Artistic Residency at Addis Ababa University's Ale School of Fine Arts
Apr
19
to May 20

Artistic Residency at Addis Ababa University's Ale School of Fine Arts

The Darfur Compromised heads to Ethiopia!

Playwright Trevor Stankiewicz and I have been invited to Ethiopia by Addis Ababa University's Alle School of Fine Arts to workshop the play, exchange artistic techniques, and facilitate a cultural exhange with 13 graduate students. We leave for the 3-week residency in April 19th and will be sure to document the entire experience. 

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SPAM by Rafael Spregelburd at Jack
Apr
14
to Apr 30

SPAM by Rafael Spregelburd at Jack

The Cherry Arts presents SPAM, a new multimedia theatre piece based on a modular text by Argentine theater-maker Rafael Spregelburd and starring downtown stalwart Vin Knight of Elevator Repair Service. SPAM hops us out-of-order through thirty days in the life of a lost Italian linguistics professor who has awakened in a cheap hotel room in Malta with a bump on his head and no memories. A copy of Camus’ L’Etranger in his front pocket and the spam e-mails on his laptop are all he has to regain his identity. With a light touch and a dizzying intellect, Spregelburd spins an absurd apocalyptic fantasy that incorporates James Bond and the swirling island of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, wrestling not only with our chronically overstuffed inboxes, but with one man’s attempt at self-rescue in the face of the flood of consumer goods and media items that our late-capitalist civilization is generating with ever more speed.

Thursday, April 14 at 8 pm - preview
Friday, April 15 at 8 pm - preview
Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm
Tuesday - Saturday, Apr 19 - 23, at 8 pm
Tuesday, April 26 at 8 pm
Thursday - Saturday, April 28 - 30 at 8 pm

I am the Asst. Director and Asst. Sound Designer.

Tickets available at http://www.jackny.org/spam.html

See more at the Facebook event

 

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BUTTERD BISCUITS (A Brunch Theatre Premiere)
Apr
9
to Apr 10

BUTTERD BISCUITS (A Brunch Theatre Premiere)

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Brunch Theatre present the premiere of BUTTERED BISCUITS: Seven new plays guaranteed to make your dough rise. Think theatre is just for old people? Bored of heightened language and dramatic pauses? Looking for love and connection in New York City?

Wishing you could ease your hangover with mimosas while supporting the arts? Well, Brunch Theatre has got you covered. Enjoy seven freshly baked plays that would make Bubbe's pacemaker skip a beat. Savory performances by steaming young actors. And hot, buttery biscuits that'll have you begging for extra jam.

Mimosas and biscuits included.

Saturday, April 9 at 2 pm
Sunday, April 10 at 2 pm and 8 pm

Advance Tickets $15
At The Door $20

Tickets available at http://www.nuyorican.org/event/1134353-buttered-biscuits-brunch-new-york/

PRODUCED BY:
Rudy Gerson
Haley Jakobson
Philip Sieverding

PLAYS BY:
Ben Ducoff
Haley Jakobson
Adi Eshman
Rudy Gerson & Trevor Stankiewicz
Yusong Liu
Benjamin Stanton
Theo Wolf

DIRECTED BY:
Liz Rogers
Amelia Cain
Benjamin Stanton Stanton
Haley Jakobson
Philip Sieverding
Kaela Shaw
Hannah McKechnie
Rudy Gerson

PERFORMANCES BY:
Kaela Shaw
Ronald Austin
Maria DeCotis
Jake Murphy
Philip Sieverding
Hannah McKechnie
Tricia O'Toole
Eric Buron
Alison Wien
Katherine Dudas
Brandon Zelman
Jae Woo
Haley Jakobson
Rudy Gerson
Benjamin Stanton
Becky Granger
Ryan Meyer

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The Darfur Compromised - New Jersey Premiere
Mar
5
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Darfur Compromised - New Jersey Premiere

CARSONIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
The Darfur Compromised
by Trevor Stankiewicz

Part-documentary, part-interpretation, wholly entertaining, The Darfur Compromised is an informative satire about how to make a difference.

Directed by Rudy Gerson
 

The play tells of Jackson and his mentor, Professor, who travel together through the history of American activism to end the Darfur genocide, featuring figures such as George W. Bush, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and Secretary General Kofi Annan.

As Jackson learns more and more about the conflict, he is challenged to redefine himself and his beliefs to his girlfriend, his parents, and most importantly, himself.

The play is a theatrical look back at the events that led to the Darfur Genocide, an interrogation of the inaction of the present, and a call to arms regarding its future. Featuring scenes right out of history, it will help teach those who are unfamiliar with the tragedy as well as reinvigorate those who know it all too well.

Doors open at 7:45pm

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The Riverbed - Yoko Ono
Dec
15
to Jan 29

The Riverbed - Yoko Ono

“THE RIVERBED is over the river in-between life and death. 
Stone Piece: Choose a Stone and hold it until all your anger and sadness have been let go.
Line Piece: Take me to the farthest place in our planet by extending the line.
Mend Piece: Mend with wisdom mend with love. It will mend the earth at the same time.”

- Yoko Ono


Yoko Ono—a forerunner in Conceptual art involving collaboration, audience participation and social activism—will present a double exhibition, THE RIVERBED, at Galerie Lelong and Andrea Rosen Gallery. These interactive exhibitions are comprised of two entirely new, full gallery installations. THE RIVERBED will open to the public on December 11, 2015 and continue through January 23, 2016 at Andrea Rosen Gallery and January 29, 2016 at Galerie Lelong. 

I will manage the gallery space, liaison between the public and the work, and provide espressos to fuel visitors in their mending.

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2015 Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum NYC
Nov
13
to Nov 15

2015 Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum NYC

  • Boys and Girls High School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

After two years, the Creative Time Summit-the world’s largest international conference on art and social change-headed home to New York City! Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum NYC took place at the Boys and Girls High School campus in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on November 14 and 15, 2015.

Continuing the dialogue started at the Summit held at the Venice Biennale in August, the New York Summit was dedicated to education and other ways knowledge is disseminated and obtained. The Curriculum NYC focused on the effects of specific education policies in the United States. 

We explored the relationship between knowledge and geopolitics, pedagogical art practices, omissions in contemporary curricula, and political issues such as the re-segregation of public schools and student debt. In addition to hosting presentations by a distinguished roster of over 50 participants, the Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum NYC invited attendees to join in our afternoon sessions, which comprised break-out sessions held in the school’s classrooms. Taking the form of workshops and open discussions, they provided opportunities for more intimate exchanges among attendees, special guests, Summit presenters, and students and teachers from the Boys and Girls High School campus, which includes the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice, and Research and Service High School. While diving deeper into urgent pedagogical issues, the breakout sessions addressed topics specific to the field of socially engaged art.

I will be working and enjoying the summit behind and in front of the scenes. See you there!

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The Darfur Compromised - New York City Premiere
Nov
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Darfur Compromised - New York City Premiere

CARSONIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
The Darfur Compromised
by Trevor Stankiewicz

Part-documentary theatre, part-interpretative fiction, and part-satire, The Darfur Compromised is entertaining and informative.

Directed by Rudy Gerson
 

The play tells of Jackson and his mentor, Professor, who travel together through the history of American activism to end the Darfur genocide, featuring figures such as George W. Bush, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and Secretary General Kofi Annan.

As Jackson learns more and more about the conflict, he is challenged to redefine himself and his beliefs to his girlfriend, his parents, and most importantly, himself.

The play is a theatrical look back at the events that led to the Darfur Genocide, an interrogation of the inaction of the present, and a call to arms regarding its future. Featuring scenes right out of history, it will help teach those who are unfamiliar with the tragedy as well as reinvigorate those who know it all too well.

Purchase tickets in advance here.

Doors open at 7:45pm

www.facebook.com/theDarfurCompromised

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The Darfur Compromised - A Staged Reading
Sep
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Darfur Compromised - A Staged Reading

 

CARSONIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
The Darfur Compromised
by Trevor Stankiewicz

Part-documentary theatre, part-interpretative fiction, and part-satire, The Darfur Compromised is entertaining and informative.

