Lab Co-Directors Robin Frohardt and Lake Simons
FEB 17, 7:30PM | FEB 19, 7:30PM | FEB 20, 2:00PM
The Rest of It
The Human Dream Project
Run Time: Program A is 80 minutes, with no intermission.
FEB 18, 7:30PM | FEB 19, 2:00PM | FEB 20, 7:30PM
Rosa Douglas and Ben Elling
High Gothic Pageantry LLC
Andy Manjuck and Dorothy James
Run Time: Program B is 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission.
Production Manager Sarah Peterson
Stage Manager Maurina Lioce
Lighting Design Masha Tsimring
Sound Design AJ Surasky
Light Board Operator Broderick Ballantyne
Sound Engineer Kwamina Biney
Deck Audio Josh Northcutt
Deck Crew Stephen Christensen, Samy Ravs
St. Ann’s Warehouse Season Support:
Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, J.L. Greene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust, The JKW Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Tow Foundation, SHS Foundation.
This season is supported by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts.
St. Ann’s Warehouse is deeply grateful for Senator Charles E. Schumer’s visionary leadership of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program.
For a full list of St. Ann’s Warehouse’s generous supporters, click here. Thank you for your support!
By Chris Green
Performers Erin K. Orr, Rowan Magee, SJ Munford, and Chris Green
Inspired by the peculiar jolt that sometimes happens when we make fleeting eye contact with strangers, The Rest of It is an intimate installation for half-scale solo dancer, performed by three puppeteers.
Chris Green is a Tennessee-born, Brooklyn-based designer and director of kinetic, theatrical, and immersive projects. His work has been presented both nationally and internationally in venues including Lincoln Center, New York City Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Geothe Institute (Delhi), National Geographic Museum, La Jolla Playhouse, Teatro del Lago Chile, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, among others. Honors and grants include: Creative Capital Award, MacDowell Fellowship, LMCC Process Space Grant, three consecutive grants from Theater Communications Group, and multiple grants from the Jim Henson Foundation. Green is the founder of Chris Green Kinetics—an award-winning interdisciplinary collaborative design studio creating theatrical productions, interactive installations, and visual effects for film. Chrisgreenkinetics.com
This project was supported with a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. Special thanks to Jodi Melnick for letting us borrow her face.
By Admiral Grey
Puppets Performed by Snake In The Boot Collective (Liz Oakley, Rachael Shane, Camille Cooper, Natthew Marvan, Nikki Calonge)
Musical Direction and Performance Chad Raines
Special Guest Musician Alec Spiegelman
Lighting Design Masha Tsimring
The Human Dream Project uses irreverent performance and colorful puppetry accompanied by live sound design to illustrate real human dreams as told by the humans who dreamt them.
Admiral Grey is a multidisciplinary artist who integrates her design, music, and writing into live performances, recordings, and video art. Her maximalist aesthetic adorns sincere explorations of humanity and existence evoked through a sort of intimate pageantry. Along with her own works produced under the Snake In The Boot umbrella, she has performed and designed theatrical works with Robin Frohardt, The Nerve Tank, The Drunkard’s Wife, Psychic Readings, and Sister Sylvester. She has composed and performed solo and with the bands Cellular Chaos, The Simple Pleasure, Ecstatics, Glass Lamborghini, and toured nationally and internationally as a live performer and musician.
The Human Dream Project has been developed through St. Ann’s Puppet Lab and produced by Snake In The Boot Collective with additional support from The Indie Theater Fund, Artist Relief, The Freight, Opus 40, MaMa Multi-Arts, Paula and Peter Loughlin, and these supporters: Cara and Jake Yara, Andy Manjuck & Dorothy James, Devin Burnam, Lake Simons, Matthew Matros, Elizabeth Hunt, Lysbeth Guillorn, Matt Norton, Jon Riddleberger, Beckie Sheloske, Seth Tisue, Patrice Escandon, Jane Durnin, Aaron Raines, Katie Harrington, Roderick Jefferson Edens III, Megan Blaney, Buffie Gilbert, William Rahilly, Brian Samuel Robinson, Karen Evans, Juliana Francis Kelly, Jennifer Prusak, Adele Bertei, Kimi Mongello, Colleen Flanagan, Christina Tang, Katy Oss, Jeffrey Koch, Dale Cooper, Alanna Medlock, Emily Kate Swet, Anne Wenniger, Jeanette Yara, Leslie Adams, Solomon Weisbard, Ashley Davila, Neal McLaughlin, Regina Wickham and Grahame Shane, Dana Sherwood, Rebecca Cossa, Katie Dert, Belinda Loughlin, Porter Fox, Jesse Quattro, Sonya Sobieski, Heather Morgan, Grace Monaghan, Colin Camac, Marty Allen, Sikena Barley, Michael Bothwell, Wesley Marcarelli, Scott Chapman, Tracy Gilman, Ric Royer, Mark Lindberg, Lia Schwinghammer, Katie Juliano, Shayna Dulberger, Dalyn Luedtke, Alissa Mohn, Jesse Matthew Peterson, Alexandria St. John, Jeremy Lydic, Christopher Dunkle, Aaron Tyler Osborne, Joshua J. Noble, Rachel Katwan, Samm Severin, Monica Hunken, Andrew Livingston, Marisa Green, Abbey Wallig, Brandt Adams, Jeffrey Economy
By Jenny Lai
Performers Becky Baumwoll, Nick Abeel
Three vignettes explore what it means to be present, to be aware of presence, and to measure presence. Chameleon-like garments find their way in a delightfully absurd world, performed by contemporary mime actors.
