Callbacks, Solo Performance and EMERGENYC!

11:49 PM / Posted by Ashley /

I have a callback tomorrow for the National Children's Theatre tour tomorrow. Looking forward. I recently have had my 4th callback for Mrs. Lascalzo in "The Awesome 80's Prom" Off Broadway. Lot's of callbacks... hoping to book something soon!

I can't stress enough how thrilled I am to be involved in the Hemispheric Institute's EMERGENYC 2008 ( . In just 3 meetings, I've really felt myself stretching as an artist and performer. It's also given me a rich foundation to work from for my next directing projects. We've been working on a lot of Boal technique with George Sanchez and have had some fantastic workshops with Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Patricia Hoffbauer. I'm looking forward to working with Reverend Billy at the end of the month, among others. The other artists in the group are insanely talented and dynamic. I can't wait to see how the final performance is going to turn out in November, especially since the work thus far has been fantastic.

I know that I will be continuing the solo performance piece I started working on with Karen Finley this semester called "What to do In case You Miss the Rapture (... and other apocalyptic tales)". It started out as a response to my experiences within the Evangelical community and looking specifically at the beliefs in "end times" and eschatology... all of those fine topics. It actually was inspired by a pamphlet that a church group handed me in Times Square last summer called "What to Do In case You Miss the Rapture"... it's a bizarre little pamphlet complete with drawings and inscriptions ... and I knew it would make a fabulous theatre piece in the future, so there. The topic has broadened since last summer though to include testimony from people of many religious orientations. Currently, it's a response to our culture's dooms day obsession. I've edited several interviews (enough to have about 15 minutes worth of material) but I have an outline and will continue working on it this summer and have it done (or at least have a workshop ready script) by the time EMERGENYC is finished.

I'm currently directing a short piece in a theatre festival at Theatre for a New City coming up on Memorial Day Weekend. This is actually a very exciting collaboration. I will be directing performance artist Katherine Adamenko ( in a short piece from a new play called "Halma and Raina" by Issak Esmail Issak . The play was produced in Iran last year (an incredible story) and has had productions in other countries outside of the US (Norway and Canada, I believe). We're hoping to get it picked up in NYC. Katherine is a founding member of a new feminist performance artist group called Estrogen Radical Artists (ERA) ( which I can't wait to see get itself off the ground.... definitely a much needed initiative.

I saw a great show last night at the Women's Project ( called CroOked by Catherine Trieschmann and directed by Liz Diamond. It was absolutely beautiful and moving (my kind of play). Trieschmann tackles some heavy issues, very realistically and poignantly. I highly recommend it. As soon as Co-Op Theatre East has enough money to buy rights (pretty soon! hehe) this is a show that I NEED to direct. It's a "coming of age" story with some very contemporary twists. I'm pretty sure this is its last week. Anyway, be on the lookout for future productions. The cast was great too!

Oh, and I'm now *officially* a "Master of Performance Studies" ... so, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you may need a "Master of Performance Studies", you know where to find her.

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