Reading Series

APRIL 2016

Photo by Maria Baranova

Kathryn Hamilton is a British director who is now based in New York City. In addition to independent work, she is the Artistic Director of Sister Sylvester. For Sister Sylvester, she has directedThe Ventriloquist Circle at Dixon Place; Look Back In, an adaptation of John Osborne’s classic Look Back in Anger; a New York City tour of The Box Man; a site specific production ofPlay America at Saint Cecilia’s Convent. She and the company are currently developing Hideouts for Time, or The Whale. Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company recently invited her to present at their AsidesLive Symposium on Site Specific and Immersive Theatre.

The Maids’ The Maids
created by Sister Sylvester
directed by Kathryn Hamilton

Monday, April 4th 6:30pm – SOLD OUT!!
In The Maids’ The Maids, director Kathryn Hamilton and Sister Sylvester company members have partnered with domestic household workers in New York City to devise a response to Jean Genet’s notorious 1947 one-act The Maids. Using Genet’s central device of maids role-playing as their employer to expose the subtle (and not-so-subtle) humiliations involved in domestic labor and the experience of immigrants, the performance invites contemporary domestics to use the theatrical space to stage experiences from their own lives. What emerges is a portrait of two separate New York Cities: a city that serves and a city that is served. One is for the increasingly affluent English speakers who can afford domestic workers, while the other—separated by language—is that of precarious laborers, often illegal immigrants, who serve them. In the waste and excess of this rich people’s playground, who cleans up the mess?
Navigating the intersecting fault lines of labor, language and power, the show presents stories and experiences culled from the experiences of our collaborators in the their time as domestic workers, which are used to give depth and perspective to Genet’s celebration of ritual transgression through a “maids’ rebellion.” The show is performed in the native languages of the performers: English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Stefanie is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a  plawright-in-residence at The Women’s Project Theater,  and the recipient of a 2015 NYCT Helen Merrill Playwriting Award.  Her plays have been produced/developed at  Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Lark New Play Development Center,The Women’s Project, Working Theater, Play Penn, Theater J,  Two River Theater Company, New Dramatists, The Kennedy Center, San Francisco Playhouse, The Barrow Group, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and The Playwrights Realm.

Awards & Fellowships include:  NYFA Fellowship, a NYSCA Artists Grant, The Lark Playwright Fellowship,Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Sewanee Writers Conference Fellowship,  Sustainable Arts Foundation Award,  WAMCo Collaboration Award, and the Helen Merrill Award. Stefanie is alumnus of the Women’s Project Lab and the Playwrights Workshop at The Lark.  She graduated from Connecticut College and teaches playwriting at Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and twin sons.

The Boat
written by Stefanie Zadravec
directed by Daniella Topol

Monday, April 11th
Set during the unemployment crisis following the 2008 economic collapse,  The Boat, commissioned by the Working Theater, follows two brothers who struggle financially and emotionally to keep their families afloat after a factory shutdown puts an end to economic prospects in their Upstate New York town.

 

Emma Weinstein is a New York and Oakland based director focusing on devised and immersive theatre. Emma attended Smith College and the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. In New York City, Emma’s work has been seen at the Occupy the Empty Space Festival, The Alchemical Theatre, The Emerging Artists Theatre, Paradise Factory, The Galapagos Space and regionally at the Access Theatre and Theatre Off Jackson in Seattle, Refuge PDX in Portland Oregon, The Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre in Northampton, The Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago, the Washington DC Arts Center,  The Davis Square Theatre in Boston and The Haymarket Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska. Emma’s production, Mom Baby God, an undercover look at the pro-life movement, is touring to theatres and festivals across the United States. Emma was a 2014 Drama League Classical Directing Fellow in residency at Shakespeare and Company and The Old Globe. Website: www.emmaweinsteindirector.com

Come My Beloved
created & directed by Emma Weinstein

Monday, April 18th 6:30pm

 

Come My Beloved is a new play about race, intimacy and Detroit, Michigan. The play chronicles one Friday night in the lives of three Black and Jewish couples, all based on one real family. They are: communists Solomon and Sophie (1932); Noah, a PhD student, and Susan, an undergrad passing as white (1972); and Maya and Julia, recently relocated Brooklyn artists (2012). Through glimpses into the lives of these three couples, Come My Beloved explores the downfall and resurgence of one of America’s most important cities and the vastly different trajectories of two communities within it.