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Tuesday, January 23, 2024 by Thomas Laprade

I must...

 

Cuckoo, cuckoo

What do you do?
In April, I open my bill
In May, I sing night and day
In June, I change my tune
In July, far, far I fly
In August, away

I must…
Cuckoo, cuckoo

 

 

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 by Montez Press Radio #performance #radio plays

Bailey Scieszka: Whorology

Bailey Scieszka brings us Whorology, the dramaturgical saga of Old Put.

In episode one we meet Old Put, who works retail for the Detroit based company Enron Watches. By night, she creates a replica of the Playboy Mansion for her 12-inch fashion dolls. Old Put goes on a journey to meet the creator of Enron watches after faking her death to make her artwork (wicker sex dolls) more valuable.

In episode two, "Blood on the Corn," Old Put is working as a butler at the Playboy Mansion West. Todd Popadopalis, worldwide watch mogul and creator of Enron Watches, has purchased the Playboy Mansion and spends his days building automatons with mechanical hearts. His latest monstrosity is a recreation of The Zodiac Killer. Guests begin to be picked off in a replica of The Shining maze that Todd had erected out of corn. It is up to Old Put to determine who is real and who is fake as she races against time to find the killer.

 

 

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 by Montez Press Radio #justice #performance

Morgan Bassichis: A Crowded Field

Morgan Bassichis has been a leading voice over the last month, guiding us through speech and action in his work as a member of Jewish Voice for Peace in the continued call for a ceasefire and an end to the genocide of Palestinians. 

Bassichis has been engaged in anti-Zionist work for many years, and a Crowded Field completes a trilogy of performance projects by Bassichis that use humor and music to activate the rich tradition of Jewish anti-zionism. The previous performances included Klezmer for Beginners, co-created with Ethan Philbrick at Abrons Arts Center in 2019, and Don’t Rain on My Bat Mitzvah, co-created with Ira Khonen Temple and organized by Creative Time in 2021. In this final installment, Bassichis performs a stand-up comedy crash course on the uses and abuses of the Jewish holidays. This performance was recorded at the Abrons Art Center on April 8, 2023, and you can listen in full here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 by Montez Press Radio #performance #fashion

A--Company, Antigone

A--Company presents collection 9 1/2 in the form of one-act play workshop, performing part of ANTIGONE (a new version by Anne Carson). Collapsing the edges of what is considered a play, performance, fashion show, A--Company insists through the deconstruction of form, the possible futurity is already building.

Listen to the performance, further deconstructed on Montez Press Radio, here.

The play was directed by Daphné Dumons and performed by Blake Abbie, Morgan Bassichis, Jeremy O’ Harris, Sydney Lemmon, Rad Pereira, Bobby Slavör Menuez, Sophie Becker, and Diamond Stingily.

A--COMPANY, established in 2018 by designer Sara Lopez, is a ready-to-wear and accessories label based in New York City.

 

 

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 by Montez Press Radio #readings #poetry #translation

Colloquy: Translators in Conversation

Since the fall of 2022, World Poetry's Colloquy event series has provided a forum for translators to engage with live audiences in an exploration of the art of translation. In this episode, Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda, Patricio Ferrari, and Minna Zallman Proctor join translator and series curator C. Francis Fisher to discuss their recent publications with New Directions. 

Find past episodes in the archive and stay tuned for more of Colloquy in 2024.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 by Montez Press Radio #interviews #readings

The Whitney Review of New Writing

Inside the launch issue of the Whitney Review (Spring/Summer 2023), including excerpted audio from the feature interview between Brontez Purnell and Michael Bullock and a reading of Philippa Snow's essay about Y2K celebrity fiction by Pamela Anderson, Nicole Richie, and the Kardashians. 

The Whitney Review is the biannual print review dedicated to new writing you've been waiting for -- founded and edited by Whitney Mallett and art directed by Immanuel Yang. The first issue includes interviews with Brontez Purnell, Tamara Faith Berger, Ishmael Reed, and Samuel Delany and reviews of novels, poetry, nonfiction,, art books, periodicals, and more. 

The first issue sold out so enjoy the audio supplement :) Listen here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 by DJ Uncertain #performance

Comte Des Cierges

 

We produced a play in a lobby by, with, and about the psychic worlds of doormen as part of our residency with The Kitchen and in collaboration with The Working Theater.

Comte Des Cierges is a play written by Carlos Cotto and draws from his decade of experience as a former doorman. Directed and organized by Salome Oggenfuss, starring professional and amateur doormen and actors, Jim Fletcher, Ruby Max Fury, Anthony Delfi, Emily Davis, Sophie Becker, Gordon Landenberger, N'yomi Stewart, Timothy Allan, Lluca Huatuco, John Ayala, and Pam Hammond.

Comte Des Cierges was performed on March 23rd, 2023 in the lobby of the Seward Park Cooperative apartment on Grand Street in Manhattan. It was produced in collaboration with The Kitchen and The Working Theater.

We also recorded this fascinating conversation about the work, work, and The Working Theater with Salome Oggenfuss. 

The Working Theater exists to create theater specifically for, about and with working people; the community that makes up the majority of the overall metropolitan workforce. To that end, Working Theater makes their productions relevant, accessible and affordable to all regardless of geography or socio-economic status because they believe that theater should be a part of everyone’s everyday culture.

Listen to the radio play on MPR here: