|The Tank Announces Fall 2020 CYBERTANK Productions|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:41 am EDT 10/22/20|
A SIMPLE HERSTORY
A NEW PODCAST SERIES ABOUT ALL THE WOMEN
WHO HAVE RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
LAUNCHING OCTOBER 27, 2020
HARSH CACOPHONIES I & II
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY KEV BERRY
DIRECTED BY ALEX TOBEY
NOVEMBER 13 & 14, 2020 AT 8PM ET
ADAPTED BY HOWARD RUBENSTEIN
DIRECTED BY RAN XIA
AVAILABLE VIA CYBERTANK
(New York) The Tank (Meghan Finn, Artistic Director) announced today three upcoming CYBERTANK Productions. A Simple Herstory is a new podcast series created by Jocelyn Kuritsky (The Muse Project) highlighting the women who have run for President of the United States. The inaugural season, focusing on Victoria Woodhull, launches Tuesday October 27, 2020 and is directed by Donya K. Washington. Harsh Cacophonies I & II, written and performed by The Tank's Associate Artist Kev Berry (Fast & Furious) and directed by Alex Tobey (The Orange Terror Cycle), will be live streamed from The Tank's Mainstage on Friday November 13 and Saturday November 14, 2020 at 8PM ET. Prometheus Bound, adapted by Howard Rubenstein (Tony and Cleo) and directed by The Tank's Resident Director Ran Xia (In Blue), will be released on film on CyberTank in early 2021. Additional CYBERTANK Productions will be announced at a later date. For tickets and more information, visit www.thetanknyc.org.
"As our community continues to wait in suspense, without information from the State or City, and told to take our cues from much larger venues on how to respond to this crippling economic and artistic moment for our sector, The Tank has continued to reinvent the ways we can serve artists hit so hard by this pandemic," says Artistic Director Meghan Finn. "CYBERTANK has already presented 250 virtual performances featuring 2096 artists since March and we are proud of that. We have a mission to serve our artists and reinvent opportunities for them to create. We have to keep moving and making."
It is in this spirit that The Tank has selected a handful of projects that exist outside the realm of the traditional theater as CYBERTANK Productions. These works explore new ways of experiencing performance and are created under NY Forward's Media Production guidelines.
Director of Artistic Development Johnny G. Lloyd notes, "We are investing in these projects, bringing in both seasoned Tank artists and newcomers to our ranks, folks we have admired or developed-to create vital productions that must be made NOW. Most importantly, they have put dozens of artists back to work. We can't wait to share them with the world."
A SIMPLE HERSTORY
Created by Jocelyn Kuritsky
Season One: Victoria Woodhall
Written by Jonathan A. Goldberg
Directed by Donya K. Washington
Hosted by Parris Sarter
Launching Tuesday October 27, 2020
Over one hundred women have made a run for it, but their stories are rarely heard. This new podcast series features the lives of the women who aggressively, voraciously and passionately sought to assume the highest office in the land-and lost. Part radio play, A Simple Herstory will feature an all-woman cast and is written and directed by notable American theater talent. A Simple Herstory is a warts and all look at the women, their ambitions, their drives, their ascents and their plummets. From outsiders to insiders, and outsiders again, these are the women who ran. For more information, visit www.asimpleherstory.com.
The first season of A Simple Herstory tells the story of the first woman to make a bid for the presidency-Victoria Woodhull. She ran in 1872, before women had the right to vote. Victoria was a suffragette, a labor advocate, a newspaper publisher, a stockbroker, an actress, a con artist and a spiritualist medium. Jocelyn Kuritsky, Jonathan A. Goldberg (The Fall of the House of Sunshine) and Donya K. Washington (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) team up to create the series' inaugural season.
Season One features Florencia Lozano (Rinse, Repeat) as Victoria Woodhull. David Poe is the inaugural season's Music Advisor and Jane Shaw is the Sound Designer & Technical Director.
A Simple Herstory will be available to download for free from The Tank's website.
HARSH CACOPHONIES I & II
Written and performed by Kev Berry
Directed by Alex Tobey
Friday November 13 and Saturday November 14, 2020 at 8PM ET
Harsh Cacophonies I & IIis a full-length monologue about the intersection of queerness and the things that hold us back from attaining an impossible perfection. Carefully balancing autobiography, spoken word, standup and storytelling, Tank Associate Artist Kev Berry's ritual of queer performance explores how we each learn to view our physical selves in the mirror and the constant struggle to find a sense of the sacred among the infinite and unbearable noise. Harsh Cacophonies I & II will be the first production to be live streamed from The Tank's empty mainstage theatre, and the first production to be live streamed from The Tank since the shutdown.
The stage manager for Harsh Cacophonies I & II is Jessica Fornear, the Technical Director is Rodrigo Fischer, the Videographer is Skye Morse-Hodgson and the Livestream Coordinator is Travis Amiel. Lighting Design is by Christina Tang.
Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can scale beginning at $10 at https://thetanknyc.org/cybertank-calendar/2020/11/13/harsh-cacophonies-i-amp-ii .
Adapted by Howard Rubenstein
Directed by Ran Xia
Director Ran Xia directs Howard Rubenstein's adaptation of Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound against the current state of American protest. The production, starring Brenda Crawley as the title role, examines the discrepancy between what is legal and what is just, in order to dismantle the concept of injustice veiled as order. Prometheus Boundis fully designed and staged for an audience of no one in The Tank's 98 Seat theater. Instead, it is captured for the screen by Iris Media Works as a purely cinematic experience, with masks, original music and deeply compelling performances of the late Rubenstein's visionary text.
The cast for Prometheus Bound includes Sophia Aranda (The Invention of Tragedy), Juan Arturo (Support Group for Men), Olivia Rose Barresi (Initiative) , Chloe Simone Crawford (Exposition), Brenda Crawley (The Problem with Magic is...), Iván Hernandez (Cider House Rules), Macy Lanceta (The Invention of Tragedy), Alice Marcondes (The Invention of Tragedy)and Kaila Wooten (Dogfight the Musical).
Howard Rubenstein's adaptation of Prometheus Bound is directed by Ran Xia (In Blue) as a world premiere film project on CyberTank. The piece features choreography by Chanon Judson (Co-Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women), dramaturgy by Aurelia Clunie (I Choose You, Baby), costume design by Anna Jekel (The Revolutionists), lighting design by Yang Yu (The Shes & Quiltbag), art direction and set design by Izmir Ickbal (Or, An Astronaut Play) and music by Mike Cassedy (The Invention of Tragedy) & Ran Xia.
The Tank is producing with Ada Zhang as Line Producer, Gabrielle Giacomo as Assistant Director, Ashley Chan as 2nd Assistant Director and Sarah Zerod as Stage Manager.
The Tank is partnering with Iris Media Works and Patrick Rousseau as Executive Producer of the film, along with Conner Thompson as Film Unit Producer and Alice Boucherie as Director of Photography.
Streaming dates and ticket information will be announced at a later date.
ABOUT THE TANK
Founded in 2003, The Tank is an Obie Award-winning, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts presenter and producer, which provides a home to emerging artists working across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, puppetry, and storytelling. Led by Artistic Director Meghan Finn, Managing Producer Danielle Monica Long King and Director of Artistic Development Johnny G. Lloyd, The Tank champions emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. In doing so the company removes the economic barriers from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. From the company's home with two theaters on 36th Street, The Tank serves over 2,500 artists every year, presents over 1,000 performances, and welcomes 36,000 audience members annually. The company fully produces a curated season of 13-18 theatrical World or New York premieres each season. During the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, The Tank has launched CyberTank, a virtual gathering space and programming platform for artists to share work. With weekly themed variety shows, ongoing series and evening-length shows made for the virtual frame, CyberTank has already presented the work of over 2,000 artists in over 250 performances to over 9,300 audience members across the country and the world.
Recent Tank-produced work includes The New York Times Critics' Picks OPEN by Crystal Skillman, directed by Jessi D. Hill (2019); Red Emma & The Mad Monk by Alexis Roblan, directed by Katie Lindsay (2018); and The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman, directed by Meghan Finn (2016), as well as Drama Desk Award-nominated productions The Hunger Artist (2018), The Paper Hat Game (2017), the ephemera trilogy (2017), Ada/Ava (2016) and youarenowhere (2016).
