It's JAMBOREE time again! Excited to be presenting the song 'The Nuns of Prinkipo' from ICONS/IDOLS: PRINKIPO at The Tank on 5/16 @7pm, along with a host of work by other JAM members.
Breaking....the trilogy has grown into a tetralogy because these Empresses were just too big for three operas... so by 2019, and thanks in part to developmental funding from Opera America, the ICONS/IDOLS series will include IRENE; PRINKIPO; THE EUNUCHS; and THE WILDNESS OF SIN.
We're hugely grateful to all the people and places helping us make this epic creative project a reality. Next month the Byzantine Choral Project creative team (composer Grace Oberhofer, director Colette Robert, music director Robert Frost and me as librettist) are off to the O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut for a mini-residency working on the new material we've written for the second play in the tetralogy. Then on March 25, we'll be presenting a concert presentation of PRINKIPO at The Tank: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341783
In May, New Georges will be hosting an epic unsung reading of the libretti of IRENE, PRINKIPO and THE EUNUCHS as part of their JAMBOREE 2018.
And then in June, as a culmination of Grace's OPERA America's Grant for Female Composers, supported by the Virginia B. Toulon Foundation, we will be workshopping both PRINKIPO and THE EUNUCHS and presenting a double concert of both plays at OPERA AMERICA. Ticket details for all our presentations will be up on our website: www.byzantinechoralproject.com
I've been working on an opera with the composer Catherine Brookman and opera director Mary Birnbaum as part of my Water Residency at New Georges and we get the chance to show our work in progress at their amazing festival of water based theatre and visual art at 3LD Art and Technology Centre. Catherine will be singing the main role of Marie alongside singers David Skeist, Beth Griffith, Rachael Duddy and Jessie Shelton. Mark Van Hare will be doing sound design, Sarah Bennett is on percussion and Robert Frost is playing the keyboard. It's an amazing room of people to be working with and I'm so excited for our concert performance on Monday June 19 at 7.30pm and Tuesday June 20 at 1pm. Tickets are free on the door or you can reserve via www.worksonwater.org
One year on from our reading at SpaceJAM, I'm so excited to be back in the room with these amazing women work-shopping a new draft of the play.
It's time for another JAM! I'm sharing an excerpt from 'Deadly Force Lab' my collaboration with Sarah Krohn about police training videos as part of an evening of works-in-progress from this cycle's Jammers. http://dixonplace.org/performances/the-new-georges-jamboree-2017/
It's been a great start to 2017! In January my short play POSITIVE THINGS was performed as part of Top Trumps at Theatre503, alongside a fascinating series of talk-backs about Trump's first 100 days in power. In February, Jess Chayes received a 2017 Next Stages Drama League residency to workshop my play INTELLIGENCE and further develop its semi-immersive staging. This month Grace Oberhofer was awarded an Opera America Discovery Grant, which will enable us to continue collaborating with director Colette Robert on our trilogy of choral plays, ICONS/IDOLS. We start work in September and will be workshopping the script and score of each play through June 2018. Further updates coming at www.byzantinechoralproject.com.
Earlier this year, I took part in a fantastic FGP Challenge where I was paired with a sound designer and asked to create a short play inspired by a list of sound cues. Together with composer Grace Oberhofer and director Logan Reed, I created The Sixth Borough a play about New Yorkers trying to reach a more utopian place. Live Design interviewed all the participants and wrote this great piece about the unusual process of putting sound design first in the theatre process:
Grace and I then went on to work on ICONS/IDOLS at Ice Factory 2016, so it was a pretty successful first collaboration!
I'm really excited to be starting a new opera project as part of New George's take-over of 3LD Arts and Technology Centre in June 2017. The multi-disciplinary event, curated by Sarah Cameron Sunde, will revolve around water, with both theatre and visual arts projects being devised especially for the space.
The Jam at New Georges is gearing up again for another cycle. So pleased to be back in the room again with this amazing group of artists. Check out the bios for the new group here :
Check out the latest history plays edition of The Dramatist magazine where I talk about writing ICONS/IDOLS for Ice Factory 2016!