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Gestating Baby Volume 1: Jerry Lieblich and Robert Malbrough

Robert Malbrough and Jerry Lieblich

November 11


The Brick presents
Gestating Baby Volume 1:
Jerry Lieblich and Robert Malbrough
November 11-13 8pm

Featuring Two New Works

The Holy Ghost People
and Mahinerator

The Holy Ghost People

Written by
Joshua Young
Directed by
Robert Malbrough
Performed by
RJ Christian
Jacob Cowan
Kristin Sgarro
Anna Stacy
Rachel Weekley
Costumes by
LA Clevenson
Lights by
Mike Schulz

A phantasmagoria about otherness, space, time-travel, religion, bodies, and bad photography.

Holy ghost people is a bad name for them. but we can’t shuck it away. it clings. everyone still uses it. the holy ghost people are not ghosts. they have real hair. god loves them most, so they say. all of a sudden they were standing in our lawns, in our traffic, in our malls, & they were wearing white cloth & they were speaking & speaking & speaking. Did you see them conjure Sylvia?



written by Jerry Lieblich
performed by Steve Mellor

A monologue in quasi-English gobbledygook on evilations, banalations, and vacuumic compressulated ecocide.

Hrak!  Tunely froth thine earliparts what for bespeaks Yours Trustly!  He belone didst crackitate logisticals what puzzled onwards up! He belone didst solute up efficiencies mahinerated cleanly dawn!  Him!  Him!  Now listens him for sprect the records straighten.


Gestating Baby is a semi-regular series of split bill performances curated by Theresa Buchheister and Ryan William Downey that presents new and unpredictable works across the spectrum of theatrical performing arts. It began in 2013 at The Silent Barn and is now revived at The Brick Theater in Brooklyn, NY.


Jerry Lieblich

Jerry Lieblich lives and writes plays and poems in New York and Massachusetts. Their plays include D Deb Debbie Deborah (Clubbed Thumb – Critic’s Pick: NY Times, TimeOut NY), Tongue Depressor (The Public Theatre, Brooklyn College), Nostalgia is a Mild Form of Grief (Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theater), Ghost Stories (Cloud City – Critic’s Pick: TimeOut NY), Your Hair Looked Great (Abrons Arts Center), and The Barbarians (New York Theatre Workshop, Dixon Place, PRELUDE), A Discourse on the Method… (Ensemble Studio Theatre), and Everything for Dawn (Experiments in Opera). Their poetry has appeared in SOLAR.

Jerry has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, NACL, SPACE on Ryder Farm, UCROSS, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation. They have received a EST/Sloan Commission and the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award (twice). They’re an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Page 73’s I-73 Writer’s Group, and Pipeline Theater’s Playlab group. BA: Yale, Philosophy; MFA: Brooklyn College (Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney, chief instigators). www.thirdear.nyc

www.thirdear.nyc, IG: @thirdeartheaterco, FB: @ThirdEarTheaterCo

Steve Mellor

Steve Mellor has appeared in productions of Mac Wellman’s HARM’S WAY, ENERGUMEN, DRACULA, CELLOPHANE, TERMINAL HIP (Obie Award), SINCERITY FOREVER, A MURDER OF CROWS, THE HYACINTH MACAW, 7 BLOWJOBS (Bessie Award), STRANGE FEET, BAD PENNY, FNU LNU, BITTER BIERCE (Obie Award) and MUAZZEZ. He directed Mr. Wellman’s 1965 UU. He has also appeared on Broadway (Big River), Off-Broadway (Nixon’s Nixon) and regionally at Arena Stage, Long Wharf Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Stage and Yale Rep. In New York City, he has appeared at the Public Theater, La Mama, Soho Rep, CSC, Primary Stages, PS 122, MCC Theater, The Chocolate Factory and The Flea. His film and television credits include Sleepless in Seattle, Mickey Blue Eyes, Celebrity, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, NY Undercover and Mozart in the Jungle.

Robert Malbrough

Robert Malbrough is a Brooklyn-based director, noodle maker, and occasional designer. His latest monstrosity, a digital adaptation of Ubu Roix, was featured at the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Previous works include An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening, and an immersive production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His work has been seen at The Tank, Target Margin, Abingdon Theatre Company, the stage door of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, and various crypts, warehouses, and computer screens.

Joshua Young

Joshua Young is a playwright, designer, and multimedia artist living in Everett, Washington. He is the author of six collections, most recently, Psalms of the Wreckage (Plays Inverse, Press 2017), and the forthcoming novella, Little Galaxies (Variant, 2021). His films have been an official selection at Seattle International Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival, and Montreal International Black Film Festival, among others, and his hybrid documentary, A Carnage in the Lovetrees, is currently in post-production.

