Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It’s Worth) is an investigative piece which engages with the climate crises in a number of unexpected ways: through the lens of evolutionary time, the biblical apocalypse, and the process of growing up as a person and a society. The play also examines the human tendency to make wishes, especially in moments when we feel powerless. It all takes place in the shadow of a giant hourglass. Nevertheless, the universe breathes on.
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Written and Performed by Blake Sugarman
Directed by Jacob Sexton
Sound Design by Lawrence Schober
Choreography by Louisa Barta
Lighting Design by Megan Lang
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
BLAKE SUGARMAN (writer/performer) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. He finds expression as an actor, musician, poet, and activist but is best known for his unusual solo performances which have been described as “spoken word and installation art in a theatrical duet.” In New York, Blake’s solo work has been presented at The Brick (Resident Artist Series), The Living Gallery, Bushwick Open Studios, and NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing. Additional performance credits include Theater in Asylum, The Tank, Medicine Show Theatre, and FringeNYC. Blake graduated from NYU Tisch in 2014 with a BFA in Theatre. He is a former Artistic Intern for The Civilians.
JACOB SEXTON (director) is a Brooklyn-based theatre director who is passionate about new plays and interdisciplinary collaborations. He has recently directed new work at Actors Theatre of Louisville, EST/Youngblood, Primary Stages, TheatreSquared’s Arkansas New Play Festival, and The Brick - where he directed Blake Sugarman’s Scream of the Butterfly in 2016. Additionally he has worked in new play development with Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Assisting credits include Anne Bogart, Les Waters, Jon Jory, Lila Neugebauer, Gia Forkais, Mortiz Von Stulpenagel; most recently he toured with SITI Company assisting on Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer (music performed by the Bang on a Can All Stars) which culminated at BAM Next Wave. Alumnus of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville. B.A. Theatre - Directing, Fordham University. www.jacobmsexton.com
LAWRENCE SCHOBER (sound design) is a proud born-and-bred New Yorker and a sound designer for plays. He has designed for Under The Radar Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, EST, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Brick, Cherry Lane Studio Theater, BRIC Arts Center, and Williamstown Theater Festival among others. His assistant design credits include La MaMa, IRT, New Ohio Theater, and MTC / City Center Stage.
LOUISA BARTA (choreography) is currently a full-time dancer with the Ellen Sinopoli Modern Dance Company in Albany, NY. In NYC, Louisa has danced and choreographed professionally with VashtiDance Company, CeDan Dance, and Callie Hatchett and Dancers. She has also performed and choreographed for festivals upstate including NACRE’s So You Think You Can Choreograph? in Saratoga and Choreography on the Edge in Woodstock. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance in 2013.