WEEKEND 2 STUDIO LINE UP | NW New Works Festival May 27, 2014

by Monique

Helena Theatre Company | Deserving Art
A Montana performance artist gathers renegade NEA staff to stage a guerilla theater action at a grant panel in Washington DC. Intending to protest the conservative standards of the NEA, he is continually thwarted by his nephew, a Bush administration NEA appointee with directly opposing views. Uncle and nephew begin a duel of competing ideas of what art funding should be and who it should serve. Written by Ed Noonan, a Helena MT playwright who has worked extensively with the in-house theater at the Myrna Loy Center. Noonan has over a decade of experience serving on national arts granting panels.

Feyonce | Wayne Bund | Sass Manifesto
Drag performance artist and scholar Wayne Bund presents a high energy tour-de-force of pop culture, radical feminism, and queer theory. Part Tina Turner Proud Mary, part Judith ButlerGender Trouble, the drag persona Feyonce tackles self-doubt, optimism, and feminist lineage, questioning the very nature of the creative process and originality. Wayne Bund holds an MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art, an MS in Teaching from Pace University, and a BA in Theater from University of Oregon. Bund worked as a kindergarten teacher for two years through Teach For America and as a PE teacher at Oregon Episcopal School.

Erin Pike | Thatswhatshesaid
Solo performer Erin Pike works with local playwright Courtney Meaker and director Katherine Karaus to create a one-person performance using only female dialogue from the most-produced plays in America. That'swhatshesaid is a brutal theatrical exercise in isolation. When a female character is left alone with no male protagonists to support, her behaviors gain both chaos and clarity, resulting in a concentrated dose of the modern theater's intended role for women. Pike is a local artist known for her work at Annex Theatre, SPF- Solo Performance Festival, and NEPO 5k, among others.

Amy O’Neal | Something light, for the sake of the dark
Choreographer/hip hop dancer O’Neal is dancing out the darkness that came from her past work and reconnecting with why she dances in the first place and the environment where that realization occurred, the club.  "Something light, for the sake of the dark" strives to create a completely mesmerizing, trance inducing state that you can't look away from, provoking different emotional states and moods, like a good album. Amy O'Neal is a dancer, performer, choreographer, and dance educator based in Seattle WA. For fifteen years, she has taught and performed throughout the US, Japan and Mexico and choreographed for stage, commercials, rock shows, galleries, dance films and music videos.