Jimmy Maize

Writer/Director
Photo: Courtesy of Artist

Heather Christian

Composer
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Wendy Seyb

Choreographer
PHOTO: DONALD BOWERS

Co-commissioned by Arts Brookfield and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

HARBORED interweaves oral histories, archived material, historical fiction, poetry, music and dance to survey two centuries of immigration tales and reveal how the American Dream both delivers and fails on its promises. Visionary director Jimmy Maize and genre-bending choreographer Wendy Seyb team up with “Downtown Innovator to Watch” Heather Christian for a site-specific tour de force that marks a bold return to En Garde Arts’ roots in civic spectacle.

With an ensemble of over fifty performers, including Trinity Church’s Downtown Voices choir and the Mama Foundation’s “Wednesday Sings!” choir from Harlem, HARBORED transforms the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place into the immersive environments of the uncharted Americahn West and the bygone urban landscapes of 20th Century New York City.

Beginning at 12:00 pm on performance days, shoppers, tourists and passersby will have the opportunity to step into a special phone booth within Brookfield Place and tell an interviewer their immigration stories. These testimonials will be incorporated into the HARBORED performances just hours later, evoking new meanings in the piece and celebrating America as a complex and interconnected land.


Sample a teaser of Heather Christian’s score for Harbored



JUNE 22 – 25, 2017
Thursday – Saturday @ 7:00 pm
Sunday @ 5:00 pm

WINTER GARDEN, BROOKFIELD PLACE
Free and open to the public

230 Vesey Street, NYC


CREATIVE & TECHNICAL TEAM

Anne Hamburger has a long track record of spearheading cultural innovation and entrepreneurship. She founded and led En Garde Arts from 1985 through 1999 — pioneering site-specific theatre in New York, with Edwin Booth and Lee Reynolds Awards recognizing her work — and relaunched the company in 2014. Anne became Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse in 1999, developing the future Tony Award-winning musicals Thoroughly Modern Millie and Spring Awakening, before serving as an Executive Vice President at Disney and leading the creative development and production of all the major stage shows for the parks worldwide. Featuring the talent of such respected theatre artists as Francesca Zambello and Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, many of the shows developed under her near decade-long tenure are still running today. Anne is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and is the recipient of an Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Political Women’s Caucus. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.
Jimmy Maize is a writer/director and member of Tectonic Theater Project since 2005. Tectonic projects include 33 Variations (Broadway, starring Jane Fonda), The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (BAM), One Arm (The New Group), as well as teaching Moment Work nationally and internationally through Tectonic’s Education and Community Engagement Department.

Directing credits include his critically-acclaimed 100-actor adaptation of Spoon River Anthology (The Invisible Dog), “Given the Present, the Future Does Not Depend on the Past,” for BOSSS (En Garde Arts), The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing (Classic Stage Co), You’re Invited (Old Vic, UK), Look Ma, No Piano’s (54 Below), A Different Kind of Animal (Theater Row), Burn The End (The New School), Ring of Fire (Endstation Theatre Co.), Hypochondria by Kyle Jarrow, and his mash-up adaptation of A Dream Play and The Seagull (Columbia University).

As a playwright, he is a recipient of the first annual Bailiwick playwriting award and David Nord Award for his interview-based play In One Room, which has been performed nationally. Other writing credits include a nonfiction folk musical entitled John Muir Wolf, a punk rock musical about Arthur Rimbaud entitled Burn The End, Between Life and Nowhere (Old Vic, 3-Legged Dog), In The Belly (Player’s Loft), as well as numerous adaptations. He is an Associate Artist of Classic Stage Company, an Old Vic New Voices Fellow, an SDCF Observer, a Princess Grace Nominee and received his MFA in directing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Heather Christian is the daughter of a blues musician and a go-go dancer and is an Obie Award winning composer/performer. She is a recent Sundance Fellow and Ars Nova Uncharted Member with new musical Annie Salem, alongside Rachel Chavkin. Recent composing/performing credits include her own multi-media concerts Animal Wisdom (Set to premiere in 2017) and North (LaMama NYC), the TEAM’s Mission Drift, (National Theater in London) Ripe Time’s The World is Round (BAM NYC), Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse), the entire summer ’16 season at Hudson Valley Shakespeare (“Macbeth”, “As you Like It”, “Measure for Measure”) as well as numerous compositions for plays with music and experimental soundscape operas for dance. Film scores include Man Rots from Head, Eat, Pauline Alone, Woman in Deep, and Gregory Go Boom, which took a 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Her first score for a feature film, “Lemon” premieres at Sundance Film Festival this January. She is a long time musical and perfomative collaborator in devised theater with the TEAM, Jane Comfort Company, Mark Dendy, Mac Wellman, Big Dance Theater, Taylor Mac, and Witness Relocation. She was recently named one of TimeOut NY’s Downtown Innovators To Watch and has been nominated for a Drama League Outstanding Performance Award. She has released 8 records and can be seen all over the world as Heather Christian & the Arbornauts in concert halls and dive bars avant-torching.
Wendy Seyb is an award-winning Director, Choreographer, and Filmmaker. She has choreographed forThe Pee-wee Herman Show (Broadway/HBO), Sting at Carnegie Hall, NBC/Universal Television, and Disney Theatricals. Her Off-Broadway work has earned her significant praise, along with her award-winning short film starring Emmy-winner Peter Scolari.
Meredith is a Brooklyn-based scenic and production designer. Recent theatrical work includes John Muir Wolf (Harper Joy Theater, Whitman College), Bones in The Basket (The Araca Project), Carnival Kids (Lesser Americans), El Topo (New York Theater Workshop Directors Lab),The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go! (Ma-Yi Theater Company, Childrens Theater Company), Hamlet (Yale Repertory Theater)

