Is August the end of the theater season or the beginning? We're still in full summer mode with annual festivals like 48 Hours in Harlem and the OOB Festival (go see them both and catch the best short-form theater in New York, uptown and down). Off Broadway is launching the new season. Yet it seems as if no one is in town. Until I go to the theater--and it's full.
I can't completely dis August. My mom was born in August. So was my husband. I got married in August. But it's a confused month. Leos and Virgos in the same month? I don't believe in astrology, but I sense this is wrong. Or maybe it explains everything. (My astrologer friends will tell me, no doubt.)
So: August. Season end? Season beginning? I say beginning. This is a start. I started my new theater season on Governors Island in the beautiful and decrepit Audobon House as a guest of The Parlour Salon with an excerpt from Possession. The house has electricity, but no running water, and hasn't been repaired or renovated... ever? Two visual artists in residence (Jenn Cortés and Ash Ferlito) have been working there on bird-inspired art all summer. Ash has painted huge scale birds that seem to swoop in from windows and cracks, while Jenn has nested local birds in the cracks and peelings of the walls. It was a perfect setting for my play. An auspicious start for August.
Huge thanks to this incredible team for bringing 2Y20M--the whole damn thing--to the stage in August at HB Studio:
Susan Izatt, Paul Beban, Dan Shaked, Savannah Faye, Renée-Michele Brunet, SaMi Chester, me, Kelsey Claire, Nicolas diPierro, Toby Miller, Sarah Sirota, Lauren Schorr