From the Heartland of Nausea premiered on Theater Row in the 2017 United Solo Festival, the world’s largest solo theatre festival.
A shocking crime story or a hilariously serious analysis of our values and ideologies? Up from Union, Missouri comes a woman on a mission to heal the nation, society, and faith in justice. Alexis James knows what she’s talking about. She has been exploited, humiliated and screwed over for a long time — now she insists on payback. And yes there will be pie.
Performed by Andrea Goldman* Directed by Sara Fay George & Marcel Luxinger Written by Marcel Luxinger & Andrea Goldman
EQUITY APPROVED SHOWCASE *Actor Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity Association
In or Out: An Immersive Theater Experience Written and Directed by Sara Fay George
In or Out is an immersive theater piece that reveals the stories from behind closed doors of a spiritual cult. Why do people join? Why do they stay? What happens if you ever try to leave?
Does your life feel heavy? Is it one of your goals to get in touch with a brighter, higher and more spiritually connected you? Have you experienced moments of bliss, butlose them in the cacophony of everyday life? We are a group of men and women, young and old, who have gathered together to share the lifetime pursuit of being present under the guidance of a conscious teacher.
We, The Society of Light, invite you to join us for an evening of presence and spiritual growth. Come meet our members and see if maybe this is your new home.
Swan Song: Voices on Climate Change Directed by Sara Fay George
In collaboration with NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle and Theatre Without Borders, the box collective joins the Climate Change Theatre Action. On November 14th at 8pm the box collective invites you to their Fort Greene Brownstone to experience a multiplicity of artistic expressions around Climate Change in this immersive theater piece. Selected playwrights, performers, dancers, musicians and filmmakers will share different perspectives, moments, rhythms and narratives touching on the theme of Climate Change. You’ll choose your own adventure and move through the space at your pace. We’ll be featuring plays by Neil LaBute, Catherine Banks, Chantal Bilodeau, Bryony Lavery, August Schulenburg, Dipika Guha, E.M. Lewis, Lynn Rosen, Darrah Cloud, Lisa Schlesinger, and Caridad Svich among others. Directors and performers include: Sara Fay George, Esther Artner, Andrea Goldman, Julia Watt, Sarah Kenney, Erin Daley, Michael Aurelio, Shashwat Bhushan Gupta, Sam Bruce, Aleda Bliss, Emily Wexler, Kathleen O’Neal, Dominique Brillion, Stephanie Regina, Rebecca Miller, Nicholas Corda, Lee Anne Mitchell, Jillie Mae Eddy and Sam Plattus among others. Musical performances by Calder Shilling and Luisa Muhr. And screening Julie Deffet’s new film created from Koffi Kwahulé’s “La vielle même merde.”
The Stadt Elegies
This story unravels like an hourglass, as flowing sand through Rilke’s fingers. He suffers the pain of loss and the ecstasy of love. In the end he is left with an empty palm, full of words.Rainer Maria Rilke is widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense poets and his work is often described as inherently mystical. This deep level of searching begins to touch something that is so innately human it feels as if Rilke is actually writing his words from inside of you.
In his search for solitude, he finds planes of human experience that are collective. This unity through separateness is what inspired “The Stadt Elegies”and the juxtaposition of the individual in the cityscape, searching for connection among a sea of faces.
In order to find a meaningful connection with one another we must first cultivate an intimate relationship with ourselves.
Touring Italy Summer 2015. Premiering in NYC November 2015
Developed by Sara Fay George & Monika Gossmann Directed by Monika Gossmann Starring Robert Montana, Esther Sophia Artner, Sara Fay George, Andrea Goldman Dani Campos - Musical Director/Composer Claudia “Maneka” Maharaj- Projection Artist Julie Deffet - Cinematographer
"This is the story of how I fell in love. How I died. And how I learned that everything is made of wood."
Directed by Sara Fay George and Andrea Goldman Written by Andrea Goldman Starring Julia Watt and Olivier DeRohan Musical Composition by Dani Campos
November 18th at 7:30 pm John Drew Theater Lab New Work Series at Guild Hall
Directed by Andrea Goldman and Julia Watt Composed by Sara Fay George Starring Sara Fay George and James Soller
116 speaks to the basic primal need in each of us for communication, understanding, acceptance, to be heard, to be seen. In this way, the piece unites beyond borders, nationalities, and linguistics. It speaks to the human essence and lays bare the truth that what we crave in our lives is intimacy and yet we hide ourselves at every turn.
Sometimes at Night
Sometimes at Night is a new interdisciplinary performance piece formed in collaboration with installation artists, writers, musicians, visual artists, directors, painters and performers. Through the use of original text and echoes of classical work, the piece tells the epic story of three sisters and their painstaking journey towards wholeness.
Inspired by the myths, legends and folkloric stories of women throughout time, this is an exploration of what it means to rediscover the primal within.
Directed by Lechay Beckerman Written by Andrea Goldman Starring Sara Fay George, Andrea Goldman, Monika Gossmann, and Robert van den Dolder Musical Composition by Maria Goeres Visual Direction by Claudia Maneka Maharaj Installation by Luis Alhama and Fatima Montero
Be just. Repeat. Be just. Repeat. Be just.
She is a remarkable apparatus. As you can see the shape of her body corresponds to the shape of a man. The sensation on your skin is like a thousand tiny needles. From time to time something tears or breaks. Don’t worry. She’ll use a chain if the strap breaks. You’ll have to be naked of course.
The Harrow is a new inter-disciplinary experiential performance piece formed in collaboration with installation artists, writers, musicians, light designers, directors, painters and performers. Inspired by the work of Kafka, “In the Penal Colony,” the Harrow captures the breakdown of a woman from machine to human. Echoing the violence of authoritarian regime on women, the Harrow challenges the vulnerability within us.
The piece begins as the audience finds themselves trapped in a meat locker with a machine of torture. The Harrow is a relic from the old regime – a specialist in translating the crimes of the accused onto their bodies. Void of emotion, she commits acts of violence without guilt. It is only when she feels what it is to no longer be needed, that the feeling of need arises.
The experiential elements of the piece will assure that the audience is enveloped in this visceral reality. Sound, light and a changing world created through interactive projection will be the elements that aid in this transformation.
The bigger theme this piece elicits is one of fragmentation of self. We’ve been fragmented into pieces through the various roles in our lives both as men and women--we’ve lost the way of intimacy, we’ve strayed from the path of creativity, we’ve lost the roots of expression, and without these we are not whole.
“Big Love” by Charles Mee, is based on a story that is 2500 years old titled “The Suppliant Women” by Aeschylus. It deals with themes of gender conflict, responsibility to refugees, the human search for a feeling of Freedom, and the atrocities that occurs when diplomacy fails. How is it possible that more than two centuries later these themes and questions are still so essential? A transition is occurring politically, and globally. Old models are being abandoned but there is no clear understanding with what they might be replaced.
“With this piece we are confronting ourselves with our perception and expectation of gender roles while asking what moral responsibilities we as a “civilized free western” society have concerning those that seek our help or support.” says Andre Bolouri, the Ensembles Director. “We began to observe the parallels between conflicts of nations and conflicts between individuals in a relationship, and the havoc that occurs when neither side is willing to listen or compromise.”
Bringing together artists from different disciplines to aid in the telling of the story, “Push Comes to Shove” works with installation artists, choreographers, sound and costume designers collaboratively in order to create a comprehensive interdisciplinary story telling. Sara George, an ensemble member as well as the producer, commented on the artistic process saying, “It’s about challenging traditions, forms, and boundaries and that is what Berlin is hungry for. Each artist brings their own talents to the team to organically build the piece.”
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