Jessica Ranville, John Hurley, Haruna Lee & Paul Lieber
Traveler (working title)
IN RESIDENCE: September 2-28, 2020
IRT IS BACK!!! We are excited to announce our first development of the season.
Jessica Ranville and John Robert Hurley, along with collaborators Haruna Lee and Paul Lieber, invite you to engage with a 5 minute prototype of their new devised work TRAVELER. Join the team on a trip through space and genetics as we ponder the meaning of life’s smallest movements and the future of theater artists and their audiences. The 5 minute live online performance will be followed by a short Q&A with the artists. They will discuss devising a story connecting future space explorers and past heroines like Ada Blackjack—as well as creating new methodology for theatrical arts in the digital space.
Names of the artists, designers and production team
Jessica Ranville, John Hurley, Haruna Lee, Paul Lieber
Featuring voiceover by Haruna Lee, Paul Lieber and Jacob Sebastian Phillips.
Special thanks to Andreas Damm.
Presenting:September 30th 7pm Streaming live
Price:Free to the public
Reserve a seat on our ticketing site and a link to the show will be sent an hour before we air live.
About the Development:
In her residency at IRT, performer Jessica Ranville, along with director John Robert Hurley and multi-disciplinary artists Haruna Lee and Paul Lieber, will ask how the connection between theatre artist and audience can be deepened in a time of social distancing. Through solo work in the space, rooftop writers meetings, and ‘virtual’ scenework, the group will build the world of a lonely space traveler zooming through the cosmos, making sense of their solitude and attempting to build something to honor those that came before. Streaming from the IRT theatre, Ranville will interact with performers projected onto the stage in this ‘solo-ish’ space drama about solitude, connection and creating your own legacy.
Jessica Ranville (she/they) is a theater artist based in NYC. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, she is part of the Métis Nation of Manitoba. They focus on developing new works (The Lark, NY Stage & Film, WP Theater) and plays with music and folk musicals (Stupid F*cking Bird at The Pearle Theatre, Charles Mee’s Soot and Spit at the New Ohio Theater). Regionally, Jessica most recently played William Dunn in Men On Boats at Baltimore Center Stage. Past work at IRT theater includes residences with Our Voices and Blessed Unrest. MFA: The New School for Drama; jessicaranville.com; @jessicaranville
John Robert Hurley is a Brooklyn based film and theatre artist. John is excited to take a break from the commercial world to ponder the traditions and the future of theater in all that is 2020.
Haruna Lee (they/them) is an Obie award-winning Taiwanese/Japanese/American theater maker, educator, facilitator and community steward whose work is rooted in a liberation-based healing practice. They are committed to promoting arts activism and emergent strategies for the theater through ethical and process-based collaborations that challenge systems and legacies of power, while inviting the fullness of marginalized bodies and the complexity of lived experiences to this practice. Their play Suicide Forest (Bushwick Starr & Ma-Yi Theater Company) is published by 53rd State Press. Lee is a Mohr Visiting Artist Fellow at Stanford University, a recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, The Map Fund grant, Lotos Foundation Prize for Directing, a New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship, and has received support from the Mental Insight Foundation, FCA, NYSCA, and the NEA. They were a member of the 2019 artEquity cohort, and is the lead facilitator for the Women-Trans-Femme-Non Binary Asian Diasporic Performance Makers Potluck. harunalee.com
Paul Lieber is a Projection Designer, Filmmaker, Songwriter, and Performer. His design work has been seen at the Carnegie Hall,Yale Repertory Theater, Yale Opera, BAM, El Museo del Barrio, MaYi Theater Company and with the Elisa Monte and the Martha Graham Dance Companies. He is co-founder of the songwriting collective Strange Motel and holds an MFA in Projection Design from the Yale School of Drama.
IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.