FRACTURED HEARTS & LURID DETAILS Continues Through New Year's Eve at IRT Theater

Now through January 2, 2017 BAD REP will be in residence at IRT in NYC. The collaborative group will present a 'wHoly, unHoliday series of events' which include "Fractured Hearts & Lurid Details", a play written by Pamela Enz and directed by Vera Beren along with several pop-up workshops facilitated by Connie Noyes, visiting cohort from Chicago.

The play will run December 30 at 8:00pm and December 31 at 6:00pm at IRT Theater 154 Christopher Street, NYC, NY 10014. A workshop will take place on December 30, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at a pop-up location in Manhattan. For ticket information and specific workshop locations as they unfold, visit www.badrep.org.

Part One "Fractured Hearts and Lurid Details", is a wistful pean to a romantic ideal, shattered shortly after it reached its zenith in the imaginations of 1950's America yet continues to live on in the DNA of lovers around the globe. The inter-active collaboration of BAD REP at IRT between artist and audience examines the pool of dreams we take with us down the road to forming our own bonds. Paired with its companion "Are You My Kitchen Table?" this winner of the Tennessee Williams One Act Play Award uses America's Big Band 1930-40's for its open hearted back beat.

Cast members include: Connie Castanzo*, Gordon Ramsey, Maja Wampuszyc*, Maddy Campbell, Nicole Beninato and Paul Megna, * appear courtesy AEA; Project Manager, Robert Neapolitan and Make-up artist Angela Rodriquez.

The workshops "One-Sock Tree" and "Where does love live?" facilitated by artist Connie Noyes will come together through community interaction within specific sites while participates play and explore in the unknown. Based on the philosophical idea something always comes from nothing, the open experience of participation will guide and propel ideas forward as the community works together. Through the use authentic movement, repetition spontaneous words and making participants will get curious about fear, longing and upset while opening imagination to the infinite possibility of connection.

Connie Noyes' interdisciplinary art practice examines social constructions and assigned values of idealized beauty. She challenges this ideal directly in the work as the history beneath the surface is both revealed and disguised. Through actions both in the studio and on site, the question provoked is: what constitutes beauty and worth and how do our very perceptions construct this reality?

Born in Washington D.C, Noyes is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Chicago. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA degree in Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont California. She was awarded the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and has received numerous professional development grants.

Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in places such as San Francisco, Paris, London and Innsbruck, but most recently at the 3rd Biennale International d'art non-objective in Grenoble, France. She has been selected for numerous international artists' residencies, some of which include the Emaar International Art Symposium in Dubai, Thupelo International Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa and the 5th International Visual Arts Symposium in Monastir, Tunisia.

This year (2016) she was in residence with Salwa Zeidan Gallery in Abu Dhabi in connection with Art Abu Dhabi and in December will be at IRT Theater in New York City. Noyes' work is also in a number of corporate, private, and museum collections including that of, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, The Ekstrom Library of Photographic Archives Special Collections in Louisville and the Greenville County Museum in South Carolina. Her project, Under the Freeway, was chosen as a featured project for Chicago Artists Month 2015 - The City as Studio.

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