Our first event of 2014 takes place at Shrine on Tuesday, January 21st! We are so excited for this event as it is the first time we are hosting a staged reading of a play. The work for the night, My Address is Still Walton, is written by the inimitable Karinne Keithley Syers and is directed and performed by Johanna McKeon, Caleb Bark and Lacy Post. My Address is Still Walton is an interview play, a dynamic argument that journalism is an equally dramatic context for the distillation of thoughts and lives as narrative storytelling.
The reading begins at 7pm. Zubetei will open the evening with a set of digital music at 6:30 pm. Shrine is located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. in Harlem, New York. We hope to see you there for another one-of-a-kind evening!
Karinne Keithley Syers is an interdisciplinary artist and publisher of plays and performance texts. Her work spans dance, writing, sound, animation, essay, video, and projection, and has been seen in and out of New York since 1995. Recently her solo show Another Tree Dance premiered at The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City after a workshop performance at Mount Tremper Arts. Her chamber operetta/museum installation Montgomery Park, or Opulence, won a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production in 2011, after its 2010 run at Incubator Arts Project. Her work has also been seen at Danspace Project, Dixon Place, La MaMa E.T.C., Tonic, innumerable installations of Catch, several Little Theaters, The Ohio Theater’s Ice Factory festival, Surf Reality, and Ur, and has been supported by residencies and workshops at the MacDowell Colony, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, St. Ann’s Warehouse’s Puppet Lab, Silo, and Mount Tremper Arts. She has collaborated as a performer with David Neumann, Young Jean Lee, Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson, Chris Yon, Sara Smith, Melanie Rios Glaser, Paul Matteson, and Yoshiko Chuma, as a sound and video designer with Big Dance Theater, Sibyl Kempson, Kate Weare, Ivy Baldwin, Chris Yon, Melanie Rios Glaser, Monica Bill Barnes, as a choreographer with The Civilians, Talking Band, Johanna McKeon, and Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, with whom she has also been a librettist. She founded 53rd State Press in 2007, and now co-edits it with Antje Oegel. They recently published their 19th book of performance scripts. She studied the dark (playwriting) arts at Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman, and is spitting distance from completing her Ph.D. in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her long-running audio serial The Basement Tapes of the Mole Cabal can be found on fancystitchmachine.org, along with her treasury of ukulele covers and stop motion animations.
Johanna McKeon’s directing credits include Tokio Confidential (Atlantic Stage 2), I Have Loved Strangers (Clubbed Thumb), Comedy of Errors, Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Cymbeline (Vineyard Playhouse), The Moscows of Nantucket (Nantucket Theater Workshop), Semi-Permanent (NY Fringe Festival Award, Outstanding Solo Show), Functional Drunk (Ontological-Hysteric Theater), Hatful of Rain (ITS Festival, Warsaw). Associate Directing Credits Broadway: American Idiot, Grey Gardens. Upcoming: Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Broadway Tours: American Idiot, Rent. Recent Musical Development Workshops: Golden Motors (Derek Bermel and Wendy S. Walters), Rosie! (Music by Larry Gatlin), Biederman’s Match (Book by Beau Willimon). Guest Faculty: Bard College, Strasberg Institute. Fellowships: Drama League, Boris Sagal and Fulbright. MFA, UT Austin.
Johanna has been reading this play aloud with Lacy and Caleb for the past year.
Caleb Bark is an actor, filmmaker and comedian living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He is a member of the sketch comedy group Olde English, and recently appeared in their film THE EXQUISITE CORPE PROJECT. Caleb is also working to expand arts education in the Harlem Children’s Zone TRUCE program. BA Theater, Bard College.
Lacy Post is director/actress based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Recent work: The Hungry Ghosts, Dixon Place; Seymour’s Fat Lady: A Free adaptation of J.D. Salinger’s Franny & Zooey, NYU Graduate Acting, Freeplay Festival; The Mike and Morgan Show, Access Theater. BA Theater, Bard College.
Music composed by Steven Lighty.