Previews start tonight at The Samuel Friedman Theater. Go see it.
The new production of Bare: The Musical opened last night at New World Stages and runs through April 2013. I found a nice mention of the design at TowleRoad – “Seamless integration of mobile tech and digital media in both plot and design reflect the production’s keen understanding of their indispensible influence on how young people think about themselves and their relationships.” Thanks, Naveen!
Theatermania’s David Gordon interviewed me and Donyale Werle regarding our designs for Bare: The Musical and you can read about it over on their website. I particularly like this quote he chose from our interview – “We speak and read in images now in a way that, fifty years ago, wasn’t necessary for theater. For a show like this, about images of self and identity, it is absolutely necessary.” Thanks for a great interview, David!
The 2011 USITT Exhibition of cutting edge performance design by American theater artists is coming to NYC in a somewhat abridged, but nonetheless exciting format. The 36 productions representing the forefront of American Theater Design includes Temporary Distortion’s 2009 production Americana Kamikaze, which I designed and co-created with Kenneth Collins. The exhibition is happening at La Mama Galleria and includes examples from other unique works made by theater artists across the country. Ten days only December 6-16.
The New York Times has a feature on bare: the musical this weekend, which details some of the history behind the show and where it’s headed with the current revival. If you’re in NYC this winter/spring, go see the show at New World Stages. It’s a uniquely compelling musical, read more here at the NYTimes.
Inspired by the lost writings of drifters, surfers and searchers studying the reversal of history through shipwrecked analogs. Tem is the accidental progress of scientists and technicians, composed by multi-generational mountain men in search of quiet. File under electronic / dance / digital house party.
Stream it or download at SoundCloud via this link.
I had the chance to catch the opening performance tonight of Brian Rogers and Madeline Best in Hot Box at The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City. It’s a mind-bending physical conversation with robots, cameras and athletics as unique as it is inspiring – a brilliant counterpoint and complement to their 2010 performance piece Selective Memory. The entire run is already sold out but hopefully they add shows because more people need the chance to experience it. Absolutely go to see it if you can find a ticket.
Very excited to announce that Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) is an official selection of the PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. The festival motto is Arthouse Meets Grindhouse and it couldn’t be a more appropriate venue for Welcome to Nowhere. Screening dates and more information coming soon.
Manhattan Theater Club is taking our production of Sharr White’s The Other Place directed by Joe Mantello and staging it at the Samuel J Friedman Theater this winter. If you missed it at The Lortel last spring, start making plans to see it on Broadway this winter.
The presentations this week at Hostos were a huge success. We had the pleasure of presenting several months of development and progress to a very receptive gathering. Images and videos are online here and on Salome’s website.
I participated in an interesting panel at the TCG Boston Conference led by director Jay Scheib. Along with Helen Shaw, Mikeah Jennings and Marianne Weems, I presented examples of my work with Temporary Distortion involving integrated media as narrative/storytelling architecture and discussed techniques to encourage a more inclusive approach to the creation of stage productions involving video components.
Rasta Thomas continues to garner rave reviews and love from audiences and critics alike – this time in New Zealand as Rock the Ballet returns for a winter tour. My video design gets a shout from reviewer Lyne Pringle in her writeup for the New Zealand Theater Review website. And of particular awesomeness is the recognition of the animations for Bohemian Rhapsody – brilliantly animated by my associate Jonathan Weiss!
Dustin Freeley, one of the founders of the film commentary website Movies About Gladiators, wrote up a critique of Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) and you can read it over at their site. It’s called A Savage Journey into the Heart of the American Road Movie and it’s a great investigation of the ideas at work in the film. We’re screening the film this Saturday night at 6pm as part of the LES Film Festival. It’s sold out, but look for more screenings soon.
If you missed Newyorkland while it was on tour this past winter, you can now catch it online thanks to the incredible work of OntheBoards.tv. The show was filmed in high definition using 6 cameras and it just looks incredible. If you have 5 bucks and an hour you’d like to spend wisely, head over to their website and watch the show. If possible, I recommend buying the recording and streaming it to your big screen TV. This is some of the best documentation of live theater ever made, and it’s an incredible honor for us to have our work made available this way — twice now. Temporary Distortion’s 2009 production of Americana Kamikaze is available at OntheBoards.tv too if you click here!