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DirectorFest - First Love and Deathwatch
DirectorFest - First Love and Deathwatch

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.

Director bios:

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).

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