Jenny Lai is an artist and fashion designer exploring how clothing intersects with multiple mediums from contemporary music to film, puppetry to dance. Jenny has been designing under the brand NOT for the last 10 years with the goal of making the physical experience of dressing a surprising and playful experience. Her designs have been shown at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks, at renowned concert halls around the world on today’s leading classical soloists, and in exhibitions at the Museum of African Design (South Africa), Design Indaba, Wallplay (New York), and The Community (Paris). She’s delighted to be introduced to the world of puppetry during this residency! www.notaligne.com
Recorded music credits include: Scarlatti performed on piano by Michelangelo Carbonara, 1960s recordings from British Pathé, and “Now I Lay Me Down” by Joe Locke performed by Mike Truesdell.
Created and Performed by Joseph Silovsky
Music: Catherine McRae
Addressing the various violences of the history of Oklahoma. It’s glorious.
Joseph Silovsky has been performing, constructing, and collaborating in the theater world since 1990. His last solo show, Send for the Million Men, premiered at Here Arts Center in December 2014, then at Mass Live Arts in July 2015. He has since been developing The History of Oklahoma’s various elements. He has built sets for, performed, and tech’d with many companies, including Radiohole, The Builders Association, Catalyst Dance, The Wooster Group, Palissimo, and NYC Players. www.silovsky.com
Deep Thanks to Kat Ross, Eric Dyer, Ryan Holsopple, Reggie Metcalf, Catherine, Tallulah, and Maggie Hoffman.
By Rosa Elling and Ben Elling
Puppet Design and Performance Rosa Elling
Set Design and Performance Ben Elling
Sound Design and Performance Travis Joseph Wright
Lighting Design Ayumu ‘Poe’ Saegusa
Movement Artist Kasper Klop
Puppeteer Al Strong
Strange Bird is a visual poem created by co-conspirators Rosa Douglas and Ben Elling. It hatched in the pandemic, and was stitched together with loose threads. Everyone is invited. Come as you are.
Rosa Elling is a puppet maker and visual artist. She’ll work anywhere. Hide your tools.
Ben Elling is a theatrical technician and performer with a passion for visual theater.
Special thanks to Dave Glista.
Created and Performed by Tyler Gunther
A medieval pageant planner guides the audience through the mechanics of an upcoming royal spectacle.
Tyler Gunther After receiving his MFA in costume design, Tyler moved to New York where he works as a professional illustrator, designer, and performer. He has collaborated with several artists and filmmakers, including as a designer and performer in Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store.Tyler has also assisted costume designers at Lincoln Center, The Santa Fe Opera, and the Liceu Opera in Barcelona. His current body of work includes his Tiktok alter ego “Greedy Peasant,” who has recently partnered with the the Met Museum on a video series.
Tyler would like to thank The Jim Henson Foundation for their support of this project.
Created and Performed by Yuliya Tsukerman
Music by Thomas Echols
A remedy for the loneliness that punches you in the gut in the morning, for the grief of losing respect for your parents, for the regret of loving the wrong person. A remedy for the grief of losing life’s small pleasures, for the horror of discovering you are ugly in more ways than you realized, for crying your eyes out over dumb shit.
Yuliya Tsukerman is a Brooklyn-based play-maker who works with words, puppetry, and moving images to make sense out of nonsense and nonsense out of sense. She’s had residencies and performances at Mana Contemporary, The New Perspectives Theatre Company, The Arts Center on Governors Island, The Brick, and LMCC’s Workspace program. Her marionette films have screened in festivals around the world. You can find her at www.yuliyatsukerman.com or on Instagram @yeahliya.
