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
As 2023 comes to a close, we feel immense gratitude for the community that makes Theater in Asylum’s work possible. Thank YOU for propelling our spaces to be vibrant springboards for new research- and ensemble-driven theater! (👀 Look back at all you made possible in 2023, here.)
With 2024 just around the corner, we’re thrilled to unveil our plans for our 14th year:
To make this all a reality, we’re launching our 2024 Fundraiser with a goal of $11,000. As always the majority of that money goes directly towards paying artists.
Donations are tax-deductible and, as an extra thank you for donating, we have a number of lovely perks for you to choose from, including a tarot card reading and Rick’s famous cookies!
We are so grateful for all that you have made possible these past 13 years, and we look ahead to 2024 with eagerness and hope.
Thank you so, so much. Peace, power, and love to you,
Paul, Katie, and Kathryn
Welcome Mira Calliope Rice!
Co-Artistic Director Katie Palmer and her husband Jacob Marx Rice welcomed their daughter into the world on September 10.
Everyone is doing really well, and Mira can’t wait to get into rehearsal and start telling people what’s what :) She already has a knack for getting into character!
On Sunday, September 17, 2023, Theater in Asylum joined Bread and Puppet and thousands of marchers to demand an end to fossil fuels and global militarism.
Theater in Asylum Happy Hour
Friday, September 22, 2023
4 - 8 PM
115 1st Ave, New York, NY
Join us at Tile Bar in the East Village on Friday, September 22nd for a happy hour! Celebrate the run of The Nobodies with us, catch up with members of the TIA community and learn more about our friends’ exciting theater projects coming up this Fall. Mark your calendars — we can't wait to see you all there!
Andy Boyd has a new play!
TIA collaborator (Occupy Prescott) and playwright Andy Boyd has a new play! Come see Room, Room, Room, in the many Mansions of eternal glory for Thee and for everyone at The Brick in Williamsburg, October 12th-October 28th! This piece, which is with syd island and Philip Santos Schaffer, explores the life and legacy of The Publick Universal Friend, a genderless mystic from the 18th century. The Publick Universal Friend preached a non-predestinarian, anti-slavery, gender-egalitarian version of Christianity, and believed the world was about to end. Relatable! The show also includes the co-creators' own 21st century thoughts on some of the themes of PUF's life, like God, sex, gender, utopia, and the end of the world. There will be songs! There will be dancing! There will be an opportunity to radically rethink your relationship to gender!
Tickets start at $22, and the October 19th performance will be a sensory-relaxed show with even lighting, no projections, and quieter music."
The Federal Theater Project in the news
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.