In addition to her theatrical work, she has a long collaboration with filmmaker and artist Angeline Gragasin, including the films Movie Bizness, and The Animals, and the upcoming feature Luzon. She has also written catalog text for the art collective Faile, and a longform series for The Airship (Black Baloon Publishing).

Meredith is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Yale School of Drama.

Andrew Schneider is an OBIE award-winning, Drama Desk nominated performer, writer, and interactive-electronics artist creating original works for theater, video, and installation since 2003. Performance: YOUARENOWHERE (OBIE Award, Drama Desk Nomination); DANCE/FIELD; TIDAL (R2R 2013); WOW+FLUTTER; Acting Stranger. Video: Small Mouth Sounds; RoosevElvis; The Wooster Group (company member 2007 – 2014).
Design Credits: The Tempest (CSC), Burn The End (The New School), Socrate (The Flea), Spoonriver Anthology (Riverside Theater), Estate (Schapiro Theater), An Adaptation of the Octoroon (P.S. 122), The Skin of Our Teeth (Lee Strasburg). Assoc./Asst. Costume Credits- Broadway: Sunset Boulevard, Cats, School of Rock, Fun Home, Violet, A Christmas Story, Hair. Assoc./Asst- Off Broadway: Dry Powder (The Public), Peer Gynt (CSC), Wild Party, Little Shop of Horrors, A New Brain, Irma la Douce, Violet, Getting My Act Together, The Cradle Will Rock, Merrily We Roll Along, Where’s Charley? (all at NY City Center), The Blue Flower (Second Stage), Rent (New World Stages).
Recent projects: New Sounds Live and Global Beat Festival, Arts Brookfield; Fleur d’ Orange’s IDENTITY; Stellar Whisper, Seoul, South Korea; Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 International Arts Education Week, Paris, France; and, Norton Museum of Art’s High Tea. Resident designer Theatre Three Productions.
Morgan Jenness is a freelance dramaturg who has worked at The Public Theater for over a decade as a manager, director, and associate producer; New York Theater Workshop as an Associate Artistic Director; and Los Angeles Theater Center. She has provided key dramaturgical support on projects including Stacy Klein’s The Grand Parade, currently touring nationally and internationally, Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (2009), and SURRENDER (2007), her MAP Fund supported collaboration with the International WOW company. In 2003, she was presented with an OBIE Award Special Citation for Longtime Support of Playwrights. She has taught as a visiting artist and adjunct faculty at Bread Loaf, Brown University, Columbia University, Fordham University, University of Iowa, and New York University. Her current project is This Distracted Globe, a consulting entity intended to provide dramaturgical input and overall guidance to creative projects that meld the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Maridee Slater comes from a desert embraced by mountains. “Maridee” means of the sea. Of the water, from the desert…explains her thirst. She got herself an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. The past year, she was a Visiting Professor in Colorado. She’s thrilled to return to NYC.
Carl Whipple is a freelance Production Manager and Technical Director based in New York City. Recent: Mourning Becomes Electra (Target Margin) Othello, Hadestown (New York Theater Workshop), Elements of OZ (The Builders Association), YOUARENOWHERE (Andrew Schneider), MoMA (Various), The New Museum (Anri Sala) as well as a variety of shops and venues throughout NYC.

“Anne Hamburger’s performing arts company has put on mind-blowing shows in unusual public spaces for more than 30 years.”

– Time Out NY


CAST & PERFORMERS


JeVon Blackwell

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JeVon Blackwell

JeVon Blackwell is thrilled to be telling the story of Harbored. He is an artist hailing from New York City. Some acting credits include: A Clockwork Orange (NYC), The Golden Smile (NYC/DC), and Faye Drummond (NYC). Film/TV credits: I Am Homicide (2017), Heartlock (2017), Back Home (2015), and Maize and Black (2014). He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued inspiration.