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A SIMPLE HERSTORY BIOS
JOCELYN KURITSKY (Series Creator) is an actor and a producer. She is a three-time Princess Grace Award nominated performer and a founder and the actor-in-residence of the Drama Desk Award-nominated & Lucille Lortel Award-winning immersive theater company Woodshed Collective. Jocelyn is the creator of The Muse Project, dedicated to empowering women theater actors; and she is also the creator of Staging Film, an experimental cross-medium initiative. Onstage, Jocelyn mostly works on new plays and new theatrical forms and, as a performer, she has become a favorite among New York's downtown theater stalwarts, often portraying intense, fragile and feral characters. She has appeared in more than 20 NYC productions, including multiple premieres and appearances with companies like the Obie Award-winning collective 13 Playwrights, and her company, Woodshed Collective. Paper calls her an "outstanding actor." Onscreen, new media and film appearances include A Little Dream, The Bad Infinity, Domesticity (Discover.film Awards Best Micro Drama), Over The River and Through The Woods, Peace After Marriage (Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival Audience Award) and others. She is currently featured in two pieces produced by Play For Voices, a podcast series featuring international plays and she is the voice of the Grand Cuspid in The Fall Of The House Of Sunshine, a serialized comedy musical podcast (one of only 4 narrative podcasts from The Sunday Times's 100 of the Best Podcasts to Listen to in 2019). www.jocelynkuritsky.com.
JONATHAN A. GOLDBERG (Inaugural Season Writer). Jonathan is an internationally produced and published writer. He has had plays staged at HERE Arts Center, Mixed Blood, The Public Theater, Robert Gill Theater, Ars Nova, among others. He received the Israel Baron Award from the Theatricum Botanicum and the Rita and Burton Award from the Tisch School of Drama. He won the L Magazine pocket fiction contest. He is the co-creator and writer of the award winning musical podcast The Fall of the House of Sunshine (www.podmusical.com ) with Matt Roi Berger, as well as Radio Free Mushroom America, Margaret's Garden (with Pacific Obadiah) and other projects. He has an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
DONYA K. WASHINGTON (she/her) (Inaugural Season Director). Hometown Boy by Keiko Green (reading at Actor's Express); You Will Get Sick by Noah Diaz (reading at Seven Devils New Play Foundry), The Way North by Tira Palmquist (readings at Seven Devils and Amphibian Theatre). Atlanta: Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck (Actor's Express); An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Actor's Express); Beautiful Blackbird (Alliance Theatre, Theatre for the Very Young); Come Back to Me and Manikato (Shakespeare in Paradise, Bahamas). Spunk (Penobscot Theatre, Bangor, Maine); NYC: Eve's Song (workshop, The Playwrights Realm); God, Man and Devil (Target Margin Theatre); Pete the Girl (Rising Circle/Culture Project Women's Center Stage); Little Louise (Fire This Time Festival); Now the Cats with Jeweled Claws (Target Margin Theatre); Jump Jim Crow (Subjective Theater Company); Cold Keener (Target Margin Theatre). 2008/2010 Women's Project Lab. Van Lier Directing Fellow 2009, Second Stage Theatre. MFA, Directing - Brown University/Trinity Rep; BFA, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Festival Producer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; formerly BOLD Associate Producer and Off Site Season Producer, Alliance Theatre
FLORENCIA LOZANO (Victoria Woodhull) is an actor, writer and performance artist. Theatre includes Rinse, Repeat (Signature), Devil Of Choice (LAByrinth), And She Would Stand Like This (Movement Theatre Co.), Winners (EST), Red Dog Howls (NYTW), Macbeth-"Lady Macduff" (Shakespeare In The Park), Placebo (Playwrights Horizons), Privilege (Second Stage), Last Easter (MCC), Where's My Money? (MTC/LAB), Dirty Story (LAB). TV includes "The Baker and The Beauty," "Gossip Girl," "Blue Bloods," "Ugly Betty," "Law & Order: SVU & CI" "The Mysteries Of Laura," "Madam Secretary," "Kevin Can Wait," "The Blacklist" and "Enemy Within." She played "Claudia Messina" in Netflix's "Narcos" and "Tea Delgado" on ABC's "One Life to Live." Films include: Life After You (which she also co-wrote and produced), Amy Makes Three, Faraway Eyes, The Ministers, Perfect Stranger and Veronika Decides to Die. Florencia is a member of EST and of the LAByrinth Theater Company where she is LAB's literary manager. Her play underneathmybed was produced at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and won HOLA's (Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors) Best New Play Award in 2010. Her play BUSTED was produced by Rising Phoenix at Cino Nights, and her new play Papilucho is currently in development. Florencia got her MFA at NYU's Graduate Acting Program and her BA at Brown University where she studied Comparative Literature.
