Jan 8, 2015
Jan 11, 2015


Co-Presented by La MaMa and Under the Radar Festival

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Works-in-progress showings by members of the Devised Theater Working Group.

“The eight companies of the inaugural Devised Theater Working Group (DTWG) represent a generation of artists that is wildly diverse in their theater practice, from real-time film to the spoken word, from absurdist comedy to sci-fi concerts, these artists are creating new notions, visions, and rhythms of theater.”
– Meiyin Wang, UTR Co-Director



January 8, 5:30pm & 10pm / Running time: 75 minutes

Photo by Tiph Browne, Nerdscarf Photography

#ItGetsBitter is a creative interruption to contemporary queer performance. Join us for poetry, politics, and panache!

DarkMatter is a trans south asian art and activist collaboration comprised of Janani Balasubramanian and Alok Vaid-Menon. Using poetry & polemic, tweet & tirade, DM is committed to an art practice of gender self(ie) determination, social justice, and catharsis. DarkMatter has been invited to perform across the world. You can follow their antics @darkmatterrage & darkmatterrage.com


Changing Night

January 8, 4pm & 8:30pm / Running time: 30 minutes

Photo by Eddy Rivera

Hip-hop poetry trio The Mighty Third Rail, and the innovative PUBLIQuartet join forces in a mash­up of strings, verses, and beat­boxing. The worlds of classical music and hip-hop collide in a sci-fi narrative that reimagines the Garden of Eden story and questions the nature of change and the survival of humanity in a world consumed by technology.

The Mighty Third Rail is a New York based trio that mixes the elements of hip-hop poetry, beat­boxing, violin and upright bass. themightythirdrail.com

PUBLIQuartet is expanding the stylistic norms of the traditional string quartet. publiquartet.com


The Art of Luv (Part 1)

January 9, 4pm & 8:30pm / Running time: 30 minutes

Photo by Maria Baranova

On May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger killed 6 people and injured 13 in a rampage motivated by his lack of success with women. ROKE’s newest work is a group meditation on masculinity, insecurity, and longing. It attempts to treat this wound to the body of Love, performing humanity’s common search for love as we misunderstand it.

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (Tei Blow and Sean McElroy) [ROKE] is a musical priesthood that explores the metaphysics and mythologies of love, desire and courtship at the end of the 20th century. Royalosiris.com


Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up

January 9, 5:30pm & 10pm / Running time: 45 minutes

Stories of a man, his family, his guns, and his burnpile. Lucy Alibar reads pieces of her new work, “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up.”

Lucy Alibar’s work has been published in Zoetrope, Oxford American, and the Wall Street Journal. Her movie, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (an adaptation with Benh Zeitlin of her stage play, Juicy and Delicious) received the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D’Or. For her work on “Beasts” she was nominated for the Scripter, BAFTA, and Academy Award. Upcoming “Throw Me On The Burnpile and Light Me Up” for Scribner, “The Secret Garden” for Guillermo del Toro/Universal.


The Orpheus Variations

January 10, 4pm & 8:30pm / Running time: 50 minutes

Photo by Mitch Dean

Inspired by the Orpheus myth and the neuroscience of memory, the Deconstructive Theatre Project collides cinema, radio play, and theater vocabularies into an art-house film created and screened in real time.

The Deconstructive Theatre Project is a Brooklyn-based ensemble creative laboratory that makes hybrid media performance work. The company is currently creating a series of works at the intersection of live performance, neuroscience, and interactive technology. deconstructivetheatreproject.org



January 10, 5:30pm & 10pm / Running time: 80 minutes

Photo by Jim Byrne

Aaron/Marie is a high­ speed literary and live music spectacle—part novella, part contemporary opera. A narrator and a musician lead the audience through an ongoing saga of connected stories that follows a missing roommate, an exile, and various ghosts of the Northeastern United States.

James and Jerome make theater that feels like reading a modern novel. They perform live music that evokes narrative action. They do all this at the same time, in such a way that the audience sees spectacles in their mind. jamesandjerome.org


The Power of Emotion

January 11, 4pm & 8:30pm / Running time: 50 minutes

Photo by Josh Smith

Inspired by theories of acting, opera divas, and the emotional grammar of performance, The Power of Emotion is a new work about the form and force of affects and emotions on the stage.

TELE-VIOLET, a theater company led by director Katherine Brook, creates performances that experiment with acting and dramatic form. katherinebrook.com, shonnienelow.com


The Most Important Thing

January 11, 5:30pm & 10pm / Running time: 55 minutes

Comedian Daniel Koren is in search of the most important thing. Together with a virtual choir of alter egos, Daniel redefines musical comedy.

Daniel Koren is an Emmy nominated comedian/composer originally from Israel and now based in New York. With over a million views with his innovative videos, Koren translated his online success into a live performance. Daniel graduated from Berklee College of music and his work has appeared on Comedy Central’s Tosh.O, the Huffington Post and Ryan Seacrest. danielkoren.net

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