Four Women at the Edge of the Desert
New York, NY
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Four Women at the Edge of the Desert
Matthew Stephen Smith performs his four female characters in this hyperbolic dreamplay that follows a small family through two days in the Anza Borrego Desert. As three characters attempt to take care of the fourth, a blind young woman named Mika Lynn, their relationships shift in patterns of reaction and anxiety and they are haunted by their own perceptions, memories, and desires. Under the direction of Esther Neff, and with a sound design by Brian McCorkle, the piece questions the nature of shared memory and the individual mind's ability to construct a livable reality.

Presented as part of IRT's 3B DEVELOPMENT SERIES

Performances December 2, 3, 4 at 8pm, December 5 at 3pm

At IRT: 154 Christopher St. #3B, New York NY

PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LABORATORY (PPL) is a performance co-operative formed by director/librettist/designer Esther Neff and co-directed by composer/sound artist/musician Brian McCorkle. Following a mission to whip up mass participation in the distribution of the sensible, understand conceptual genealogies, socio-political structures, and performance itself, PPL creates music-driven, documentary-based performance works with a diverse array of collaborators, from all disciplines, fields, and walks of life. Additionally, PPL is dedicated to sustainable practices such as the use of recycled and found materials in their production of portable, low-budget "educational" performance art for a diverse audience.


Tucked away in the old Archive Building on Christopher St., IRT is a grassroots theater laboratory providing space, support and community to independent artists. Through its 3B DEVELOPMENT SERIES, IRT offers radically affordable space residencies enabling artists to experiment, take risks and test drive new work before adventurous audiences and fellow creators. The 3B Series opens up a rare middle ground in New York's theater ecology between readings and full productions, creating a supportive environment for full-bodied exploration and iterative development.

Since 2007, IRT has become home for a growing community of emerging and established artists including: Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts, Immediate Medium, Mike Daisey, Tommy Smith, May Adrales, The Nonsense Company, Group Theory, Thomas Bradshaw, Erica Fae, Alex Harvey, Karen Kohlhaas, Diana Amsterdam, Lisa Fay/Jeff Glassman Duo, Neal Wilkinson, Human Animals, Katt Lissard/memory lab, and The Paper Industry.



154 Christoher St. #3B
New York, NY 10014
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No