NW NEW WORKS FESTIVAL 2018: Showcase 1
Fri, Jun 8 at 8 pm | Sat-Sun, Jun 9-10 at 5 pm
Smitty Buckler: The Most Popular Unpopular
(Performance/Dance | Seattle)
Casting a spell to transmute physical pain and memory into motion to gain a cathartic sense of self and loss of identity.
Smitty Buckler is an amalgamation of grey area politicized identities. They express themselves through the intersections of being an artist, organizer, writer, performer, dancer, coder, researcher, healer, and advocate. They have been creating opportunities for qt/poc spectrum artists since 2005 through the Collective of Geniuses (CoG). CoG is now working to bridge the gap between art as social change and essential healing tools with a project called Rad Care. Enthusiasts of Smitty say among their other qualities, one is phlebotomizing the patriarchy of all its evil blood, replacing it with liquid glitter. This is apparent in their art and the fierceness they bring to intersectional activism.
Photo: Walker Esner
Allie Hankins: Invisible Touch
(Dance/Performance | Portland, OR)
An absurdist and recursive lecture comprised of five shimmies, five tools of manipulation, some surprising sentimentality, and one very charming orator.
Allie Hankins is a Portland-based performer who makes works that toy with the destabilization of persona through uncanny physicality, wry wit, labyrinthine logic, and skillfully layered imagery, all while trying to suppress her contentious eagerness to please. She is an inaugural member of FLOCK: a dance center & creative home to Portland’s experimental dance artists spearheaded by Tahni Holt, and In 2013 she co-founded Physical Education: a critical & casual, reading & researching, drinking & dialoguing, dance & performance body comprised of herself, keyon gaskin, Taka Yamamoto, and Lu Yim. Physical Education hosts open reading groups & lectures, curates performances, and teaches workshops nationally. Most recently, Allie has performed with Julien Prévieux (Paris), Morgan Thorson (Minneapolis), Linda Austin (Portland), and Ruairi Donovan (Ireland). She has been an Artist in Residence at Caldera, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and will be an Artist in Residence at the Wassaic Project in February 2018. Outside of Portland her work has been presented in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Berlin, Austria, Cork, and Tel Aviv.
Photo: Jennifer Crooks
Susan Lieu: 140 Pounds
(Theater | Seattle)
The true story of a daughter’s quest to know her deceased mother and the plastic surgeon who killed her.
Susan Lieu (artist/performer) is a Vietnamese-American stand-up comedienne, improv artist and solo performer. Her comedy experience began in 2012 and includes performing a headlining comedy show at the Purple Onion (San Francisco), comedy set at Carolines on Broadway (New York City) and improv as a cast member of Nightmare Society at Jet City Improv (Seattle). With theatrical performance, she has been in the Vagina Monologues (Harvard University), Lotsa Asian American Fractured Fairytales (SIS Productions, Seattle) and has produced two one-woman shows at the Pocket Theatre and 18th & Union, entitled Dr. X Episode I: How I Avenged My Mother’s Death and Dr. X Episode II, respectively. Her training includes Yale School of Drama, Freehold Theatre, Jet City Improv, and Tony Doupe. Lieu has a BA in Social Studies from Harvard and an MBA from Yale.
Paul Budraitis (director) is a Seattle-based director, actor, writer, and solo performer, as well as a teacher of acting, stage movement, and interdisciplinary art. In Seattle, Paul has worked with On the Boards, Seattle Repertory Theatre, New City Theatre, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Cafe Nordo, Annex Theatre, Balagan Theatre, Whitman College (Walla Walla), and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. His solo performance (IN)STABILITY was commissioned and produced by On the Boards, and his production of David Mamet's Edmond received a Seattle Times "Footlight Award". At Seattle Repertory Theatre, Paul directed the critically-acclaimed world premiere of Elizabeth Heffron's Bo-Nita.
Paul was the recipient of a State Department Fulbright grant to study theatre directing at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy (LMTA) in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he earned his master's degree under the mentorship of visionary theatre director Jonas Vaitkus. In Lithuania, Paul worked with the National Drama Theatre of Lithuania, the State Youth Theatre of Lithuania, the Kaunas State Drama Theatre, and Oskaras Koršunovas/Vilnius City Theatre (OKT). He assisted directors Jonas Vaitkus and Oskaras Koršunovas, and as an actor, he collaborated with acclaimed Finnish director Kristian Smeds on a contemporary re- imagining of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, which was performed in Lithuania, as well as in Vienna (as part of the renowned Vienna Festival). In recent years, Paul created a new adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters, which he directed at Cornish College of the Arts, as well as a site-specific production of Marius von Mayenburg's Fireface, which was staged in a residential home next to the West Seattle Bridge. Most recently, Paul directed the world premiere of Kristen Kosmas' The People's Republic of Valerie at On the Boards, and Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses with New Century Theatre Company.
“Majinn” Mike O’Neal: Your Thoughts, My Reality
(Dance | Tacoma)
An internal dialogue about people’s opinion of who I am versus the multiple truths and realities I live day to day.
Michael O'Neal Jr. (Majinn) is an African-American professional dance artist and teacher who utilizes his training in both street and classical dance styles to find and express his whole self. Majinn believes that to be the best dancer and person he can be he should be versatile and push his own comfort zone. Through dance he has grown to become a dancer and teacher who loves to see his students growth as well as grow with his students. Through his art Majinn hopes to inspire those he can, to follow their dreams and continue to grow in everyday life. Majinn is a part of both Chapter1NE and Beat Hippies dance crews as well as Seattle’s Au Collective. You can find Michael under the moniker Choreomike on youtube and Majinn_Mike on other social media.