Announcing Our Next Book Club Pick:
Doppelganger by Naomi Klein
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
7pm ET on Zoom
The 2024 edition of the Theater in Asylum Book Club is off to a strong start! On January 31st, we hosted an excellent discussion of Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark with friends of TIA from all across the country. Huge thanks to everyone who joined us!
The next book club pick will be Doppelganger by Naomi Klein, an exploration of the misinformation and conspiracies that thrive online in our increasingly polarized world. RSVP here to join our discussion on May 15th. If you'd like to purchase a copy of the book, we encourage you to do so through our Bookshop.org shop, which will help support the company (as well as independent bookstores!). Happy reading!
See Friends of TIA on Stage in NYC!
Several friends of TIA are premiering new works in NYC and we cannot wait to see these talented folks hit the stage! Check out the following shows over the next few weeks:
axes, herbs and satchels
Created by The Anthropologists
February 25th - 27th
Episcopal Actors’ Guild Hall
1 East 29th Street
New York, NY 10016
Rooted in the history and embodied wisdom of doulas and midwives, axes, herbs and satchels is a celebration of traditional knowledge held in the Black birth worker community and a potent examination of maternal mortality.
The United States has a maternal mortality rate that is three times higher than any other high-income country. Black and Indigenous birthing people are particularly at risk, with death rates up to three times more likely than their white counterparts. Modern medicine may be at our fingertips, but did it come at the cost of losing the ancient practices of doulas and midwives?
The play is being devised from an array of research materials; first hand accounts, medical textbooks, ethnological research, and primary sources documenting granny midwives and the history of midwifery.
Need a show buddy? The TIA team will be attending the show on Sunday, February 25th!
Three Scenes in The Life of a Trotskyist
by Andy Boyd
Directed by Jake Beckhard
February 22nd - March 17th
312 W. 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
Told in three scenes over the course of forty years, Three Scenes in the Life of a Trotskyist traces the story of Lev Trachtenberg from idealist youth to contrarian middle age to hard-core reactionary old age. Lev is a prototypical New York intellectual: educated at City College and in left-wing movements, he makes his reputation writing for small magazines and teaching modernist literature. He falls out of step with the Left during the culture wars of the 1960s, and by the election of Reagan he has embraced the Right with a convert's zeal. Three Scenes is a play about politics, literature, and the corrosive power of success in America.
We'll be attending the 7pm performance on March 9th. Join us to cheer on friends of TIA Andy Boyd, Jake Beckhard and Charlotte Dow!
Written by and Directed by Willie Johnson
Presented as part of the Chain Theatre's Winter One Act Festival
February 15th @ 8:30PM (also livestreamed) & February 20th @ 6:30PM
312 W 36 St 4th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Friend of TIA Willie Johnson's latest one act play Rager runs at the Chain Theatre this February as part of their Winter One Act Festival! Rager is a short play examining sibling relationships and the miseries of adolescence and runs alongside I Am Here by Lindsay Ross in Program #20. The performance will also be livestreamed on February 15th for folks who can't make it to NYC.
We'll be cheering Willie on at the February 20th performance — feel free to join!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
Thanks to your incredible support, our 2024 Fundraiser was a success! We raised $11,822.83 over the past month which will help us reach our goals for 2024, including:
We are so grateful to everyone who supported this year's campaign. Whether you donated money, offered a fundraiser perk, or just shared the campaign with your friends and family, we couldn't do this without you. Below are just some of the amazing folks who helped get us over the finish line:
Eve & William Appleton
Trudi Cohen & John Bell
John P. McEneny
Jess and Bryan Rosenberg
Julia & Mike Snider Nickerson
Pandora & John Wohler
Thank you for donations made in honor of Nicky Valdivia and Jeff Stone.
And thank you to the 19 supporters who donated anonymously.
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Bookkeeping Job Description
Theater in Asylum is looking for a skilled part-time Bookkeeper to maintain our financial records, including purchases, sales, receipts, and payments. This position is a one-year contract position, and we anticipate the person working five to ten hours a month. Bookkeeper job duties include working closely with our Managing Director to process accounts payable and receivable and manage invoices and payments. Our ideal candidate has bookkeeping experience for a non-profit and is familiar with QuickBooks accounting software.
Ultimately, the Bookkeeper’s responsibilities are to accurately record all day-to-day financial transactions of our company.
Requirements and skills:
We are a very small fiscally sponsored theater company with an operating budget in 2024 of around $18,000. Everyone working as part of the administrative contracted staff (including the role of the Bookkeeper) is paid $1,200 for the year. See our budget transparency commitments here.
Please email TIA Managing Director Kathryn Appleton.
Happy New Year!
As 2024 begins, we invite you to join us in a book club as we develop our next production.
We are interested in exploring how hope functions, and how it’s sustained by people who don’t know if they’ll ever see victory. In dark times, it seems as though reality tells us to flee, to ignore the problem, or to focus on only small-scaled solutions. Yet we see throughout history that our greatest victories were won after many tireless individuals and movements sustained their hope and kept working despite the dark circumstances. How did they do it? How did they have the stamina to carry on when self-interest, opposing movements, and conspiracy theories / misinformation provided easy outs? Theater in Asylum is embarking on something of a character study, of a character who has repeated throughout history. Who is this person who hopes in the darkness, who works in the darkness, and who keeps at it when all seems lost? We know that person is alive and working today. How do we help them, and in doing so, help ourselves and everyone?
Join us for a book club to explore these ideas, starting with…
Hope in the Dark
By Rebecca Solnit
Book club discussion Wednesday, January 31
7pm ET on Zoom
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower our community. TIA joyfully pursues a rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making. We create performances to investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. We prize space to process, space to question—asylum—for ourselves and our community.