The Drunkard’s Wife and The Brick present

 

PERMANENT CATERPILLAR

 May 19-June 4

 

Written and directed by Normandy Raven Sherwood
Music composed by Sam Kulik

Conducted by Nick Demopoulos

Music direction, sound design and window display at Desert Island Comics by Craig Flanagin
Lighting and set design by Josh Smith
Costume design by Chelsea Collins and Normandy Sherwood
Stage managed by Emily Goforth

 

Performed by Jordan Baum, Maxwell Cosmo Cramer, Admiral Grey, Juliana Francis-Kelly and Kristine Haruna Lee.

Band: Nick Demopoulos (guitar, conductor), Kevin Shea (drums), Admiral Grey (singer)

Soloists:  Sam Kulik (trombone), Frank London (trumpet),  Hajnal Pivnik (violin) Tom Abbott (clarinet), Sam Osvopat (drums)


Technical Director: Andy Sowers

Scenic: Mariana Catalina, Gregory Bradshaw

Master Electrician: Paul Bourne

Electricians:  William Stanley, Ebony M. Burton

 

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Normandy Raven Sherwood, Writer and Director (among other things)Normandy is theater maker: playwright, costumer, director, and performer.   Her plays have been presented at many theaters, including The New Ohio Theater, The Kitchen, 13th St Rep, Dixon Place and Skidmore College. She creates work with two theater companies: The Drunkard's Wife (Feather Gatherers, Tiny Hornets) and the OBIE-award-winning National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA) (Chautauqua!, The Golden Veil, Abacus Black!).   She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, the Millay Colony, the LMCC The Performance Project at University Settlement, and chashama.   Her children's book, ANIMALS vs. FURNITURE (illustrated by Jesse Hawley) was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2013.  She is also a costume designer and has designed plays by Mac Wellman, Young Jean Lee, Tina Satter, Jim Findlay and Faye Driscoll (Bessie Award, 2009).  She is one of 4 curators of Little Theatre @Dixon Place and she teaches in the Expository Writing Program at NYU.   She has an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College. Upcoming: Gentleman’s Choice sometime in 2017.  www.normandysherwood.com

 

Sam Kulik,  Composer ~ Sam has worked with The Drunkard's Wife since 2011, appearing in Normandy's plays Tiny Hornets and Feather Gatherers during that time. Sam's solo projects include a collection of songs called Escape From Society and a fascinating album called The Broadcast, which is the complete broadcast of a baseball game set to music and issued as a set of collectible baseball cards. Other theater makers Sam has worked with include Banana, Bag, & Bodice, Cynthia Hopkins, The Talking Band, and Cesar Alvarez.

 

Josh Smith, Set and Lighting ~ Josh designs sets and lights in NYC and abroad. Recent projects include; Boy at the Edge of Everything (Lincoln Center), How To Get Into Buildings (New Georges), Clara Not Clara (Knockdown Center), The Power Of Emotion (The Public Theatre:UTR) …Ichabod Crane (Park Avenue Armory), Feeling (New Ohio Theatre), Lady Han, Party in the USA (Incubator), www joshsmithdesignllc.com

 

Craig Flanagin, Sound Design, Music Direction and Widow Display at Desert Island Comics ~ Craig has appeared as Vladimir in Waiting in Godot, and as the Porter in Macbeth. His story Ludo At The Fair (a fairground-entertainment with music, based on the character of the young Ludwig Wittgenstein) is upcoming from The Drunkard's Wife

 

Chelsea Collins, Costumes ~ Recent work: Columbia University Graduate student film (designer), High Maintenance (costumer), Empire Travel Agency (assistant designer) Iphigenia at Aulis (assistant designer). BFA in design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.

 

Emily Goforth, Stage Manager ~ Past credits include: Southern Comfort (The Public), Angelo Soliman (The Drama League), Doruntine (Blessed Unrest), Slouch (TNC), Hold on to Your Butts, Fly You Fools (P.I.T.), Not J.A.W.S (The Muse, Dixon Place), Suicide Math (NY Fringe Festival), Still More Than Our Parts, R.U.R (Theatre Row), Eager to Lose(Ars Nova), and Obama 44 (La MaMa). In Progress: Southern Comfort (Public Theater)

 

PERFORMERS:

 

Kristine Haruna Lee (Charity) is a playwright, director, and performer and is a founding member of harunalee theater company, currently in residence at BAX for Dog Gone Day. Selected acting credits: The Offending Gesture (The Tank), How to Get Into Buildings (New Georges), Futurity (Soho Rep/Ars Nova, 2016 Lortel award), War Lesbian (Dixon Place/harunalee), A Beautiful Day… Great Lakes (New Georges/Women’s Project, 2015 OBIE winner), The Lily’s Revenge (HERE, 2010 OBIE winner). Upcoming projects: A puppet tour with Mettawee River Theater Co. and Field with Andrew Schneider. She is a New Dramatist Van Lier Fellow. BFA NYU Tisch and MFA Brooklyn College for playwriting. harunalee.com

 

Jordan J. Baum (Bret) is a writer, performer, and T.A. His play Backpackfucker will be at The Tank this August.

