Dog Gone Day Program

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Friday-Saturday, April 22-23 @ 8:00pm
Tickets: $16 General, $10 Low-Income [Purchase Tickets]

 

Conceived by Kristine Haruna Lee + Andrew R. Butler
Written by Kristine Haruna Lee (2015/17 BAX Artist in Residence)
Directed by Kristine Haruna Lee + Andrew J. Scoville

 

Lights by Sarah Lurie
Set and Props by Greg Laffey
Sound by Kristine Haruna Lee + Christen Cappello
Assistant Directed by Charlie Murray

With:

Jessica Almasy
Eliza Bent
Andrew R. Butler
Joshua William Gelb
Tony Lopez
Mike Mikos
Nikki Vega

 

Special Thanks: Andrew Bartels, Sam Kulik, Catherine Brookman, Julia Sirna-Frest, Lizzie Butler, Lawrence Shober, Larry Cardinal, Jennifer Tune, Aaron Ballard, Ashley Toth, Abrons Arts Center, Sasha Arutyunova, The Field , Andrea Hood, Karen Boyer, Georgia Lifsher, Marya Warshaw, Emma Riviera, Teri-Ann Carryl, and all the BAX airs!

 

harunalee is an ensemble of performers and designers who collaborate across artistic disciplines to create experimental plays and performances written by Kristine Haruna Lee. Since 2010, they have been developing and producing work in New York including to the left of the pantry and under the sugar shack (La MaMa Club), War Lesbian (Dixon Place Artist Residency and Commission), Plum de Force (Bushwick Starr Propeller Project Series), and Drunkfish Oceanrant  (JACK in collaboration with Built for Collapse). Their works-in-progress have been presented by Prelude Festival .11+.13, Asian American Writer’s Workshop, 2g, Target Margin Lab Series, Ars Nova Ant Fest, and have been supported by LMCC and the Mental Insight Foundation. They are currently artist in residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange where they are developing their new play Dog Gone Day. harunalee.com

harunalee is Stivo Arnoczy, Sasha Arutyunova, Andrew R. Butler, Sarah Lurie, Lauren Swan-Potras, and Kristine Haruna Lee.

 

WARNING: This performance uses a hazer/fog machine, strobe effects, and fake blood.

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A is an expert on memory.
K has synesthesia.
But together, they can’t seem to remember that thing…
So they sit and fear a porcelain bathtub, which sits high in the attic.
They go to Cancun, 1992.
They try to find it in a medieval forest.
In the doctor’s office,
At past lectures,
But only nonsense can make sense out of this logic.

Dog Gone Day is a trip inside one person’s intimate memory palace, where travel takes place on neurological impulses, and scenes arrive and dissolve as quickly as the fleeting thoughts in our brain; they have the distinct weight of life altering memories falling like sediment to the floor of our subconscious.

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COLLABORATORS/DESIGNERS:

Kristine Haruna Lee (playwright/co-director/sound design) is a playwright/director/performer and is a founding member of harunalee theater company, currently in residence at BAX for Dog Gone Day. Selected credits: The Offending Gesture (The Tank); Futurity (Soho Rep/Ars Nova); War Lesbian (Dixon Place); A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes (City Center, 2015 OBIE winner); The Lily’s Revenge (HERE Arts Center, 2010 OBIE winner). Upcoming projects: Permanent Caterpillar with The Drunkard’s Wife and The Field with Andrew Schneider. She’s a recipient of the New Dramatist Van Lier Fellowship. BFA NYU Tisch and MFA Brooklyn College for playwriting.

Andrew Scoville (co-director)  has been a great admirer of harunalee’s work for many years and finally bugged them enough to let him play. For current and upcoming projects visitwww.andrewjscoville.com. He would like to especially thank Kristine for keeping him around during this previous month of crash-course parenting.