PARRIS SARTER (Host). Parris is proud to be a part of the A Simple Herstory podcast. She is a working actor based in Atlanta, GA. Some of her work includes (when stage was a thing) Angels in America, An Octoroon (Actor's Express), Eclipsed (Synchronicity), The Revolutionists (7Stages) and Doubt (Out of Box Theater). Her upcoming virtual projects are TIT with 7Stages which is loosely based on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus told from the perspective of Lavinia, and Dunwich Horror a radio play with Georgia Ensemble. Go to their website to enjoy these upcoming stories! Thank you for supporting the arts during these interesting times.
DAVID POE (Inaugural Season Music Advisor). David Poe's electrifying new single, "Gun For A Mouth," arrived September 18th on ECR Music Group (SONY/Orchard). It's the first song from his forthcoming album Everyone's Got A Camera (2021). "Gun For A Mouth" follows a handful of pointed single releases including "Who Built The Wall" and "What The President Said" that fired up social media, shared by the likes of Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and T Bone Burnett. "Every songwriter worth their salt is striving for the kind of balanced poetry and simplicity that Poe seems to just pour out," said No Depression of Poe's most recent full-length effort God & The Girl. NME describes Poe's songs as "Storytelling with beautiful, lush, guitar-underpinned music." The Village Voice declared him "The major domo of songwriters." Poe has toured the world with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tori Amos, The Jayhawks and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze. A composer fellow of the Sundance Institute, his work features in numerous film, TV, dance and theater projects, official selections of the Sundance Film Festival, and commercials for humanitarian projects like the Malala Fund and the You Mean The World Foundation. Poe's songs have been performed by a wide array of artists, including Curtis Stigers, Oh Land, Ana Moura, C.C. White, Thomas Dybdahl and the cast of ABC's "Nashville," and recorded by producers including T-Bone Burnett, Larry Klein, Buddy Miller and Dave Sitek. He has also produced recordings for other artists, including Regina Spektor and Kraig Jarret Johnson. Shadowland, a collaboration with contemporary dance company Pilobolus, toured for a decade and was performed on five continents, for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and was released as a feature film. Transplanted from the American Midwest to New York City, David Poe served as the sound engineer at CBGB's 313 Gallery before signing with Sony/Epic. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
JANE SHAW (Sound Designer/Technical Director). After over twenty years in the theater as a sound designer and composer, Ms. Shaw is excited to be exploring the world of scripted audio drama. Other projects include Faith, Hope, and Charity adapted as a radio play by Peter Hackett. Theatrical work in New York includes designs at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Mint Theater, Theatre for a New Audience, National Black Theatre, Repertorio Español, New York Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane, and the COOP. Regional work includes projects with Hartford Stage, ART, Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Two River Theater, Asolo, Williamstown Theatre Festival, ACT, and Northern Stage. Awards: Drama Desk, Connecticut Critics Circle, Henry Award, Bessie Award, Meet the Composer Grant, NEA-TCG Career Development Grant recipient, nominations for Lortel and Elliot Norton awards. Member: USA 829, TSDCA (Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association). Training: Harvard University, Yale School of Drama. Ms. Shaw was born and raised in Kansas and lives in Brooklyn.
JENNY TURNER HALL (Series Executive Producer) is a Peabody Award Winner and a Writer/Director at the forefront of multi-platform storytelling. She has projects in film, television, podcasting, immersive theater and fiction. Her scripted podcast Mars Patel is being developed as a series at Disney and as a three-book serial with Candlewick Press. Vulture deemed Mars Patel one of "The 10 Essential Fiction Podcasts That Shaped the Genre." As a film/ TV writer, Jenny has placed multiple times in competition at both Sundance and the Austin Film Festival, with Moviemaker Magazine naming her one of the "25 Screenwriters to Watch." Her newest venture for kids features a cameo from "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver.
