WEEK TEN ARTISTS
Directed and devised by Ashleigh Bragg
Conceived, devised, and performed by Natalie Stringer
Sunday October 15th @ Noon & 1:30PM
GUNPOWDER is a devised work-in-progress based on the lives of pioneering burlesque and vaudeville stars Lydia Thompson, Lillian Russell, and Kitty “Klondike Kate” Rockwell. Thrilling, savvy, and full of grit, these women took the young nation by storm and commanded respect, power, and autonomy in a time when the women's vote was illegal and showing a leg risked physical and moral attack. Using everything burlesque had to offer, including wit, parody, song, dance, spectacle, cross-dressing, risque costumes, and sharp political satire, these early celebrities defined their own freedom when everything was designed to break or control them...but at a price.ere to edit.
Ashleigh Estelle Bragg attended the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, in Santa Maria, California in 2006. She graduated in 2011 from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a Bachelors of Science degree in Theatre Performance. She also interned with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, for two seasons in 2010-2011. She is currently the apprentice for the College/Adult Program with the CUNY Creative Arts Team and is in her second year of graduate school at CUNY School of Professional Studies for an MA in Applied Theatre.
Natalie Stringer is an actor, singer, teaching artist, and arts administrator from Portland, OR. Currently enrolled in the Masters of Arts, Applied Theatre program at City University of New York, her work centers around the practice of drama in non-traditional settings. She’s had the joy of performing with theatres, ensembles, and musicians all over the world, including Stichting: The English Theater, the Theatre of the Oppressed group Formaat Werkplaats voor Participatief Drama, and most colorfully, Danny California’s All Star Blues Band in Bangkok. Natalie received a B.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in Drama with Honors from Seattle University, produced convenings with Theatre Communications Group, trained with Third Rail Repertory Company, the NHS Institute at Northwestern University, and Interlochen Arts, and is an Equity Membership Candidate. She works throughout the five boroughs as a teaching assistant with Marquis Studios, and as the Communications and Program Assistant with Global Arts Corps. www.nataliestringer.com.
An Exploration on Stroke Survival
Written and Performed by Nilsa Reyna
Directed by Bryn Packard
Saturday October 14th @ Noon
Sunday October 15th @ 3:30PM
Managing her chaotic family, narcissistic boss and estranged husband, a weary medical administrative assistant/actress suffers a stroke and must learn to care for herself.
Another Planet in Space aims to explore and expand upon women led worlds as the norm, portray healthy and safe environments, reflect diverse and inclusive realities, question ideas and introduce solutions
Nilsa Reyna (Playwright/Performer) South Texas and Chicago transplant, founded and served as Chicago Fusion Theatre’s Artistic Director from 2007-2012. As a writer/actor she’s had staged readings of: Legends of Texas (Lone Star Theatre); Stroke Vagina (Lone Star Theatre, Monarch Theater). She’s also had staged readings of short plays: Here Everything’s Better (Lone Star Theatre); Stay Woke, Stay Dope, Service Animal (New York Madness) and has presented work at: The PlayGround Experiment, SMS InViolet Theater and INTAR Salon. New York acting credits: Staged reading of The Lady from Havana (INTAR); Fully staged works: Indifference (Midtown International Theatre Fest); Zapata! Tiger of Morelos (Moosehall Theatre/Inwood Shakespeare Festival. She was also a writer/actor for the web series: #goinghomeless.
Bryn Packard (Director/Dramaturg) Since moving from Chicago to NYC in 2013 Bryn has appeared in From A to DD, Baby Hubris, Storage Locker for IATI Theater, Lisa and Her Things for Sans Comedia, Erik: A Play About A Puppet for Rising Sun Performance Company and a reading of i put the fear of méxico in 'em for Teatro Stage Fest at La MaMa. He will be appearing in the upcoming web-series #goinghomeless, and appeared in the short film Guidance which is currently making the festival circuit. He also does voiceover and has begun playing with virtual reality and 360 video.