October 20th & 21st from 12-2p. Chashama's Performance Art on the Plaza. Location TBA.
'how do we belong together?' places pairings of people in front of the authorial eye of passersby. Spectators are asked to anonymously narrate a relationship between the subjects based solely on appearance. Through The Ume Group and their extended network of acquaintances, Keelie Sheridan explores how the bodies of performers and civilians communicate meaning through simple movement. 'how do we belong together?' is a celebration, interrogation and meditation on perception and assumption in one of the world's most diverse cities.
Don'tcha remember what I told ya when we first go partnered up?
That the worst mistake is to think you know the city.
Director Keelie Sheridan
Set and Costume Designer Valentin Eisele
Lighting Designer Bill Woodland
CSM Grainne McKnight
Assistant Stage Manager Evie McGuinness
Chief LX Sheila Murphy
Set Construction Barry O’Donovan
Sound Design Co-ordinator Niamh Cooke Escapil
Wardrobe Supervisor Beatrise Leikuca
Scenic Artist Roisin Kavanagh
Preview 9th July, 8.30pm,
11th July – 13th July, 8.30pm
Matinee 13th July 1.00pm
Tickets Available HERE.
GRIMLY HANDSOME premiered in New York City in January 2013 at Incubator Arts Project’s Other Forces festival.
"And now you’re here. I saw you. The camera saw you. And by the way, might I add, you all look terrific. You really do. You look happy. You look together."
He turns to take a selfie with the audience. Flash.
"I was there, too. I mean, I am here, too. Now. With you. The camera saw us. We’re happy. We’re together. We’re a part of something. And I have proof. "
I had the opportunity to collaborate with three of the MFA Theatre Design students on an evening of design showcases inspired by T. S. Eliot's "The Wasteland." It was a different approach to creating performance than I've engaged in previously; using design as the leading element and developing narrative and performance from the visual concept for the piece.
I worked with Valentin Peter Eisele on a piece inspired by this portion of the poem:
If there were water
And no rock
If there were rock
And also water
A pool among the rock
IF there were the sound of water only
But there is no water
I worked with Ciara Murnane and Bill Woodland on a piece inspired by this line:
My feet are at Moorgate, and my heart
Under my feet
More photos and video to follow.
I'm just over a month into my residence in Dublin and studies at The Lir/ Trinity College Dublin. The Tiger Dublin Fringe Fest and the Dublin Theatre Festival have provided infinitely fascinating viewing opportunities and I've been submersing myself in the city (and country)'s rich theatrical talent. I'm very grateful to the US Ireland Alliance for the George J Mitchell Scholarship which supports my year in Ireland.
More updates to follow!
Things got delightfully weird at JackNY the past two weekends as The Harper's Play, presented by Chooptown. What a privilege it was to play with Sarah Buffmanti, Matt Kohlrais, Aron Cantor and Andre Harris under the direction of Marty Brown, with an insane and brilliant script by Paul Ketchum, stage managed by Sophie Silleck and designed by Sarah Bruning Johnston and Sarah Engelman Brown.
Don't think you've heard the last from this team.
After previous lives at Dixon Place and the 2014 Prelude Festival, The Harper's Play by Paul Ketchum, directed by Marty Brown, will return in February 2015- bigger and better than ever before, this time at Jack NY, February 5-14th, 2015. Maybe I'll be reprising my roles as Nancy Silberkleit or Monique Mabelly. Maybe I'll be playing something completely different. Only time will tell. Stay tuned.
It still feels a bit surreal. I'm thrilled to announce that I've been selected as one of the twelve 2016 George J Mitchell Scholars from across the US. I'll be traveling to Dublin in the fall of 2015 to pursue my MFA in Theatre Directing at Trinity College's The Lir Academy. To say it's an honor is an understatement. Each year the US Ireland Alliance sponsors the George J Mitchell Scholarship which sends students with outstanding scholastic achievements, commitments to their communities and contributions to their fields to Ireland for a year of post-graduate study. There has only ever been one other CUNY student to receive this award- I'm honored to be representing Brooklyn College and the CUNY system internationally.
Pictured above are the twenty finalists with Ambassador Anne Anderson, Ambassador David O'Sullivan and Serena Wilson- Director of the Mitchell Scholarship Program.
The production quality is a reflection of my super-stretched schedule at the moment, but the kids shine through. Hear what some of the students in my Emerging Voices programming have to say.
This afternoon I'll be joining a juicy handful of talented folks for a developmental reading of Emily Comisar's new play Moonlighting. I worked Track Twelve - another piece of Emily's - during last summer's NY Fringe Festival. I'm thrilled to be a part of the development of her newest piece.
On Tuesday evening I had the privilege of participating in a reading of Erin Courtney's Honey Drop, recently listed by The Kilroys as one of the top 46 un/under-produced plays by women writers in America. The reading was directed by Lisa Peterson and produced by the Brave New World Rep in a gorgeous backyard in Ditmas Park, BK. There are few more enjoyable ways to spend an afternoon or two than rehearsing a beautiful play in the sunshine.
What a beautifully-exhaustingly-glorious weekend participating in Chez Bushwick's 24 Hour Project was. My dance partner Dominique Robinson, choreographer Kyle Marshall and I explored themes of territory and change and gentrification and Puerto Rican/ Irish ritual and tradition in a gravel lot on Harrison Pl in Bushwick in our piece, Isle of Rocks.
We had two days of 12 hour rehearsals to conceptualize, choreograph, rehearse and perform. This format was challenging but also liberating- the time and space constraints pressure-cooked our ideas into something we probably wouldn't have discovered if we were moving at a more leisurely pace. Many thanks to the fine folk at Chez Bushwick for organizing this project and to the inspiring dancers and choreographers in the other three groups.
It is with much joy and excitement that I partner again with Mind the Art Entertainment (with whom I've worked on & off since 2007) on The Dream Vault Cycle- a collaborative mixed media project that will culminate in a performance on June 6th at La MaMa E.T.C. Stay tuned for details.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in readings of two new plays: Botte di Ferro by Ben Gassman and The Errant Gene by Richard Manley. I'm very excited to continue following the development of these two terrific pieces.