THE MUSE PROJECT (Producer) is an experimental initiative that seeks to disrupt the imbalance of opportunity and ownership of work for women actors through the development of challenging, actor-driven theater works and focused research into their participation in the American theater. www.themuseprojectnyc.com
HARSH CACOPHONIES I & II BIOS
KEV BERRY (Writer)is a New York-based playwright, performer and life of the party. His work has been seen at The Tank, Joe's Pub, Feinstein's/54 Below, 3-Legged Dog, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Judson Memorial Church, HERE Arts Center, New York Live Arts, the New Ohio Theatre, The Duplex, the Dramatists Guild Foundation, Dixon Place, The Brick Theater, Access Theater, Littlefield, The 9 Studios, Otto's Shrunken Head, The Cobra Club, Skidmore College and across the harsh North Country of upstate New York. Kev is an Associate Artist at The Tank, the September 2018 Artist-in-Residence at Judson Memorial Church, a 2017 Artist-in-Residence with Fresh Ground Pepper, a January 2019 resident with Hot Bread, and the former Artistic Associate at 3LD. He is a member of the 2019-2020 INKubator Playwrights Cohort at Art House in Jersey City. Alongside his collaborative partner and director Alex Tobey, he was a Full Access Resident Artist with Access Theater during the 2019 - 2020 season. Kev serves as the curator and producer of the series Fast and Furious: Rapid Responses to Current Events at The Tank. His play Peter was a Semi-Finalist for the Princess Grace Award in 2019, and a Semi-Finalist for the Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship in 2020. He was the recipient of a Pet Project Grant from Jeremy O. Harris and The Bushwick Starr. His performance in Nadja Leonhard-Hooper and Dan Nuxoll's Eat the Devil was recently hailed by the New York Times as "vehemently campy." B.Sci. Theater, B.A. Gender Studies, Skidmore College. He is represented by George Strus at A3 Artists Agency. kevberry.com
ALEX TOBEY (Director) is a Brooklyn-based stage director obsessed with music, magic, and mystery. Past directing credits include Caveman Play (Exponential Festival), Good Girl Gone Bad (HERE), The Greeks (Burning Coal Theatre Company), The Orange Terror Cycle (The Tank), Everyday Afroplay (JACK), Watch Me Burn (The Wild Project), Transverse: An Autopsy of Gender (The Brick), Elected Remains (Exquisite Corpse Company), and Expedition (Fourth Street Theatre). Alex is the Resident Director of INKubator at Art House Productions in Jersey City and the former co-director of bubble:PGH, a traveling inflatable performance space in Pittsburgh. BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.www.alextobey.com
PROMETHEUS BOUND BIOS
SOPHIA ARANDA (Chorus, she/her/hers) is an actor/singer based in New York City. Originally from Miami, she is a recent graduate of the NYU Tisch program and an alumnus of Atlantic Acting School; she also attended RADA in London for Shakespeare Studies. Some recent work includes The Riddle of the Trilobites (New Victory Theater) and The Invention of Tragedy (The Flea). She is proudly a member of Actors Equity. Special thanks to the team at the Tank for keeping the arts alive during this pandemic. You can find her on Instagram @sophia_m_aranda. sophiaaranda.com
JUAN ARTURO (Hephaestus).Regional: Support Group for Men (CATF). Off-Broadway: The Oregon Trail (Fault Line Theater), The Rafa Play (The Pool), Buffalo, Buffalo (Exquisite Corpse Co.), Salty (Lyra Theater). His recent TV and film credits include "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "The Good Wife" (CBS), Shadows (Official TriBeCa Selection 2020) which was nominated for best short film, and Among the Beasts (2020). Juan graduated with his BFA from Rutgers University, the Mason-Gross School of the Arts. He is very excited to be creating again and to find new and innovative ways to bring theater into people's homes.