 

Admiral Grey(Singer) creates and performs a wide range of work in the realms of music, theater, and video. She has worked as performer, director and composer with The Nerve Tank, The Drunkard’s Wife, Sister Sylvester, Psychic Readings, and is artistic director of Snake In The Boot Collective. For the past few years she has puppeteered for the internationally touring puppet piece The Pigeoning with Robin Frohardt Company. Her recent music projects include touring as singer and bassist for the bands Cellular Chaos and The Simple Pleasure and performing spoken word alongside Lydia Lunch. This year will see the release of Cellular Chaos’ sophomore album on Skin Graft Records and a release from her solo project Enjoyment.

 

Maxwell Cosmo Cramer  (Andrew/Geoffrey/Truck Driver/Victor) is an actor living in New York. Previously with Normandy Sherwood: Spiritual Things (New Georges JAM/Trans-Pecos), Permanent Caterpillar (Little Theater), The Prizewinner Spurns Her Prize (Starr Reading Series). Frequent collaborations with theater artists Ariel Stess, Claire Moodey, and Milo Cramer; filmmakers Margarita Jimeno and Annelise Ogaard; and performance artist Allison Brainard. Additional works with New Saloon, Hotel Savant, 600 Highwaymen, Meghan Finn, Jonah Rosenberg, Orit Ben-Shitrit & Zbigniew Bzymiek. In development: untitled Michael Laub project (Phnom Penh/Berlin, 2016-2017).

 

Juliana Francis Kelly (Dottie/Jessy)  is an OBIE Award winning actor, an internationally produced playwright, and a doll maker. She has originated roles for many great artists, including the late Reza Abdoh (as a founding member of his acclaimed Dar A Luz company), Richard Foreman, Young Jean Lee, Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, Charlotte Braithwaite, Karin Coonrod, Anne Bogart, Hal Hartley, and Marie Losier (in collaboration with Guy Maddin.) Upcoming work includes a U.S. tour of Karin Coonrod's text and beheadings/elizabeth r (which premiered at The Folger and was reprised at BAM.) julianafranciskelly.com

 

BAND:

 

Nick Demopoulos(conductor, guitar) is a musician with a tendency to combine electronic music and jazz. He was the guitar player in NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton's ensemble from 2008 to 2013 and recorded on the albums "Revelation," "Euphoric," and "The Inquiring Mind." in 2008 he traveled on behalf of the State Department to conduct musical cultural diplomacy in Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, U.A.E and Kuwait. Nick also invented a touch sensitive guitar called Smomid that has been featured on the American Makers, Guitar World, Create Digital Music, Metal Injection and Popular Noise among others. More information at: www.smomid.com

 

Kevin Shea (drums) "An innovative and free-minded drummer, Kevin Shea has always imbued his playing with a humor and flexibility that few in the jazz world have been able to match. While perhaps best known for his work with the band Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Shea has played on a host of other projects in the Avant-Garde, Jazz, and other genres, including works by Rhys Chatham, People (with Mary Halvorson), Peter Evans Quartet, Alan Wilkinson, and the group Talibam! (with Matt Mottel)." - WKCR 89.9FM NYwww.kevinshea.info

 

SOLOISTS: 

 

Tom Abbott (Clarinet)  b. 1979.  Shows: 5/26-5/28

 

Frank London (Trumpet)  trumpets and composes a lot. He’s played Carnegie Hall with Youssou N'dour, at St Ann's with Yeah Yeah Yeahs,  Lincoln Center with David Byrne & Robert Wilson, got a grammy and tours around the world with The Klezmatics, leads the Shekhinah Big Band, premiered his symphony 1001 Voices  with the Queens Philharmonic, leads the festival orchestra at the Krakow Festival of Jewish Culture. Shows: 5/20 and 5/25.

 

Hajnal Pivnik (Violin). Hungarian-American violinist Hajnal Kármán Pivnick was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She advocates the performance and promotion of music written in the 20th and 21st century, and works extensively as an educator and arts administrator. She is co-founder of Tenth Intervention, a collective of musicians that presents new music in New York City. Hajnal performs regularly with IRIS Orchestra, ensemble mise-en, and the Bleecker String Quartet, and has played with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and the Hungarian New Music Chamber Ensemble (UMZE). In New York, she performs in venues ranging in scope from The Knitting Factory to Joe’s Pub to Carnegie Hall. Hajnal is a member of the violin faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp, and maintains a violin studio at Greenwich House Music School and Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. She is also a chamber music coach with the Face the Music/Kronos Quartet program. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Shows: 6/1-6/4.

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Lisa Clair and Alison Fleminger, and the Performance Project at University Settlement.  Sarah Cameron Sunde and New Georges. Richard Larson. Jesse Hawley. Cara Francis. Irina Arnault. Shannon Sindelar. Blaze Ferrer. Ben Gassman. Jess Almasy. Jess Barabagallo. Michael Gardner, Ian W. Hill, Timothy McCown Reynolds  and The Brick. Nick Demopoulos. Craig Flanagin. Ben Gassman, Shannon Sindelar, Blaze Ferrer, Jess Barbagallo, Jess Almasy.

 

And THANKS TO OUR DONORS for making this Caterpillar possible: Cindy and Pogo Sherwood, Lauren Versel and Bob Bresnan, Roger Aldridge and Nancy Sherwood, Rena Gill, Eric Farber, Nike Kadri, Richard Toth, Mike Tyrell, Lisa Clair, Josh Gelb, Eric Farber, Rebecca Summerour, Jody Christopherson, Neil Goldberg, Julia Jonas, David Gould. Frank Boudreaux

 

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