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An Existential Brunch
Join Overturn Theatre. for an afternoon of performance and provisions. Live music, 8 new works in progress, and unlimited mimosas and food.

$25 for admission
Location: Manhattan Theater Club
                311 W 43rd Street

Studio 1
maybe (working title) by Einy Åm Sparks & Applying for Choreography (working title) by Oren Barnoy

maybe (a work-in-progress) is a dance/music exploration inspired by casual observations of pedestrian movement and a resistance to return to something which was once familiar. www.eyekneecoordination.org

Einy Åm is the artistic director of EyeKnee Coordination and a Brooklyn based, native Norwegian contemporary dance artist and singer/songwriter who has submerged herself in site-specific performance and dance on camera, as well as stage pieces for the past decade. Einy's choreography has been presented at New York venues like MMAC, DNA, Triskelion Arts, BAX, The Winter Garden, CPR, Chez Bushwick and White Wave John Ryan Theater, and internationally. Performance credits include AMDaT/Andrea Haenggi, Teresa Smith and Dancers, Sens/Noemie Lafrance, JMandle Performance, Liz Sargent Installations, Mina Nishimura, Alexandra Sachs, Corinne Cappelletti and Tina Croll, among others.

Applying for Choreography (working title) The piece is a quiet solo that increasingly becomes charged and asks the performer to simultaneously search for his process and product in an anonymous urban environment.

Oren Barnoy  has shown his dance choreography at PS1, Dancenow, Joyce Soho,Dixon Place, Danspace Projects, The Kitchen, Art Basel/Miami and was a Studio Series artist in residence at New York Live Arts. He released a reggaeton album on Koch Records and was a featured DJ at the Ultra Music Festival. Oren received his B.F.A from California Institute of the Arts.

Definitions & Head/Heart (working title) by Esther Widlanski

A physical investigation of words and the images they invoke, the
subtext of language both commonplace and exceptional.

Head/Heart (working title)
A series of duets about consolation based on the flash fiction story
"Heart weeps.
Head tries to help heart.
Head tells heart how it is, again:
You will lose the ones you love. They will all go. But even the earth
will go, someday.
Heart feels better, then.
But the words of head do not remain long in the ears of heart.
Heart is so new to this.
I want them back, says heart.
Head is all heart has.
Help, head. Help heart."

-- Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance

Esther Widlanski is a choreographer and graduate of Indiana University
where she earned degrees in Dance and English. Recent projects include
Pippin at the McCarter Theatre Center, The Harmonious Pimps of Harmony
at Ars Nova and My Fair Lady with Cardinal Stage Company in Indiana.

A Head Full of Bees (working title) by DD & T

Inspired by insect mating rituals, texting emoticons, and a growing sense of disconnect, this piece explores the question: what happens when we lose our ability to communicate?

Directed by Tracy Bersley
Starring Daniel Piper Kublick & Dorothy Abrahams

Creative Team:
Daniel Piper Kublick has appeared in new works by Ashlin Halfnight, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Eric Bland, Tracy Bersley, Jeremy Pickard, Matt Wilson, Mikhael Tara Garver, and art.party.theater.company. He is a graduate of The Studio/New York and Princeton University, and currently lives in beautiful Brooklyn.  

Dorothy Abrahams is so happy to be working with Dan, Tracy, and OTE. Particulars can be found at: DorothyAbrahams.com. Please support my NYC Marathon charity by donating to Team In Training:

As a director/choreographer, Tracy Bersley has worked at such institutions as Lincoln Center, The Public, Second Stage, Primary Stages, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown and many Off-Broadway companies, such as The Civilians, Red Bull Theatre, The Keen Company.  As a professor, she has taught, directed and/or choreographed at NYU, Purchase College, Columbia/Barnard, Yale and Juilliard.  Tracy received her MFA in Directing from Syracuse, currently teaches at Princeton University and CAP 21, is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers and a Drama League Fellow.

Studio 2
Ariel on the Train by Dano Madden
a new work in progress with The Artful Conspirators

The Artful Conspirators are a NYC-based collective of theater artists dedicated to creating new theatrical work that includes the audience as a participant in the theatre-making process. The Conspirators aim to nurture the work of both emerging and established artists through developmental workshops, full productions and education programs. The Artful Conspirators will launch into their second Open Rehearsal Series this fall, developing three plays and opening up the rehearsal and development process to audiences. Ariel on the Train is one of several plays that is being considered for this year's series.

