisted Camille A. Brown on several production and was the Associate Choreographer alongside Ann Yee for Public Works/ DTC's production of The Tempest. She is a Lubdub Theatre Co. Core Artist and also a founding member of the NYC-based immersive events Production Company Minute Zero.
Emmie Finckel (Scenic Design, Lighting Design) is a New York-based scenic and production designer. Design credits include world premieres of Telegraph Bois (Ars Nova), Out There! (University Settlement), The Essential Ella Maythorne (Dixon Place), and Hand Me Down (Fieldston School) and the New York City premieres of Riot Antigone (La MaMa), Hot Belly (The Tank) and Loudon Wainwright's Surviving Twin (Subculture NYC). Additional credits include The Wolves, Rhinoceros (Fieldston School), Macbeth (The Humanist Project), SHE and And It Felt Like A Kiss... (HERE Arts). Assistant/associate design credits include numerous productions with David Korins (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen), Woodshed Collective (KPOP, Empire Travel Agency), and The Assembly (I Will Look Forward..., That Poor Dream). Emmie currently teaches scenic design and stagecraft at the Fieldston School, and holds a BA in Theater and Sociology with High Honors from Wesleyan University. See more of their work at www.efinckel.com.
Dina El-Aziz (Costume Design) makes her LubDub debut with The Doubtful Guest. Theatre credits include: Bee (LES Theater); Trouble In Tahiti (Opera, West Side Theatre); Blood Wedding, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2); Freedom Riders (New York Musical Festival at The Acorn Theater); Unity 1918. Wayward (The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute); Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center); The Motherf*cker With The Hat, Vieux Carré (New York University Tisch School of the Arts). International Theatre credits include: Mad Forest, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Dido and Aeneas (Opera), Who's Having the Duck? (The American University in Cairo). She was Assistant Costume Designer for the Off-Broadway production of The Band's Visit (Atlantic Theater Company). Film Credits include short films Keiko's Hands, Jihadi Street, Shift, Prisoners of War, Lucy Barron, The Loneliest, and Costume Assistant for the feature Nigerian Prince. Webseries credits include Assistant Costume Designer for We Are All New York. Dina received her M.F.A. at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.dinae.me
Kristin Yancy (Guide). Off-Broadway: Queen of the Night (Nadia). National Tour: West Side Story (Alicia, u/s Anita). Regional: Evita (Dance Captain), West Side Story (Rosalia, u/s Anita), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Josephette). TV/Industrial: Chase Bank, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Organic Valley, Abyzme Research Foundation, Ford Motor Company, BBC, VH1+,Target. Education: Washington University in St. Louis (B.A. Comparative Arts), Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Kristin dances with The People Movers, under the direction of Kate Ladenheim. She is a LubDub Theatre Co. Core Artist. www.kristinyancy.com