Thank you to Jasia Ries and Erika Phoebus for helping develop this piece, and to the LMCC Arts Center residency for granting studio space. Big thanks to Lake, Robin, and the Puppet Lab cohort for your incredible insight, support, and creativity.
By Andy Manjuck and Dorothy James
Performed by Andy Manjuck, Dorothy James, and Jon Riddleberger
The streamers are hung, the punch has been spiked, and the cake is just begging to be eaten! Now all Bill has to do is wait for his guests to arrive. Bill’s 44th is an original comedic show created by puppeteers Dorothy James & Andy Manjuck who come together to bring to life one very worried leading man—Bill. Many styles of puppetry, raucous balloons, and a cheeky piece of crudité collide to examine the pitfalls of impatience, the wonder of loneliness, and the universal passage of time.
Andy Manjuck is a Brooklyn-based puppeteer, director, and voiceover artist. Recent work: Puppetry: Chimpanzee, Fly Away (Nick Lehane); The Plastic Bag Store, The Pigeoning (Robin Frohardt); Made in China, Baby Universe, Saga (Wakka Wakka); Petrushka (NY Philharmonic Orchestra, Giants Are Small). Voice Over: Adam Ruins Everything (TruTV); Unavowed (Wadjet Eye Games); Whispers of a Machine (Clifftop Games); MooseTube (GoNoodle). Andy is a co-creator/intern on the Late Night Puppet Talk Show with Special Guest, a 100% live, 100% improvised puppet catastrophe on Twitch. www.andymanjuck.com
Dorothy James is a Brooklyn-based puppeteer and maker of tiny things. She has puppeteered for Basil Twist, Wakka Wakka, Nick Lehane, Radio City, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, BBC, Amazon, and Apple TV+. She recently collaborated with banjoist Hilary Hawke, creating shadow imagery for her new concept album Open the Doors. Her paper cut stop-motion film Lethologica was an official selection of Chicago’s Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival and the Upstate NY Horror Festival. Dorothy is a co-creator/intern of the Late Night Puppet Talk Show With Special Guest. www.dorothy-james.com
Production Coordinator: Taryn Uhe
Lighting Design: M. Jordan Wiggins
Original Score: Eamon Fogarty
Technical Director: Peter Russo
Dramaturg: Helena Pennington
Consulting Director: Nick O’Leary
Creative Producer: Leigh Walter
Bill’s 44th premiered to a limited live audience at Dixon Place in June 2020, where it was named a New York Times Critic’s Pick.
Andy and Dorothy would like to thank The Jim Henson Foundation, Cheryl Henson, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the New York State Puppet Festival, and Dixon Place. Without their support the show would simply not exist.
Bill’s 44th is represented by Elsie Management.
Robin Frohardt (Lab Co-Director) is an award-winning artist, puppet designer, and director living in Brooklyn, NY. Frohardt’s performance and puppetry-based work has been presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse and HERE in New York City, as well as national venues including the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts and the NEXTNOW Festival in Maryland. Her films have been screened at the Telluride Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Maritime Film Festival at the Parish Museum and Puppets on Film Festival at BAM. Her original play The Pigeoning, which debuted in 2013 and was hailed by the New York Times as “a tender, fantastical symphony of the imagination,” continues to tour in the US and abroad, and has been translated into German, Greek, Arabic and Turkish. She has received a Creative Capital Award and a DisTil Fellowship from Carolina Performing Arts for The Plastic Bag Store, which premiered in partnership with Times Square Arts in 2020. She has been the recipient of Made In NY Woman’s Fund Grant Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a MacDowell Fellow and a member in good standing of both the Walgreens and CVS Rewards Programs.
Lake Simons (Lab Co-Director) is a director, designer, puppeteer, physical performer, and a maker of things. She has collaborated with fellow artists creating theatre productions from the ground up utilizing puppetry, movement, & live music. But most importantly Lake relies on make-believe. She and her collaborative partner, John Dyer, have created over a dozen productions. Lake has received multiple Jim Henson Foundation grants in support of her original puppetry productions. She was the Associate Puppetry Director for Warhorse on Broadway as well as for the National Tour. Lake has been commissioned to create puppetry productions for various institutions including Miller Theater at Columbia University, Texas Woman’s University, and Dixon Place in New York City. She has been a resident artist at The Carriage House and HERE Theatre. Her productions have been seen at many New York theaters including HERE Theatre, La MaMa, Dixon Place, One Arm Red, and Theatre for a New City. Most recently Lake took the helm of her family’s 46 year old theatre, Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, in the role of Managing Artistic Director. For over 25 years she has contributed as a director, performer, and designer with Hip Pocket. Lake is a co-director for the Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. She teaches puppetry in the theatre department at Sarah Lawrence College. Lake attended Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France and North Carolina School of the Arts.
