2017 Eat Your Heart Out Season

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Theaterlab (Orietta Crispino, Artistic Director; Jolene Noelle, Program Director) announces its fall 2017 season, Eat Your Heart Out, running September through December 2017.

Like food, theater exists in a perpetual cycle of preparation and consumption. For the cook and creator, the practice is permanent, repeatable and cumulative; what we make builds on what we’ve made in the past. But for the consumer and spectator, each event exists only in the fleeting present. All that lingers when the product is gone is the memory of a taste. Each meal and each performance is a discrete event to be ingested, digested and eventually replaced.

Theaterlab’s Fall 2017 season, Eat Your Heart Out, celebrates the ephemeral cycle of performance that echoes itself with each iteration, and feeds the audience something different each time. After all, you cant eat the same apple twice.

Eat Your Heart Out features a variety of premieres and programs, including:

Let Me Cook For You – October 13 – December 10, 2017

Theaterlab’s Artistic Director Orietta Crispino presents her solo series examining a collage of inherited myths and apocryphal histories, melding the intoxicating act of storytelling with the ritual of preparing food. TICKETS

Traumaturgy Productions Presents: Sunset Park, October 27-31, 2017

Company-in-Residence Traumaturgy Productions is dedicated to producing high-quality horror theater. Its latest full-length ghost story, Sunset Park by playwright Matthew Minnicino, arrives just in time for Halloween. TICKETS

Stefanie Nelson dancegroup Presents: A My Name Is…, December 7 -10, 2017

Choreographer Stefanie Nelson presents the New York City premiere of A My Name Is…, a work reflecting on aging and disappearing in relation to memory and movement. Employing a cast of ten dancers and a multidisciplinary team of international collaborators, the work focuses on the phenomenon of gravity (both physical and metaphoric) as well as repetition and disappearance. Nelson builds a gestural vocabulary for the piece the same way one’s language skills develop and disintegrate over time and uses it to reflect upon memory and forgetting, aging and loss. The special advisor for the project is David Shenk, the best-selling author of The Forgetting: Alzheimer’s: Portrait of an Epidemic. Developed in residency in Italy, the work features stop-motion video by Elisa D’Amico (Italy), original music by composers Sahand Rahbar (Iran/Canada) and Jonah Kreitner (US), with set and light design by Solomon Weisbard (US). A My Name Is… has been awarded financial support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Manhattan Community Art grant with additional support from Exorto Danza, the Comune di Agropoli, Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Albumi e Vallo di Diano, BCC Comuni Cilentani, Arte e Danza Arabesque and Dance Italia. TICKETS

Mothers Myths Monsters – October 2017, ongoing

Theaterlab’s ongoing Mothers Myths Monsters series invites carefully selected artists to curate an evening of short slices of performance in its intimate white box Gallery space. The series’ first iteration featured a short nugget of Let Me Cook for You as well as a performative piece by Kat Moore, winner of the 2016 Profane Nonfiction Award.

Gallery Solo Series – September 15 – 16, 2017, ongoing

The popular and ever-expanding Solo Series at Theaterlab continues its mission to challenge artists to craft ambitious explorations of the specific and intimate relationship between individual performer and spectator by providing space for selected artists to develop new work in our Gallery. First up is The Audit, written and performed by Gabrielle Schutz, on September 15 and 16. The Audit explores the personal narratives implied by digital data, taking the intangible records of our technological lives and making it an urgent, public event. TICKETS

Tickets for the Eat Your Heart Out are on sale now. All performances are at Theaterlab (357 West 36th St., 3rd Floor, between 8th and 9th Ave.; Subway: A/C/E or 1/2/3 to 34th St.). For tickets and additional information, visit www.theaterlabnyc.com.