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SPECIAL EFFECTS FESTIVAL: CLUSTERF*CK and More Coming Up at the wild project This Winter

SPECIAL EFFECTS FESTIVAL: CLUSTERF*CK and More Coming Up at the wild project This Winter

The wild project has announced its current and upcoming shows for this winter - scroll down for details!


December 13 - December 14
IN FLIGHT and SACRAMENT BURGER by David Commander's Modern Toy Theater with HAPPY TO SEE YOU by Cara Francis
Produced by The Wild Project
Schedule: Wednesday - Thursday at 8 pm
Tickets: $15

IN FLIGHT mocks the market of mis-focusing information and our potential for mass apathy. It questions what it is as a species that allows us to look the other way. Its story draws from the insatiable hunger for distraction that subtly guides our attention away from the immediacy of larger, life-threatening issues.

SACRAMENT BURGER focuses on our disconnection from the function and value of food and how that detachment contributes to the waste of nearly half of all food produced globally. It explores the inherent need to ritualize the act of eating and how this ceremony is performed within restaurant culture.

Cara Francis' HAPPY TO SEE YOU examines the complex relationships humans develop with online spaces and the Artificial Intelligence systems we engage with every day.

December 15 - December 17
NUBLU Music of Now
Produced by The Wild Project
Schedule: Friday - Sunday at 9 pm
Tickets: $10

NUBLU is an impressionistic documentary about a musician-run space in the East Village called Nublu. Nublu is a place where artists with diverging musical styles experiment and develop their own sounds, carrying the tradition of the older NYC nightspots (Slugs, Five Spot etc.) & Loft Jazz scene.

Performances include Brooklyn Gypsies, Henry Threadgill's Ensemble, On Ka'a Davis & The Famous Original Djuke Music Players, Nublu Orchestra Conducted By Butch Morris, Sun Ra Arkestra, Graham Haynes Synesthesia, Tamango's Urban Tap, Brandon Ross Pendulum, I Led 3 Lives, Brazilian Girls, Low Mentality, Alex From Tokyo, Jojo Mayer's Nerve Feat. Malik, Hess Is More, Graham Haynes And Velibor Pedevski, Ilhan Ersahin's Istanbul Sessions Feat. Erik Truffaz, Roy Ayers Band, Calibro 35, Robert Glasper Experiment, Love Trio With Lanny Gordin & Joao Parahyba, Love Trio Feat. Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Nublu Orchestra Conducted By Kenny Wollesen


December 18
Produced by The Wild Project and Brooklyn Actor's Troupe
Schedule: Monday at 7:30PM
Tickets: $10

A ten-minute play festival meets poetry slam and they both go for a beer.

December 20
Written and performed by Kate Agustin, Joseph Campbell, Kevin Delano, Jenny Giuffré, Sarah Miles, and TD Sidell; directed by Matt Gehring
With Special Guests: Chrissy Shackelford, Carly Ann Filbin and Natasha Vaynblat
Produced by OK MeatPlace
Schedule: Wednesday at 8pm
Tickets: $10

The famed, renowned, infamous and notorious sketch team OK Meatplace is coming back around the bend for a full F*CKING 2ish hours of sketch comedy, special guests and a whole heck of a lot of fa-la-la-la-laing around a punch bowl.

January 5
NEVER TALK IN COSTUME written and performed by Josh Lay, featuring Branson Reese, directed by Joanna Simmons and Cory Cavin
Schedule: Friday at 8pm
Tickets: $14

Josh Lay, a former collegiate and professional mascot, is breaking the cardinal rule of the costume, and giving you a look behind the mask so he can finally move on with his life.

January 6
DOUBLE HEADER: 'cuz Two is Better! with Samantha Fontana & Jill Pangallo
Produced by The Wild Project
Schedule: Saturday at 8:30 pm
Tickets: $10

One night only! Downtown performers/stand-up comedians Samantha Fontana and Jill Pangallo present: DOUBLE HEADER: 'cuz Two is Better! Two gals, one night... of stand up comedy! Two half-hour sets, back to back! Get yourself to The Wild Project on January 6th for some inspired stand-up without a darn drink minimum!

January 7
ESSEX by David Commander's Modern Toy Theater with HAPPY TO SEE YOU by Cara Francis
Produced by The Wild Project
Schedule: Sunday at 8 pm
Tickets: $15

In this modern toy theater piece, Commander draws a parallel between the 1819 sinking of the whaling-ship ESSEX by a sperm whale, and the dangerous backlash of overtaxing the Earth's resources. Changing weather patterns, drought, famine and pollution whisper a promise to make us castaways set adrift in the only vessel we have.

