Every year Sarah Lawrence College, where I went for undergrad, has an event showcasing the work of their alumni at Dixon Place in NYC. There's free food, cheap drinks, and a lot of really great work. This year I'll be showing a short segment of a piece I'm working on with Electric Eye Ensemble called Earthrise. On Christmas Eve 1968 the astronauts of the Apollo 8 mission took a picture of the earth, dubbed "Earthrise,” that changed the world. This piece is a short segment of a longer play that examines the implications of Earthrise on the environmental movement and the world.
The event is Sunday, May 14th at 7:00pm. More info here:
Join us on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th at the Tank in NYC for our first full-length production of Welcome to the Doll Den! For tickets and more info: http://electric-eye-ensemble.com/welcome-to-the-doll-den/.
In Memphis, Tennessee we meet the first all-girl radio station, WGAL. It’s 1955 and the "Jockettes" are making radio for women from their studio, the Doll Den. But as time marches forward the shtick gets old and the women want more. What happens when an all-women's station is so good men start listening? Inspired by real events, Welcome to the Doll Den tells a story about masks, identity, and the cost of success.
The Juniper Tree is a devised theater performance incorporating character masks and puppetry, adapted from the Grimm's fairy tale of the same name. Having worked on it now for almost a year I can say it's a truly beautiful and unique piece of puppet theater. Our next performance will be at Dixon Place as part of the of Puppet BloK festival on Wednesday, September 14th. We'll also be premiering an all new original score. Get your tickets here before the sell out!
Puppet design by: Andrew Murdock
Mask design by: Sean Devare
Directed by: Sarah Plotkin
Melanie Rose Thomas
Tickets are live for Electric Eye Ensemble's work-in-progress production of Welcome to the Doll Den at Dixon Place on Tuesday, June 14th!
It's being presented with another short piece called Fulton Rib and I think it will be an exciting, eclectic night!
Electric Eye Ensemble goes into rehearsals for our newest production on May 11th! This is an exciting new show about the first women-run radio station in the country, and their coverage of the Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike in 1968. It's a time in history that has greatly shaped the culture we live in today, and I am so excited to start exploring it.
We have work-in-progress showings on Friday, June 3rd at the Drama League Theatre Center in Tribeca, and on Tuesday, June 14th at Dixon Place. Tickets coming soon! Here's more info about the cast and production team on our website: http://electric-eye-ensemble.com/welcome-to-the-doll-den/
In Memphis, Tennessee we meet the first all-girl’s radio station, WHER. It’s 1968 and they play “music for women”, broadcasting from their studio, the Doll Den. But with the sanitation workers on strike, protesters in the street, and the garbage piling up all around them, the pristine glass box that is their studio shatters under the weight of realization. Everyone wears a facade, some are just thicker than others.
This is a great new puppet piece that I'm performing in at La MaMa this month. We're opening on March 24th, and the show runs through April 10th. Check out the La Mama website for tickets. The puppets are fun and weird and totally unique, and the projection design is beautiful! I'm so excited to be working with the amazing artists at Inkfish on this production!
The Digger: A Subterranean Allegory is a satire about the risks of mankind's technological obsession. Part man, part machine, The Digger is a new-world pioneer who strives to find the source of life hidden in an underworld dominated by greed, lust, fraud, and treachery. Facing otherworldly demons and those within, The Digger's search for meaning becomes a sacrificial journey that pushes him to transcend his earthly attachments. But will that sacrifice ultimately include the one he loves?
Inkfish is a collaborative, interdisciplinary puppet theater company that uses historical, literary, biographical and verbatim source material to create theater about contemporary social and political subjects for adult audiences. We believe that theater can not only hold a mirror to the audience allowing them to see their lives in previously unexplored detail, but may also open a window to a new world with its own set of rules.
Telling a story validates both the subject and the storyteller. At Electric Eye Ensemble, we believe that people of all backgrounds have the right to create and experience theater.
When we founded Electric Eye Ensemble two years ago, we said that we value inclusivity, empowerment, and collaboration. While we’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished in the last two years, we know there is more to do to live up to these ideals. We need to work harder to engage a diverse community of audience members, ensemble members, workshop participants, and collaborators. Electric Eye Ensemble is nothing without the people who drive ideas forward, share their perspectives at workshops, and support our productions. Our company is built on community — and if that community is limited in its scope, then we are limiting the opportunities we have to tell different kinds of stories.
Therefore, in 2016 we commit to diversifying our community. We will actively work to partner with new collaborators who bring unique and diverse viewpoints, and engage new audiences of many backgrounds and identities. Our goal is to amplify underrepresented voices, and to foster a community of artists and audience members that reflects America’s diversity.
We are raising $3,500 for the Campaign for Community, and we need your help to achieve that goal. Now through March 6th you can give through our online funding campaign by clicking on the button below. Thank you for supporting our vision of creating collaborative, inclusive theater!
We began work on this piece last spring, and I'm so excited for its showing at St. Ann's Warehouse in the Labapalooza Puppet Festival in late January! This is a super fun festival, and a great chance to see some of New York's best up-and-coming puppet artists. Click here for tickets and more info!
We're in Program B:
Friday, January 29th at 8pm
Saturday, January 30th at 3pm
Sunday, January 31st at 7pm
Featuring a lone human performer against a tide of geometric performing objects and a chorus of indifferent puppeteers, Discrepancies submerges the audience in a series of meditations about our dependence on technology, the allure of blind faith, and the question of whether participation is even a choice.
Monica Lerch and I are bringing our original short puppetry piece to the 2015 La MaMa Puppet Slam, where we'll be joined by some wonderful puppetry artists. The slam takes place on November 11th, and is part of La MaMa's yearly puppet festival. Tickets at: http://lamama.org/puppet-slam-2015/