Spotlight Series

 
 

If a maker returns to Working Titles several times to develop a specific project, they may sign up for a Spotlight Series. These are events that specifically showcase one maker, and serve as encouragement for them to culminate their work thus far into as cohesive a draft as possible. Spotlight Series participants will work closely with Irene and Oscar to plan an event that best suits their project’s needs.

Scroll down to see what the next Spotlight Series will be!

 
 
 
 
 

The Things She Left Behind

by Gabriela Llarena

 
 

Join us for a public reading of selected poems from Gabriela Llarena’s new chapbook, The Things She Left Behind on

January 12, 2019
at Book Culture LIC
26-09 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

Followed by a discussion and an open mic!

About The Things She Left Behind

In her first chapbook, The Things She Left Behind, Gabriela explores her cultural heritage and relationship to the Philippines and Cuba through her grandmothers, Lola and Abuela. Writing these poems has been a means of processing the confusion that arises from her mixed cultural heritage.

About Gabriela Llarena

Gabriela Llarena is a writer and actor. Originally from California, she is in her final semester of college at NYU where she studies, you guessed it, writing and acting.

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  Production still from the Shop Production of "As We Let Go". Claudia Rivera & Merih Dilber pictured above.

Production still from the Shop Production of "As We Let Go". Claudia Rivera & Merih Dilber pictured above.

As We Let Go
by Claudia Rivera

October 24, 2017
The AstORIA APARTMENT

An informal reading of Claudia’s play, As We Let Go, a story about two girls from different countries who come to New York to go to college. As their paths cross, they must come to terms with who they were and who they are now. Crazy, how a person can change your life forever.

Performed by Lizzy Jarrett and Kaelyn Brooke


Cameron Noble:
Live at the Baumann

December 2, 2017
THe Baumann

Through a medley of original songs and delightful covers, Cameron takes you on a journey of finding love in New York City. His set includes original songs like "Heart of Brooklyn", "Your Little Smile", "Golden Mermaid" and covers like "Someone New", "Brown Eyed Girl", and "Staying Alive". This intimate concert also features the musical stylings of Anamari Mesa.

  Cameron Noble performing at The Baumann.

Cameron Noble performing at The Baumann.


  Photo from a staged reading of "The Irish Wake" at SHE Creates. Lizzy Jarrett & Kelly Erickson pictured above.

Photo from a staged reading of "The Irish Wake" at SHE Creates. Lizzy Jarrett & Kelly Erickson pictured above.

The Irish Wake
by Kelly Erickson

February 18th, 2018
Turnmill Bar

A casual reading of Kelly’s play "The Irish Wake". After the passing of one of their own, the Mitchell family is reunited for the funeral weekend. Over the course of three days, members of the family struggle to balance their Irish traditions under modern circumstances. With drinks flowing, the family must figure out how to handle each other’s demons while saying farewell to a man they think they knew so well.

Performed by Erin Thomas, Laura Bess Jernigan, Eliza Gilbert, Holly Kay Benedict, John Lenartz, Eileen Glenn, Julie Robles, Sergio Fuenzalida, Carly Ruda, Alina Fontanilla, and Antonio Edwards

 


SHE Creates.
Curated by Lizzy Jarrett

March 23rd, 2018
The Baumann

SHE Creates. is a celebration of womanhood curated by Lizzy Jarrett, featuring visual and performing art from over 20 female-identifying makers.

Featured artists: Allegra Leal & Jenna Rush (MCs), Ani Mesa (Film & Music), Ariana Raygoza (Comedy/Music),  Ashil Lee (Visual Art), Charlotte Manning (Poetry), Claudia Rivera (Theatre), Dierra Bynum-Reid (Literature),  Emma Strebel (Visual Art), Estelle Jarrett (Visual Art),  Gabby Brown (Comedy), Gabriela Llarena (Poetry), Grace Jeon (Costume Design), Isabella Kapczynski (Visual Art), Joanna Lazaridis (Architecture Design), Kelly Erickson (Theatre), Maddy Sher & Stephanie Queiroz (Dance), Monisha Dadlani (Film), Sasha Mangarre-Rodriguez (Music), Reilly Hilbert & Frances Yackel (Theatre), Zoya To (Visual Art)

SHE Creates. is now an annual event!

  Emcees Allegra Leal and Jenna Rush at SHE Creates. 2K18.

Emcees Allegra Leal and Jenna Rush at SHE Creates. 2K18.


  Austin Riley at the Spotlight Series for his play, Take Care.

Austin Riley at the Spotlight Series for his play, Take Care.

Take Care
by Austin Riley

April 14th, 2018
The Baumann

A staged reading of Austin’s play, Take Care. Through the unraveling of their relationship, a couple learns that their love for each other might not necessarily mean that they are meant to be together.

Featuring Kamran Saliani and Claudia Rivera

Directed by Irene Lazaridis


Voyagers
devised by Irene Lazaridis

May 24th, 2018
Triple Nine Festival

A workshop presentation of Voyagers, a love story to the Cosmos, a devised piece developed by Irene Lazaridis in collaboration with Oscar Klausner. 

n 1965, NASA scientists discovered a rare opportunity. Once every 175 years, the outer planets of the solar system would perfectly align and make it possible for a spaceship to explore the gas giants of our solar system for the first time in human history. Driven by the unknown of outer space, NASA, in a mad rush to meet this cosmic deadline, launched the Voyager Program, a mission similar to Captain Kirk and the Enterprise—“to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before”. With this devised theatrical project, Irene hopes to tilt our heads back upwards: to offer her own attempt at creation through a collision of art and science, using movement, speech, and sound.

  Irene Lazaridis in her devised piece, Voyagers.

Irene Lazaridis in her devised piece, Voyagers.


  Chelsea Barker and Kamran Saliani in a reading of A New Colossus.

Chelsea Barker and Kamran Saliani in a reading of A New Colossus.

A New Colossus
written by E.J. Meehan

Sept 15th, 2018
The BAumann

A public reading of A New Colossus. A deconstruction of modern American mythology, A New Colossus follows four storylines, each orbiting around the figure of Superman. It weaves together a mourning brother and sister, a superhero and his alter ego, a barren wasteland where the past doesn't seem to exist, a national uprising, an atomic bomb, and the construction of a new statue. As the storylines interweave, the collective fiction that binds our world together starts to come into conflict with reality, threatening to destroy the whole structure. But how far are those on top willing to go to retain their authority, and will anything be left behind?

Directed by Irene Lazaridis

Featuring Chelsea Barker, Kelly Erickson, Oghenero Gbaje, Monica Rae Summers Gonzalez, Lizzy Jarrett, Oscar Klausner, and Kamran Saliani

 

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