Cara Francis' HAPPY TO SEE YOU examines the complex relationships humans develop with online spaces and the Artificial Intelligence systems we engage with every day.

January 11 - January 13
Schedule: Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 pm
Tickets: $25 (includes a free drink ticket)

This year's edition of Special Effects Festival (SFX) asks: How do we build community? How do we build empathy? And how do we stay focused and carry each other through this clusterf*ck".

Artist driven and oriented, SFX gathers experimental performance works by practitioners exploring contemporary issues. Drawing on a network of over 7,000 artists who are part of the festival samples the diversity and richness of the discipline of performance and presents an open forum for critical thinking on the issues of the day

SFX Shows:
January 12 - January 13
They, Themself and Schmerm by Becca Blackwell
Friday at 8 pm & Saturday at 2 pm

They, Part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional, Themself and Schmerm is Becca's disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, "How do I become a man and do I even want that?" Becca engages in loving confrontation with the audience, asking what it truly means to be authentic in these meat carcasses. "It would have taken me two years of focus groups to make being molested that funny." -Young Jean Lee

January 11
Intimatics I-III by Kate Dakota Kremer, directed by Philip Gates
Thursday at 8 pm

Intimatics I-III is a series of three movement-plays about intimacy and citizenship. First developed around the time of the 2016 election, the three parts of INTIMATICS ("Match," "Speak/Box," and "Threshold") investigate the ways in which we navigate boundaries and inhabit flawed rule structures while also pursuing new structures of collaboration and social intimacy. Intimatics raises questions about how borders, walls, prisons, laws, and other governmental structures of containment shape the practice of intimacy between individuals and among communities-and how the practice of intimacy might reshape those structures.

January 13
Gray Spaces: Clusterf*ck
Saturday at 8 pm

An evening of new works and works-in-progress from the Contemporary Performance network revealing radical experiments in performance. From young makers breaking into and out of the performance scene, this evening event brings together vital forces that are shaping the next frontier of performativity. Existing between the black box of experimental theatre and the white rooms of the art museum, gray spaces explore the marginal zones of performance.

January 20 - February 10
JERICHO by Michael Weller, directed by Laura Braza
With Vasile Flutur, Noelle Franco, Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Annie Henks, Stephanie Pope, Hannah Sloat, Jack Sochet, and Reggie White
Produced by The Attic Theater Company
Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday at 7 pm; Sunday at 5 pm (Added matinee performances 2/10 at 2 pm)
Tickets: $26

Based on the play LILIOM by Hungarian master Ferenc Molnár (which inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel), JERICHO by award-winning screenwriter and playwright Michael Weller, revolves around the love affair between a scoundrel carousel barker and a maid at a Catholic Young Women's Inn. His confused violent passion and her simple unshakable devotion, form the combustible heart of this dark fairytale for grown-ups. Staying true to Molnár's marginal Budapest, Weller sets JERICHO at Coney Island during the Great Depression of the 1930s; a place and time when work was scarce, and life was a matter of desperate survival.

February 22 - March 13
SPACEMEAN written by Leegrid Stevens, directed by Jacob Titus
With Erin Treadway Roger Casey, Shawn Davis, and Erin Treadway
Produced by Loading Dock Theatre in association with Wild Project
Schedule: Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2 pm & 7:30 pm; Sunday at 4 pm
Ticket: $25; $15 for students/seniors

SPACEMAN follows astronaut Molly Jennis on her attempt to be the first human to reach Mars. Beginning seven months into an eight-month journey to the red planet, she is the lone crew member of the space module Aeneas. With a mission to establish a new colony, the difficulties of interplanetary space travel are brought to life in exacting detail. Radiation exposure, long term weightlessness, low light, extensive communication delays and poor hygiene are just a few of the challenges Molly Jennis must face on her quest to be the first to Mars, but she soon finds nothing compares to the psychological effects of having so much time alone.

All performances are at the wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B). Tickets can be purchased online at The Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.

The wild project is a theater, film, music, and visual arts venue that presents diverse, engaging, inspiring, and entertaining works to the vibrant and growing community of Alphabet City in New York's East Village, while bringing together the artists and the environment in a unique way. Founded in 2007, the wild project is an innovator among arts venues, providing an eco-friendly theater and gallery where the artists and space nurture each other. The company is dedicated to creating an environment that supports the artists, and to cultivating artists that support the environment. With an eco-conscious approach to presenting the dynamic works of hundreds of emerging artists each year, the wild project offers an artistic and environmental education for patrons of all ages, interests, and incomes in its community.

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