Maurina Lioce (Stage Manager) NYC: Stage Management for Half Straddle, Adrienne Truscott, Sibyl Kempson’s 7 Daughters of Eve Theater & Performance Co., Jim Findlay, David Byrne, Andrew Ondrejcak, Mike Iveson, Erin Markey, Suzanne Bocanegra, and Young Jean Lee. Maurina has been a member of Elevator Repair Service since 2014 and recently became Associate Artistic Director.
AJ Surasky (Sound Design) is a New York-based sound designer and engineer. Recent design credits: Ebony and Nakeshia (Ensemble Studio Theater), Cherry Orchard (The New School), Worse Than Tigers (New Ohio Theater), East O’ West O’ (Ars Nova), Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo (Brooklyn College). Recent assistant/associate design credits: Fire & Air (Classic Stage Company),Arturo Ui (Classic Stage Company), The Hard Problem (Lincoln Center Theater), HarukiMurakami’s Sleep (Ripe Time), In the Blood (Signature Theater), Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theater), The Low Road (Public Theater).
Masha Tsimring (Lighting Design) is a designer for live performance. Recently: To the Yellow House (La Jolla Playhouse), The Pool Plays (The New Ohio), blush (Soho Rep), The Woman’s Party (Clubbed Thumb). Internationally, her work has taken her to Russia, Chile, China, Germany, Ecuador, the Netherlands, Bolivia, and one very big boat. Homes for New York projects include Playwrights Horizons, The Kitchen, Atlantic Theater, Clubbed Thumb, PlayCo, Invisible Dog, Page73, and Bushwick Starr. In addition to design, Masha’s interests include progress towards pay equity and a more ethical model of making in the American theater. Masha received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She is the Masha of design collective, Masha and the Bear Design, and a proud member of USA829. More info at www.mashald.com.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joseph S. Steinberg, Chairman
Susan Feldman, President / Artistic Director
David Belt, Vice Chair
Chad Dickerson, Vice Chair
Steven B. Rissman, Vice President
Andrew Foote, Treasurer
Thomas H. French, Secretary
Kay Ellen Consolver
Elizabeth B. Gormley
Henry B. Gutman
Diane L. Max
Anthony D. Schlesinger
Jolie Curtsinger Schwartz
Aliana B. Spungen
David C. Walentas
Susan Feldman, Artistic Director
Erik Wallin, General Manager
Marilynn Donini, Director of External Affairs
Lianna Portnoy, Director of Finance
Daniel C. Smith, Finance & Administrative Consultant
Jim Findlay, Director of Production & Operations
Torrence Browne, Director of Marketing
John Mosele, Technical Director
Gwendolyn Dunaif, Manager of Institutional Giving
Kelvin Veras, Box Office Manager
Sarah Peterson, Production Manager
Alex Taylor, Lighting Supervisor
Joemca, Sound & Video Supervisor
Sarah Horne, Associate General Manager
Laura Roumanos, Interim Producer
Britney Polites Gordon, Company Manager
Jorge Castillo, Facilities Manager
David Colon Jr., Facilities Assistant
Blake Zidell & Associates, Press Relations
Flyleaf Creative, Art Direction and Graphic Design
Samara Daly, Public Affairs Consultant
Teddy Wolff, Photography
Leon Lutgenhorst, Videography
Brittany Coyne, Cora Katz, Craig Schenker
FRONT OF HOUSE
Summer Gan, House Manager
Paul Bedard, Kaila Dempsey, Mikayla Duran, Jordan Elman Melissa Fleming, Fatemata Krubally, Emily LaRosa, Jake Mierva, Kyle Milner, Alexandra Nedved, Nikolas Pagan, Xavier Remnick, Liv Sanders, Cindy Trickel, Diana Zuluaga, Ushers
Broderick Ballantyne, Kwamina Biney, Stephen Christensen, Janeill Cooper, Tony Crawford, Frank Hartley, Taylor Hollister, Alex Loving, Leo Mendoza, Josh Northcutt, Melissa Oré, Samy Ravs, Kia Rogers, Sam Spear, Sarazina Stein, Emily Tabler
Thank you for your support!