July 9 & 10, 2020
written & directed by ASHLEY TATA
technical director CHRIS SWETCKY
virtual scenic design by AFSOON PAJOUFAR
3D animation by BRYCE CUTLER
staged managed by VANESSA C. HART
additional sound & music by PAUL PINTO
assistant stage manager MOE SHAHROOZ
Welcome to pssst... #1 aka The Boot. The bar at the last stop at the edge of the meta-verse. Our Tender’s cosmic cocktail collapses time into a pancake, self into a digital wave of content riding on the broadest band. The jukebox at this joint remixes baroque with techno in an hour long departure from your self-isolated ab-normal. Come interact with new friends you’ve known forever. Sip into the singularity.
Lauren Worsham is a Tony-nominated actress and singer. She was nominated for a Tony and won Drama Desk and Theatre World awards for the role of ‘Phoebe' in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (2014 Tony winner for Best Musical). Recently she recurred on multiple episodes of The CW's Valor. She was seen in New York City Center’s gala production of Sunday in the Park with George and the Encores! productions of Call Me Madam and Big River. Other favorite roles include ‘Lisa' in the BMP production of Dog Days at Montclair Peak Performances, Fort Worth Opera and LA Opera for director Robert Woodruff; ‘Flora' in Turn of the Screw at New York City Opera for Sam Buntrock; ‘Amy’ in Where’s Charley? at Encores! for John Doyle; ‘Cunegonde' in New York City Opera's Candide, and ‘Olive' in the first national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Lauren performs frequently in concert at Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Caramoor, Merkin Hall, Oregon Bach Festival, Galapagos Art Space and New York City Opera's VOX. Lauren placed second in the Kurt Weill Foundation's Lotte Lenya competition. She’s co-founder and executive director of the downtown opera company, The Coterie, and is a founding member of the band, Sky-Pony. More at laurenworsham.com.
Isaiah Robinson, tenor, is a multi-talented musician who was born in Chicago into a musical family of singing parents. As an actor he was featured in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 film Hook, playing the role of Pockets. He has also appeared in several radio and television commercials as a child; most notably, “That’s My Baby” for Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, a Polaroid commercial featuring the comedian Sinbad as well as advertisements for Kraft, McDonald's, Wendy's, JC Penny, Sears and for Eagle Foods. As a vocalist he was primarily trained singing in church by his parents and his siblings which lead to his performing on several jingles and voiceovers for various products and companies. He has performed with the Barrett sisters, Darius Brooks, Aretha Franklin, R-Kelly🤦🏽♂️🙄, Pattie Labelle, Rascal Flatts, Joan Collaso, Rene Marie, Kim Stratton, Jonita Lattimore, the Brown Sisters, Twinkie Clark Terrell, Kelvin Lenox, Mavis Staples, Janis Siegel, Chaka Khan, Yo-Yo Ma, Chance The Rapper, Angela Davis, Candy La Flore, Jeff Morrow, Dennis DeYoung, and Jim Peterik. Isaiah has had a long-standing friendship and collaboration with composer Ted Hearne and has been featured in some of his most notable works over the past 20 years. Isaiah is currently a teaching artist for the Lookingglass Theater, City of Chicago After School Matters Program, Urban Gateways, and private students in the Chicago area. He also performs with the Stu Hirsh Orchestra, Silent Theater Company, as well as various other aggregations. He was the featured vocalist at the inauguration of Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago He performs with and facilitates workshops for the Chicago Children’s Choir, and is on staff as a musician/organist and choirmaster at the Life Center C.O.G.I.C in Chicago, where he has served for more than 16 years.
Joseph Keckler is a singer, artist, and writer The New York Times has hailed “a major vocal talent [whose] range shatters the conventional boundaries... with a trickster’s dark humor.” Last year he was the national support act for Sleater-Kinney and premiered two evening-length performance pieces: Train With No Midnight with PROTOTYPE/Beth Morrison and Let Me Die with Opera Philadelphia/FringeArts. Other performances have been presented by Centre Pompidou, Adult Swim, and Lincoln Center, where he also made his off-broadway debut in Preludes in 2015. His writing has appeared in VICE and Lithub, and in 2017 Turtle Point Press published his first collection, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World. Joseph's body of work includes performances pieces, songs, and short films. He has received awards from Creative Capital, Franklin Furnace, NYFA, and a Village Voice Award for "Best Downtown Performance Artist." He is currently working on new videos, a record, and a special.
