|Dixon Place Presents MINE by Shayna Strype - Virtual Livestream 4/21-4/24|
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Presents A Livestream of
MINE by Shayna Strype
April 21-24, 2021
Dixon Place presents MINE by Shayna Strype as part of its Spring 2021 Production Season of puppetry commissions, performed live for virtual audiences from April 21-24, 2021 at 7:30pm EDT. Video on demand (VOD) streaming will be available from April 26 through May 3, 2021."
MINE is an ecofeminist tragicomedy investigating our relationship with our stuff, our earth, and ourselves. Tickets are $10.50-$35 and can be purchased online here . (dixonplace.org/productions-2021/).
MINE by Shayna Strype
April 21, 22, 23, 24, 2021 at 7:30pm EDT (Live performances, live stream only)
Available to stream through May 4, 2021
A mountain, mined of her insides, collapses into rubble. Near the wreckage, a marriage ends and the home grieves the loss of the family it once housed. Underground, a groundhog hoards an enormous collection of the family’s discarded sentimental items. As the Rubble, the Home, and the Groundhog attempt to reassemble the remnants of their crumbled histories, their worlds begin to merge and intertwine. This solo performance uses puppetry, live-feed projections, stop-motion animation, live green-screen, wearable sculptures, and miniatures to weave together themes of nostalgia, excess, and the destructive human urge to colonize land, bodies, and minds. Approx. run time: 55 minutes. Rated E for Everyone.
The Dixon Place Spring 2021 Production Season continues through May and June, with premieres of three additional commissioned productions: Unicorn Afterlife by Justin Perkins, NEW MONY! By Maria Camia, and Bill’s 44th by Andy Manjuck & Dorothy James.
Unicorn Afterlife by Justin Perkins
May 5, 6, 7, 8, 2021 at 7:30pm EDT (Live performances with limited in-person audiences)
Available to stream through May 18, 2021
A Unicorn, a beast of pure goodness and light, wakes in a black void and discovers, horrified, that it’s dead; but in the hands of a team of puppeteers, it lives again and looks for a way to escape its past, and maybe escape its future too. Unicorn Afterlife is a grimy, synthesizer dream ballet about fantasy, greed, gender, glitter and the power of belief, designed and directed by Justin Perkins. Approx. run time: 60 minutes. Rated E for Everyone.
NEW MONY! by Maria Camia
May 19, 20, 21, 22, 2021 at 7:30pm EDT (Live performances with limited in-person audiences)
Available to stream through June 1, 2021
Step into the colorful, comical, spiritual, sci-fi, psychedelic world of Aricama where we explore duality and ancestry with puppets, body costumes, Toy Theater, original live music, and projections in this full-length workshop production. In the human cloning family business, Allimah lives a quiet, regimented life with her parents on a tiny blue planet. But after experimenting with life, she recovers in a hospital. Slowly, her dreams become reality as she finds herself related to the prestigious Utopian planet Aricama, the land of practice, play, and healing. Will she be able to live a normal life after aligning with her truth? Join Allimah in her most groundbreaking awakening yet! Approx. run time: 65 minutes. Rated PG.
Bill’s 44th by Andy Manjuck & Dorothy James
June 2, 3, 4, 5, 2021 at 7:30pm EDT (Live performances with limited in-person audiences)
Available to stream through June 15, 2021
The streamers are hung, the punch has been spiked, and the cake is just begging to be eaten! Now all Bill has to do is wait for his guests to arrive. But waiting is hard. Bill’s 44th is an original comedic show that brings two puppeteers together to create one (very worried) protagonist. Many styles of puppetry, raucous balloons, and a cheeky piece of crudité all collide to examine the pitfalls of impatience and the wonder of loneliness. Approx. run time: 55 minutes. Rated PG.
These Dixon Place Commissioned Productions are made possible with private support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Cheryl Henson & the Jim Henson Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Shubert Foundation; and public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs with the City Council, and the NY State Council on the Arts w/the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.
About the Artists
Shayna Strype (Creator/Performer) is a theater, film, and puppetry artist based in Brooklyn. Her latest film, Our Mine, was commissioned by Heather Henson and Handmade Puppet Dreams. She received a Jim Henson Foundation Workshop Grant in 2020 to create MINE, a solo puppetry performance. Her short film Pink Fluffy Hope was awarded Best NY Film in the LA Puppetry Guild’s 48 hour Film Festival in 2020. Her films have been screened at various international festivals including Tacoma, The Festival of Moving Objects, and Los Angeles Women in Film. In 2019, she was Director of Puppetry for Pig Iron Theater Company and Mimi Lien’s Superterranean. Shayna was an Artist in Residence at the Object Movement Puppetry Festival in 2018 where she created a multimedia puppetry piece called Antrak. She holds an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College.
Ruth Lichtman (Producer) is a multidisciplinary artist, producer, and director whose video work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Huffington Post. She art-directed “Animated Life,” an Emmy-nominated science puppet video series and has produced podcasts for Two-Up, Crooked Media, and The Lasker Foundation. She is a director of audiobooks for Penguin Random House.
