American couple Keaton and Deanna, saddled with debt and buoyed by lust-driven optimism, move abroad for a fresh start. In their attempt to reinvent themselves as enterprising expats, they’re plunged into a torrid triangle with Alondra, an alluring and mischievous Selkie (half-woman half-seal). Keaton’s aggression and Deanna’s complicity in Alondra’s exploitation result in a maelstrom of perverse romance and wet revenge in this dark, funny, and saturated exploration of domestic violence – of being trapped – and two approaches to escape.
Lucy Jackson in Association with Dutch Kills presents
Written by Helen Banner. Directed by Jess Chayes.
January 12th - February 3rd in the Next Door Series at New York Theatre Workshop
Sarah McIntyre, a presidential appointee parachuted into the Foreign Service, has been assigned two wary young diplomats to develop her pet project: New Training Scenarios for the Resolution of Intractable Global Situations. The three begin to role-play, led by a charismatic woman experienced in persuading men to lay down arms.
Suddenly, a rebel group lashes out in a distant country, destroying the tenuous peace recently negotiated by McIntyre. The women’s role-playing becomes increasingly charged, pushing them deeper into the bodies and minds of violent insurgents. Meanwhile, as Washington undergoes its own regime change, their work becomes active weaponry for Sarah’s political enemies.
Intelligence is a semi-immersive play developed by playwright Helen Bannerand director Jess Chayes that pulls the audience into a Washington, D.C. basement conference room, for an intense experience of how we code and decode others and ourselves through our imaginations. Intelligence received developmental support as part of the 2017 Artist Residency Program of The Drama League of New York, and the New Georges JAM.
OUR LATEST SHOW:
The Providence of Neighboring Bodies by Jean Ann Douglass
We are thrilled to announce that THE PROVIDENCE OF NEIGHBORING BODIES will be playing at UNDERBELLY in the EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL from August 3rd to 26th.
Directed by Jess Chayes
Music by Chris Chappell Lighting design by Derek Wright
Set design by Carolyn Mraz Costume design by Evan Prizant
Sound design by Asa Wember Stage manager Allison Raynes
Cast Dinah Berkeley, Lori Parquet, Amy Staats
In a black comedy about female friendship, social anxiety and our relationship with ‘other’, two characters crave connection but live in their own heads, over-analysing all interactions. Dora and Ronnie form a tentative friendship from conversations over the balconies of their provincial Rhode Island apartments, flexing their rusty social skills and trying to act as normal people do. But the dynamic of their jittery new friendship takes a turn when a beaver moves in. Set in a Rhode Island town that no one ever seems to leave, filled with parking lots, strip malls, and nail salons, The Providence of Neighboring Bodies examines what happens when we’re pushed out of our comfort zones and are faced with something unknown.
It’s an exciting day for Dora in North Providence, Rhode Island. Today is the day Dora is going to make coffee, go outside, and make friends with Ronnie. Ronnie lives in the apartment next door, her balcony just adjacent to Dora’s, both overlooking the parking lot and the weird hill across the street. Ronnie isn’t sure how she wound up living in North Providence for all these years, but here they both are, where nothing exciting has really happened since the great beaver purge of the mid-20th century. And then out of nowhere, Jane appears.
Playwright Jean Ann Douglass said, “I wrote this play to theatricalize the less-than-sexy thoughts that take up most of our days. I know I am not alone in spending too much time mentally preparing for social interactions, evaluating how conversations are going as they’re happening, and analyzing them after the fact. Interacting with other people makes us self-conscious, and that self-consciousness can reach dizzying and dangerous heights when dealing with people that are different, who we’re not used to interacting with, or we perceive as an ‘other’. In this way, this tender play about women struggling to connect through the fog of their own loneliness becomes about prejudice: the kind that results from small mistakes, inaction from not knowing the right thing to do, and valuing personal comfort over doing what’s right.”
Jean Ann Douglass is a playwright, performer and artist. Her plays include Ladycation, Seneca Falls, Nondisclosure and Some Editing and Some Theme Music. She is also one half of Human Head Performance Group, who came to the Fringe in 2017 with Obfuscation. The Providence of Neighboring Bodies first premiered at Ars Nova in New York.
BY DUANE COOPER AND BLAKE HABERMANN
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019
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