For UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW, adventurous playwright/director Young Jean Lee put together a group of the most charismatic performers she could find (a cabaret star, a burlesque star, three dance-world stars, and a downtown theater star) to engage the audience in a celebration of human transformation and fluidity. Rather than making a political critique of sexist gender categories, UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW invites us into an alternate reality in which such categories don’t exist. Using a collage of music, dance, nude, and nearly-wordless performance, the performers take the audience on an exhilarating and disorienting journey through an array of unexpected possibilities, inspiring us to forget about what we think we are and imagine what we could be.
Performance Space 122 and Baryshnikov Arts Center are pleased to present the New York premiere, as part of COIL, PS122’s annual performance festival.
13 performances of UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW will take place January 12–28 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater. Critics are welcome as of Saturday, January 14 for an official opening of Sunday, January 15. Tickets are $25 ($20 for students, seniors) and can be purchased online at bacnyc.org or by phone at 212.352.3101. The Baryshnikov Arts Center is located at 450 West 37th Street in New York City. Schedule information: ps122.org, bacnyc.org
UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW is conceived and directed by Young Jean Lee, and features choreography by Faye Driscoll, Morgan Gould, and Young Jean Lee in collaboration with the performers. Driscoll is Director of Choreography. It is performed by: Becca Blackwell, World Famous *BOB*, Hilary Clark, Katy Pyle, Regina Rocke and Amelia Zirin-Brown (aka Lady Rizo). Morgan Gould is the show’s Associate Director.
Young Jean Lee is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and OBIE Award winner, and was named by American Theatre magazine one of the 25 artists who will shape the American theater over the next 25 years. Since 2002, she has directed her plays at Soho Rep (LEAR; THE APPEAL), The Kitchen (THE SHIPMENT), The Public Theater (CHURCH), Performance Space 122 (CHURCH; PULLMAN, WA), HERE Arts Center (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven), and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater (Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals); and performed in her play WE'RE GONNA DIE (with band Future Wife) at Joe's Pub. She and her company have been the recipients of numerous grants and her work has been invited to tour to venues in over 30 cities around the world. Recent awards include a 2010 fellowship in playwriting from NYFA, and a 2010 Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Originally commissioned by The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW is a co-production of The Walker Art Center, Steirischer Herbst (Graz), Kunstenfestivaldesartes (Brussels), the 2011 Spalding Gray Award (Performance Space 122 in New York, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, On the Boards in Seattle, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis), and Young Jean Lee's Theater Company. Originally developed in association with Caleb Hammons. Funding support provided by the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, The Fox Samuels Foundation, the MAP/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Creative Explorations Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Residency support from The Park Avenue Armory, The New Museum, Mount Tremper Arts, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center.