One year ago today, George Floyd was murdered. He is one of many Black people who have been brutalized as a result of a vicious white supremacist system. We commit to rooting out white supremacy in ourselves, in our theater, and in our communities. We assert unequivocally Black Lives Matter.
We are so excited to have a busy May! We want to invite you to our upcoming events and share some of what we’ve been up to behind the scenes.
Below, you’ll find our new Community Care and Transparency initiatives; a list of the organizations we’ve been amplifying at Cold Readings; and the dates for our next production: The Debates 2021!
Thank you all for your support of our work and this community. You make it all worth it. Thank you.
Hope to see you soon!
Peace, power, and love to you,
Paul, Katie, Kathryn, and Hilarie
Theater in Asylum
Taking care of our community and being transparent
Theater in Asylum has been busy revising the inner workings of our company with the implementation and publishing of new ways to live our values.
On our new Community page, you can find the Community Agreements we ask those entering our space to follow, as well other resources we utilize to take care of our community.
On our Transparency page, you can find details on how Theater in Asylum’s decisions are made and money is spent.
Part of our mission is to challenge and empower our community. We hope that these resources will help us do that, while keeping everyone safe and supported along the way.
All the organizations we’ve supported so far this year in Cold Readings
Cold Readings are still happening every week and we are so grateful to the lovely folks who’ve joined us. So far this year we’ve read 18 plays, including four from Jeremy O. Harris’s Golden Collection. In addition to reading and discussing a great play, at each Cold Reading we ask our attendees to support an organization doing good work. Below, please find a list of who we’ve supported this year. We invite you to learn about these organizations and, if you’re in a position to, please consider supporting them yourself.
Tickets for The Debates 2021 are now on sale!
The Debates 2021 is an original theatrical adaptation of New York City's 2021 Democratic primary. With electoral contests for mayor, comptroller, and many city council seats, we ask, "What do we want our city to be?" We'll explore the candidates and issues in an online presentation not to be missed. With our unique blend of mimicry, abstraction, and earnest curiosity, we seek to illuminate the candidates, the issues, and ourselves.
We hope your 2021 is off to a great start. Our is quite busy, planning and starting our 2021 Season:
* We are planning our two productions and one cabaret to have multiple presentation options. Outdoors? Online? We are keeping safety top-of-mind, with multiple contingency plans and flexibility as the health situation in NYC changes.
Since 2015, Theater in Asylum has gathered friends to read and discuss great plays once a month. As the pandemic sent us into our homes, we moved these gatherings online and began holding them weekly. Wednesday nights have become a cherished place not only for play reading but for processing these wild times. We plan to continue weekly readings online until it’s safe to gather in person again, and invite more guest facilitators to bring new plays and new ideas to the group.
The Debates 2021
The Debates 2021 will be our fourth iteration of The Debates. This year we turn to New York City’s Democratic primaries and the conversation over what we want our city to be. New Yorkers will soon elect a new mayor, comptroller, and many city council members.
We believe everyone should understand their electoral power, and we know theater is a potent tool to elucidate that power. As in past years, we’ll host a slew of events including watch parties, political analysis meetings, and finally, an original play about the election. We want not only to get out the vote, but also to empower the voter to engage in the electoral process with understanding and confidence. With our unique blend of mimicry, abstraction, and earnest curiosity, we seek to illuminate the candidates, the issues, and ourselves.
Nearly ten years ago, activists gathered in lower Manhattan to peacefully occupy Zuccotti Park and to declare opposition to an economic system clearly inadequate for the majority of Americans, the 99%. Occupy Wall Street galvanized people around the world and inspired hundreds of activist occupations, big and small, united in a call to radically rethink the economic order.
Playwright Andy Boyd hones in on Prescott, Arizona to follow five Occupiers in their efforts to change their town and the world. They broadly agree that the one percent is too powerful, but agreement breaks down as they search for specifics. Reaching consensus on what a better world looks like—and how to get there—is frequently frustrating and rarely glamorous. Never easy, but urgently necessary. On the 10th anniversary of the rallying cry heard round the world, we are thrilled to produce the prescient and hopeful play: Occupy Prescott.
We’re planning to host another cabaret, sharing our platform with artists in our community to workshop their new work. We will also continue to revise our mission statement and our company’s inner workings, as well as participating in anti-racism trainings through the League of Independent Theater.
We are so excited to see you again, in-person when it's safe, and online until then. Thank you all for making our work possible!
Paul, Katie, Kathryn, and Hilarie
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. Core programs include original productions; themed cabarets to present new work from our community; and Cold Readings to read and discuss published plays.
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