We are beyond excited to announce we have been invited to be Artists-in-Residence at CUNY Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance. The partnership will further deepen our relationship with both the college and the dynamic, diverse borough of Queens.
Planned programs include teaching further courses, research projects and the development of a new original commission in collaboration with the Queens Public Library. Our work will begin this autumn, with the team acting as dramaturgs on the Fall 2020 Dance Film directed by Yin Mei Critchell, an acclaimed choreographer and the Director of Dance at the college.
We are also overjoyed to be working with our fabulous team of Resident Artists (Elizabeth M. Stewart, Johanna Pan and Pablo Calderón-Santiago), as well as invited performers, dramaturgs, and directors on “ISOLATION + CHAOS,” a digital workshop. Over the next three months, we will work with these fantastic artists to explore a hybrid of James’ play about the Romanov daughters in captivity, “Four Sisters,” and Sam’s play about trench life on the Western Front, “Sources of Light Other Than the Sun.”
Both pieces, set during the First World War but told through totally opposing lenses, raise fascinating and preciscent questions about gender, conflict, power and confinement, and we can’t wait to see what this workshop will uncover. In tandem to revisiting these existing pieces with fresh eyes, we will also be continuing the development processes for two new pieces over the coming months.
As our Neighbors know, our community engagement programs are at the very core of what we do. Now more than ever, we think these programs are essential. With that in mind, we will re-launch our monthly “storytime” event over Zoom, curating some of our favorite musical artists for this free storytelling event. Anyone who wants to can come up to the digital microphone and share a story that has meaning to them. It can be funny or sad, esoteric or literal, a song or a poem; the only caveat is that it must be true! Our next storytime will be on Wednesday, October 21st at 7pm with Cardboard Rocketship gracing us with their music.