Off-Broadway, here we come!

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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME makes its NYC premiere next month!

Jenn and Scott, along with director Taibi Magar, have been working tirelessly to push the limits of this provocative show for its New York premiere. In addition to an entirely new staging for the Ars Nova space, be prepared for new scenes, and a more in-depth exhibition of the antebellum slave doll on loan from Theaster Gates and the ReBuild Foundation.

We are beyond excited for URG to be presented at Ars Nova, the alma mater of “Natasha and Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” which has its Broadway opening soon, and artists like Lin-Manuel Miranda. They are a passionate and dedicated company… not to mention wicked good at corn hole.

Ars Nova is a 99-seat theatre and we have a limited, four-week run so don’t wait around another minute to get your tickets. Some performances are already sold out (SERIOUSLY!!). The show runs nightly September 13-October 15th except for Sundays.

Tickets to performances at Ars Nova are $35 but there are discounts codes available if you’re buying early. Week one tickets can be purchased for $15 using the code “GOHAWKS” and week two tickets are $25 with the code “SLURPEE”.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Sans Everything Infects New England

We have been in Rhode Island for a week now, rehearsing, dreaming, writing, and all living together in the beautiful Newport home of Strange Attractor’s Jed and Rebecca. We will be here for a month working on Sans Everything, which sounds like a long time, but in reality only gives us two weeks of rehearsal: Week Three sees us loading ourselves into AS220 to perform the show for Providence audiences (tickets HERE) and during Week Four we travel to Boston to premiere the piece at Charlestown Working Theatre (tickets HERE), where we will also hold a workshop on the Expressive Body in Physical Performance. It’s a whirlwind adventure up here and we hope, if you’re in New England, that we’ll see you at one of the performances.

Don’t worry, Philly folks, we’re planning to land this spaceship in our hometown, too. Dates and location are still TBA but look for us January/February next year.

Oh and friends in Alaska? We’re coming your way May 2017…

(For more photos of the costume-building day we had Brown University’s “dirty space”, check out Strange Attractor’s blog post.)

ANNOUNCING: Underground Railroad Game at Ars Nova

We are thrilled to announce that Ars Nova, Off-Broadway champion of new work and alma mater to artists like Lin-Manuel Miranda and pieces like Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, will present Jenn and Scott’s Underground Railroad Game as the opening piece of their 2016 season.

The September run will last five weeks and, while tickets aren’t on sale yet, you should get yours as soon as they are–the run at FringeArts sold out in record time! We’ll be sure to post a ticket link here as soon as we can.

Broadway World: Ars Nova 2016 Season Lineup

American Theatre: Ars Nova Sets 2016 Season

 

We’re Back!

We’re back from New Orleans and what a time we had. We arrived Tuesday night in time to get some food (at the aptly named Pizza Delicious) and catch our friends Almanac’s opening night.

On Wednesday we rehearsed at Dancing Grounds  and then moved ourselves into the Old Firehouse (after lunch at the Cake Cafe) to set up the space, tech, and walk through the show. We then performed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (with breaks for food, drinks, dancing, and music) and we headed back to Philly on Saturday!

And thus ended the Philly portion of our exchange. We now spend the next two months, all of us in our home cities, reading As You Like It, watching more sci-fi, and doing whatever homework assignments Rebecca throws at us. Some of us will even travel up to RI in January for a post-New Years writing workshop.

Then in February, we reunite! Two intensive weeks of rehearsal followed by shows in Providence March 3-6 and in Boston March 13-16.

We have about $8,000 left to raise to complete our $20,000 match of the NET/TEN grant we received last March. If the holiday spirit moves you to donate, you can do so HERE. Best of all: year end tax-deduction!

 

Support LRS!

On Wednesday of this month we launched a fundraising campaign on Hatchfund, the artists-only funding platform. We are seeking to raise $9,000 to close our funding gap for LET THE DOG SEE THE RABBIT. It’s an ambitious figure for an ambitious piece of theatre: we have a cast of 13 actor/dancer/creators, a 9-person production team (all 22 are from Philly!), a stunning performance space, and the gumption to pull it off.

Will you help us? Tax-deductible donations can be made on the Hatchfund page. Please consider sharing our campaign on Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you so much for your help. We look forward to sharing the final product with you in May!

Rehearsals Have Begun!

Today was the first rehearsal for LET THE DOG SEE THE RABBIT.

We’ve been workshopping this piece for over a year now (using the working title WILD) and have begun our final development period before the premiere! We have gathered together an exciting team of 13 Philadelphia actor-creators and an amazing 6-person production/design crew.

The piece is an exploration of “looking at looking at” animals. We agree with Levi-Strauss when he opined “animals are good to think,” but now we want to know why? What is it about animals that make them an endlessly fascinating subject? Today’s rehearsal involved embodying rabbits (not so easy for those in the cast over 6 foot), groups moving in flocks, and exploring all the nooks and crannies of the Sanctuary space where we will be performing.

Rehearsal updates will be posted here, but check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for pictures!

Yesterday's production meeting in the Sanctuary.

Yesterday’s production meeting in the Sanctuary.

The cast embraces their new home.

The cast embraces their new home.

Sans Everything Workshop in Rhode Island

Greetings, friends!

Mason, Scott, and Alice are up in Rhode Island this week workshopping SANS EVERYTHING with our friends, Strange Attractor. The week has been lovely so far. Days are filled with workshopping, brainstorming, watching “Alien” and “2001: A Space Oddessey”, eating johnnycakes, taking walks along the ocean, and sushi dinners with the whole crew! We began working on this piece with Strange Attractor this time last year and are excited to be back at it. If you’re in or near Rhode Island, we’re doing a showing of this week’s work at Trinity Rep in Providence on Saturday at 2pm.