Directed by Rudy Gerson
Sponsored by Civic Ensemble

The play tells of Jackson and his mentor, Professor, who travel together through the history of American activism to end the Darfur genocide, featuring figures such as George W. Bush, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and Secretary General Kofi Annan.

As Jackson learns more and more about the conflict, he is challenged to redefine himself and his beliefs to his girlfriend, his parents, and most importantly, himself.

The play is a theatrical look back at the events that led to the Darfur Genocide, an interrogation of the inaction of the present, and a call to arms regarding its future. Featuring scenes right out of history, it will help teach those who are unfamiliar with the tragedy as well as reinvigorate those who know it all too well.

With:
Helen T. Clark
Olivia Howell
Sam Morrison
Jelani Pitcher
Trevor Stankiewicz (Playwright)
Jacob White
Sylvie Yntema 

Purchase tickets OR choose to reserve Pay-What-You-Can and pay at the door. (Cash and Credit Card accepted at the door.)

All Seats General Admission.
Doors open at 6:30pm.

www.facebook.com/theDarfurCompromised

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A Cherry Timedive
Sep
17
to Sep 20

A Cherry Timedive

Text
Austin Bunn
Wendy Dann
Saviana Stanescu
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Dramaturgy
Nick Salvato

 

Cast
Carolyn Goelzer
Jennifer Herzog
Godfrey L. Simmons
Seth Soulstein

Conceived and Directed by
Sam Buggeln

Assistant Director
Rudy Gerson

An open-air theatre origami flower; a lyrical and mysterious plunge into the histories of one storied corner of Ithaca, NY.

A hobo in an urban jungle has visions he cannot shake; a grieving mother receives a strange letter that calls her to the shore; a young duck is mesmerized by the glossy black loon at the center of the lake; and a poet charged with fictionalizing the history of her town finds herself in over her head.

Four of Ithaca's most prominent writers dance with the strange and compelling events that have occurred on and around Ithaca's Cherry Street. An outdoor, site-specific performance at once beautiful, strange, and transporting.

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Owen's Story - Opening the Commons
Aug
22
12:30pm12:30pm

Owen's Story - Opening the Commons

  • 108-116 E State St Ithaca, NY, 14850 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Civic Ensemble has reimagined Tin Can Fantasy Factory — the traveling summer theater troupe which has performed for summer camps around Tompkins County for over 30 years. Owen's Story is an interactive theater piece meant to educate children of all ages and will be performed for The Commons opening weekend celebration.

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Owen's Story - A Civic Ensemble Presentation
Aug
10
11:00am11:00am

Owen's Story - A Civic Ensemble Presentation

Civic Ensemble has reimagined Tin Can Fantasy Factory — the traveling summer theater troupe which has performed for summer camps around Tompkins County for over 30 years. Owen's Story is an interactive theater piece meant to educate children of all ages. 

Come to the Tompkins Public Library for a free showing!

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Incident at Vichy - A Civic Ensemble Staged Reading
Jul
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Incident at Vichy - A Civic Ensemble Staged Reading

Directed by Beth Milles

“Incident at Vichy” by Arthur Miller is a one-act play about a group of ten men detained by German officers during World War II upon suspicion of being Jewish. As these men begin to understand why they have been detained, they begin to react with fear and anger, yet none try to escape. “Incident at Vichy” offers a view of why the Nazis were able to perpetrate the Holocaust for so long due to denial and complicity.

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The Geography of Creativity - Presentation at Open Engagement
Apr
18
12:20am12:20am

The Geography of Creativity - Presentation at Open Engagement

The Geography of Creativity - Representing Community Theatre

Community-based art projects are always located in space, but how can we as artists, scholars, and grant writers represent these spatial components. An student and theatre practitioner Rudy Gerson will show how simple mapping technologies can represent the geographies of community-based theatre. Examining an Ithaca theatre company Civic Ensemble, he will initiate a discussion on representation using Civic's play on police relations.

 

Presenting at Open Engagement 2015: Space and Place

Presenting at Open Engagement 2015: Space and Place

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