as•sem•bly |ə-sěm'blē| (noun)
1. a group of people gathered in one place for a common purpose.
2. a public facility to meet for open discussion.
3. the action of fitting together component parts of a machine or
4. a collective of artists dedicated to realizing a new American theater.
THE POP-UP ASSEMBLY
Saturday, August 14th @ 4pm (rain date August 15 @ 4pm)
Brooklyn Navy Yard - Building 92 Courtyard
63 Flushing Ave (Flushing & Carlton), Brooklyn, NY — see transportation options
The dog days of summer are upon us, but what better way to beat the heat than with some beautiful art made by members of The Assembly's community? Join us outside at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for the first-ever Pop-Up Assembly. We have excerpts of exciting new work to share and a lot of catching up to do. Can't wait to see your faces and the pandemic haircuts you're still trying to grow out!
Covid Safety: We're asking all attendees to provide proof of vaccination or wear a mask during the event. A photo of your vaccination card is fine!
So Sad, So Sexy
So Sad, So Sexy, July 2019, photos by Anna Rebek
Devised and Created by Emily Cordes, Alison Leaf, & Kendra Augustin
Directed by Simha Toledano
Featuring Janel Koloski (Izzy), Arelis Torres (Lisa), Olivia Konteatis (Lucy), Terrence Christgau (Mr. Boucher), and Joan Conklin (Nurse/Waiter/Cabaret Announcer)
Drawing inspiration from contemporary Internet culture and narratives around mental illness, as well as accounts of Victorian insane asylums and 1940s-era celebrity scandals, “So Sad, So Sexy” is a devised play exploring Western culture’s ongoing fascination with, and misrepresentation of, depressed and unstable women. Through the overlapping stories of three characters--Lucy, a Victorian-era asylum patient; Madeline, a Film Noir starlet; and Izzy, a modern-day “Internet sad girl”--the piece crosses time and circumstance to reflect the parallels between each period’s approach to mental health, gender politics, and the personal and collective identities we create.
Lovejoy on Lovejoy
Created and Performed by Richard Lovejoy
In 1837, abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy was murdered by white supremacists. Richard Lovejoy explores his ancestor's writing and ties it to the present moment of America's ongoing resistance to egalitarianism and continued codification of white supremacy.
Ideal America: Redux
Created by The Assembly
In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the premiere of HOME/SICK, a meditation on where we've been and where we are. The world is re-opening, but what world should it be?
Richard Lovejoy, photo by Kent Meister Photography
Thank you to Max Hunter and The Bridge Production Group for hosting this event as part of their residency at the Brooklyn Navy Yard! To get tickets to their production of the musical [Title of Show] (use BRIDGEFRIENDS20 for a 20% discount!) and their other readings and events at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, visit www.bridgeproductiongroup.org.
EMILY CORDES (So Sad, So Sexy writer/collaborator) is an NYC-based stage, film, and new media actress specializing in devised ensemble theatre. She recently co-produced "NYSeeing 2020," an evening of original monologues to benefit the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Artist Relief Fund, and performed in the showcase as Theodora in Fengar Gael's "Bat Scat Fever." Other recent roles: Stenographer in “Waiting For Lefty” (Staten Island Shakespeare Theatre); Ursula in “Short-Haired Domestic Silver Tabby” (King Lahiri Productions); & Social Worker in “Happy Tuesday” (The Living Lab/Columbia University). A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University, she has also studied theatre with SITI Company, Primary Stages/ESPA, and Lucid Body House, and generated devised plays with the groups Tapestry Collective (“StellaMaris,” August 2017) and The Laboratory of Soul (“The Lonely Death of George Bell,” November 2017). http://Bit.ly/EmilyCordes.
ALISON LEAF (So Sad, So Sexy writer/collaborator) is a writer, performer, and artist who is currently based in New York City. Her theatre reviews have been published in South Florida’s Around Town magazine, her essays have been published on MookyChick.co.uk, and her poetry can be found on Looking Glass Fragments. She is currently at work on an epic high fantasy series. http://www.theathenaglass.wordpress.com.
KENDRA AUGUSTIN (So Sad, So Sexy writer/collaborator) is a sketch comedian, playwright, and performer. https://www.kendraaugustin.com/
SIMHA TOLEDANO (So Sad, So Sexy director, she/they) is a storytelling artist, healer, coach, and Hebrew priestess currently living on Lenni Lenape land, also known as Philadelphia, their beloved birthplace and hometown. She is the co-founder of the New York City based devised feminist theater group Tapestry Collective and is thrilled to be directing "So Sad, So Sexy". Her short film Moondance was recently named a finalist in the Boden International Film Festival, and you can see Simha in the upcoming Philly Fringe show "WASP's Nest", a devised virtual play about witches and politics devised with the Paper Doll Ensemble. She currently serves as founder and director of Sun+Stone Coaching and Ritual Arts. Glory to Goddess.
RICHARD LOVEJOY (Lovejoy on Lovejoy creator) is a Brooklyn based writer and actor. He wrote and starred in the award winning feature film The Widowers, a comedy about grief. His recent short Push Up has garnered awards and acclaim. He has been featured in All My Children, We Cause Scenes, Rising Up: The Story of the Zombie Rights Movement, and numerous other films. On stage, Richard originated the role of Franklin Elijah White in Stephen Aubrey's The Dark Heart of Meteorology, and has been seen in The Scavengers by Eric Meyer, Willy Nilly by downtown legend Trav SD, as well as his own plays Adventure Quest and A Brief History of Murder. Richard is a 2009 NY Theater.com Person of the Year, and a 2014 nominee for Person of the Decade. Outside of his artistic practice, Richard is cultural critic who focuses on games, storytelling, and politics. He is a co-host on Gamers With Jobs Conference Call.
THE ASSEMBLY is a multi-disciplinary collective of theater artists committed to realizing a visceral and intelligent theater through sustained collaboration. Founded in 2008, the company has created 10 original works, including SEAGULLMACHINE (2018); HOME/SICK, a NY Times and Backstage Critics' Pick ("a cutting edge young theater collective" -NY Times, 2011), revived in 2017 (JACK, Brooklyn); and I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO THIS LATER (2016), praised for its "boldly unhip sincerity" (NY Times). The Assembly has performed in such New York venues as Theatre Row, La MaMa ETC, The New Ohio, The Ontological Incubator, The Prelude Festival, HERE Arts Center, toured to the Edinburgh and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals and The Odyssey Theater in LA. From workshops to productions to post-performance discussions, The Assembly is dedicated to rooting its artists, audiences, and peers in a profound sense of community.