Molly McAdoo

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Molly McAdoo

Molly McAdoo is a Brooklyn based theatre-maker, actor and singer. She has developed work in NYC and around the world from St. Ann's Warehouse, Ars Nova, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Sydney Opera House, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival among others. She's so grateful to be a part of this show and working with her theatremaking soulmate, Jimmy Maize.

Esaú Mora

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Esaú Mora

Esaú Mora is delighted to be working with En Garde Arts! New York Credits: Big Green Theater, (Porto) at The Bushwick Starr. Regional Credits: Wellesley Girl, Wondrous Strange at the Humana Festival of New American Plays; That Thing That Time, Lost Weekend, The Lie Mission at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Utah, Untouched at the Wyoming Theatre Festival. Training: BFA from Southern Oregon University, Acting Apprentice Company at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Renaldy Smith

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Renaldy Smith

Renaldy Smith is a graduate of North Carolina school of the arts. He is an immigrant as well. As a young boy, after his the loss of his mother, his father thought that Americas promise would give Renaldy a better future, like the immigrants who came through Ellis island. Renaldy would like to thank for the love and support of his family and friends and everyone at TKO.

Ayana Workman

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Ayana Workman

New York: Off Broadway: The Public Theatre: Romeo and Juliet. Off-Off Broadway: Masterfool Theatre Company: Macbeth. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company: Romeo and Juliet. International: The Globe Theatre (London): Julius Caesar; SNG Maribor (Maribor, Slovenia): Guernica Continuum; Bunker Stara Elektrarna (Ljubljana, Slovenia): Virtual Truth. Television: Person of Interest. BFA in Acting at Rutgers University.

Luke Zimmerman

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Luke Zimmerman

Off Broadway: Wilderness (En Garde Arts), A,B...Z (The Public Theater), Le Jeté (Soho Rep). Regional: The Little Prince (Hangar Theater), Yo, Vikings! (Hangar Theatre), Oedipus (Hangar Theater), A Christmas Carol (Sacramento Theatre Company), Cinderella (Sacramento Theatre Company), Arranged Marriage (Sacramento Theatre Company). BFA NYU Tisch New Studio On Broadway.

Trinity Church’s Downtown Voices Choir

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Trinity Church’s Downtown Voices Choir

Praised by The New York Times for their “incisive, agile strength,” Downtown Voices is a semiprofessional choir at Trinity Church Wall Street made up of volunteer singers from the New York metro area and members of The GRAMMY®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Directed by Stephen Sands, Downtown Voices have performed the works of Beethoven, Handel, Alberto Ginastera, Benjamin Britten, James MacMillan, Paul Mealor, Zachary Wadsworth, Julian Wachner, Morten Lauridsen and Philip Glass.

Mama Foundation's Wednesday Sings! Choir

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Mama Foundation's Wednesday Sings! Choir

Founded by Vy Higginsen in 1998, the Mama Foundation for the Arts (MFA) has been internationally acclaimed for rebuilding Harlem as an artistic cultural center featuring entertainment and arts education. The Mama Foundation has produced a dozen theater productions, which have been performed on several continents. MFA's best known musical, Mama, I Want To Sing, is the longest running Black Off-Broadway show in American history.

The Ensemble

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The Ensemble

Actors: Victoria Ernst, Thomas Jaeger, Rachael Worthington. Dancers: Marika Abe, Elaine Baez, Summer Gan, Emily Garrison, Kory Geller, Arlene Howell, Rachel Jarvis, Nicholas Johnson, Lucile Jorba Y Campo, Liberty Laferriere, Kelsey Leland, Angela Morgan, Scott Shedenhelm, Tara Lynn Steele, Fiona Tsang, Leanne Velednitsky, Katie Wilson, Emily Wong and Elizabeth Yako

HARBORED Open Rehearsal
June 10th, 10-5pm

Script Reading at 4pm

Free Admission
Andrew Freedman Home
1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx
NY

We are pleased to invite you to a special presentation of HARBORED at the Andrew Freedman Home, made possible by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s “Off-Broadway in the Boros”

Presented as a part of the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education’s South Bronx Culture Trail.

Performance space graciously contributed by WARD Capital Management, LLC HQ & Andrew Freeman Home


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  • MISSION

To produce bold, unconventional, and innovative multimedia and interdisciplinary theatre that marries content with community and inspires dialogue and debate about the salient issues of our time.

  • PROGRAMMING IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY:

Anne Hamburger | Founder

Select Photographs by
Thomas Jaeger

Anne Hamburger | Founder

© 2016 En Garde Arts




© 2016 En Garde Arts