THERE THERE

KRISTEN KOSMAS

there-there1

World Premiere

Theater

Dec 18, 2012 - Jan 12, 2013


There There
Kristen Kosmas (USA)

“Nobody, and I mean nobody, holds a candle to [Kosmas’] writing. No gimmicks, no flash just sheer poetic brilliance” – Andy Horwitz, Culturebot

Christopher Walken, on tour in Russia with a solo show inspired by everyone’s favorite Chekhovian sociopath, mysteriously falls off a ladder and is unable to perform. Karen, who apparently proofread the script once, is asked to go on in Walken’s place. A precarious bilingual performance duet ensues between Karen and her Russian interpreter, Leo. There There is a wildly unpredictable theatrical roller coaster about being the completely wrong person in the totally wrong place at the exact wrong time doing all the most wrong things. Directed by Paul Willis, performed by Kristen Kosmas & Larissa Tokmakova, design by Peter Ksander, translation by Matvei Yankelevich.

TRANSPORTATION NOTE: 7 trains from Manhattan are NOT running this weekend. As an alternate, take the N, Q train to Queensboro Plaza and then the free shuttle bus to Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave. You can also find more alternate routes here: www.mta.info

Playwright and performer Kristen Kosmas and director Paul Willis have collaborated on numerous projects over the last 15 years, including her solo performance play The Scandal!, which received critical acclaim in Seattle and was nominated for a New York Independent Theater Award for Best Short Script in 2009. Kosmas’ plays and solo performances have been produced in Seattle, Austin, Boston, Chicago, and in numerous venues in New York. Kosmas is a founding member of the OBIE Award-winning performance series Little Theater; the Brooklyn-based experimental writer’s collective Machiqq/The Ladies’ Auxiliary Playwriting Team; and The Twenty-Five Cent Opera of San Francisco, a monthly event for the enactment of texts and theatricals.

The Chocolate Factory is Long Island City based incubator for new developments in experimental performance. The work of founding artists Brian Rogers & Sheila Lewandowski emphasizes collaboration combining movement, music, video and text to devise a means of storytelling that is immediate, collage-like, highly visual, and dependent on new technologies. These curatorial values tend to lead to work that is not easily categorized and requires new methods, more time, and a new kind of audience.

 

“It feels a little bit like the first New York I knew in the ’70s and ’80s. Not in a retro way at all, but art and residence and commerce were in a more balanced relationship than they are now. It’s not a reference to that time, just a little place where that is occurring again.” – Tere O’Connor, in a New York Times profile of the Chocolate Factory


The Chocolate Factory is located in Long Island City, at the first stop on both the 7 and G trains into Queens. L.I.C. is a waterfront neighborhood which in recent years has become known for its thriving arts community, and has among the highest concentration of art galleries, art institutions (among them MOMA’s PS1, the Institute of the Moving Image, Socrates Sculpture Park, Isamu Noguchi Museum) and studio space of any neighborhood in New York City.

Playwright/Performer Kristen Kosmas
Director Paul Willis
Translator Matvei Yankelevich
Designer Peter Ksander
Performer Larissa Tokmakova



Made possible with commissioning support from PS122, The Chocolate Factory, and the Jerome Foundation. Developed in residencies at NACL Theater and Abrons Art Center.


  • "Custodians of Beauty" by palissimoco examines beauty and its intrinsic relationship with art.… https://t.co/nDcTzJr0Bt

  • Daniel Fish's "Untitled" offers us a radical departure from his previous text-driven work. Made… https://t.co/9P8tFFgmyc

  • "A Study on Effort" by bobbijenesmith explores how we receive pleasure from effort, decoupling… https://t.co/iAq5f39XTG

  • What about a VR solution that forces you to come see live work by blocking you from watching online if you are within local radius #ArtTech

  • If artists post frequently and make themselves vulnerable online, will people still come see their work in person? #ArtTech

  • What's the first point of interaction between artist and audience? Should we begin to engage via blogs during rehearsal process? #ArtTech

  • RT @lauraknicoll: @PS122 i know - no moderator @ long tables to do what i'm asking - i should be there if i really want to participate...fo…

  • Using technology to make the process part of the art as much as the end product of art itself. #ArtTech

  • How do we teach curiosity? #ArtTech

  • RT @PaulatheBennett: Platforms like Skype are not intended for art, but artists use them. Maybe it's technology that needs to catch up with…

  • How do we use these platforms to have diverse human interactions? If we don't create our own platforms we are going to lose. #ArtTech

  • In general the arts community is not wonderful at asking questions of themselves and explaining their work. #ArtTech

  • There are roles for artists in different industries using the empathy, vulnerability that we use to create work. #ArtTech

  • Do artists have a responsibility to be activists? #ArtTech

  • The value proposition that artists bring to the table will effect the way technology is changing the notion of work #ArtTech

  • Is quantification the number one challenge of the arts? How do we measure transformational life experiences? #ArtTech

  • "Kids are not taught in school to be vulnerable and expressive" What is education component of equity in #ArtTech?

  • #arttech https://t.co/NQVs5tJSfa

  • "As a culture there has to be a collective will to include art from all people" #ArtTech

  • You can get to real equity when you invite larger groups of people. Inclusivity happens rather than a small, exclusive group. #ArtTech

MENU
ps122-logo-small-2