Hotel New Work


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HOTEL NEW WORK  Open Studio for Live Arts

Hotel New Work is a curated series providing artists and audiences with time and space to take a detailed look at the theater-making process in an open studio setting. The program provides short-term, fully-invested support to companies in the midst of creating ambitious new work. HNW serves as an artistic respite, where new works are given space to breathe, grow, and engage with outside eyes at an early stage. It is a place where artists of various disciplines can unpack their bags, display their ideas, and share the room keys with engaged spectators. 


Coming Up Next 

DODO : Trenches

Hotel New Work 2017  I  Open Studio for Live Arts
Friday, April 14, 2017, 7:00 PM
Reservations are free – $10 suggested cash donation at door

Email with your name and number of tickets to reserve your space now!

After a successful run of The Last Class: A Jazzercise Play at Theaterlab last year, Hotel New Work welcomes DODO as they begin crafting their latest work.


Devised by DODO and written by Joshua Conkel, Trenches is an experimental comedy that explores the nature of grief and how it is exploited by those seeking power. It is a gonzo gothic period piece. A pastiche that plays with the hilarious, painstaking mourning practices of the Victorian era, mixed with the spiritualist movement, young women’s diary entries, and the music of Purcell. The play is also written to be performed by practical lights and with live foley art, which gives it the air of an off-kilter ghost story.




About DODO:


DODO was founded in 2015 by a small group of artists who love and trust one another.

We used to run a theater company that we inherited. It was successful and we liked it. But it was never really ours, so… we’re starting over from scratch. For now, our mission statement is simple: we do projects that interest us. We build funny/sad/hi-brow/lo-brow theater events in the spirit of trying new things, supporting one another, and trusting in an artist’s potential to evolve.

Currently, DODO is exploring extreme intimacy, practical lighting and sound design, ritual as performance, and the thin line between funny and sad.

Recent events in the Hotel New Work series:

Liza 2 flipped


April 2016
Open Studio April 16 | 2pm-10pm

Artist Statement – “Following the market crash of 2008 I began several collage series using receipts and windowed envelopes as the establishing groundwork to extract poetry from discard, ‘Reciprocal City,’ ‘Sunshinelaw’, and the ongoing series ‘Reciprocity.” The next phase of this inquiry, entitled ‘Woman Receipt’, narrows the focus to women’s place in the market, as consumer, commodity, as gift. Marx’s shocking oversight of women as key component in providing and maintaining our work force, in the institution of marriage, in motherhood, and women as caregiver. I am honored to begin this journey in residence this spring at Theaterlab, to accomplish further research and to begin the first physical collage forms of this series.





Theaterlab presented

HOTEL NEW WORK 2015  Open Studio for Live Arts

February 22, 2015
at 2:00 PM
Reservations were free.

Take a glimpse at new works-in-progress by two exciting and innovative theatre companies:

Loading Dock and This is Not A Theatre Company

Hotel New Work allows two companies the chance to open the doors of their rehearsals and invite spectators into the creative process. Theaterlab provides these companies with one week “mini-residencies” to develop a work early in its conception. During the first six days of the residency, the companies receive rehearsal space in Theaterlab’s beautiful white box studios in Midtown Manhattan. On Sunday, Theaterlab will open its doors and guide audiences through the space to view two iterations of both works in progress. Spectators are encouraged to engage in creative conversations, focusing on exploring possibilities for the work’s future. Hotel New Work culminates with a reception and continued creative dialogue.

Loading Dock presents The Trojans, a retelling of the Trojan War through the lens of an 80s high school movie. The play utilizes original retro synthesizer music and video game footage to convey a world seeped in football, cars, monsters, love and violence

This is Not A Theatre Company presents Readymade Cabaret. Readymade Cabaret uses Ducamp’s notions of chance and readymades to celebrate the beauty of chance encounters. The scenes that are performed, and the order in which they are performed, depend on the roll of the dice; so in any given performance, the audience sees 1 of 39,916,800 possible plays.


Hotel New Work: Open Studio for Live Arts first opened its doors in February 2014. Curated by Melissa Riker and Jeremy Williams, “Revealing Dances” featured the work of Kinesis Project (Secrets and Seawalls) and Convergence Theater Collective (Babel).







Babel (Convergences Theater Collective)







Secrets and Seawalls (Kinesis Project)

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