OLIVIA ROSE BARRESI (Hermes/ Chorus)is an actor and artist based currently in NYC. Favorite recent roles include Hotspur in SSF 2020's radio production of the Henry IV plays, Clara in Else C. Went's Initiative at The Playwright's Realm, "Herself" in play and mockumentary The Same Shirt Show as a part of the Drama League's First Stage Festival for 2019, Elle in Matt Steinberg's Socially Unacceptable (directed by Ran Xia for Zoom) and Mainie Jellett in counterclaim art's virtual performance of Female Nude Seated (directed by Emma Went), which you can see on YouTube now. Recent film credits include William Fichtner's directorial debut Cold Brook. MA London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; BFA Boston University. oliviarosebarresi.com @obarresi55
CHLOE SIMONE CRAWFORD (Chorus Leader) is New York born and based actor, singer and writer. Through her training at Vassar College and Waterwell Theater Company's PPAS drama program, she has studied under Arian Moayed, Alex Correia, Greg Parente and Shona Tucker in classical Greek, Shakespearian and contemporary theater. She began her career in film and television at the age of 5. Theater credits include: Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Aegeus in Medea, and Reina in Audra MacDonald and Marsha P Johnson Deliver a Message About the End of the World. Recent film credits include leading the cast of the short films Bugs, Gay Teen Werewolf and Lesbian Orgy Story, as well as the web-series The Retreat, #ghostedlife and Dying Swan. After a long, fraught year, she is ecstatic to join the cast of Prometheus Bound for her third performance at The Tank. Chloe is managed by Jody Pursan of Connecting Talent Company. www.chloesimonecrawford.com
BRENDA CRAWLEY (Prometheus). Theatre credits: Voice/Mother in The Problem with Magic is…, (JAG Festival,)Mrs. Draper in State of the Union (Metropolitan Playhouse), Mother in Patience (Corkscrew Festival), Anfisa in Three Sisters (Columbia University), Annin whatdoesfreemean (Nora's Playhouse), Denise in House of Karen, (Columbia Stages), Evelyn in Breaking in the Boss, (NJ Repertory?? Theatre), Oralia in Daughters of the Mock, (Negro Ensemble Company), Heroinain Keys, (Broadway Bound Festival), Nurse in Uncle Abram, (Little Eagle Project), La Madrecita in Camino Real (Columbia Stages), Mrs. O'Neil in The Sunshine Boys, (Amateur Comedy Club).
IVÁN HERNANDEZ (Okeanos) is a Brooklyn-based actor from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He has performed in plays such as Cider House Rules, Richard II, Henry IVPpart 1 at Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London. He is a proud graduate from Mason Gross School of the Arts (BFA). Izmir Ickbal (Production and Set Designer).
MACY LANCETA (Io, she/hers) is thrilled to be playing Io in Prometheus Bound at the Tank. Macy received her BFA in Acting from Florida State University and was last seen on the NYC stages in the world premiere of The Invention of Tragedy by Mac Wellman at the Flea Theater. More recently, Macy collaborated with Manhattan Experimental Theatre Workshop to create original pieces through the new medium of virtual theatre. She thanks Ran, The Tank, and all artists that continue to make art despite all odds.
ALICE MARCONDES (Chorus) is a NYC-based Brazilian American from Clemson, SC. NYC: The Invention of Tragedy (The Flea, dir. Meghan Finn), Not My Monster! (The Flea, dir. David Monteagudo), Dike (workshop, NYTW, dir. Tatiana Pandiani), 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (The New School). Regional: Dike (Urbanite, dir. Tatiana Pandiani). Educational: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Atlantic, dir. Tatiana Pandiani) The Buck (Fordham, dir. Andrew Watkins), The Skin of Our Teeth (Fordham, dir. Taibi Magar). New Media: Nun Habits (Lead, Soul Series Productions), Cheer Up, Charlie (Supporting, Soul Series/L2G). Education: Atlantic Acting School Conservatory, Fordham University (2 years), South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. @alice_marcondes www.alicemarcondes.com
KAILA WOOTEN (Chorus) is thrilled to be working with The Tank! Favorite credits include Rose in Dogfight the Musical with A Class Act, Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors with Tisch New Theater and Agnes in Agnes of God with 4th Story Theater. Kaila can be seen in the short film Never Have I Ever as Dalia and heard on albums such as Disney Theatrical's Moana Jr. (Sina) and Lion King Jr. (Nala), and MTI's Legally Blonde Jr. (Brooke Wyndham) and James and the Giant Peach (Ladybug). Tisch '19.
