Dixon Place Presents NEW CREATION
Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Founding Director) presents the workshop production of New Creation, conceived and directed by Kai Chieh Tu and devised and performed by Katherine Wright, Janice Amaya, Laura Yumi Snell & Sharlee Taylor runs Thursday, February 28, 2019 and March 1 & 2, 2019 at 7:30pm for a total of three performances at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street) in Manhattan. Tickets are $18 in advance, $21 at the door. For tickets and further information please visit www.dixonplace.org or call 866-811-4111 for tickets.
In New Creation, four very stressed gender-fluid goddesses are rehearsing a play to be performed globally before they humanely decimate all humans. They're desperate to find the perfect theatrical form that is equally engaging, shocking, repulsive, entertaining and accessible to the whopping 60 billion spectators. The rehearsals turn into pandemonium as they debate the question of whether humanity deserves to be destroyed. This multimedia, episodic comic-tragedy sounds our history and future through music, dance and a post-dramatic tapestry of text from books, documentaries, real stories, and fake news.
This Dixon Place production is made possible, in part, with private funds from the Jerome Foundation, and public funds from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo & the NY State Legislature.
The Dixon Place Lounge is open before and after the show. Proceeds from the bar directly support Dixon Place's artists and mission.
Dixon Place is located at 161A Chrystie Street (between Rivington and Delancey), in Manhattan's Lower East Side (By subway: B/D to Grand, F to 2nd Ave, J/Z to Bowery, 6 to Spring St, M to Essex St).
Kai-Chieh Tu (Director) is an international director, dramaturg and writer based in New York City. He is dedicated to creating original work through transmedia and sound-based experiments. Kai has an MFA in Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies from The American Repertory Theater/ Moscow Art Theater School Institute at Harvard University. Apart from his artistic endeavors, he also writes articles, reviews, special reports and interviews for The Theatre Times as a Regional Managing Editor. His upcoming book Sonorous Dramaturgy: The Polyphony of Postdramatic Theatre (Routledge Focus Series) explores the theoretical and practical possibilities of contemporary sounds and musicality in theatre. Recent directing credits include: The Hummm (Dixon Place, Barn Arts Collective, OBERON); Things You Don't Know About Asia/n..Or You Do (Dixon Place); 7-Eleven Project (Taipei City). Recent dramaturgy credits include: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (American Repertory Theater); Silent Rage (American Repertory Theater).
Katherine Wright (Actor) is a New York-based actress and writer. She recently finished playing Elena in the new play Marrow in the Bone at the Barn Arts Collective. Last year she co-developed an adaptation of Three Sisters called The Hummm at Oberon in Cambridge and here at Dixon Place. She holds a BA in Acting and Dramaturgy from Emerson College and an MFA in Acting from the ART Institute at Harvard University.
Janice Amaya (Actor) is a Salvadoran-American actor and oral historian based in New York City. She is a founding member of The Hummm, a theater collective whose aim is to democratize the experimental. Recent theater credits: Tell Them I'm Still Young (American Theater Group), Bloodworks (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Matchstick Series (Pipeline Theater Company), The Prizefighter of P.S. 217 (New Victory Theater), Your Hair Looked Great (Abrons Arts Center), A Good Farmer (American Theater Group). Film: Patriot's Day (Lionsgate, Dir. Peter Berg). She holds an MFA from the Moscow Art Theater and Harvard University.
Sharlee Taylor (Actor) is originally from Atlanta, GA. After studying Theater and Linguistics at UC Berkeley, she received her MFA from the A.R.T./Moscow Art Theater School Institute at Harvard University - there, she understudied as Flo in Mark Rylance's Nice Fish, as well as performing in Young Jean Lee's The Shipment, and Dying For It. After graduation, Sharlee moved to New York to pursue acting. She has developed a diverse resume, including Host work with Skillsoft (Industrial), starring in the Russian television series "How I Became Russian" (Television), and working as a model with well-known brands, such as Maybelline, LongHorns, and Zero Waste Daniel (Print/Commercial). Sharlee is recently shot "We Were Young," her first independent feature film shooting in Orlando, FL. Sharlee is also terminally addicted to the cult of cats.
Laura Yumi Snell (Actor) is an actress-singer-pianist hailing from La La Land. After performing around the world as a classical pianist, she landed in NYC and became an actress. National Tours: Avenue Q, Murakami Music. NY Theatre: Murakami Music (Symphony Space), Oliver! (Signature), Iolanthe (National Opera Center). Fun Facts: Regionally, she played Marcy Park in ...Spelling Bee three times, she loves performing in cabarets, and she can sometimes be seen on the DailyBurn 365 workout videos. Actor-producer at Soho Shakespeare Company. Masters in Acting from Harvard University/MXAT.
Sugar Vendil (Composer/DJ) is a composer, pianist, and interdisciplinary artist. Her practice is rooted in rigorous discipline as a musician and expanded into performance that integrates music, movement, and unconventional approaches to the piano. Vendil was a 2017 Summer Labs Artist at National Sawdust, a 2016 Fellow in the Target Margin Institute for Collaborative Theater Making, and other residencies include Avaloch Farm, Earthdance, the A-Z West Wagon Station Encampment, Arts Letters & Numbers, and Yaddo. She is currently an artist in the Resident Artist Program at Mabou Mines.
Chen-Wei Liao (Scenic Designer) is a New York City-based scenic designer. She has diverse experiences in theater, film and exhibition both in Asia and the United States. Growing up in a bilingual and a multi-cultural environment, Liao is interested in observing and creating the connection between people, stories and spaces. One of her recent research topics is the history of Eurasian nomadic and their influence on world history. But the most important thing is that she loves cats more than anything and would like to become one in her next life.
Wang Ying Tu (Costume Designer) is a Brooklyn-based costume designer from Taipei, Taiwan. Recently designed Tomorrow Will Take Care of Itself (NYU Grad Acting) and The House of Blue Leaves (NYU Grad Acting). Credits in Taiwan include How to Eat Beef Deliciously (Tainaner Ensemble Company), Mission Incomplete (NEW ARTISTS program supported by the Taiwan Culture Department) and The Balcony (National Taiwan University). She has also worked in Martin Scorsese's feature Silence as a set costumer in 2016. She is currently the candidate of M.F.A. at NYU Tisch Design for Stage and Film.
Giada Sun (Media Designer) is a Taiwanese theater artist and media designer based in Pittsburgh. He aims to explore new technologies and unusual platforms for creating theatrical experiences. Besides theater, he's also interested in creating experimental games and Artificial Intelligence generated art. His recent works have been selected for Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, nominated in Independent Game Festival Award, and choose for oral presentation in NeurIPS Machine Learning for Creativity and Design Workshop. Giada is currently pursuing his master's degree in media design at Carnegie Mellon University.