Sol + The Tribu, ambassadors of the New Miami Sound, rock out with a retro-futuristic mix Miami-Licious swagger. They'll get you off of your feet, dancing your way into a "Conga Inferno" and moving you to the positive vibrations. Their most recent album Miami 3050 is the story of 3 superheroes from the year 3050 that come to the present day to change the future for your children's children. In the trio plays, Sol La Barbara (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboard), Rey Sugar (Vocals/Guitar) and Eddie The Octoman (Vocals/Percussion). Tribu, meaning tribe, is a musical collective that works in flexible musical and artistic collaborations.
The Hogstad Brothers are a DJ/VJ duo that create immersive dance environments by live-mixing amazing music with dancer-interactive, beautiful, psychedelic projections utilizing video samples and real-time 3D data from custom-hacked infrared depth cameras. Music is drawn from a palette of hip hop, soul, funk, electro, deep disco cuts, soulful house, and world bass.The Hogstad Brothers have DJ'd and VJ'd at venues around NYC including Brooklyn Bowl and Le Poisson Rouge and frequently collaborate in experimental theater pieces. They were featured performers during the dinner gala at the 2018 Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball, Target's 20 Years of Design For All installation at the Park Ave Armory, and their annual Purple Rain New Years Eve Dance Party has made TimeOut NYC's top recommendations two years running. They are also instrumentalists in electro-funk-soul collective Flyer Learning. www.flyerlearning.com
ASHLEY TATA (Director/Writer) makes multi-media works of theater, contemporary opera, performance, cyberformance, live music and immersive experiences. These have been presented in venues and festivals around the country and the world including Theatre for a New Audience, LA Opera, Austin Opera, The Miller Theater, National Sawdust, EMPAC, BPAC, The Crossing the Line Festival, the Holland Festival, The Prelude Festival, The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Fisher Center at Bard. Her work has been called “fervently inventive,” by Ben Brantley in the New York Times, “extraordinarily powerful” by the LA Times and a notable production of the decade by Alex Ross of the New Yorker. She earned her MFA at Columbia University and has taught, guest taught or been a guest artist at Mannes School of Music, Harvard University, MIT, Marymount Manhattan College, Colgate College, Bard College and LIU Post. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors’ Lab, the recipient of the Lotos Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in Arts and Sciences and a winner of the 2017 Robert L. B. Tobin Director/Designer grant. Upcoming projects are teaching a course on remote directing and mixed-media making at ACT in the fall, a residency at 153 Coffey Street in Red Hook, BK to develop physically-distanced-adherent works including a VR opera and directing a landscape-integrating adaptation of John Luther Adams’s Ten Thousand Birds with ensemble Alarm Will Sound at PS21 in Chatham, NY this August. More information including how to get in contact to collaborate can be found at: ashleytata.com
CHRIS SWETCKY (Technical Director) is the head of the Technical Direction program and Technical Director for the School of Theatre at Penn State University. In addition to his work at Penn State, Chris has worked at numerous venues across the country including most recently as Production Manager for Classical Theatre of Harlem’s First Noel at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. He was also Technical Director for the Ouroboro’s Trilogy, a compilation of three operas, Naga, Gilgamesh and Madame White Snake, performed at the Majestic Theatre in Boston. Before coming to Penn State, Chris worked for American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts as Associate Technical Director. While at A.R.T. Chris worked on numerous productions including a few Broadway hits, such as Porgy and Bess, Pippin, All the Way and most recently Finding Neverland.
