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?!: New Works 2023 – Night 23

Colin Heininger, an_outskirt, Lids/Ellen/+Sam, Alexis Cofield and Danielle Covington

August 16

$20 – $50

The Brick presents
?!: New Works 2023 – Night 23
featuring Colin Heininger, an_outskirt, Lids/Ellen/+Sam, Alexis Cofield and Danielle Covington
August 16, 2023

The spiritual successor to The Exponential Festival, ?!:New Works features a veritable slew of experiment(al)(ing) artists from a variety of disciplines presenting brand new work. Working it out. With each other. With you.

Your thoughts in a state of impatience [personified]
Choreographed by Colin Heininger

This dance work provides a highly accurate and detailed view on the discordant activities of your thoughts in the span of time in which you, having previously dialed a number, are waiting to talk to a representative.

Choreography by Colin Heininger

Performed by
Colin Heininger
Amanda Molina
Adianna Valentine
Joslin Vezeau

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

Find them: @colin_it_a_day colinheininger.com

by an_outskirt

for ?!:NewWorks we’d like to lean into the ? and share the process we use to invite a more receptive state: droning. as a sound, drones provide us the opportunity to suspend the impulse to move forward, for the vocal apparatus to relax and embrace what comes more freely; for the retreat to that amniotic place where the ear cuts the edge of perception.

an_outskirt is joy and chai tamayo

Find them: an-outskirt.com


i’m here to speak to you using the sound of my voice
by Lids Bierenday, Ellen Zahniser, and Sam M-H

There are two performers with microphones sitting at small tables facing each other; both operate disembodied voices that engage in a dramatic dialogue with one another. This performance first represents a real-life dialogue between its performers (Ellen and Lids) about the nature of the voice / the nature of the machine / the nature of the body (becoming autonomous) and then attempts to actually enact the concepts proposed via that dialogue!! We investigate the potential for NOISE (which we understand as the undomesticated form of sound) to both disrupt and aid in our theatrical endeavor; its uncontrollable chaos ruins any coherent dramatic narrative while simultaneously revealing multiple syncopated / delayed temporalities in one theatrical moment.

Written by Ellen Zahniser and Lids Bierenday
Performed by Ellen Zahniser and Lids Bierenday
Sound by Lids Bierenday
Projections by Sam M-H
Photo by Noraa Kaplan, Design by Lids Bierenday

cw: self-mutilation, some gory descriptions, and possible psychosis trigger

Find them: ellenzahniser.tumblr.com, @shmelzs, @lidsbday

you seem better since our last talk
by Alexis Cofield

Nova, a young Black theatre maker, has recently made the switch from acting to writing. While writing a play about her ex boyfriend Marc — she keeps running into him. As Nova writes she spirals further into depression and struggles to differentiate the real Marc from the Marc she’s created.

you seem better since our last talk is a new full length play. 
At ?!:New Works, you’ll see Scene FiveSunday in the Park with Marc.
Director – Danielle Covington (they/them)
Writer-  Alexis Cofield (she/her)
Sound Designer and Stage Manager— E.B. Hinnant (he/him)
Projection and Animation Designer – Lucas Castro Cruz (he/him)
Dramaturg – Nile Assata Harris (she/her)
NOVA – Alexis Cofield (she/her)
MARC – Kevin Tyler Rodriguez (he/him)

cw: discussion of self harm, adult language

Find them: @msalexiscofield @danicovi @youseembetter

Lineups are subject to change.

art by Mark Toneff


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A Note on Accessibility: The Brick has trigger warnings posted in the space for each show for you to check if you so choose. If you would rather ask questions in advance of being in the space or would like to enter in advance of house opening due to our seating not being assigned, please reach out to theresa@bricktheater.com.

Mask Policy: The Brick strongly encourages but does not require masks for audience members. We are in ongoing conversation with our artists and audiences as we continue to adapt our covid policies and it is subject to change at any time. Thank you. 


August 16, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $50


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579 Metropolitan Ave
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