The Habitat Presents HARRY & THE THIEF at the Robert Moss Theater Tonight
The Habitat presents HARRY & THE THIEF, written by Sigrid Gilmer and directed by Katie Lindsay, running tonight, May 19, through June 4 at the Robert Moss Theater. Travel back in time. Find Harriet Tubman. Don't fuck it up.
Jeremy, a Harvard-educated physicist, has built a time machine to send his cousin Mimi back to the Civil War to bring Harriet Tubman a bunch of guns. But when Mimi gets sent back to the wrong time, history sets off on a different course.
History Herself is our guide in this new play by Sigrid Gilmer that is as socially conscious as it is riotous in its send up of genre and form. Mashing together action adventure blockbuster with historical southern melodrama, HARRY & THE THIEF asks: When destiny calls, will you rise up?
"In our current political climate we constantly re-engage with figures, events, and movements from the past," says producer Caroline Gart. "HARRY & THE THIEF asks 'What would happen if history's underdogs took control of the narrative?' and looks at the stories we've inherited and invented about slavery, abolitionism, the antebellum South, and the revered Harriet Tubman." HARRY & THE THIEF is as funny as it is provoking, prompting audiences to question assumptions about what is truth and what is myth.
HARRY & THE THIEF features Shyko Amos*, Ngozi Anyanwu*, Mieke D, Tesiana Elie*, Shelley Fort*, Brough Hansen*, Antwayn Hopper*, Miles G. Jackson*, and Eric Lockley*. HARRY & THE THIEF is written by Sigrid Gilmer, directed by Katie Lindsay, produced by Caroline Gart with costume design by Anna Grigo, sound design by Valentine Monfuega, scenic design by Lawrence E. Moten III, lighting design by Jeanette Yew. Production managed by Lauren Fiorelli, stage management by Jenn Jacobs and assistant directed by Diane Chen. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association
Thursday May 19 @ 8pm
Friday May 20 @ 8pm
Saturday May 21 @ 8pm
Sunday May 22 @ 8pm
Thursday May 26 @ 8pm
Friday May 27 @ 8pm
Saturday May 28 @ 8pm
Sunday May 29 @ 8pm
Wednesday June 1 @ 8pm
Thursday June 2 @ 8pm
Friday June 3 @ 8pm
Saturday June 4 @ 8pm
Location: The Robert Moss Theater is located at 440 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor (b/w Astor Place and E. 4th Streets). 6 train to Astor Place and N/R trains to 8th Street stop.
Tickets: $18 at www.artful.ly/store/events/8721.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
SIGRID GILMER (playwright)
Sigrid Gilmer makes black comedies that are historically bent, totally perverse, joyfully irreverent and are concerned with issues of identity, pop culture and contemporary American society. Her work has been performed at the Skylight Theatre, Pavement Group, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Cornerstone Theater Company, Highways Performance Space and The Strand Theatre in Baltimore. She is a winner of the Map Fund Creative Exploration Grant, the James Irving Foundation Fellowship and is a United States Artist Ford Fellow in Theatre. sigridgilmer.com
KATIE LINDSAY (director)
Katie Lindsay is a New-York based director who works on daring and imaginative new plays. As the Artistic Director of The Habitat, Katie directs and produces highly collaborative work that focuses on female artists and stories about women. With The Habitat, Katie has directed and developed work by playwrights such as Molly Beach Murphy, Siler Buckley, Julia Izumi, Blake Bishton, and Matthew Capodicasa. Other credits include Neighborhood 3 (Atlantic Acting School), Conviction (Rubicon Theatre, Ventura), CC Dances the Go-Go, Wedding Play (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and H20 Pool Bar at the San Luis Hotel (Access Theater). Katie has directed new work for The Flea, Fresh Ground Pepper, Exquisite Corps Company, Ugly Rhino and Vox Theater. As an assistant director, Katie has worked with PigPen Theatre Co. & Stuart Carden, Eric Ting & Branden Jacobs Jenkins, and Daniel Goldstein. She is an alumna of New York Theatre Workshop's literary internship, Williamstown's Directing Corps, and The Kennedy Center Directing Intensive. Winner of the Gurdin Prize for Excellence in Directing. Education: Dartmouth College. Katielindsaydirector.com
CAROLINE GART (producer)
Caroline Gart currently works in the four time Tony Award winning producing office, Harriet Leve Productions. Recent credits: Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage's Kogod Cradle Series/Dixon Place), Toilet Fire (Abrons Arts Center, TONY Critics' Pick), Songbird: A Tennessee Fiction (59E59, NYT Critics' Pick), Summertime Rewrite (The Habitat), A Star Has Burnt My Eye (The Brick), Andrew Schneider's YOUARENOWHERE (PS 122's Coil Festival, 2015 Obie Award Winner), New Territory: Short Works In Progress (The Habitat). She has produced at New York Stage and Film, Vassar's Powerhouse Theater, The Martin E Segal Theatre Center, PS 122's COIL Festival, and The Public Theater. She is also creative producer of The Habitat Theater Company. // thehabitattheater.com.
The Habitat is a Brooklyn-based theater company that is dedicated to putting women's stories at the forefront and supporting the work of female practitioners under the partnership of Caroline Gart and Katie Lindsay. Our work demands a high level of collaboration from all artists involved, and treats designers, actors, playwrights and directors as equal creators. Our work is necessarily theatrical, always political, and deeply personal. "New Territory: Short Works in Progress" The Habitat's first venture, sold out houses at the 4th Street Theatre in 2014 and 2015. The Habitat supports emerging artists through our ongoing programming which includes The Workshop Series and The Directors Playground. The Habitat has developed work by Lean Nanako Winkler, Sarah Delappe, Sarah Einspainer, Julia Izumi and Molly Beach Murphy with directors such as Morgan Gould, Jaki Bradley, Sarah Hughes, Sarah Stites, and Artistic Director Katie Lindsay.