Fulton Rib ~PLUS~ Welcome to the Doll Den
Sarah Mendelsohn & Fred Schmidt-Arenales ~PLUS~ Electric Eye Ensemble
About This Show
Sarah Mendelsohn & Fred Schmidt-Arenales
Fulton Rib explores the public gestures made by strangers moving through politically contested spaces in Lower Manhattan, and, in parallel, the process of interpretation between deaf and hearing collaborators. Fulton Rib addresses Lower Manhattan as a memorial, a swamp, a police state, and a burial ground, in which we find ourselves at the receiving end of language. As in a conversation with someone whose language you can’t fully understand, you pick up recognizable signs, and fill in the gaps in narrative. As interpreters, we are running close to failure.
Welcome to the Doll Den
Electric Eye Ensemble
In Memphis, Tennessee we meet the first all-girl’s radio station, WHER. It’s 1968 and they play ‘‘music for women,’’ broadcasting from their studio, the Doll Den. But with the sanitation workers on strike, protesters in the street, and the garbage piling up all around them, the pristine glass box that is their studio shatters under the weight of realization. Everyone wears a facade, some are just thicker than others.
About the Artists
Sarah Mendelsohn and Fred Schmidt-Arenales have been collaborating since 2011. Across performance and documentary forms, their practice seeks to dis-order listening, claiming this as a site of multi-directional thinking and real ambiguity. Recent and upcoming projects are presented at The Darling Foundry, Montreal, Songs for Presidents, Queens, and Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz. They are producers of Reconnaissance, a podcast exploring intersections between political realities and fictions.
Sarah Plotkin is Artistic Director of Electric Eye Ensemble and a freelance puppeteer. Freelance credits include: The Digger (La MaMa), Discrepancies, Meditation 1 (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Gravity Cannot be Held Responsible (La Mama Puppet Slam), and Antigone (Castillo Theatre). Sarah is a recipient of the Dorothy Stickney Scholarship for Women in Theatre. BA Sarah Lawrence College.
Julia Corrigan is the Managing Director of Electric Eye Ensemble. She is a choreographer, dancer, and arts administrator, and currently works at Atlantic Theater Company. Julia is a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Brooke Pierce Award for the Fine Arts and the Friends of Goucher Dance Excellence in Choreography Award for her body of work. Her upcoming work, PEER, will be presented at Green Space as a part of their Fertile Ground series. BA Goucher College.
Joshua Langman is a graphic designer, teaching artist, and writer. His work has been seen at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Castillo Theatre, Teátrica, Brooklyn Gypsies, The 52nd Street Project, the Jim Henson Foundation, and more. Josh is a teaching artist with Marquis Studios, and a student in the CCNY Educational Theatre graduate program. BA Sarah Lawrence College. joshualangman.com
Monica Lerch is a performer, puppeteer and thing-maker from Chicago, now based in Brooklyn. Recent projects include The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s Venice Double Feature at HERE Arts Center and Discrepancies, Mediation 1 at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Previous work has been seen at St. Ann’s Warehouse, La Mama ETC, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts, American Dance Institute, The New York International Fringe Festival, and accompanying The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in the Lincoln Center.
Clarissa Marie Ligon is a student at Brooklyn College studying Voice Performance and Theater Production. Self-proclaimed Renaissance Woman, Clarissa has done it all: from stage managing to costume and lighting design to producing and directing to her first love: performance art. Past productions include: Harper Regan, V-Day Taconic, When We Wake Up Dead, Middletown, The Death of Bessie Smith, Recess, and LOL: The End.
Katie Andrew is an arts administrator and costume designer. She is a graduate of American University with a degree in Theatre/Arts Management, where she costume designed bare: a pop opera, Talking With, Blackout: A Senior Capstone, built costumes in the AU costume shop, and worked with the Kennedy Center and Adventure Theatre MTC. She has worked full-time in the general and company management offices of Roundabout Theatre Company and, currently, Manhattan Theatre Club.
Nehprii Amenii is an artist, writer and director. She has worked with Penumbra Theatre Company, The Flea, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, La Mama ETC, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and Cirque Du Soleil. She has staged puppet performances for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation and serves a creative consultant for the Ailey foundation. She is a recipient of the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for playwriting. She was invited as a delegate for the 2015 Women Playwrights International Conference in South Africa. MFA in Theatre Production, Sarah Lawrence College.
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