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January 2020

Catches No Flies

January 5
$20

A new work by choreographer/director Lisa Fagan with collaborators Lena Engelstein and Joanna Warren. Featuring bad ventriloquy, a dolphin trainer living her dream, inclement weather, and a sardine escaped from the can. Text and sound by Lisa Fagan.

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Good and Noble Beings

January 16
$10

Good and Noble Beings started as an adaptation of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s seminal poststructuralist text A Thousand Plateaus, and has ended up being an encapsulation of the personal lives of Ann Marie Dorr, Paul Ketchum, and Kedian Keohan.​ Created with: Jeff Aaron Bryant Dallas Estes Kimberly Golding Kedian Keohan We are on a deep dive into the words of Deleuze and Guattari, and we illustrate their philosophy with illustrative examples from our own lives (how we contracted STIs,…

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The Test

January 18
$8

A partially staged reading Written by Valerie Work Directed by Christina Roussos The Test depicts the "final exam" of a standardized test that yearns to become a play, and thematically concerns self-actualization, identity, feminism, mother-daughter relationships, and the way inanimate objects, crafted in innocence, can return to haunt us. The Test convinces Rat, an exceptionally awkward twelve-year-old girl, to invite her into Rat's household, and ultimately transports Rat, her sister Sam, mother Morgan, housekeeper Josefa, and Sam's SAT tutor Angela…

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The Blurring Test – Songs from MrMind

January 19
$20

Can you convince your computer you are human? Varispeed performs a new song cycle based on The Blurring Test: Conversations with the online chatbot MrMind on what it means to be human. Music composed and performed by Varispeed: Gelsey Bell, Brian McCorkle, Paul Pinto, Dave Ruder, Aliza Simons Libretto, concept and design by Peggy Weil From 1998 through 2014, an online chatbot named MrMind administered The Blurring Test, asking simply, “Can you convince me that you are human?” The sixteen…

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No More Beautiful Dances

January 21
$20

Split bill with Becky's Lament "No more beautiful dances” wrestles with the ideas of exploration, introspection, and reframing of a woman after becoming a mother, and being an immigrant. Lenzu’s dance theater piece uses spoken word, drawings, and video projections to tell a personal vision of femininity, and what it means to be a woman today. Choreographer/Dancer: Anabella Lenzu Video Projection Design: Todd Carroll Director: Daniel Pettrow Costumes: Jennifer Johanos "No More Beautiful Dances," a dance/theater solo in which the…

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Becky’s Lament

January 21
$20

Split bill with No More Beautiful Dances Becky’s life in her sweet little hometown is delightful—or is it? Follow her down memory lane, over, under, around and through the unspeakable “Incident” she won’t let herself remember. CJ Holm creates and explodes Becky’s world through text, movement, music, and authentic Midwestern cuisine. written, choreographed, and performed by CJ Holm​ Inspired by a trip to the rural Midwest, writer/choreographer CJ Holm began to imagine an alternate self whose parents hadn’t gotten out…

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FEATURING… Exponential at The Brick

January 24
$20

Featuring, in no particular order: Mamimumu with Leonie Bell and Andrew Murdock This is a fake scientific experiment about the relationship between hoarders and airplanes. This is the nostalgizing and repurposing of memories to avoid misanthropy. This is immersive fan-fiction about the trips our parents went on. Don’t worry, snacks will be provided. Avanti popolo! * This piece was developed with the support of the Founder’s Artist-in-Residency Program at the Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation L'iat L’iat (Language is a Thing),…

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BrickFlix presents: Mary Harron’s Charlie Says

January 27
$10

The inaugural year of BrickFlix, a monthly screening series at The Brick in Williamsburg, will include sneak previews, revivals, vintage short programs, visits from prominent filmmakers, and live music/poetry/dance/burlesque. Plus free pizza. All for only $10. The program opens on January 27th with Charlie Says (2019), Mary Harron's searing portrayal of the incarcerated Manson girls, with a fabulous soundtrack including Love and the Thirteen Floor Elevators. Live music by Marianne Rendon (Charlie Says co-star) & Odetta Hartman (Old Rockhounds Never Die). Director Mary…

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