Little Shadow Productions to Present Gory Puppet Comedy THE FLATIRON HEX

Little Shadow Productions to Present Gory Puppet Comedy THE FLATIRON HEX

Little Shadow Productions, in association with HERE, presents THE FLATIRON HEX, co-written and performed by James Godwin (Henson Alternative's Off-Broadway's Stuffed and Unstrung), co-written and directed by Tom Burnett (Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement).

The four-week limited engagement will be at HERE in the Dorothy B. Williams Theater, located at 145 6th Ave. (enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring), as part of the SubletSeries@HERE, a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as, technical support. Performances begin Thursday, September 7th and continue through Saturday, September 30, 2017. For tickets and information, visit here.org or call 212-352-3101.

Inspired by speculative fiction and neo-noir, The Flatiron Hex is peek inside a parallel world infected with intelligent viruses and paranoia. Set in NYORG, a city in the middle of a swamp, and told through puppets, the The Flatiron Hex is the story of Wylie Walker, a contract shaman, who uses his unusual talents to troubleshoot and maintain NYORG's interweb biotechnology.

Elements of the fantastic collide with the everyday to become evocative of a magical reality. Due to the haunted land and sentient mainframes, Wylie faces many occult adversaries. Storms constantly threaten to destroy NYORG, but a secret feature of the Flatiron building keeps the storms at bay, as long as the cloud-code is cracked and the correct ritual procedure is followed. Resulting in a blood-soaked comedic quest of redemption and sacrifice.

Featuring lighting design by Jay Ryan, sound design by Tom Burnett, and puppet design by James Godwin. Ceili Clemens is the production stage manager, and Jean Marie Keevins is the producer.

IF YOU GO:

FLATIRON HEX plays the following schedule through Sat, September 30th:

Tuesdays at 7 pm
Wednesdays at 7 pm
Fridays at 7 pm and 10:30 pm
Saturdays at 7pm

Tickets are $25: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101.

HERE is located at 145 6th Avenue (enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring), New York, NY 10013

Suitable for ages 15 and up.

Running Time: 80 minutes

Show website: www.theflatironhex.com

Info: www.littleshadowproductions.com

The Flatiron Hex is playing in repertory with The Joshua Show: Episode 2 also presented by Little Shadow Productions in association with HERE, as part of the SubletSeries@HERE. To learn more, click here.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

James Godwin (Performer & Co-Writer) is a performance and visual artist and puppeteer. He is a founding member of the Elementals puppet company and Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement. His work has been presented all over NYC and beyond in such venues as P.S.122, Dixon Place, DTW, Franklin Furnace, La MaMa and the Walker Art Center. He was also a cast member of Henson Alternative's off- broadway show Stuffed and Unstrung. He has worked with Julie Taymor, Dave Chappelle, David Bowie and even Aerosmith. His film and T.V. credits include I sell the dead, Ice Age 2, as well as It's a Big, Big World for PBS, Saturday Night Live and the forthcoming StakeLand. James performed the lead character in Wyatt Cenac in the Netflix special Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn, and also went to Washington to puppeteer Wyatt Cenac for The Daily Show.

TOM BURNETT (Director, Co-Writer & Sound Designer) has been making music, directing theater, and performing for 25 years. He is a founding member of the performance orchestra Coocoohandler, presenting shows at venues including Webster Hall, Performance Space 122, MoMA PS1 and more. He was co-creator and keyboardist in the popular downtown show Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement as seen at Joe's Pub, the Bowery Ballroom, and the Toyota Comedy Festival. Tom has presented solo work as a performer/writer at the Manhattan Class Company, Nuyorican Poets Café, St. Mark's Poetry Project in New York, as well as venues in Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle. The Chicago Tribune dubbed his performance as "Walter Winchell on Speed" and The New York Times said that "Mr. Burnett is surely one performer who can, literally and figuratively, talk up a storm." He was a featured performer in the National Cultural Alliance's campaign to promote the arts in America, along with saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and the Guggenheim Museum. As a director, he has often been a collaborator with on multimedia performance events for Projects for a New Millennium. His credits also include co-director of Danny Mydlack's Mr. Big company; director of plays by Winchester Chimes, with the Formica Cornice Theatre Company; and original works at The Kitchen. Tom presented Square's Rhomboidal Dream at Dixon Place.

Jay Ryan (Lighting Designer) fled to NYC after one too many Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals in his hometown of Richmond, Va. As Resident Lighting Designer at Dance Theater Workshop (DTW), he designed lights for 100's of dance pieces and developed the Dance and Technology initiative. He has toured the world with the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Big Dance Theater, H.T. Chen, Chris Aiken, Karl Anderson, Dan Safer, Fiona Marcotty, Nami Yamamoto, Jeanine Durning, Sally Silvers, American Spanish Dance Theater, John Jaspers, The Bang Group, The Elementals and many others. Jay was Nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for his lighting of Dancing Vs the Rat Experiment with WRC and was Awarded the Eva Adamson award for Excellence in Lighting Design in 2011. Jay is currently an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

CEILI CLEMENS (Stage Manager) is a supervillainess/puppeteer, puppet builder, designer, director, techformer, writer and wrangler. An alumni of the UCONN Puppetry Arts Program and the National Puppetry Conference, she has toured nationally and internationally working with Arias With A Twist, Butterfly Dreams, Night Shade, Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement, The Adventures of Charcoal Boy, Animal Farm: A Musical, Between the Lions, Blue's Room, The Chapelle Show, Bunraku, Addams Family: A New Musical, and many other projects. In 2008 she created Almost Clever Puppets with fellow puppeteer and puppet builder Heather Sehrt and can be seen performing her solo pieces at various late night variety shows around New York.

Jean Marie KEEVINS (Producer) is a producer, puppet artist and writer. She was a producer for James Godwin's multi-award winning Lunatic Cunning. Most recently, Jean Marie has served as the Executive Producer for Heather Henson & Ty Defoe's Crane as will as Henson's International Crane Backpack Show. Jean Marie continues to write and produce original works with her collaborators including Zwerge and the upcoming Elephant in the Room with Sahr Ngaujah for her Production Company, Little Shadow Productions. Prior to her long tenure as the VP of Business Development at Puppet Heap, she produced, built puppets, stage managed, and puppeteered for productions around the world and domestically at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Cherry Lane Theater. Building credits include The Muppets, Baby Einstein, The Daily Show, Avenue Q,and Funny or Die to name a few. Jean Marie has been fortunate to receive fiscal support from the Jim Henson Foundation and the Puffin Foundation and residencies at NIDSA, Space on Ryder Farm, The Orchard Project, The O'Neill and more. A graduate of the UConn Puppet Arts program, she is a recurring guest lecturer at New York University. Jean Marie is the proud to serve as the Associate Artistic Director of the National Puppetry Conference and is a former board member of the international puppetry organization, UNIMA-USA. www.littleshadowproductions.com


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