ISBA is a one-woman show conceived and performed by Lanny Harrison. A collage of dreams, memories and other lives, ISBA explores the constancy of change, the ways in which we are all shape-shifters. What is the real self? Who are we anyway? Ms. Harrison bows to her Buddhist teachers, to her tiny primate ancestors, to her Jewish storytelling/dancing/singing family, and to the great vaudevillians, like Bert Williams, who created characters both hilarious and tragic. Music is by the late Collin Walcott and other fine cohorts, past and present.
Lanny Harrison, character actress, dancer and cabaret artist, began her career in the New York Pantomime Theater in 1966. She has played character roles in Off-Broadway musicals and films and, for the past 30 years has written and performed one-woman shows, touring America and Europe. Ms. Harrison is a member of Cocktail Cabaret, with Lily Pink and Allison Sniffen, directed by Pablo Vela, opening next spring.
Ms. Harrison has performed a number of theatrical duets, including Cooking Up A Storm, with her late husband, musician Collin Walcott; Acts From Under and Above with Meredith Monk; Sense and Nonsense with Steve Clorfeine and Act Without Words II by Samuel Beckett, also with Mr. Clorfeine. Ms. Harrison and Lily Pink have presented their vaudeville show, The Bat Sisters, at various venues in NYC and in upstate NY.
She has been a member of The House, Meredith Monk's theater company since 1969, and has played leading roles in many of Ms. Monk's productions, most recently Mercy and a revival of Quarry at the Spoleto Festival.
Ms. Harrison teaches acting for children upstate at the West Kortright Centre and in the Arts in Education Program. She has an ongoing workshop at the NY Shambhala Center and has taught at Naropa University for many years. Since 2000, she has been a member of the Shambhala Arts team at the Shambhala Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Ms Harrison is also on the faculty of the Gallatin division of NYU where she teaches a theater course integrating Eastern contemplative disciplines and Western theatrical technique. Since 1973, she has practiced Tibetan Buddhism as a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is certified as a meditation instructor.