Studio Visit

12–2am / Oct 5 / Elebash Hall

A Moment on the Clock of the World

The Foundry Theatre

critical response

Bertie Ferdman

Book Cover Design by Benjamin English

A Moment on the Clock of the World

The Foundry Theatre offers a sneak peek of its final production, a book titled A Moment on the Clock of the World. As the Foundry closes its doors after 25 years of groundbreaking theatre and radical politics, this book collects the inquiry that the company explored which led to this moment and beyond. Actors and community organizers who worked with the Foundry will read selections from the book, whose contributors include Cornel West, Taylor Mac, Alisa Solomon, David Greenspan, and company founder, Melanie Joseph, among others whose own inquiries intersected with the Foundry over the years. In the tradition of most Foundry Theatre events, A Moment on the Clock of the World is an invitation to consider what it means to make the world, together.

Over the past 25 years, the Foundry Theatre raised provocative and timely questions with groundbreaking theatrical productions, public dialogues, and deep community engagements, inviting as many people as possible to consider what it means to be citizens of a world that we ourselves create. The Foundry’s radical, intersectional practice brought together artists and stakeholders from other communities to unpack and reimagine issues of contemporary social and political resonance. The company was itself an experiment in the ongoing creation of an arts organization in conversation with its time and place. The New York Times described the Foundry as a “mainstay of the downtown theatre scene,” and said that it was “responsible for some of the most artistically ambitious work seen in New York.”

Upcoming: A Moment on the Clock of the World, published by Haymarket Books, is available to order online at IndieBound, Powell’s, and other online retailers.

A Moment on the Clock of the World will be available for purchase from Greenlight Bookstore before, during, and after the event in the lobby of the Elebash Recital Hall.


Critical Respondent

Bertie Ferdman is a contemporary performance scholar whose publications include Off Sites: Contemporary Performance beyond Site-Specific (SIU Press, 2018) and Critical Companion to Performance Art, co-edited with Jovana Stokic (Bloomsbury Press, 2020). Her essays have appeared in Theater, TDR, PAJ, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Performance Research, TCG, and HowlRound. Bertie is associate professor at BMCC, City University of New York and is currently guest teaching a course on Performance History at Columbia’s School of the Arts. Forthcoming book: Curating Dramaturgies (co-edited with Peter Eckersall; Routledge)


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