@ The Upper Room
IMP QUEEN (LIVE)
UNICORN FLORIDA (DJ SET)
directly following the 8pm performance of THE UPPER ROOM at the New Ohio Theatre, a NEW YORK TIMES' critics pick!
WITCH HAZEL is a music and performance project by IMP KID (Darren Barrere), UNICORN FLORIDA (Ariel Zetina), & DEV_N_ (Deven Casey)
Photos by Dannie Siminerio
The Upper Room
Feast was proud to provide additional support for Rady & Bloom's The Upper Room.
May 22-June 12 / Tuesdays-Saturdays @ 8pm / The New Ohio / 154 Christopher St #1E, New York, NY /RSVP on FB
A new play with original music inspired by the back-to-the-land movement—
urbanites heading out to live on self sustaining homesteads in rural places. The tenants of the movement are more relevant than ever today, with rising sea levels in New York City, and the introduction of miles of pipeline beneath our feet. How can we find simple quality food? How can we relate to the earth? How can we react to a rapidly changing ecosystem? Aided by myth and offbeat religious practice, a strange new possibility for sustainability and survival emerges from these questions.
Set on an island way off the north coast of Maine, the last participants of a once thriving commune meet the sea. Anxious and restless, the quorum gathers around the table in their upper room to confront the rising water and certain members' curious ailments. A darkly humorous consideration of spirituality and the dangers of our changing environment combines with a live mixed score, antique scuba suits, and an overhead projector to create a brand new music theater event.
Inspirational sources include the lives of Helen and Scott Nearing (authors of "The Good Life"), the grandmother/grandfather of the back-to-the-land/ homesteading movement. The play is also inspired by Iris Murdoch's novels "The Bell" and "The Unicorn," by Karen Blixen's short story "Babette's Feast," and by selkie and mermaid legends at large.
written and directed by Jeremy Bloom and Brian Rady; music composed and performed by Catherine Brookman;featuring Joe White (guitar): Catherine Brookman* (Hannah), Tjasa Ferme (Eileen), Dana Kaplan-Angle (Marta), Govind Kumar (Seamus), Robert Gadol Lavenstein (Albert), Joyce Miller (Philipa), Stacy Ayn Price (Sue), Julia Sirna-Frest* (Dawn), and Heather Thiry (Lena)
*appearing courtesy of AEA
lighting design by Jay Ryan, sound design by Mark Van Hare, and set/costume/props by Rady&Bloom
stage manager, Lauren Schatten
assistant director/ movement supervisor, Brandon Powers
PA Jamie Munsey
The Upper Room was commissioned by the New Ohio, and was developed as part of the Archive Residency (New Ohio/ IRT), the Drama League Artist Residency Program, and theLower Manhattan Cultural Council's Process Space program. The Upper Room is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC.net).
- World Premiere, the New Ohio
- Public Workshop, Ice Factory, the New Ohio
- Developmental Workshops, IRT
- Public Reading, Judson Memorial Church