Charlotte Murray (assistant director)  is a New York based director. She was born and raised in sprawling New Jersey suburbia before attending NYU Tisch School of the Arts to earn her BFA with a directing concentration. Her most recent work includes Eurydice (Sarah Ruhl, 2015) and Lear (Young Jean Lee, 2015). She has assisted for creators such as Andrew Neisler, Sam Pinkleton,Jennifer Morris, Erin Ortman, and Tea Alagić.

Christen Cappello (Sound Designer) is a Connecticut bred music producer, songwriter, and performer that moved to N.Y.C. after attending Berklee College of Music many moons ago.  She has been lucky enough to enjoy a wide array of music opportunities since then, and you can check out her latest collaboration with the band Pleasure Curses featuring their song “Under The Moon Light” here: https://www.facebook.com/clbgrls

Sarah Lurie (Lighting Designer)  is a NYC based manager and  lighting designer for live performance.   www.sarahelurie.com

Gregory Laffey (Set and prop designer) is a designer from Pittsburgh. Past harunalee: to the left of the pantry and under the sugar shack and Plum de Force. Shadow maker with Pilobolus Dance Theater.

 

PERFORMERS:

Jessica Almasy (K)  is an actress and writer; her plays have been developed at Dixon Place and the Bushwick Starr where she has also directed. she is a cofounder of the TEAM and the writing performance group wook taut majesty. film: noise; unconscious. television: law and order: svu; spokesperson for friendlys ice cream. NYC theatre: enjoy (play company); small mouth sounds (ars nova); a beautiful day in november …(new georges / womens project); warlesbian (harunalee). she is a two time audie award recipient for her work in nearly 400 audiobooks. BFA acting NYU; MFA playwrighting Brooklyn College w Mac Wellman. all for Ben

Andrew R. Butler (A/collaborator) is a writer, performer and composer. He is a founding member of harunalee and has developed and performed in all of the company’s productions. Selected performance credits: Futurity (SoHo Rep/Ars Nova), War Lesbian (Dixon Place), Political Subversities (Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova), Folk Wandering (Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova), WOLFERT (Dixon Place), William Burke’s Comfort Dogs (JACK). BFA:NYU:Experimental Theater Wing. www.andrewrbutler.com

Joshua William Gelb (G) is a director, performer, and librettist. He has appeared in Little Lord’s Bambi Fucker, Woodshed Collective’s Empire Travel Agency, She is King (Other Forces/Boom Arts), and The Floatones (La Mama/Dixon Place). Upcoming: Bear Slayer (Ars Nova) and The Black Crook (Abrons). www.joshuawilliamgelb.com

Eliza Bent (Francis Yates) is an actor and writer. Her show Toilet Fire flushed three times this past season at JACK, Abrons Arts Center, and the Brick and was a Time Out New York Critics’ Pick. Her play On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba will be directed by Knud Adams in a production at ICE Factory this August.

Tony Lopez (Giulio Camillo) Dog Gone Day makes Tony so happy. Recent/favorite stuff: Broad City seas. 3; Othello (staged reading w/ Daniel Craig & David Oyelowo, dir. Sam Gold / NYTW); The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (nat’l tour); The Penalty (Public Theater). Film: Pop Meets The Void (LES Film Fest Best Feature);Anomaly. www.iamanthonylopez.com

Mike Mikos (H) is a playwright, director, performer and teacher.   He is a co-Artistic Director of ANIMALS performance group, winners of the 2013 Tom Murrin Award.  Mike has performed with Two-Headed Calf (Obie), Witness Relocation, The Talking Band, and many more.   Mike has taught at NYU, Pace University, Sarah Lawrence, and in workshops around the world.  BFA from NYU/ETW, MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College.

Nikki Vega (S) is an actor, comedian, singer-songwriter. With an interest in developing new work and making people laugh, you can find her clowning around at the PIT or rehearsing new work at 440 studios. Her work is also featured at Am I Write, Ladies?, a series she helps produce.