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X-ID REP Open Studio Rehearsals with Director JJ Lind

November 2–7, 2015

November 2–7, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director JJ Lind

Presented as part of X-ID REP, an open studio research project organized in conjunction with the New Museum’s Fall 2015 R&D Season: PERSONA.

During open studio hours for X-ID REP, visitors are invited to observe a resident company of actors, playwrights, and directors as they develop material that highlights a spectrum of approaches to the collaborative production of representations of intercultural cross-play in theatrical contexts. This week’s open studio sessions will be led by director JJ Lind and will feature rehearsal-based explorations of new texts by Kirk Wood Bromley, Jackie Sibblies Drury, MJ Kaufman, and Aya Ogawa, with a group of actors who were cast during auditions held as a public event earlier this fall.

Becca Blackwell
Drae Campbell
Youree Jong Choi
Mikeah Jennings
Gregg Mozgala
Alexandra Tatarsky
Saori Tsukada
Amelia Workman

Director’s Note
“I have chosen as a title and a proposition for our week of work together: We are on display in the theater (beginning at two p.m.). For a week, our company will assemble at regular hours in the theater of the New Museum. We will prepare for you a thing. At all points, you may observe us in preparation of this thing. At the end of our work together, we will present to you this thing that we have made.” —JJ Lind

Open Studio Hours*
Wednesday November 4: 2–6 PM
Thursday November 5: 2–9 PM
Friday November 6: 2–6 PM
Saturday November 7: 12–3 PM

*Please note: The company may choose to take a break (of any length) at any point during Open Studio Hours. Visitors may be asked to exit the theater during this time.

Working within a pop-up repertory theater model, X-ID REP is a research-driven enterprise designed to examine the shifting ethical boundaries surrounding intercultural cross-play on contemporary American stages. The project brings together a group of directors and playwrights recognized for their diverse approaches to staging across various identifications of class, race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability, among others, to collaborate with a resident company of actors chosen by them for this project. Their research will unfold in a studio environment open to the public at set times and will culminate in a performance presentation of their findings. Operating from various positions of agency and privilege, the members of X-ID REP will collectively examine the constructs of staging intercultural cross-identifications while directing our attention to the social conditions from which these constructs emerge and persist, perniciously or otherwise.

Schedule of Events
September 20, 2015: Company Auditions
October 26–31, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director Kareem Fahmy
November 2–7, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director JJ Lind
November 16–21, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director Lileana Blain-Cruz
December 16–21, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director Niegel Smith
January 8–9, 2016: Performance Presentation


Artist residencies and commissions are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artists Commissions Fund and by Laurie Wolfert.

Education and Public Engagement programs are made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation. Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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