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!?:NEW WORKS – NIGHT NINE
The Brick Theater
The Brick presents
NIGHT NINE OF !?:NEW WORKS
Devon Wade Granmo
Aaron LaRoche and Ryan William Downey
Hosted by Garlan Jude
Doors at 7:30
Show at 8
As most of you are aware, New York City will require proof of vaccination for indoor performances beginning September 13th. We will be enforcing this policy for all upcoming performances, and ask that all audience members, regardless of vaccination status, remain masked. All staff and performers will be vaccinated, performers may not be masked. Audience can provide proof of vaccination with a government issued I.D. along with a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or the Excelsior Pass App. We are navigating this day to day just like all of you so please be patient with staff when you attend your next Brick event. We love all of you.
DEVON WADE GRANMO
An excerpt from Medusa
a new play by Devon Wade Granmo
Medusa is a gorgon. She’s got snakes for hair. Her gaze turns men to stone. She’s a head and she’s here to tell her tale.
Medusa – Lauren Dortch-Croizer
Playwright, Director, Musician – Devon Wade Granmo
Scenic Artist – Stephen Bron
Written and directed by Fran Pado
Bob Bannister (Chorus)– Bob, a NYC musician, has played on upwards of fifty albums and in hundreds of live shows. Currently, he plays in Fire In The Kitchen and The Scene Is Now. His theatrical experience is primarily in the pit band, ranging from an undergraduate Godspell to Fran Pado’s Grinny at Dixon Place in 2017. His debut appearance, age 7, as MacDuff’s son in “MacBeth” at Swarthmore College remains a treasured memory.
Leah Coloff ( Alexa)– Coloff is a cellist, singer and composer described by The New York Times as “a combination of artful angularity and a rock-inflected assertiveness.” Leah has worked with composers such as Philip Glass, Joel Thome, Sean Friar, Michael Gordon and Ted Hearne. Credits include cello chair for Oklahoma! On Broadway, the premieres of Ridge Theater’s Lightning At Our Feet as cellist/singer/performer and Beth Morrison Productions, Ted Hearne’s The Source, as cellist. Recent discography includes: The Source (New Amsterdam), selected best classical recordings of 2015 by The New York Times and The New Yorker, Outlanders (New Amsterdam) and This Tree (searchingeye), the album inspiring her multimedia autobiographical song cycle encompassing family, memory, secrets and loss. This Tree received commissioning, development, and production support from HERE as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program and premiered at the Prototype Festival 2019. Leah is a regular performer at the Obie Award winning Secret City and cellist for the Scorchio String Quartet, featured in the award winning documentary, Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome. She has played with musicians such as Trey Anastasio, David Bowie, Michael Cerveris, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed and Damon Albarn among others. Leah studied with Irene Sharp at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and with Bernard Greenhouse at The New England Conservatory of Music.
Lisa Hargus ( Fernandina)– Lisa is a stage and film actor and vocalist. Her work as of late concentrates on narrative storytelling through creating physical forms. She has worked with NYC-based 2Texans Experimental Theater Group and with the Faux Real Theatre Company in Austin, Tx. Stage credits include: The Tempest (Ariel), Measure for Measure ( Isabella), Antigone (chorus). Her performance in American Arcana was called “harrowing and poignant.” Film credits include: Journeyman, Newton Boys, and Hysterical Blindness. She sings with the women-identifying chorus Sirens of Brooklyn and the BLCK CRYNS, a rock band with roots in the Brooklyn Waldorf School.
Stephanie Batchelder ( Madame Thistletack)- Stephanie is a member of Falconworks radical community theater and a writer with Playwrights Gallery. She’s also worked with Ensemble Studio Theater and NYTW and was most recently seen in The Program: a 12 Step Meeting For White Supremacists, returning live this fall. Stephanie is a longtime fan of Fran Pado’s work and happy to be here.
Aaron Laroche and Ryan William Downey
written, directed, and scored by Ryan William Downey
performed by Aaron Laroche and Scott Ries
lighting design by Theresa Buchheister
Lean in a little closer. We are going to tell you a story.
?!:New Works is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.