Caren Celine Morris (Stage Manager) is a multidisciplinary theatre artist from The Bronx. She aims to promote inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in all of her projects. Caren has worked on projects at The Tank, Quill Entertainment Company, The Cradle Theatre Company, the New York Musical Festival, Derek Fordjour Studios and The Bushwick Starr. She is very proud to represent The Bronx.
Nehprii Amenii (Production Designer) is a director, writer, puppeteer and educator. She has worked with and created puppetry for Bread and Puppet Theatre, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation, La Mama Theatre, The New York Phil Harmonic, and more. She has enjoyed 20 years of teaching and Curriculum Development and uses arts integration to help newly arrived immigrants share their own stories. She mentors NY DOE teachers in cross curricular uses of puppetry and storytelling. Nehprii is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors lab and the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society. She has served as advisor for Ballard Institute and Museum of puppetry and is recipient of the Lipkin Prize for playwriting for her original stage play Food for the Gods. She has been awarded from the Puffin Foundation and the LMCC. She is recipient of 2020 The Puppet Showplace Theatre’s Black Empowerment Grant and is most recently a 2021 grant recipient of the Jim Henson Foundation. Nehprii is author and illustrator of Memories of the Little Elephant and is the artistic director of Khunum Productions.
Britt Mosely (Projection Designer) is a New York City-based multidisciplinary artist from Denver, CO, who works in performance, video, ceramics, painting, and audio. He has shown and workshopped the performance Buena Vista (also with Sean Petell) at the St. Ann’s Warehouse (NY), Dixon Place (NY), and the IEA at Alfred University (NY). Other works have been shown at the Hammer Museum (CA), LaMama ETC. (NY), Rochester Contemporary Arts Center (NY), Three Four Three Four (solo exhibition) (NY), Phipps Conservatory (PA), Special Special (NY), Silas Marder Gallery (NY), the Long Island Nature Conservancy (NY), Pratt Institute (NY), Jane Hartsook Gallery (NY), Dekalb Gallery (NY), among others.
Paige Seber (Lighting Designer) is a Lighting Designer for theatre, dance, opera, music, immersive events, and now puppetry. Her work has been seen onstage at Minetta Lane, the Skirball Center, the Joyce, Dixon Place, Theatre For a New City, and The Havana Theatre Festival. In the past year, her work has been seen on screen with the ChamberQueer QUEERantine Festival, International Contemporary Ensemble’s TUES@7 series, and George Mason University’s Mason Arts at Home series. Paige holds a BFA in Lighting Design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists USA-829. For more information and a few videos of Paige’s work visit seberlighting.com.
Desiree Mitton (Live Feed Camera Operator and Dramaturg) is a performer and writer. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at New York University.
Jordan Parker (Composer) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound designer. He has scored a wide variety of projects, including feature-length indie films, advertising and online marketing content. His shoegaze band Vivienne Eastwood has performed throughout NYC and the Northeast, Northside Festival, and was most recently featured on Thrasher.com. In December 2020 he debuted a new solo project, Pleajure.
About Dixon Place
An artistic incubator since 1986, Dixon Place (DP) is non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature and visual art. Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks, generate new ideas, and consummate new practices. The artist’s experience is given top priority through our professional atmosphere and remuneration, and their process is enhanced by our adventurous audiences. With a renewed commitment to racial equity and justice, Dixon Place is a local haven for creativity as well as an international model for the open exploration of the creative process.
After spawning DP in 1985 as a salon in Paris, Ellie Covan pioneered the organization in her NYC living room for 23 years. Organic development and expansion, DP is now a leading professional, state-of-the-art facility that remains at the heart of the NYC experimental performance scene. In compliance with Covid19 restrictions, DP's live programs were suspended March 13, 2020. Deeply committed to artists and patrons, DP began presenting virtual literary, dance, & theater programs on DP TV in April '20. The theater is reopening in May 2021 for in-person performances.
For service to the community, DP has received a NY Dance & Performance Award (a Bessie), two Obies, a BAXten Award, the NY Innovation Theater Foundation’s Stewardship Award, CUNY’s Edwin Booth Award, and the Alliance of NY State Arts Organization’s Celebrate the Arts Award for outstanding contributions to NYC.
Many artists, such as Deb Margolin, Blue Man Group, John Leguizamo, Lisa Kron, David Cale, Penny Arcade, and Reno began their careers at Dixon Place. Over the years, DP has also been privileged to present performances by established artists, such as: Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn, Craig Lucas, BD Wong, James Lecesne, John Fleck, Kate Bornstein, Ethyl Eichelberger, Holly Hughes, Karen Finley, Kate Clinton, Peggy Shaw, Mac Wellman, Big Art Group; A.M. Homes, Rick Moody, and Oscar Huelos; Mark Dendy, Jane Comfort, Sarah Michelson, Douglas Dunn, Paul Taylor 2, and Yoshiko Chuma; Vernon Reid, Diamanda Galas, Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzy Roche, Maggie Roche, and They Might Be Giants.
For more information, visit dixonplace.org.
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