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M-34 to Present SWEAT & TEARS at JACK in Brooklyn, 7/22-31

M-34 will present the devised physical theatre piece Sweat & Tears, created by Jess Goldschmidt (Tall Women in Clogs at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe; W.R. Salome at Dixon Place) and James Rutherford (All That Dies And Rises at IATI; The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway at Access Theater) at JACK (502 1/2 Waverly Avenue between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn) July 22-31 with performances on Friday, July 22, Saturday, July 23, Sunday, July 24, Monday, July 25, Thursday, July 28, Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30 at 8pm and Sunday, July 31 at 3pm. Tickets ($15) are available for advance purchase The performance will run 1 hour and 15 minutes, with no intermission.

Two men batter but don't draw blood. Two women weep but their faces stay dry. What happens when emotions are enacted not experienced? What makes the fake?

James and Jess are in a relationship. They both cry. She hits things more than he does, but he used to be a well-honed instrument of death. Jess found violence and rage in ballet, keening, orgone therapy. James searched for compassion in martial arts, street fighting, Mongolian wrestling. Apart, they asked four performers what it means to fight as men, to cry as women. Together, they've built a two-ring circus of gendered pain welling up with Sweat & Tears, two alchemies of salt and water, two body responses to the difficult work of feeling.

Sweat & Tears will be performed by Ross Cowan* (Fly with Crossroads Theatre Company at The New Victory), Jess Myers, Casey Robinson* (Age of Iron with Classic Stage Company; Coney Island Avenue at New York Theatre Workshop), and Jing Xu* (Jomama Jones: Radiate at Soho Rep; Lily's Revenge at A.R.T). The show will also feature Production Design by Oona Curley (An Intimate Evening with Typhoid Mary at The New Ohio; Loveplay/Play Money at La MaMa), Sound Design by JT Norton (Young Heel), and Design Associate Kimie Nishikawa (Blue Window with Classic Stage Company; Before You Get Too Far Afield at JACK). *Appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association

Jess Goldschmidt (Co-Creator) is a writer and choreographer. Her performance work has been seen at CPR, Movement Research @ Judson Church, Dixon Place, AUNTS, The Wild Project (with Clubbed Thumb), and the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her frequent collaborators include Chris Tyler, Millie Kapp, and Tall Women in Clogs.

James Rutherford (Co-Creator) is the founding artistic director of M-34, for whom he has directed All That Dies And Rises (IATI), The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway (Access Theater), 4.48 Psychosis (Magic FutureBox) and an ongoing choral adaptation of Timothy Donnelly's poem Hymn to Life. James assisted Peter Brook on his most recent work The Valley of Astonishment (Theater for a New Audience / Théâtre du Bouffes du Nord) in New York and Paris. He is an associate artist at Classic Stage Company, for whom he directed As You Like It, and a visiting director at the Stella Adler Conservatory. MFA Directing: Columbia University.

M-34 is a fake mustache, a white phosphorous grenade, a star cluster and a crosstown bus. It is a rotating ensemble of young people attempting to be rigorous, critical and curious in a creative wasteland. We are lying in the gutter but looking at the stars.

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