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 Niegel Smith 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.
Youree Jong Choi
Open Studio Hours
Thursday December 17: 7–9 PM
Sunday December 20: 11 AM–6 PM
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 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