11pm–1am / Oct 5 / Segal Theatre

Circle Jerk

Michael + Patrick

Present Shame and Further Woe

Target Margin Theater / Moe Yousuf

where love lives fallow

nicHi douglas

Photos by Walls Trimble, Maria Baranova, Whitney Browne Photography
Works-in-Process are excerpts from new work, in development or recently premiered.


Circle Jerk

Hello. And please don’t judge me, I look haggard right now…No one ever really ask, are the paparazzi pictures fake and do the paparazzi people do stuff to the pictures and is the news really real? It’s a conspiracy theory that I’m actually interested in. Yesterday, I went swimming. I look like I’m forty pounds bigger than I am today. This is how I am right now and I’m skinny as a needle. You tell me. What is real?
—B.J.S., 2019

Michael + Patrick make plays and videos about their mutual obsessions. Their work mixes original text with material drawn from modern drama, reality television, method acting, technology, and dance. Underlying the duo’s work is an investigation into theatrical form and its relationship to the other media that dominate our lives: Instagram, TikTok, 24-hour news, and Hollywood movies. Their work has been seen at New York Theatre Workshop Next Door (This American Wife), Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, and the Exponential Festival (A Doll’s House, Part 3). They are currently in residence with Ars Nova’s Makers Lab with their collaborators Ariel Sibert and Catherine María Rodríguez.

Upcoming: Ars Nova’s Makers Lab showings in November and February. Check our website for more details!


Insta: @mischabreslin, @ptrckfly

Target Margin Theater / Moe Yousuf

Present Shame and Further Woe is a fantasia in b-flat for the bagpipes. It is an exploration of South Asian anglophilian nostalgia for the former British Empire, its traditions and subcultures—most notably those concerning William Shakespeare, (see also: Romeo and Juliet, Muhammad Ali Jinnah)—and other offenses like the English spelling of theatre rather than theater. Revive, look up, and bear this work of heaven with patience.

Composer: Brian Lawlor
Lights: Reza Behjat
Set: You-Shin Chen

Moe Yousuf is a Pakistani-American theatremaker and associate artistic director of Target Margin Theater. Recent works include News of the Strange(2019) and Yogibogeybox (2018). He’s presented work at Abrons Arts Center, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, and more.

Target Margin is an OBIE Award-winning company that strives to expand the possibilities of what can take place in a theatre. “Difference” is the generative principle that drives our innovative productions of classics, opera, literature, and new work inspired by historical sources.

Upcoming: Present Shame and Further Woe will premiere in Spring 2020 at Target Margin’s The Doxsee Theater in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.


Insta: @targetmargin

where love lies fallow

the concept of love has always been elusive. this is especially true for four Black women hanging out one evening. as wine lubricates the mind, and personal histories uncover difficult truths, we see the many sides—both beautiful and hideous—of love. utilizing tenets of West African spiritualities, and the House dance scene, this play is also an expressive dance concert. and also, it’s still very much a play.

where love lies fallow was commissioned by The Shed Open Call 2019

nicHi douglas is a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, director, playwright, and activist. She chooses to spell her name “nicHi douglas” and requests that you honor that. She is the Head of Movement and teaches a Performance Seminar at NYU/Tisch – Playwrights Horizons Theater School studio. She has developed original work at Denver Center, Berkeley Rep/The Ground Floor, and Ars Nova. She will be a resident artist at The New Victory Theater in their LabWorks program 2019/20. Her play (pray), which is being co-composed by Starry Busby & Jerome Ellis, has been commissioned by Ars Nova. Recent stage credits: A Time Like This: Music for Change (Carnegie Hall, stage director), Runaways (City Center/Encores! Off-Center and The Delacorte/Public Theater, associate director and associate choreographer), Girl From the North Country (The Public Theater, associate choreographer), Last Stop on Market Street (Atlantic Theater Company, choreographer).

Upcoming: (pray) by nicHi douglas, co-composed by Starr Busby & Jerome Ellis, is commissioned by Ars Nova—premieres SOON.

Insta: @mynameisnichi

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