Who is the mysterious woman Bob met on the train? Will the memory of this first meeting destroy any chance he has of future happiness? A play about fidelity, friendship and two couples attempting to navigate through their broken marriages.

Cookie Fight by Judith Leora

Directed by David Shane

This play grew out of Ms. Leora's current obsession with the intersection between sex, money and religion in the United States. This play was inspired by watching all the great documentaries produced about the Enron debacle. The facination that people can make incredibly selfish decisions, which hurt members of their immediate community, yet because there is money involved, these decisions are not considered ethical or unethical; its' just business.  The world is profoundly unfair.  Things do not work out that well for most people in the world.  But there is something innate in us which always seems to think that the world is supposed to be fair.  That there is an ideal we can attain.  And we are continually shocked when we miss the mark.  Most people live in the space in between these two ideas.  How happy we are usually depends on how well we adjust to this dissonance.  That's what Ms. Leora writes about.  

Judith Leora is the Managing Director of New York Madness and a Founding Member of 15th Floor Playwrights. Recent: The Raven (co-librettist) Notes From a Page, Emerging Actors Theatre March 2012. Numerous short plays produced in New York, including multiple plays with the ESPA Detention series, New York Madness, One Minute Play Festival, Playwrights for Pets, 15th Floor Playwrights, the Have Another Bar/Play Crawl, Above the Bridge, Street Festival and Arkham Playwrights.  Full-lengths:  broken, The Cookie Fight, Monkey-hearts, Elijah.  Judith also co-produced Gate B23 for the NYC International Fringe Festival (2010).  Judith has also written sketch, animation, television pilots and numerous screenplays.

Studio 3
GO ULYSSES! by Drama of Works

In an increasingly global and complex world, Drama of Works (DOW) hopes to bring people together through art, performance and education. - this piece was made by Karim Muasher and Gretchen Van Lente, originally commissioned by the Rosenbach Library and Museum. In this new work DOW takes on Joyce's Ulysses in this piece for all ages, using different types of puppetry, clown and storytelling. Buck Mulligan takes over the show and bowls this monster of a book down to the parts he finds compelling. You'll come to understand this masterpiece in a whole new way...

Holy Day by Alexandra Collier

A pair of newlyweds travel the topsy world and experience the culture shock of strange rituals, sacred sacrifices and a teeming world of absent ghosts that hover in the motel rooms where they sleep. Emboldened by being away from home, they begin to experiment with the boundaries of intimacy and desire, but discover that what turns you on can turn your beloved into a foreign land. After all, can you ever really be one with the one you love?

* Originally commissioned by Overturn Theatre. for the Telephone Festival at CultureFix.

Alexandra Collier is a Brooklyn-based playwright from Melbourne, Australia. Her plays have been developed at Sydney Theatre Company, the Women's Project, New Georges, the Lark and Dixon Place. Select credits: WE PLAY FOR THE GODS (Off-Broadway, created with the Women's Project, Cherry Lane), UNDERLAND (Sydney Theatre Company workshop and Page to Stage, Dixon Place), WILLOW'S ONE NIGHT STAND (a musical written with Greta Gertler as part a night of short plays, Foxy Films, Brooklyn), THE RED LETTERBOX (Weasel Festival, East 13th St Theater), HOLY DAY (Telephone Festival, Overturn Theatre.) and DEATHLESS (finalist in SheWrites, Synchronicity Theatre). Awards/fellowships/grants: Rhinebeck Writer's Residency (to develop musical with Greta Gertler: WILLOW'S ONE NIGHT STAND), Ryder Farm Residency, MacDowell Fellowship, Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant (Australia), Dame Joan Sutherland Award, RE Ross Trust Playwright's Award (Australia.) She was a member of the 2010-2012 Women's Project Playwright's Lab and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. www.alexandracollier.com


Manhattan Theater Club (View)
311 West 43rd, 8th floor
NYC, NY 10036
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits

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


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