For the Sins I Can Remember
IRT Theater
New York, NY
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For the Sins I Can Remember

"You ask what love is to me  a woman of the streets for forty years? I will tell you"

Set in a purgatory cell the day after the protagonist's death, For the Sins I Can Remember is a devised, absurdist portrait of the women of the American Victorian Era who chose to work as prostitutes. Inspired by the letters of prostitute Maimie Pinzer and the world of Brechtian farce, the piece illuminates a woman's march across the fires of morality, love, and femininity.

From fragments both of history's underside and a deconstructed present, Vagabond Inventions has envisioned a feverish remembering, a revolt, an honoring of an anti-heroine's obstinate effort to survive both her life and her death with her personhood intact. Within a storm of clownish Death Angels, pelting nail files and lip glosses, a smut song, a Victorian etiquette lesson, and God waiting on the mainline, For the Sins I Can Remember conjures the experience of females, past and present, who live unprotected by myths of redemption, without a safety net in sight.

October 4-6 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
October 10-13 (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
October 17-20 (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 8:00pm
Sunday at 7:00pm
LENGTH OF SHOW: 70 minutes
PRICE:General: $18. Students/ Seniors: $15
At IRT: 154 Christopher st. NYC #3B (third floor)

Conceived and Directed by Jennifer Sargent

Co-Written and Developed by Donna Costello, Cynthia Polutanovich, and Jennifer Sargent

Music Composed and Performed by Tony Melone

Devised by and Featuring Donna Costello, Denni Dennis, Emily James, and Elisa Matula.

For the Sins I Can Remember performed in 2011 as a work-in-progress as part of IRT's "3B Development Series".  A workshop version of this production had a sold-out run at the 2013 Duct Tape and a Dream Festival at the Bridge Theater. Its development has been generously supported by Roots and Wings Theatrical.

Vagabond Inventions is an association of physical theater artists creating ensemble-devised work. The company specializes in a tragi-absurd theater that functions as a viewfinder for marginalized lives via a contemporary artistic lens.

Jennifer Sargent (Director, Co-Writer/ Creator) is a physical actor, creator of devised work, and the Artistic Director of Vagabond Inventions since 2007. Ms. Sargent's seven original productions have performed across the US and in seven different countries. In NYC, she has performed work at The Chocolate Factory, HERE, Abrons Arts Center, The Brick Theater, and The Bushwick Starr. She completed the post-graduate training program at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Donna Costello (Co-Writer/ Creator) is a dance artist immersed in process-rich work that blurs the lines of dance, theater, and performance. Ms. Costello has built rich relationships dancing for Shannon Hummel/ Cora Dance (founding member) jill sigman / thinkdance, Mollie O'Brien and Jimena Paz. Her own work has been presented by Movement Research at Judson Church, The flea theater, Green Space, Wow Café, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Hertog Fellow Cynthia Polutanovich (Co-Writer/ Creator) earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College and holds an award from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has appeared in "Half Drunk Muse," "The Bloomsbury Review," and, "Killing the Buddha." She has written commissioned poems for Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre's "Base Pairs," performing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this fall, and for the company's upcoming work. She recently published her first book.

                                                      ***IN ADDITION***
Angels, Gods, Vagabonds:A Benefit Performance

Vagabond Inventions hosts a variety performance and benefit party to support the New York run of For the Sins I Can Remember.
Monday, Oct 7th at 7:00pm
At the IRT Theater
$25 General Admission
$40 Admission that includes a ticket to For the Sins I Can Remember (Oct 4-20 at the IRT Theater)

Andy Mills of RadioLab will spin one of his original stories, Emily James and Dan Menke of The Arty Need Show will present their comic sketch "Good Vibes", singer/ songwriter Susan Oetgen and pianist Tony Melone will perform original songs, clowns Denni Dennis and Kate Taylor will dance in red spandex and toe shoes, and Cynthia Polutanovich, co-writer of For the Sins I Can Remember, will read from her recently published books.

There will be a raffle of handcrafted pottery by California potter Laurie Sargent, sales of Cynthia Polutanovich's books, and an open bar.

Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village NYC, IRT is a grassroots theater development laboratory providing space, support and community for independent artists.

Kori Rushton, Artistic Director

PLEASE NOTE: All sales final and there is no late seating at IRT Theater.
                    ***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility.***



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154 Christopher Street #3B
New York, NY 10014
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