The Kitchen

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: Electric Lucifer (The Kitchen)

Electric Lucifer Jim Findlay and Philip White The Kitchen January 9-13 A scene of creation and curiosity launches Electric Lucifer, but this particular scene is not found anywhere in Genesis or Milton. No, this scene comes from a much more recent source: none other than “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” In a projected video clip, we see Fred Rogers making a visit to the studio of Bruce Haack, the electronic music pioneer whose 1970 concept album “The Electric Lucifer” inspired director Jim Findlay to create this production. Haack demonstrates a homemade synthesizer (or “musical computer,” as Mr. Rogers refers to it); the pleasure he derives from the machine is evident. What can this creation do? What happens if we mess with it a little? These questions find an echo in the story of Lucifer, no...

In Performance: Jen Rosenblit & Geo Wyeth – Swivel Spot (The Kitchen)

A companion piece to Rosenblit’s Clap Hands, which ran most recently at the 2017 American Realness festival, Swivel Spot continues Rosenblit’s line of performative inquiry into pairing and relationships, and marks a new collaboration between Rosenblit and music/performance/installation artist Geo Wyeth. Comprised of gently accumulating scored movement punctuated by surprising turns of music and interaction, Swivel Spot watches Rosenblit and Wyeth fumble blindfolded through a motley landscape of objects and sound, groping for grounding, and for one another. Alexia Welch, the “supportive performer” who also provided her gentle care for Clap Hands, trails Rosenblit and Wyeth with plastic wrap, methodically pinning a city of objects to the gallery floor at The Kitchen. Welch’s methodical atten...

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’...

In Performance: How to Build a Forest (NYC) FREE!

PearlDamour + Shawn Hall: How to Build a Forest Friday-Sunday, June 17-19 and 24-26, 2-10pm The Kitchen FREE Known for transforming narrative into something richer, stranger, and ineluctably feminine, OBIE Award-winning PearlDamour (Katie Pearl and Lisa D’Amour) join forces with New Orleans-based visual artist Shawn Hall for a hybrid project: part visual art installation, part theater performance that unfolds over an extended eight-hour interval. Beginning with an empty stage, PearlDamour, Hall, and a team of performer-workers transforms The Kitchen’s theater from floor to ceiling, constructing and then dismantling an elaborate evolving environment evocative of an old growth forest at one moment and a spectacular deep-sea landscape the next. Audience members are invited to enter the mutati...