We hope you are having a lovely summer, keeping cool and staying safe. We have been quite busy with projects, as have our friends. See below a bunch of exciting projects on the horizon.
Hope to see you soon,
Paul, Katie, Kathryn, and Hilarie Theater in Asylum
Paul is back with Bread and Puppet!
Paul is in Vermont working with the iconic Bread and Puppet Theater on their Domestic Insurrection Circus. The show, director Peter Schumann says, is “in response to our totally unresurrected capitalist situation, not only the hundreds of thousands of unnecessarily sacrificed pandemic victims but our culture’s unwillingness to recognize Mother Earth’s revolt against our civilization. Since we earthlings do not live up to our earthling obligations, we need resurrection circuses to yell against our own stupidity.”
See the show and visit the gorgeous farm in Glover, Vermont any weekend in August. The circus will play in Brooklyn on Friday, September 10 and tickets are going fast!
Katie is diving back into The Brontës!
After a dormant period, Katie is thrilled to be sprucing the show back up to send The Brontës across the pond! A MFA candidate at the University of East London is going to direct and produce the show in Spring 2022. As a precursor to that, 4 songs were presented in a floating book store on the Thames! Check out the beautiful video here. We can't wait to share more Brontë news over this next year!
Hilarie is working on Governor's Island!
Herstory of the Universe@Governors Island Richard Move & MoveOPOLIS!
This series of six free, site-specific dance performances, held two Saturdays in October, will lead visitors on a movement journey across Governors Island—from the ancient trees of Nolan Park to the secluded lawns of Hammock Grove and the dramatic topography of the Hills. Conceived, directed and choreographed by acclaimed choreographer Richard Move, each piece is inspired by and in conversation with its unique site on Governors Island, including the ecosystems, architectures, materials and species that dwell within. From the abstract to the fantastical, the work embodies various biological and natural processes in a kind of biomimicry—telling the stories of Governors Island through a series of kinetic, strikingly costumed dance installations. Learn more.
The Big Learn is starting up again!
Theater in Asylum’s leadership participated in The Big Learn last year and cannot recommend it highly enough. The program’s goal is to create space for anti-racist learning, training, and community healing that will address the needs of the large and diverse community of “downtown” and “indie” theatre artists living and working in New York City. Apply here.
Our friends at Boxcutter Collective have a free show at Jalopy!
Boxcutter Collective returns to the Jalopy Theater on Monday, August 16th to share the bill with the amazing puppeteer, Deborah Hunt, all the way from Puerto Rico! Boxcutter will be performing a short new work made in collaboration with Peter Schumann of the Bread and Puppet Theater. Learn more here.
Ama Encore (Alexis Atkinson) has a new music video!
And we are so cool with you watching this video and feasting upon Ama’s incredible music.
Jesse B Koehler’s eery play The Garden is streaming online!
“A story whose bewitching form is only matched by its fantastical content.”
Streaming online until August 15th. Learn more.
Liquid Din Din is back!
For years our dear friends Jessie Bangarang Atkinson and Kiley Etling have hosted racaus cabarets themed around dinner party guests. August looks at Hippie Grandma. Check them out for a night full of songs and stories featuring some of your favorite local artists. Learn more.
Ali Dineen is teaching an online Joni Mitchell class at Jalopy!
8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7
In honor of Blue's 50th Anniversary, join Ali to learn 4 songs from Joni Mitchell's iconic album, for guitar and voice. Intermediate guitar level preferred, meaning: ability to decipher guitar tablature (but not sight-read) and basic comfort with finger-picking. Learn more and register.
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.