1. In 1973, the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.
2. Working the patriarchal system.
3. I am a huge fan of the two previous plays that I've seen. YJL is one of the smartest, most direct playwrights I've ever encountered. The fact that she makes work about her biggest nightmares speaks to her intellectual chops as well as her fearless self-awareness. I was very excited to see this latest work.
1. Young Jean Lee is . . . a total badass. She has been named one of the 25 people who will shape American theater in the next 25 years by American Theater magazine and "one of the best experimental playwrights in America" by David Cote in Time Out New York. Lee has also been awarded a place amongst the inaugural class of Dorris Duke Performing Artists (amongst the likes of Richard Maxwell, Ralph Lemon, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Liz LeCompte (The Wooster Group)) and was the recipient of the 2011 Spaulding Gray Award. She is really good at her job.
BAM will be showing The Shipment and Alaska as part of their Performance in HD series. If you are in NYC next Monday be sure to check out BAM Cinema's screening of OntheBoard.tv's film The Shipment as part of their Performance in HD series.
Check out OntheBoards.tv performances on the big screen at BAM Cinemas this fall! BAM one of the premiere contemporary performing arts centers in the United States. They will be showing THE SHIPMENT and Alaska as part of their Performance in HD series.
...to be a part of the 2010 Vivid LIVE festival. Curated by different artists each year, the Sydney Opera House's festival is a mix of contemporary music, theater and visual arts. Congrats to THE SHIPMENTcrew for being chosen to participate in this edition!
Time Out New York just released their editor and critic's picks for the best (and worst) theater of 2009. THE SHIPMENT, by Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, made the list of David Cote (editor). Congrats to the company for this nod!
I first saw Young Jean Lee's Theater Company's Songs of the Dragon Flying to Heaven at On the Boards a couple seasons ago and I saw THE SHIPMENT on opening night last Thursday. It's almost impossible to not compare the two pieces I viewed; both works are "ethnic identity plays". Both were disorienting pieces that constantly had me shifting the way I was looking at the work, re-organizing what was going on onstage, settling into the uncomfortable atmosphere, and anticipating what was going to happen next. Both take bold, unflinching risks. In short, watching YJL's work is an exhilarating and engaging experience. This work is fluid, provocative, experimental, and the fearless kind of theater that everyone needs to see. An awesome way to kick off this season at OtB!