Half Straddle

In Performance: Half Straddle, Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription

Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription Half Straddle The Kitchen January 4-12, 2019 Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription is, in many ways, exactly what its title says it is: the performance of the verbatim transcription of the FBI’s interrogation of 25-year-old Reality Winner. As the lobby display (by Murphey Wilkins) and program note help explain: in 2017, Reality Winner, an Air Force vet and intelligence contractor, was charged with violating the Espionage Act for leaking a document on Russian interference in U.S. voting systems. In 2018, she was sentenced to over five years in prison, the longest sentence anyone has ever received in a federal court for passing classified information to the media. Tina Satter/Half Straddle’s production of the transcription...

In Performance: Tina Satter/Half Straddle, Ghost Rings (American Realness)

Tina Satter/Half Straddle Ghost Rings Sunday, January 8, 10:00pm Monday, January 9, 2:30pm and 8:30pm Tuesday, January 10, 2:30pm American Realness Abrons Arts Center, Playhouse 466 Grand Street A neon outline of a ghost and a heart hangs above the audience of Tina Satter/Half Straddle’s Ghost Rings, being remounted in Abrons Arts Center’s Playhouse for American Realness. This mix of pop art and whimsy sets up what is to follow: a pop song cycle about sisters growing apart and female friendships growing into something more. The show starts with a dramatic opening of the stage curtain to reveal writer-director Satter flanked by performer-composer Erin Markey and performer Kristen Sieh, each at mic stands, and backed by performer-composer Chris Giarmo at a keyboard. A drum set sits empty ups...

Interview: Tina Satter – Girlhood, Adolescence and Framing Intangible Moments

  Tina Satter is a Brooklyn-based writer and director who makes plays, performances and videos. She is Artistic Director of the theater and performance ensemble Half Straddle, whose work has been presented nationally and internationally. Honors include a Doris Duke Impact Artist Award (2014), an Obie Award (2013) and being named “Off-Off Broadway Innovators to Watch” by Time Out New York (2011). Her most recent show, Ancient Lives, premiered at The Kitchen in January 2015. I spoke on the phone with Tina in October. We discussed Tina’s path to performance, the founding of Half Straddle and how Tina makes these shows that seem to capture the feeling and the essence of girlhood. This post is supported by the Carnegie Mellon University John Wells Directing Program MFA Eleanor Bishop: Coul...

In Performance: Half Straddle’s Ancient Lives at The Kitchen (NYC)

In Tina Satter’s newest flickeringly emotional landscape a high school elocution teacher, Paula, (Elevator Repair Service veteran Lucy Taylor) absconds to the woods with three devoted students, where they establish their utopia. There they encounter Morris (Jess Barbagallo), a male witch (or tiny warlock?) who introduces them to the world of broadcast media. Our friends in the woods communicate largely by quoting Paula’s holy texts at and to each other. Paula’s curriculum includes Romeo and Juliet, Walden, and The Crucible. To audiences who caught Satter’s Seagull (Thinking of You) these appropriations of dramatic chestnuts will be familiar, and given the sophistication and abandon with which Satter operates in this mode, deeply exciting. Watching Ancient Lives, I was reminded that Satter’...

Highlights: PS122’s COIL13 Jan. 3-19, 2013 (NYC)

COIL is Performance Space 122’s annual winter performance festival full of contemporary, textured, global, local, contemplative, grounded, rigorous, and always very live performance. Below are ContemporaryPerformance.com’s highlights Seagull (Thinking of you) Half Straddle / Tina Satter (USA) New Ohio Theatre 154 Christopher St., Manhattan Jan 9, 11, 17, 19 8pm Jan 10, 12, 18 10pm Jan 15 5pm Jan 22, 23, 25 8pm Jan 26 2pm $20 / $15 students, seniors Tickets–> 75 minutes Writer/director Tina Satter draws on Chekhov’s letters, translations, and perverse sense of comedy to consider anew the darkness, beauty, and history of Chekhov’s iconic play The Seagull and its resonances with her Half Straddle ensemble. Seagull (Thinking of you) is a personal look at performance, failure, an...