RAN XIA (Director and Sound Designer) is a Shanghai-born, Brooklyn-based playwright, director and sound designer. She's a Resident Director at the Tank, where she received the inaugural Artist of the Year award in 2019 and directed the world premiere of Independent Study by Ben Gassman, US premiere of The Tallest Man in the World by Ailís Ní Ríain, and most recently her own play In Blue. Also, a Resident Director at the Flea. Her plays have been seen on stages around NYC including IRT, HERE Arts and The Wild Project, and have been published in Dionysian. Member of Pipeline Theater's PlayLab 2020, and Mabou Mines' Makers Club. ranxia.info
CHANON JUDSON (Choreographer). APAP Leadership Fellow Cohort II, Director's Lab Fellow 2018, NPTC Women's Work Lab 2018 - 2020. Chanon Judson's been growing with the acclaimed Urban Bush Women (UBW) since 2001, as performer and now Co-Artistic Director and Coordinator for BOLD, UBW's facilitation network. Chanon is the Co-choreographic director for Hair and Other Stories, an epic journey where audiences engage in intimate conversations, enjoy local guest artist performances, and are immersed in a durational dance-theater work that explores disquieting ideas of beauty, identity, and race through the lens of hair. Additional projects include The Invention of Tragedy (choreographer, Flea Theatre), It's Not so Bad in My Brain (Director, New Perspective Theatre), Nurturing the Nurturer, a performance ritual/gathering for mothers (Black Women's Blueprint) and Family Arts (FAM). Alongside her husband they offer spaces for families to explore and create (Bric, Bailey's Cafe, MS 35 Family Dynamics, Stoops). Chanon has worked with Kwame Ross, Barak adé Soleil, Talvin Wilks, and Sandra Burton. Performance credits include Taylor Mac 24 hour Spectacular, God's Trombone (Craig Harris), Cannabis (Baba Israel), Cotton Club Parade (City Center), Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concert, and Fela!
AURELIA CLUNIE (Dramaturg) is a dramaturg, director, performer and teaching artist who enjoys ushering new plays into the world and sharing classical plays in contemporary contexts. Directing: I Choose You, Baby (InVersion Theatre at The Tank), Good Meeting (Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater Writer's Voice 10 Minute Play Festival), Elder Play Project, The American Unicorn (Long Wharf Theatre), The Every 28 Hours Plays reading, (SUNY New Paltz), Black Santa (reading, Green Line Performing Arts Center), Breakdancing Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, Breakdancing Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors, and The Burial at Thebes (Education at Hartford Stage). Acting: Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Romeo and Juliet (Capital Classics), Doubt (Chestnut St. Playhouse), Lest We Forget, Ebeneeza and Meet Us Where We Are (Hartbeat Ensemble). As Education Associate at Hartford Stage, she facilitated the Write On Young Playwrights' Competition. Aurelia has also worked in community engagement at Long Wharf Theatre and Studio Theatre.
ANNA JEKEL (Costume Designer)is a costume designer from Newton, MA living in New York City. She is a graduate ofNortheastern University in Boston with a degree in theatre production. She held many design positions at Northeastern University, and her culminating work was designing costumes for HAIR. Since graduating, she has held positions at Berkshire Theatre Group and Alabama Shakespeare Festival as well at the Hangar Theatre where she designed five shows including The Revolutionists and The Phantom Tollbooth. Most recently Anna completed an apprenticeship at the Juilliard School working on costumes for drama and opera.
YANG YU (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer for performing arts. Her design interest is to use light to emphasize the emotion quality of the scene, adding an underlayer of non-verbal dimension to propel the unfolding of a story. As a visual artist and music lover, she is experimenting with "visual music"-organizing visual "word" into music "grammar" and making visual design musically stimulating to the eyes. Recent productions include lighting design for The Shes & Quiltbag (Weasel Festival 2019, The Public Theater), The Lesser Magoo (2019, Don Buchwald Theater); lighting and set design for St. Vincent's Project: Novenas for a Lost Hospital (2018 Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, off-Broadway workshop production). Yang Yu is also a set designer and fashion designer. She holds an MFA degree in Design and Technical Theater from Brooklyn College and an MA degree in Fashion Design from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Yangyudesign.com
IZMIR ICKBAL (Scenic Design) is a New York-based designer whose credits include Or, An Astronaut Play (The Tank NYC), Florencia En El Amazonas (Yale Opera), A Christmas Carol in Harlem (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Vietgone (Company One Theater, Boston MA), La Negra (BRIC), Round Table(Fault Line Theater), Dead Are My People (Noor Theater), Queen (Hot! Festival, Dixon Place), 125thand FREEDOM, Serious Adverse Effects (National Black Theatre), Happy Days starring Diane Wiest (Mark Taper Forum LA, Theater for A New Audience NY), The Late Wedding and 1001 (Teatro LATEA, Columbia Stages). Other credits include The Comedy of Errors, Love's Labour's Lost (Elm Shakespeare Company); Nanyang: the musical (International Festival of Arts, Singapore), Yusof and Zubir Said: The Star of Hearts (The Esplanade Theatres, Singapore); Nadirah, Charged and Not Counted (Teater Ekamatra, Singapore). He recently received nominations for Best Scenic Design at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards and the Elliot Norton Awards in Boston USA. MFA, Yale. More info: izmirickbal.com
MIKE CASSEDY (Composer / Music Director) is a Brooklyn-based composer and pianist. He has performed, recorded and toured regularly with ensembles of various genres including guitarist and prog legend Francis Dunnery, minimalist ensemble Build, singer/songwriter Mary Bragg, rock band Sky White Tiger and his own co-led project East West Quintet. Theater Composing Credits include: Mac Wellman's: The Invention of Tragedy (The Flea Theater, 2019), Mac Wellman's: The Lesser Magoo (Brooklyn College, 2019), Manufacturing Mischief: A Noam Chomsky Puppet Play (Pedro Reyes at The Tank, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, The Power Plant Art Gallery/Canadian Stage, Serpentine Gallery London, Museo Jumex Mexico City, Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, The Night of Philosophy at the Brooklyn Public Library, the Savannah College of Art and Design), Daredevil (The Brick, 2014), Detroit Blues (Mt. Vernon Theater, 2014), Him (Walkerspace, 2008). Film and Television Credits include: Sidelined (Short Film 2019), Change for Change (Short Film 2019), The Movie House on Main (Documentary 2018), Madre Maria (Short Film 2018), Sucker (Short Film 2018), Barren (Short Film 2018), "Half Life" (TV Series 2018-2019), 16 Words or Less (Short Film 2017).
