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/
We just began rehearsals for a youth production of Antigone I'm Assistant Directing and choreographing puppetry for at the Castillo Theatre and I couldn't be more excited. Together with an intrepid group of 12 young adults we are studying this ancient Greek play, pulling it apart and putting it back together in our own words. It is so amazing to see these young people grapple with the play's dense language and complicated themes, and then watch as they come to an understanding of the story, even relating it back to their own lives and experiences.
Performances are September 25-26 and October 2-3 at the Castillo Theatre on 42nd Street. Email the Castillo Box Office for tickets at BOXOFFICE@ALLSTARS.ORG or call 212-941-1234
Electric Eye is hosting a creativity and devising workshop on the last Saturday of every month. We've had so much fun playing, exploring and meeting new people. Check out our website to learn more and join in!
Electric Eye Ensemble’s first production, Home in Motion: A Road Trip Play, was produced at WOW Cafe Theatre in December. I couldn't be prouder of the incredible work that went into this show. Here’s what I wrote for my director’s note in the program:
“Home in Motion is a performance bigger than the actors you are going to see on the stage tonight. It is about the community that we have created around the newly founded Electric Eye Ensemble. It is about our mothers and grandmothers, and their stories. It is about the question, ‘What is the narrative of women on the road?’ All of these factors inspire and propel tonight's production.
When we began work on this show, we committed ourselves to investigating and playing in the world of the road trip. This production of Home in Motion is the second evolution of this story, with more iterations on the horizon. Set in 1972, we follow three young women on a road trip to Santa Barbara, facing issues of the times and with each other, head on. We're so glad that you are here with us tonight. By seeing the show, you too have become part of the creation process- helping us to explore and express women's place on the road in a new way.”
Thank you to everyone who attended, donated or volunteered their time to help make the production possible! We can’t wait to jump in on the third leg of this journey and see where the story takes us next. For more information about Home in Motion’s next production, and to see what Electric Eye Ensemble's working on now, click here!
Electric Eye Ensemble is up and running! It’s been a crazy trip over the last few months, but we have an incredible team and I couldn’t be more excited to begin the journey together. For our maiden voyage we will be working on a show about three young women going on a road trip across America. We’re collaborating with some incredible actors and an all-star production team, both composed completely of WOMEN. That’s right, for this show the entire cast and crew will be female.
Coming from a female dominated college, I always worked with a lot of women on shows, but sometimes it seemed like it was something people regretted instead of embracing (ex: “whyyy aren’t there more good male actors at this school?!”) With this show we are embracing it all the way. We are building the show together from our own thoughts and experiences, asking one another, “what does travel mean to us as young American women and how has it influenced our identities?”
Around the 1950’s and 60’s a genre of literature developed that stamped itself upon the identity of many American men. It was the Road Trip Novel. Think of Sal from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Think of the freedom and power he experienced while traveling! Where are the women heroes of these stories? Nowhere! They just didn’t exist.
We seek to change this, to claim ownership over that traditionally male narrative, offering women of the 1960’s a sense of place within motion, and women of the 21st century a rootedness within transience. We seek to build a new travel myth for women. And so my collaborators and I will ask ourselves, our friends, our mothers and our sisters: How does it feel to travel a long distance? Do you travel alone or with friends? Is it freeing? Is it stressful? Is it an obligation, a rebellion, a chore? Together, we will put down in writing (and voice and movement), women’s presence on the road, so that it can no longer be forgotten or glanced over by ourselves and our culture.
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