Our guests will be the director of the show, Leigh Silverman; the sound designer, Palmer Hefferan; the lighting designer, Jen Schriever; and the costume designer, Linda Cho.
Featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, the master of the modern musical, MARRY ME A LITTLE has been reimagined by director KEMAR JEWEL as the story of two queer men of color, searching for love in the city that never sleeps. Two strangers, alone in their apartments on a Saturday night, reveal their secret dreams and fantasies, never knowing that they’re just one wall away from each other. With trunk songs from Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Company, and more, this new production gives voice to love rarely seen on stage.
KEMAR JEWEL, an international director and choreographer from Philadelphia, became an internet sensation for his video “Voguing Train” (2014). Kemar’s projects have garnered over six million views across social media platforms and have been featured by the Huffington Post, TIME, Fox News and in film festivals across the globe. In theatre, he recently directed “Legendary” for Underground Arts and “Songs For Marsha” at the Helen Mills Theatre. B.A., Temple University.
This production and fellowship is supported, in part, with funds from The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts. Marry Me A Little is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All Authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
In this savvy new comedy by Mara Nelson-Greenberg, a husband and wife discover their teenage son has confused a diagram of a vagina for a map of the Middle East. What else is there to do? Hire a vagina tutor! THE CLITORISH explores “truthiness,” the relationship between the sexes, the unwritten rules of the world...and who gets to write them.
Jack would do anything for Sam. Sam would do...anything. And around this simple premise, the legendary Caryl Churchill -- called “the greatest living English playwright” by Tony Kushner -- slyly depicts a deeply dysfunctional relationship between two men...or, perhaps, the special relationship between America and...America. Taut, elliptical, and unforgettable. DRUNK ENOUGH TO SAY I LOVE YOU isn't a show you'll want to miss.
JENNIFER CHANG is a multidisciplinary artist with Ovation Award and Stage Scene LA award-honored works. She is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre. She has taught at the East West Players and guest directed at USC and at Texas State University, San Marcos for the Black and Latino Playwrights. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society, Screen Actors Guild, and Actor’s Equity Association. She is the current Head of Undergraduate Acting at UCSD. BFA: Tisch/ NYU; MFA: UCSD. Director’s Lab West, National Director’s Fellowship Finalist 2017.
TARA ELLIOTT is the director of BURQ OFF! and NOT THE ONE, and producer of the Gotham Award-winning web series “Shugs & Fats.” She translated and directed the English language workshop premiere of prize-winning Chilean play LAS ANALFABETAS. She is the recipient of a Tow Travel Grant for research in Cuba, a CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund Grant, and has developed plays in residencies with KO Festival of Performance and Barn Arts Collective. In NYC, her work has been seen at Walkerspace, HERE Arts, The Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, Robert Moss Theater, and The Barrow Group among others. MFA Directing, Brooklyn College.
Someone once said that an actor must eat all the food in the world, drink all the alcohol, and sleep with all of the women. But it wasn’t Shakespeare, and it certainly wasn’t Hamlet! A mad rollercoaster ride excavating some of the world’s most famous playwrights -- Shakespeare, Beckett, Moliere, Cervantes, Stoppard, De La Barca among them -- This Is NOT Hamlet explores the limits of ourselves and the stage, the thin line between reality and illusion. The piece won European prizes when it debuted in 2016 at Sofia’s famed Theatre Sfumato.
Bulgarian director BOYAN KRACHOLOV earned degrees in Directing from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, and in Philosophy from Sofia University. His most recent work, MEMORY OF FLIGHT, premiered at the Plovdiv Drama Theatre in 2018. He is currently working on a piece combining the opera “Faust” by Gounod with the play by Goethe, set to premiere at the Pravets Mozart Festival. is first book, “Temple of Dreams,” was published in 2017.
THIS IS NOT HAMLET is presented by The Drama League, The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and Art Office Foundation as part of the Drama League International Stage Directors Exchange.
Renowned as an actor, playwright and director, Ruben Santiago-Hudson has become one of America’s great interpretive directors, equally adept in staging revivals (Jitney, Othello) and new works (Paradise Blue, Skeleton Crew). In this conversation with Awoye Timpo (Is God Is), he explores the intersections of his career and the future of the field.
Edith and Harold unexpectedly meet on a park bench...and romance, long-delayed, is in the air! But is it too late? In Charles L. Mee’s wistful, surprising and engaging play, FIRST LOVE, a chance encounter is a catalyst for change; it’s both a last chance and a new beginning, navigating the emotions and pitfalls of new love and embracing a potentially different future.
In Jean Genet’s gripping, claustrophobic masterpiece, DEATHWATCH, -- which preceded his later works like THE MAIDS, THE BLACKS and THE BALCONY -- two prisoners and a condemned man vie for supremacy in a prison that, both literally and metaphorically, turns inward to upend our notions of class, crime, and desire. Genet’s deft and thrilling exploration of identity and society may be set in the direst of circumstances, but its issues and struggles could very well be the people next door...or even ourselves.
SEONJAE KIM is originally from Seoul, South Korea. RIOT ANTIGONE, her original Riot Grrrl musical adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy, premiered at La MaMa and received productions at ANTFest and Bryn Mawr College. She recently served as Associate Director for the immersive musical KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed Collective.) Her work has been seen at Atlantic Theatre Company, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dixon Place, Williamstown, PEN/World Voices Festival, New York Theatre Barn, Prelude Festival and Chicago Fringe. Honors: Van Lier Fellowship (Asian American Arts Alliance) Mike Ockrent Fellowship (SCDF) and Robert Moss Fellowship (Playwrights Horizons) New Georges Affiliated Artist. BA: Northwestern.
DENNIS YUEH-YEH LI, currently an Associate Artistic Director of The Living Theater, earned his Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies at Tisch School of Arts/New York University. He works as a director, playwright, performer, and performance artist, creating productions addressing sexuality, literature, philosophy, and politics. Dennis endeavors to make powerful and transcendental performances to stimulate compelling reactions in the audience. Recent directing productions include BLIND (Theater for the New City), THE (NEW) TRIAL (Theater for the New City), and CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS (Judson Memorial Church).