LEIMAY Friends and Fellows Showcase: Nicolas Noreña + Michelle Uranowitz + Timothy Scott, Terra Incognita, Vertical Player Repertory
Nicolas Noreña, Michelle Uranowitz, Timothy Scott*
This Seems Like a Place for Everyday Objects
Set in the privacy of the Artist’s imagination den, This Seems Like a Place for Everyday Objects is a tiny, quiet exploration of the artist’s down-time. How and where do imaginations activate? In the middle of the night, over the stove, dusting off their plants–how do we fill our quotidian voids? The piece reflects on the Artist’s relationship with everyday objects that seem to hold genies, spirits, demons and characters that compose the Artist’s pre-creative life. We look to reestablish, honor and put on stage the character of our imaginations with humor and care.
Theatre director Polina Klimovitskaya presents a short film about a typical morning of a young woman living simultaneously in several different places.
Vertical Player Repertory*
Phaedra staggers under Aphrodite’s heavy curse. Wife to Theseus, she burns for his son Hippolytus. When he rejects her, she destroys both him and herself. Phaedra is a staged performance of Britten’s solo cantata for mezzo soprano designed and performed by Judith Barnes, arranged for and accompanied by chamber ensemble.
* star denotes LEIMAY Fellows
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Nicolas Noreña is a Colombian theater director and actor based in Brooklyn. He has worked with Richard Foreman, Mary Overlie, The Talking Band, Jess Barbagallo, among others. He is the artistic director of THE MILLION UNDERSCORES. Through this company he has developed Morning to be Changed… (2012-2013), Punto de Fuga (2013), 1,2,3…HAWAII FEVER! (2014), Souvenir or Death of Yeti (2015), (8) Memories of this Atlantis, or No Place (2016), TELE-VISION and The Third Man (2017). He is currently a fellow at CAVE home of Leimay and was a resident artist with MABOU MINES 2015-2016.
Timothy Scott is a Brooklyn based performer and artist. He graduated from NYU with a BFA in 2011 after studying at Stella Adler, The Experimental Theater Wing and ITW Amsterdam. Currently he works with THE MILLION UNDERSCORES. He’s also worked with Richard Foreman, Mary Overlie and is currently in his second year of residency at CAVE home of Leimay.
Michelle Uranowitz is a New York based actor, writer, and teacher, proudly hailing from West Orange, New Jersey. She has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she currently teaches movement and physical training to actors. As an actor, she has worked with renowned theatre directors such as Karin Coonrod, Louis Scheeder, Rachel Chavkin, Tim Carroll, and Kevin Kuhlke. She works closely with On the Rocks Theatre Company, The Million Underscores, and is a long-standing member of the dance collective Julia Crocket & Group.
Polina Klimovitskaya is an actress, theater director, a master teacher. Moscow University Theater, Yale University, PhD. Performed at Yale Repertory Theater and in Oscar winning film. Founding director of Terra Incognita Theater witch toured internationally and at Kennedy Center, Skirball Center. she was an artist in residence at Mabou Mine. Polina is a founder of “Kinetic Mind” training. She had taught in New York University, Stella Adler school, Yale University . Faculty at Michael Howard school in New York.
Judith Barnes was born in London and raised in Rome and New York. She is an opera singer, stage director, producer and visual artist. A pioneer of NYC indie opera, she founded Vertical Player Repertory in a Brooklyn storefront in 1998. Judith creates ensemble-driven opera theatre in extraordinary venues, which have included a factory courtyard on the Gowanus Canal, a maze-like raw space in midtown, and an oil tanker in the Red Hook container port. She is currently curating a monthly salon series, “miniatures behind the door,” in her storefront home, and developing a production of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle for fall 2017. A member of New Clay Studios, she is also working on a new body of sculptural work. LEIMAY Fellow 2016-2017.
SOAK is supported, in part, by The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. SOAK and LEIMAY Ludus Training are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding for LEIMAY’s presenting program is given by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
Photos by: Daniel Jaffe, Claudia Mann