Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Way of the Word: Poems to Plays Part I-Pages From a Course in General Linguistics

Pages From A Course In General Linguistics
By Lonely Christopher
Directed By Teddy Nicholas
Sound Design by Brendan Byrne

T. Ramon Campbell as A
Tricia Cramer as B
Kristopher W. Imperati as Z

A Play On Words.

Lonely Christopher
Lonely Christopher (Playwright) writes outside and across forms. His documents include poetry, fiction, dramatic work, and blog posts. His first collection of short fiction, The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, is forthcoming in 2011 from Akashic’s Little House on the Bowery imprint, edited by Dennis Cooper. Into, a collection of long-form verse with Robert Snyderman and Christopher Sweeney, will be released early this year from Seven Circles Press. His poetry was first collected in the chapbook Satan by Small Anchor Press (2007); Small Anchor also released Gay Plays (2009), the first two plays in a trilogy of linguistic investigations into the queer situation, and later published the title in a Mandarin translation. His second poetry collection Wow, Where Do You Come from, Upside-Down Land? was released as part of The Corresponding Society’s “No Know” chapbook series (2009, out of print). This title was a conceptual and political treatment of the contemporary dialogue on gay rights; novelist James Hannaham wrote that the volume’s “anti-poetic poetry shows us the heights of pathos and the depths of foolishness around the issue, while delightfully mixing sexuality with textuality.” Christopher is a founding member of The Corresponding Society, its blog manager, and an editor of its biannual literary journal Correspondence. He curated The Corresponding Society’s second series of chapbooks, “What Where” (forthcoming in Spring), including titles by Robert Fitterman and Anselm Berrigan. He is also a founding member of The Institutionalized Theater, a writer-based company in Brooklyn, and has written and directed many dramatic scenarios for the group. His original plays, including his Gay Play trilogy, have been produced in New York City and ChengDu, China. He tried to direct the Bad Quarto of Hamlet in 2008, which ended in titanic failure. That same year he worked with playwright Mac Wellman on the production of his play 1965UU starring Paul Lazar. His writing has appeared in the anthologies The Physical Poets Home Library and Way of the Word. He is currently collaborating with composer Reese Revak on an opera. Lonely Christopher lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Oh, and his gmail address is lonelychristopher, if you want to write for whatever reason.

Teddy Nicholas
Teddy Nicholas (Director) is a playwright, director, and stage manager from in Queen, NY. He was a Dixon Place HOT! Festival Artist from ‘07-‘08 where he wrote and performed a solo piece, STDs – Socially Transmitted Dissociation, and wrote and directed UNTITLED. He performed in 365 Days/365 Plays at HERE Arts Center and The Public Theater under the direction of Lenora Champagne. He directed the Wadsworth award-winning production of Christopher Shinn’s Four at Purchase College, where he earned a B.A. Drama Studies. He directed Big Girls Club (Workingman’s Clothes BINGE Festival at Wings Theater). Teddy co-wrote/directed with Leah Winkler A Pale Horse, Death & Hell Followed With (A Lifetime Original Series), a show developed from the Ontological-Hysteric Theater’s Incubator Short Form series. Teddy has stage managed and toured internationally with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company with The Shipment (Brooklyn Arts Exchange, NY; Wexner Center for the Arts, OH; The Kitchen, NY; Kunstenfestival des Arts, BE) and assisted stage managed CHURCH (Under The Radar Festival 08 at The Public Theater). He also stage managed Thomas Bradshaw’s Southern Promises (PS122), Eliza Bent’s She of the Voice (Undergroundero Festival at PS122), Tommy Smith’s The Break-Up & Ken Urban’s The Happy Sad (The Flea Theater), Taylor Mac’s OKAY and Anne Washburn’s October/November (Ensemble Studio Theatre). He is a founding member of Everywhere Theatre Group.

Brendan Byrne
Brendan Byrne (Sound Designer) is the current curator of experimental music and mixed media at The Tank, a non-profit performing arts presenter in New York City. He is co-founder and co-producer of the In/Out Festival (http://www.inoutfest.org), a day-long event featuring workshops and performances by leaders in the computer music industry. Brendan also curates the annual circuit-bending festival, Bent Fest (http://www.bentfestival.org). He currently resides in Brooklyn where he works as a freelance theater electrician and sound designer. http://deadfox.bandcamp.com/

T. Ramon Campbell
T. Ramón Campbell (A) A small town boy from Ossining, NY, with roots in Tuskegee, AL and Jarrett, VA, Ramón grew up an active participant of the theatre arts in his community, playing in high school productions of The King and I, Bye Bye Birdie and Gypsy. Furthering his education at SUNY Purchase College, Ramón earned a B.A. in Literature/Drama Studies and wrote, produced, directed and performed in his first original work. In Denver, CO he achieved an MFA in acting, at the National Theatre Conservatory. As an apprentice with the Denver Center Theatre Company, Ramón had the honor of performing in such classics as The Tempest, Dream, On Monkey Mountain, The Women of Trachis, The Importance of Being Ernest, Bus Stop, Le Misanthrope and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Recently, Ramón played Joe in the Wadsworth Award-winning production of Christopher Shinn’s Four, directed by Teddy Nicholas. He played Luke in Everywhere Theatre Group’s production of A Pale Horse, Death & Hell Followed With (A Lifetime Original Series) at the Ontological-Hysterical Theater. Ramón is honored to have the opportunity to join REPUBLIC Worldwide and The Everywhere Theatre Group in this project.

Tricia Cramer
Tricia Cramer (B) is very excited to be working with Teddy Nicholas, whom she originally met while studying at SUNY Purchase. She performed in 365 Days/365 Plays at HERE Arts Center and The Public Theater under the direction of Lenora Champagne. She went on to study drama and film at NYU. She’s performed at The Public Theatre, Pratt, and in various short films. She studies improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She’s currently developing various concepts for different mediums.

Kristopher W. Imperati
Kristopher W. Imperati (Z) Kristopher W. Imperati is very excited to be a part of this ETG/Republic Worldwide Collaboration. He has previously worked with the director on his productions Orphans and Woyzeck. His most recent work was a stint with the International Brain Trust, inc. His credits with them include Transplants: tiny plays, Mechanically Separated Meat, Blue Monday Summies, and Double Suicides: Non-Refundable Services. He is currently completing work writing a one-act play about Natalie Portman building a pipe-bomb to help a lonely retail clerk recover from a recent and painful breakup.

Look forward to Biographies for "Scrabble (or Nietzsche)" by Marissa Forbes and "Big Talk" by Katie Przybylski

Make it out to REPUBLIC Worldwide-in collaboration with Everywhere Theatre Group-Way of the Word: Poems to Plays at Bar on A. The opening night is Monday, April 5th, 2010 and the encore performances of the three plays will be the following Monday, April 12th, 2010, both shows open at 8 and conclude with a meet and greet of the directors, writers, and directors.
It will be a legendary night.

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