ADA ZHANG (Producer). Qiyu (Ada) Zhang is super excited to work on this project! Ada is originally from Beijing, China. She has worked as a stage manager, company manager, and technical translators in the U.S. and all over the world. Ada is especially thrilled to work on Prometheus Bound in this special time to bring confidence and strength to people while keeping theatre alive. Recent credits: Theater in Quarantine (PSM, JV SQUAD), Matilda International Tour (ACM, GWB Entertainment UK), Kinky Boots International Tour (PSM & ASM, Troika Entertainment). M.F.A. in Stage Management, Columbia University. Love to mom and dad.
GABRIELLE GIACOMO (Assistant Director) an NYC-based director for theatre and film. She is thrilled to be back at The Tank, especially to assist on a beautiful project told through both mediums! Select Credits| Director: Mac/Beth (Short Film; Official NFFTY Selection), Date Show: The Game Show (SPF Sex), The Piece (TGP Black Box), Postal: A 1940s Rock Musical (TGP Boo!). Assistant Director: A Class Act (Theatre Row), In Blue (The Tank), American Vice (Short Film; Official LAFA Selection). gabriellegiacomo.com
SARAH ZEROD (Stage Manager) is a New York-based stage manager. She has previously worked with Theatre of the Apes, InVersion Theatre, The Mechanicals, Double Eye Productions, EgoPo Classic Theater, The Greenfield Collective, Orbiter 3 and Enchantment Theatre Co.
ASHLEY AMANDA CHAN (2nd Assistant Director) is an artist born and raised in Queens, NY, currently residing in Brooklyn. She has a BFA in Film & Television from NYU and has been a part of a variety of student films, independent shorts, music videos, and professional low-budget commercials in often a Producer or AD capacity. She finds joy in helping others bring their visions to life and loves the creative collaboration element of the arts. She also paints and crochets, spending free time... with more art.
PATRICK ROUSSEAU (Executive Producer, Iris MediaWorks) is an executive producer at Iris MediaWorks, a production company he founded in 2004. He works with storytellers, artists, brands, and agencies to produce content that is meaningful and entertaining. He has produced four feature films and many web series and short films. Patrick has produced content for companies including General Electric, Fisher-Price, L'Oréal, Hewlett Packard, Eli Lilly, Condé Nast, Barclays, ConsenSys and Techstars, among others. His work has won dozens of awards, including Webby Awards and several Best Picture and Best Web Series awards at festivals around the USA and abroad. When not producing content, he can be found exploring forests, learning life lessons from his children, or dreaming of the sailboat he had that one Labor Day weekend. Patrick first attended a show at The Tank in 2009, where he saw a production his future wife was directing. He never left.
CONNER THOMPSON (Producer, Iris MediaWorks) is a video producer and editor based in New York. He's created narrative content for "Sesame Street," Above Average, Huffington Post and Upright Citizens Brigade. He has also produced commercial content for companies such as Google, Starbucks, Hudson News and many more. He recently wrapped production on his first TV pilot as producer. No matter how successful he becomes, his family will always give him a hard time for majoring in Philosophy.
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