Isaac Byrne to Direct Jody Christopherson's AMP at HERE
Goode Productions will present the World Premiere of AMP, a solo horror piece written and performed by Jody Christopherson, directed by Isaac Byrne (The Other Mozart; In Vestments) at HERE (145 Avenue of the Americas, entrance on Dominick Street, one block south of Spring Street), December 5-19.
Tickets ($35) are available in advance at www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101. This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE: a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.
AMP is a multi-media solo horror piece about scientist Luigi Galvani's discovery of animal electricity in 1790 and how it informed the creation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as well as the development of electroshock therapy in the 1950's.
In AMP, Mary Shelley begins the process of writing Frankenstein on stage. Mary's monologues are interwoven with film interviews of a woman who auditions for the Boston Symphony during their first historic "blind auditions" and is committed to an asylum.
Written and performed by Jody Christopherson and directed by Isaac Byrne with sound and projection design by Martha Goode featuring projections shot on location inside abandoned asylums on the East Coast. Additional text by Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Luigi Galvani.
AMP was previously developed through residencies at Write Out Front and All For One Theater. For the play AMP, Jody Christopherson is the recipient of a 2017 New York Society Library grant, for emerging female writers writing about history and literature. AMP will run in rep with Greencard Wedding, which stars Jody Christopherson and Ryan McCurdy.
Performances will be Tuesday, December 5 at 8:30pm, Wednesday, December 6 at 8:30pm, Thursday, December 7 at 8:30pm, Friday, December 8 at 8:30pm, Saturday, December 9 at 8:30pm, Sunday, December 10 at 4pm, Wednesday, December 13 at 8:30pm, Friday, December 15 at 8:30pm, Saturday, December 16 at 4pm, Sunday, December 17 at 4pm, and Tuesday, December 19 at 8:30pm.
Isaac Byrne (Director) Originally from Texas, based in NYC, Isaac has been awarded the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction twice and productions he has directed have been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, an Off Broadway Alliance award, 24 NYIT awards, and 6 Planet Connection Awards. Credits include: The Other Mozart (NYIT Outstanding Solo Performance, Nominated for Director), In Vestments (NYIT Outstanding Premier of a New Play), To Nineveh (NYIT Outstanding Production), Tar Baby (DR2, PS122), 52 Man Pick Up (Ars Nova, Edinburgh Fringe), The New Normal, I Used to Write on Walls, Grimm Reality (Co-Production with Bryant Park), and Hazard a Little Death (Planet Connection Best Original Script). He also performs regularly with the Aztec Economy theatre company in the touring show, Butcher Holler Here We Come. He has taught acting at the University of the Arts, New York Film Academy, and the Matthew Corozine Studio.
Jody Christopherson (Writer/Performer) is a performer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker living in New York. Recent works include; Greencard Wedding, (writer/performer/filmmaker) a multi-media rock musical about artist visas,(recently presented by: The Studios of Key West, The Brick Theater in Brooklyn NY, FilmGate Miami at the Miami Light Project, Dixon Place (New York), Carrie Morris Performing Arts in Detroit MI), Because You Are Good, a solo show, devised and performed by Ms. Christopherson, based on interviews with Mabou Mines Associate Clove Galilee, (2015 Innovative Theater Award Nomination) and Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project, (conceptual artist/photographer) a photography and sound installation in art galleries and on Itunes. Additional acting credits include; a critically acclaimed performance as Nannerl Mozart in the award winning monodrama,The Other Mozart, The Reenactors by Juliana Francis Kelley dir by Tony Torn at Abrons Art Center, Lincoln Center Film Society, The Kitchen, The Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, Actors Theater of Louisville, Nebraska Repertory, Performance Space122, The Bushwick Starr, Ensemble Studio Theater, IRT, Working Theater. Ms. Christopherson is the creator of newyorktheatrereview.blogspot.com, a contributor to The Huffington Post, and has been a teaching artist at The Orchard Project, a speaker at Mason Gross School of the Arts and New York Mensa. Member: Actors Equity Association, Dramatist Guild of America. jodychristopherson.wixsite.com/jodychristopherson
GOODE PRODUCTIONS (Producer) has been producing New Works for over a decade. Led by Martha Goode, the company believes that the fostering of young artists is integral to the future of the arts in our country. Producer credits include Broadway: The Miracle Worker (Circle in the Square, associate producer); Regional: The Rime (at The Virginia Arts Festival), Greencard Wedding (The Studios of Key West, Carrie Morris Performing Art Center in Detroit MI, best actor Fringe Arts Detroit and The Allways Lounge in New Orleans LA); New York: Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell, Sweet, Sweet Spirit, Parts of Parts & Stitches, Costa Rehab, Barrier Island, A Home Across the Ocean and Good Lonely People (with Manhattan Theatre Works); Wanda's Monster (with New York City Children's Theater); To Barcelona!, The Riverside Symphony, Eli and Cheryl Jump, Don't Do Drugs (with Crosstown Playwrights); The Stranger to Kindness (Winner Best Production, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity); The Violet Hour (with Active Theater); and Training Wisteria (New York International Fringe Festival). Member of APAP. www.goodeproductionsnyc.com