Welcome Failure

Pieces We Never Did

Wednesday, October 5
Segal Theatre

Every theater professional has one—a dream project that was never realized. A big idea that never saw the light of day. Who knows how many great performances have disappeared on the way to the stage—because of bad luck, fear, or logistical impossibilities? Titled in homage to David Critchley’s
famous 1979 video, this session consists of short presentations by PRELUDE 2016 artists, who will tell us about their favorite failed projects—the one that got away but still beckons in the imagination.

Participants: Built for Collapse, The Living Theatre, Tiny Little Band, I AM A BOYS CHOIR, Norman Frisch (The Builders Association), John Collins , and others

Hosted by Antje Oegel and Tom Sellar

  • Built for Collapse
    Photo by Avery McCarthy/ Square-Three.com

    Built for Collapse is an award-winning theater company committed to building multi-disciplinary work that challenges theatrical form. We develop each project through a highly physical process inspired by found texts, visual art, and pop culture to create a live collage of the world and its stories. We have developed works nationally and internationally with The Drama League, BRIC Arts | Media House, Ars Nova, Three Legged Dog, The New Ohio, Prelude, HERE, Dixon Place, Laguardia Performing Arts Center, Theater for the New City, The Red House Center for Culture and Debate, Hangar Theatre, Prague Fringe, Prague Film and Theater Center, Vox Populi in Bulgaria, Ikincikat Theatre in Turkey, Goldex Poldex Gallery in Poland and others. Recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, ART-NY Creative Space Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF Grant, and Prague Fringe ‘Inspiration Award’ for Best New Work. A Rome Fringe International Selection. Artistic Director, Sanaz Ghajar.

    Upcoming: Summer 2017, as part of the Archive Residency program (a collaboration between New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater)


  • The Living Theatre
    Photo courtesy of the artist

    The Living Theatre is celebrating its 70th season, and honoring the passing of its founder Judith Malina with ensemble members, both new and past generations of company members along the way.

    Upcoming: The company will celebrate Judith Malina and Julian Beck at The Segal Theatre
    Center on November 7th. In Bologna, Italy The Living Theatre will honor Judith’s European legacy
    as part of Italian experimental theatre company Motus’ 25th year extravaganza at DAMS, in
    December 2016. The company will continue to develop Judith Malina’s last, unfinished work: Venus
    and Mars.


  • Tiny Little Band
    Photo courtesy of artist

    Tiny Little Band is the New York-based collaboration between Stefanie Abel Horowitz and Jerry Lieblich. Their last piece, Ghost Stories, premiered at Cloud City, May 2015 to rave reviews (4 stars, Critic’s Pick, Time Out New York). It was previously developed at PRELUDE 14 (MESTC), Smith + Tinker (HERE Arts Center), Barn Arts Collective, Gershwin Live at Dixon Place, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation. Past work includes 1927 (Ars Nova, ANT Fest), Rod Serling: Binghamton to Syracuse, and Walt Disney and the Invention of the Human (Fresh Ground Pepper).

    Upcoming: Premiering at the Underground Theater, Abrons Arts Center, running February 9 – 25. Will present an additional segment at Little Theater on December 12.


    Photo by Bryson Rand

    I AM A BOYS CHOIR is an interdisciplinary performance collective currently based in Brooklyn. We construct events that straddle video, installation, sculpture, choreography, music, and performance. We use our work as a site to unpack our experiences by excavating personal relics and public histories and then smashing them against pop culture. With a fair dose of camp, we use clashing contents and materials as access points to hash out contemporary ideas about gender, performance, class, and embodiment. I AM A BOYS CHOIR was founded in 2013 by designer Adam Rigg, choreographer Chris DeVita, and playwright Kate Attwell. Since their debut production at La Mama ETC in August 2014, I AM A BOYS CHOIR’s work has been presented at The Public Theater (Under theRadar), REDCAT (New Original Works Festival), The Knockdown Center (CATCH), The Wassaic Project, Movement Research at The Judson Church, Dixon Place, JACK, and BAM.

    Upcoming: World Premiere Fall 2017


  • Norman Frisch

    Norman Frisch is an independent dramaturg, performance curator, and producer, recently returned to NYC. During the 1970’s, he studied at Yale School of Drama and worked with experimental theater laboratories in Poland, Denmark, and Wales. During the 80’s, he began his longstanding collaboration with director Peter Sellars, and served for a number of years as a dramaturg and administrator for The Wooster Group at The Performing Garage.In the 1990’s, he worked as a curator and producer for several important urban arts festivals, including The Los Angeles Festival, The International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, The Arts Festival of Atlanta, and the London International Festival of Theatre. Most recently, he has served as a project specialist for performance at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where he ran the Getty’s Villa Theater Lab, which commissions new productions of ancient Greek and Roman plays in the context of the musuem’s Antiquities Department.

  • John Collins

    John Collins founded Elevator Repair Service in 1991. Since then, he has directed or co-directed all of the company’s productions. John is the recipient of a 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and Performance Art and a 2011 United States Artists Donnelley Fellowship. John received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director and the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for ERS’s production of Gatz.  Other notable ERS projects include The Sound and the Fury, Arguendo, The Select (The Sun Also Rises) and Fondly, Collette Richland (a new play by Sibyl Kempson). His writing about theater and sound design can be found in the books Theatre Noise: The Sound of Performance (Cambridge Scholars, 2011) and Encountering Ensemble (Methuen Drama, 2013).