Find him at joshuabrianyoung.com


ZEYNEP AKÇA is a Brooklyn-based producer, director, and teaching artist. She is originally from Istanbul, Turkey. She has an MA in Applied Theatre from CUNY SPS. She is currently working on developing new and reimagined works with fellow artists. Her favorite credits include: Dangerous Games (?! Festival, The Brick), [HAMLET CURSE QUOTE] (The Tank Pride Fest), The Argentinian Prostitute Play (BBTF). She regularly produces with SCOWL and is the artistic director of No Exit Theatre Collective. Instagram: @zeynakca
RJ CHRISTIAN is a recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt with a BM in vocal Performance. They are a verified TikTok creator and provided music and lyrics to the Ratatouille TikTok Musical benefit concert. He has served as Composer/Lyricist in five different productions including The Link, Mea Culpa, On a Wing and a Chair, Airlock: The Musical, and RedBeard as well as MD on The Wives of Henry the Eighth (Bossy Collective) and Wildfire: Before the Bloom (No Exit Theatre Collective) RJ was a finalist for Taylor Louderman’s Write Out Loud song competition with his song “Up There” As an actor, some of his favorite roles have been Donkey (Shrek the Musical), Callahan (Legally Blonde), and Beast (Beauty and the Beast). RJ was also a cast member of the 2018 and 2019 NYU Reality Show.
L.A. CLEVENSON (Costume Design) Local: Stella Adler: Human Error. Select Regional: Stages Theatre (Stage): Girls Night: The Musical, Gidion’s Knot, Stages Theatre (Film): Sensitive Guys. KC Rep: Welcome to Fear City, Unreliable. Unicorn Theatre: The Wolves. Catastrophic Theatre: clean/through. 4th Wall Theatre Company: Stage Kiss, The God Game, The Good Thief. Classical Theatre Company: A Doll’s House. SRO Productions: American Idiot. Island ETC: The Who’s Tommy. Film: TAF – Los Angeles: The Job. L.A. received her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from University of Missouri – Kansas City. www.laclevensondesign.com
JACOB COWAN (they/them) is a playwright and performer living in Philadelphia with a background in musical theater, dance, and devised/collaborative work. They are a graduate of Wagner College (Theater Performance, Dance minor), and an alumnus of The National Theater Institute’s Theatermakers Summer Intensive (2016). Their play [HAMLET curse quote], was a semifinalist at the National Playwright’s Conference 2021 and part of Pride Fest 2021 at The Tank. Some of their favorite credits include O, Earth by Casey Llewellyn (Thorton Wilder), SCOWL (Pat Riarchy/Luna Lovely), and A Chorus Line (Bobby).
MICHAEL SCHULZ is a freelance Lighting Designer and Technical Director in NYC. He’s currently working on the National Tour of Cats. TD: Pippin (Hudson Guild). Lighting Design: Evelyn: A New Musical (Dixon Place), Cabaret, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Baruch College).
KRISTIN SGARRO is a queer actor, musician, and emcee in New York City. For over a decade, Kristin has been working as an actor/director almost exclusively in Shakespeare’s canon, and in that time has appeared in Romeo & Juliet (Romeo), Twelfth Night (Viola, Olivia), Othello (Emilia), As You Like It (Celia, Phebe/LeBeau), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena, Hermia), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), Richard III (Queen Margaret), and many more. Occasionally a dabbler in contemporary and devised theater, you’ll also see Kristin’s work in various projects with AMiOS, No Exit Theater Collective, Regeneration Theater, and in new works hosted by The Bechdel Group, SheNYC, and The Tank (With Dignity, most recently). Kristin is also the Founding Artistic Director of Match: Lit, a [let’s-mess-with-]Shakespeare company, and emcees its monthly reading series BARDcore, where a clever adaptation of a Shakespeare play meets trivia over libations with fellow Shakesnerds. Visit www.kristinsgarro.com for more or follow them @oksgars.
ANNA STACY (they/she) is an actor, musician, and multi-tasker from New York. Favorite credits include Touchstone (As You Like It, Match: Lit) and Marc Antony (Julius Caesar, Hamlet Isn’t Dead). Anna trained at Brown University and Shakespeare & Company, and is working towards an M.D. at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Offstage and outside of the hospital, Anna loves horror movies, regardless of quality. For more of what Anna does when they should be studying, check out their website: anna-stacy.squarespace.com
RACHEL WEEKLEY (they/them) Is a Clown/Performer/Movement Coordinator based in NYC. They graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in performance and trained with The American Mime Theater. Besides creating their own solo work They are also a Line Producer and Performer with SCOWL, a Queer and Trans-centric, stage combat comedy show. For more info on what shenanigans they’re up to now go to www.rachelweekley.com or Instagram @rachel.weekley.

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November 11, 2021
8:00 pm


Brick Theater
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