Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Queens and KING and CHRISTOPHER WILD

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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Four writers – including me and the wonderful Paul Witcover, above – took the stage at Q.E.D. in Astoria, for a slate of work that flew with the birds and got deep into the dark murk of politics. I performed “Riverfest,” a brand-new companion piece to CHRISTOPHER WILD . . .

 

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. . . which is available right now for preorder, and about to go to the printers – I’ll be doing launch events in Chicago and Detroit, details TK!

GLITTER KING, my adaptation of Marlowe’s gorgeous and terrifyingly contemporary EDWARD II, is in process for 2018. GLITTER KING is hosted by Grand On River, a performance and gallery space in Detroit: think DJ, live strings, movement artists, installation designer, freedom versus fear in a glitterpunk bar at the end of the world.

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Meanwhile, spring means BAUHAUS, nerve’s commissioned project for June 2017: musicians and movement artists and a pair of iron follies to play on. Rachael Ahn Harbert and Marianne Brass, with costume and installation concept renderings, are having fun already.

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And so am I, because when the work is really flowing it’s nothing but joy. Even when times are hard, especially when times are hard. Viva fun!

 

Welcome to NIGHT SCHOOL

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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Happy New Year from nerve

Our shadow selves  . . .

 

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Christopher Marlowe’s sense of sin  . . .

 

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A classroom of masks, of the body, of every student’s heart’s desire . . .

 

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The music of the spheres . . .

 

NIGHT SCHOOL, nerve’s immersive adaptation of Marlowe’s timeless and achingly relevant FAUSTUS, opened its doors 1/21/17, to brilliant results. Our scholars loved their lessons in the dark, and the ensemble learned a few things, too. Thank you all!

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KK photo courtesy Rick Lieder, production photos courtesy The Divine Iguana.

Fun will save us all

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Fun is joy’s baby brother, and they go around together a lot. Let’s look for them in 2017, let’s aid and abet them, let’s have all the fun we can making the good things happen even if they happen in the dark. Because as George Michael (who knew how to rock the Ray-Bans) taught us, you’ve got to have faith. Happy New Year!

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Photo courtesy Rick Lieder.

Going WILD at the desk

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

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Notes, more notes, the portrait, the 1590’s coin that dangles from the portrait, the mood board . . . All of it Marlowe, all of it WILD.

 

[Photo courtesy Rick Lieder.]

Time to go to school

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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“In a dark time,” Roethke says, “the eye begins to see.”

Artists of all disciplines have a responsibility to their art, whatever form it takes, to see without flinching and to tell truly what is seen.

It is my privilege as an artist and collaborator to be working with Marlowe’s words and my immensely talented creative team, to present NIGHT SCHOOL the day after Inauguration Day, 2017. Time to learn what our time teaches us.

Playing together in the dark

Monday, October 24th, 2016

 

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Collaboration is a tricky, alchemical thing: when it works, it works immediately, effortlessly, gleefully, thoughtfully. When it doesn’t  . . .  It really doesn’t.

Working on NIGHT SCHOOL with Rena Hopkins, Ben Willis, Rachael Ahn Harbert, and Marianne Brass – this collaboration works, the mind enacted in the physical world, eyes ears muscles brain, making the real even more real. It’s a lab, it’s a poem, it’s a playground. And we learn from one another, so for us it’s night school, too.

[Photos courtesy Rick Lieder: Rena Hopkins/ALI<E, Ben Willis/Garden of Earthly Delights, Rachael Ahn Harbert/the Heights, Marianne Brass/ALI<E. ]