AFSOON PAJOUFAR (Virtual Scenic Designer) is a NYC based freelance designer of stage and environment for play, opera and live performance. Arriving at set design from a background in fine arts and film. She earned her MFA in Set Design at Boston University. Her designs have been shown on Off-Broadway and regional theaters such as Theatre For A New Audience, Fisher Center at Bard, Harvard TDM, MIT Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, Actor’s Shakespeare Company, Prelude Festivals and etc. Her design for Cabaret was chosen for the 2019 American Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Afsoon moved to the United States from Tehran, Iran. www.afsoonpajoufar.com
BRYCE CUTLER (3D Animation) Previous designs include Grand Horizons on Broadway, Soft Power at the Public Theater (2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Samsung’s virtual reality television series Interpretation of Dreams, Feel The Pride an AI powered audio-visual installation with St. Vincent and a virtual reality arcade for Muse’s 2019 World Tour. His design for The Lady In Red… was selected for international exhibition at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. Other designs include premieres by John Patrick Shanley, Dael Orlandersmith, Matt Aucoin, and Grammy Award winner Steve Mackey. Co-founder and lead designer of the political theater collective Third Space, winner of the 2017 USITT Rising Star Award and a 2019 L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Finalist. He is on the adjunct faculty at Fordham University. Education: Carnegie Mellon University www.brycecutler.com
VANESSA C. HART (Stage Manager) is currently camping out in New Hampshire. She received a B.A. in Theatre from Franklin and Marshall College. She has been the AEA ASM for the Peterborough Players Summer Season for 3 years, and the AEA PSM for the Peterborough Players Winter Season for 3 years, stage managing more than 30 shows at the Players. Since the lockdown, she has stage managed the acclaimed virtual production of Mad Forest at the Fisher Center at Bard College, and The Attendants 2020 by the NerveTank presented by Arts Brookfield NY. Previously, she stage managed Rebel and Misfits Productions‘ Uncle Vanya, Sex with Strangers, and Hamlet: See What I See in Saint Louis. In Pennsylvania, she stage managed The People's Shakespeare Project of Lancaster's The Tempest, and Wee Keep Company's Three Sisters and A Wolf. Thank you to Matthew for all of his love and support.
PAUL PINTO (Additional Sound & Music) is glad to be making sounds. He's a composer, writer and multi-disciplinary performer who founded the music collectives thingNY and Varispeed, with whom he creates immersive, durational and dramatic chamber and electronic music. His latest albums include Patriots with Jeffrey Young, Empty Words with Varispeed and Robert Ashley's Improvement. As a vocalist, Paul works on a diverse array of new projects, including performing Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, originating the role of “Balaga” in the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and in his own work including the opera Thomas Paine in Violence with Joan La Barbara, and the Resonant Bodies Festival commission of 15 Photos. This year: commissions for Quince, The Rhythm Method, and Shepherdess, guest artistic curator for the MATA Festival, and (to account for our current satellite existence) music videos with LoveLoveLove and Aleks Karjaka, and new webcam operas by thingNY. pfpinto.com
MOE SHAHROOZ (Assistant Stage Manager) is a visual artist based in New York City. He specializes in all things video for live performance, including projection design, camera operation, engineering, and digital animation/content creation. His work has been seen in over 100 venues across the world including Lincoln Center, Grand Central Station, Internationaal Theater (Amsterdam), Teatro Nacional D'Maria II (Lisbon, Portugal) and the Stanislavsky Ballet and Opera (Moscow, Russia). He is currently the head video designer and projectionist at the infamous New York City venue, The Box. He holds a Master's Degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. The Boot marks his fourth collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects (Acquanetta, Angel’s Bone, Blood Moon). Other recent clients and collaborators include PBS, adidas, and Christian Dior.
Beth Morrison (President & Creative Director)
Jecca Barry (Executive Director)
Kim Whitener (Consulting Producer)
Brian Freeland (Director of Production)
Robert Phillip Smith (Associate Producer)
Melanie Milton (PROTOTYPE Festival Producer)
Ashley Peters (Finance Manager)
Anabel Romero (Development Associate)
Victoria Preis (Consulting Marketing Associate)
Catherine Hancock (Consulting Social Media Associate)