The Tank Announces COREY AND VANESSA PRESENT AN ALL-FEMALE EDUCATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION OF OF MICE AND MEN
The Tank (Rosalind Grush and Meghan Finn, Artistic Directors) present the world premiere of COREY AND VANESSA PRESENT AN ALL-FEMALE EDUCATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION OF OF MICE AND MEN, a new devised play directed by Alex Randrup and created in collaboration with Siena Zoe Allen, Emily Auciello, Samantha Clark, and Bonita Jackson.
Performances will be Tuesday July 10 at 8pm, Wednesday July 11 at 8pm, Thursday July 12 at 8pm, and Friday July 13 at 8pm, at The Tank (312 W 36th St, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets are available for advance purchase at www.thetanknyc.org. The performance will run approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission.
Corey and Vanessa are here to perform an all-female educational touring production of Of Mice And Men-but before they can start the show, a divine interruption sends their curtain speech into a cycle of possessions and forces the two women to confront their notions of power and performance in a post-#metoo world. COREY AND VANESSA PRESENT... offers audiences comedy, sisterhood, and some new tools for dismantling the patriarchy.
COREY AND VANESSA PRESENT... was devised in following the 2016 Presidential Election by costume designer Siena Zoe Allen (Crackskull Row at Irish Repertory Theater), sound designer Emily Auciello (Dear Elizabeth at WP Theater), actor Samantha Clark (staged reading of Little Rock at The Sheen Center), actor Bonita Jackson (Rachel at Irondale Center), and director Alex Randrup (Love Magic Ritual Spell at Dixon Place). They are joined for this production by lighting and scenic designer Cecilia Durbin (Disgraced at Portland Stage Co & Hangar Theatre) and projections designer Ashley Kok.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Alex Randrup is a director focused on generative, ensemble-based, and collaboratively devised theatre with queer and feminist perspectives. Prior to Corey And Vanessa Present... (devised under title A History of Nasty Women at Sanctuary@HERE and Cloud City), Alex directed/devised Love Magic Ritual Spell (Dixon Place), Randrup Lore (Barn Arts Collective), and Sisters Mine (JACK). She has recently directed new plays at The Flea, The Tank, Wild Project, and under the scaffolding at 1 Wall St. Alex produces and curates FEAST, a monthly performance series at UNDER St. Marks. www.alexrandrup.com.
Siena Zoe Allen is a NYC based costume designer. Recent designs seen at the cell, La Mama, Ideal Glass, Irish Repertory Theater, The Women's Project, HereArts, Ars Nova, and more. She has assisted on productions at the MUNY, Lincoln Center, The Vineyard, BAM, Playwrights Horizons, and the Signature Theater. She is a proud resident artist at the cell, a 21st century salon. More at www.sienazoeallen.com.
Emily Auciello is a New York based sound designer. She has designed at Signature Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, Women's Project, The Kitchen, HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, JACK, Two River Theater Company, Delaware Theater Center, Premiere Stages, TheaterWorks Hartford, Penguin Rep, and others. She has assisted/associate designed at The Music Box, Curran Theatre, MTC, The Public, LCT3, Signature Theatre, Little Shubert Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theatre, Soho Rep, Primary Stages, Roundabout Underground, Women's Project, Rattlestick, Dallas Theatre Center, Barrington Stage, and others.
Samantha Clark is a New York based theater-maker and performer. She is often seen working with Alex Randrup on new plays (Love Magic Ritual Spell, A History of Nasty Women), with Rat King Theatre, developing projects both in New York and back on the west coast, and in the new year with The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, developing a role in staged readings of Little Rock: An American Play with Music. Samantha is so thrilled to be collaborating with this band of fabulous women again on Corey and Vanessa Present... (formerly known as A History of Nasty Women) which premiered as part of Sanctuary at HERE early last year.
Cecilia Durbin Recent Designs: Sense & Sensibility, Love Alone (Playmakers Rep); South Pacific (Triad Stage); Sex & Other Disturbances (Portland Stage Co), Disgraced (Portland Stage Co & Hangar Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Chautauqua Theatre); Birthday Candles, Marie & Rosetta, Murder Ballad, Sex with Strangers (Detroit Public Theatre); Amy Surratt's First & Last (Show); Don't Feed the Indians, Hyena (also Edinburgh Fringe, United Solo [Best Lighting]) (La MaMa); In the Blood (Theatre Horizon [Barrymore nomination]); The Little Red Fish (NYC Children's Theatre/The Puppet Kitchen), A Soldier's Tale (The Bushwick Starr/The Puppet Kitchen); Stranger from Paradise (Opera Omaha); Camelot, Little Women, All Shook Up, On Golden Pond (New London Barn Playhouse); The Life Model (On the Boards); Circle Mirror Transformation (Univ. Rochester); Numb (Goat in the Road Productions, JACK); Lust (HERE Arts Center); Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble); We are Proud to Present... (InterAct Theatre). MFA from NYU; member USA829. www.durbinlighting.com
Bonita Jackson is a NYC based actress who has graced the stage in countless productions, such as, The Adventures of Kieron & Jade, Neat, Rachel and Black Footnotes. She's a proud Nasty Woman who has written, produced and starred in three of her own one woman shows (Fleeting Dreams; Empty Valuables; This Soil, These Seeds...). She is all about using this craft for shaking up thangs. With a strong and undeniable passion for theatre, her hope is to help give voices to minorities and the under-served; all for the betterment of humanity. Wanna know more: email@example.com.
The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter serving emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. We serve over 2,000 artists every year in over 400 performances, and work across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, public affairs, and storytelling. Our goal is to foster an environment of inclusiveness and remove the burden of cost from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. The heart of our services is providing free performance space in our 98 seat proscenium and 56 seat blackbox that we operate in Manhattan, and we also offer a suite of other services such as free rehearsal space, promotional support, artist fees, and much more. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all.
Corey and Vanessa Present An All-Female Educational Touring Production Of Of Mice And Men is a fully produced coproduction with The Tank. Past Tank produced-work includes Drama Desk-nominated productions Ada/Ava (2016), youarenowhere (2016), The Paper Hat Game (2017), and the ephemera trilogy (2017), as well as New York Times Critics' Pick The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman, directed by Meghan Finn (2016). Since its founding in 2003, artists who have come through The Tank include Alex Timbers, Amy Herzog, Lucy Alibar, Mike Daisey, Reggie Watts, Kyle Abraham, Andrew Bujalski, We Are Scientists, and tens of thousands of others. www.thetanknyc.org