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The Ivory Tower and the Open Worlds

CUNY PhD Theatre and Performance department practice+research ensemble

August 11 - August 14

$1 – $100

The Brick and CUNY PhD Theatre and Performance department practice+research ensemble Presents
The Ivory Tower and the Open Worlds

August 11 & 12 at 7pm

August 13 at 1pm & 6pm

August 14 at 4pm & 7pm

Across four days, overlapping and interrelated individuals and assemblies share ways of knowing and critique bases for “knowledge” through a hybrid devised work/conference Audiences are invited to come and go throughout the weekend, encountering actions, social processes, score-based structures, papers, and other forms of performance.

The Ivory Tower and the Open Worlds is a hybrid devised work and conference created/curated by PhD students in the Theatre and Performance program at CUNY Graduate Center. Through this project, we seek praxis, that is, thinking-actions and practice-theories that contest, challenge, dismantle, and move across divisions between institutional hegemonies and “othered” and “backgrounded” ways of knowing and seeing. Open to the public across four days, towers are torn down in pursuit of “epistemic justice” and worlds are opened through the sharing and trusting of multiplicit (un)knowings as they are expressed through individual and social bodies.

CUNY PhD Theatre and Performance department practice+research ensemble (in alphabetical order): Jess Applebaum, Stephen Cedars, Jasmeene Francois, Alyssa Hanley, Ash Marinaccio, Esther Neff, Philip Wiles.


7pm: Sylvain Souklaye

7:30: Lisa Schonberg

8:00: Shawn Escarciga

8:45: Stephen Cedars and Philip Wiles


7pm-10pm Jordan Deal

10-11pm: Clean up and Community Gathering


1-2pm: Kiera Bono

2:00-4pm: PUBLIC FORUM

6pm: Darlene Litay

7pm:  Rakhi Malhotra

7:45: Milton Loayza

8:45: Michael Reinsch

9:30: Cory Kram



Ari Wolff installation

Noah Ortega process work

7pm: Gilian Rappaport

7:30: Rae Goodwin and Emily Bivens culmination

8:15: Noah Ortega culmination

8:45: Diane Dwyer

9:30: Future Death Toll

Acknowledgements: DSC Works, Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL)

In consideration for the health and safety or our staff members, artists, and audiences, The Brick remains committed to maintaining vaccination requirements and mask mandates for our in-person presentations for the foreseeable future. We ask that all audience members 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 physical copy or picture of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, the NYC COVID Safe App or the New York State Excelsior Pass. Please be patient with staff.



August 11, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$1 – $100


Brick Theater
579 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, 11211 United States
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