Experimental Bitch Presents The World Premiere of Post-Apocalyptic Play
Jack of Cups
May 31 – June 8 at the Flea Theater
Experimental Bitch Presents (EBP) is pleased to announce their 2019 mainstage production, the post-apocalyptic play Jack of Cups by Gabriel Rodriguez. The World Premiere runs May 31 – June 8 at The Flea Theater, with opening night slated for June 1 at 7:00 pm. Jack of Cups is directed by Rodriguez and Madeline Wall. Original music composed by Lukas Papenfusscline.
Many years from now, long after The Flood That Drowned the World, a stranger, queerer, more loving world has sprouted from the rubble and ruins. Once a year, the many communities of this new world become one, gathering on a barren island for the Remembrance Festival. Amidst the games and food and drink, the sharing of knowledge and the telling of Big Stories, they are visited by a mysterious and legendary wanderer who has arrived to tell the biggest Big Story of all.
Writer Gabriel Rodriguez shares their thoughts on Jack of Cups, “For many years, the narrative has revolved around fixing, fighting, saving the earth. We are where we are because of a poisonous narrative of domination and control, and oftentimes we have been trying to figure out how to dominate and control our way out of it. Jack of Cups is a play about learning to both fully feel our grief and terror about the years to come and to embrace the joyful, hopeful, durable imagination we will need to find our way into what comes after. It is a story about the power of story. And community. And recycling.”
Producing company EBP is an assembly of femme, queer artists dedicated to building community and creating new and experimental work that disrupts, engages, and redefines the process of art-making. They embrace controversial questioning and seek out artistic forms that innovate the field by producing diverse bodies of work concerning contemporary feminism. EBP encourages audiences and artists to engage in action and conversation.
Starring Gabriel Rodriguez (Water by the Spoonful/Lyric Stage Company) as Jack of Cups, featuring the Remembrance Festival Planning Committee, Lukas Papenfusscline, and Kayla Yee.
The creative team includes scenic design by Jennilee Aromando, lighting design by Elizabeth M. Stewart, costume design by Madeline Wall, stage management by Bleu Zephra Santiago, and technical supervisor Jack Scaletta. Produced by Tatiana Baccari, Wednesday Sue Derrico, associate producer Sophia Valera Heinecke.
Jack of Cups runs May 31 – June 8 at The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street (between Broadway & Church Streets), New York, NY 10007. Subways: A/C/E/1/2/3/J/M/Z to Chambers Street, N/Q to Canal Street, and the R/W/4/5/6 to City Hall. Tickets are $25 for students/seniors, $30 for general admission and are available at https://bit.ly/2Zu8XWq.
Friday, May 31st at 7 pm
Saturday, June 1 at 3 pm & 7 pm (Opening night)
Sunday, June 2 at 3 pm & 7 pm
Tuesday, June 4 at 7 pm
Wednesday, June 5 at 7 pm
Thursday, June 6 at 7 pm
Friday, June 7 at 7 pm
Saturday, June 8 at 3 pm & 7 pm
More info is available www.experimentalbitchpresents.com
Gabriel Rodriguez (writer, performer, co-director) is an actor, writer, storyteller, theatermaker, teacher, and witch. They are a creature. Jack of Cups is the fifth solo play they have written and performed. Their previous one was the umbilical point, commissioned by Walking the dog Theater in Hudson, NY (“A brilliant tour de force” —The Berkshire Edge). Gabriel teaches an array of performance techniques based in embodied imagination. Recent workshops include “Living in the Questions” at Michael Chekhov Acting Studio and “Imaginary Body” at Daya Yoga. Gabriel has a BFA in Acting from Emerson College, and participates in Hudson-based theater laboratory The Michael Chekhov School. Gabriel is a proud member of EBP, where they hold the title of Communications Bitch + House Chaplin. www.gabrod.com
Madeline Wall (co-director) is a Seattle-born director and designer. She received her BFA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since moving to New York, she has worked for ABC, NBC, Showtime, Netflix, and Columbia University. She has directed work at The Frigid Festival, NYC Fringe Festival, The Fringe Encore Series and Performance Project @ University Settlement. Madeline’s work as a filmmaker has been featured in The Seattle International Film Festival, The Student Academy Awards, as well as winning her multiple awards for production design and editing. She’s a full-time member of EBP.
Lukas Papenfusscline (music director/composer) was raised in Northern California but spent their formative years in Paris, France, before pursuing dual degrees from the New England Conservatory and Tufts University in Contemporary Improvisation and Drama. A practitioner of music and theatre, they constantly integrate the two worlds by combining tradition with experimentation, always through a queer lens. Alongside their band, mammifères, they craft modern tunes based on field recordings, old manuscripts, and stories from years past, updating them with new structural languages of the 21st century. They create their own projects for theatre (Bottom Feeder recently premiered at Dixon Place) and music (Olema released December 2018 on Figure & Ground and Mendacity with Ran Blake is forthcoming). They appear regularly on the West Coast (most recently in Los Angeles with FourLarks), with their friend and mentor Ran Blake.
Founded in 2015, EBP began as a monthly reading series dedicated to sharing plays by female, femme, queer, trans, and non-binary artists. Since that time, EBP has grown into a producing company with credits on over 50 events and shows in New York City at venues including Performance Project @ University Settlement, Joe’s Pub, Connelly Theater, and WOW Cafe. Most recently, EBP served as an associate producer on Diana Oh’s Infinite Love Party at the Bushwick Starr. Led by Brooklyn-based artists, Tatiana Baccari serves as EBP’s Artistic Director in partnership with Founding Executive Director, Wednesday Sue Derrico. Together they usher the company into its first fully original curated season.
In addition to Baccari and Derrico, company members include Hannah Goldman, Sophia Valera Heinecke, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Madeline Wall. Associate company members include Amy Bartlett, Aliyah Hakim, and Alexandra Lenihan.
Gabriel Rodriguez as Jack of Cups. Photo by Nivia Hernandez.