Theatre For One moves online with Here We Are – 8 new micro plays rooted in the belief that intimacy as an essential ingredient is possible at any moment, at any time, and with any person. Each micro play was specially commissioned for production for Theatre For One’s all new unique liminal performance space. All of the works acknowledge this moment of global change, and attempt to harness the promise of new visions and re-examine our assumptions and our practices. Here We Are is commissioned by Arts Brookfield.
Theatre for One is a mobile state-of-the-art performance space for one actor and one audience member. Conceived by Artistic Director Christine Jones and designed by LOT-EK architects, Theatre for One commissions new work created specifically for this venue’s one-to-one relationship and is presented in public spaces. Embracing serendipity, Theatre for One is presented in public spaces in which audience members are invited to enter into an intimate theatrical exchange in which actor and audience encounter each other as strangers and are equally dependent on each other. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, artists have been challenged to reconceive the traditional performance space. Theatre For One has answered this with a new performance venue in which your computer is the proscenium and your screen is the fourth wall we are reaching through.
In recognition of these facts below and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we are commissioning a collection of micro-plays by BIPOC women writers for an online residency. We believe that rebuilding a system means taking different actions from within.
- August 18th, 2020, is the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which granted primarily middle and upper-class White women, the right to vote. Most Black women were denied this right even after the vote was passed and their efforts were undercut and silenced by leaders of the suffragette movement who felt that relying on racial exclusion would be the only way to get Southern states to comply.
- Native American women were not granted citizenship until 1924 and it took another 40 years before all 50 states allowed them to vote.
Performance: Thursdays; August 20, 27, 2020 and September 3, 10, 17, 24 2020
Appointment are scheduled between 6 – 7:30pm. FREE reservation slots open up the Monday before each performance.
Things to know:
- All performances are free to attend
- You must sign-up in advance
- Time slots will be released the Monday before each performance
- The performance is completely online
Christine Jones is a Tony-award winning set designer and the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Theatre for One. She directed the immersive nightclub dining experience, Queen of the Night, in New York, which won a Drama Desk for Unique Theatrical Experience in 2015. Her Olivier and Tony Award winning scenography can currently be seen on Broadway and in the original London productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. She also won the Tony Award for her design of Green Day’s American Idiot. Other Broadway credits include: The Cher Show (co-designed with Brett J. Banakis); Old Times; Hands on a Hardbody; On a Clear Day; Spring Awakening (Tony Nomination); The Green Bird (Drama Desk Nomination); and Everyday Rapture. Other highlights include Coraline (MCC Theatre, NY); The Book of Longing, based on the poems of Leonard Cohen, with music by Philip Glass (Lincoln Center Festival). She designed Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined at New York Theatre Workshop and then in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory before moving to the West End. Opera designs include Rigoletto (Metropolitan opera) set in 1960s Las Vegas; The Elephant Man (Minnesota); Lucia de Lammermoor (New York City Opera); and Giulio Cesare (Houston Grand). Her designs were featured in the 2008 exhibition Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designers for Live Performance at Lincoln Center Library. Along with co-designer Brett J. Banakis, Jones redesigned The Lyric Theatre in NY, home to the production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In 2013, she served as the Denzel Washington Guest Chairperson for the Theatre Department of Fordham University. In 2015, she received an Obie for Sustained Excellence in Set Design. Christine has lectured at Princeton and teaches at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Upcoming projects include, Cyrano, off Broadway in NY with music by The National, starring Peter Dinklage, Hopeland, in collaboration with Steven Hoggett with music by Jonsi, and Aida and La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera.
Creator and Artistic Director: Christine Jones
Co-Artistic Director for Here We Are residency: Jenny Koons
Platform Programing and Design by Open Ended Group—Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser
Produced by Octopus Theatricals—Mara Isaacs, Executive/Creative Producer
Costume Design: Hahnji Jang
Lighting Design: Stacey Derosier
Production Supervisor: Bryan Hunt
Production Stage Manager: Cherie B. Tay
Waiting Room Moderator: Adam Hyndman
Theatre for One: Here We Are is Commissioned by Arts Brookfield with additional support from Thomas M. Neff