“THEATRE FOR ONE: HERE IS FUTURE” RETURNS TO IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES AT BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES’ MANHATTAN WEST PLAZA BEGINNING AUGUST 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
“THEATRE FOR ONE: HERE IS FUTURE”
RETURNS TO IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES
AT BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES’ MANHATTAN WEST PLAZA
WITH A ONE-ON-ONE THEATER EXPERIENCE
BEGINNING AUGUST 5
“HERE IS FUTURE” FEATURES SIX ORIGINAL MICROPLAYS BY
JACLYN BACKHAUS, LYDIA R. DIAMOND, STACEY ROSE, DELANNA STUDI, REGINA TAYLOR AND korde arrington tuttle
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT PRODUCED BY
COMMISSIONED BY ARTS BROOKFIELD
New York, NY (July 28, 2021) – Performances of Theatre for One, the sensational and intimate theatrical experience that brings together one actor and one audience member will be presented by Arts Brookfield at New York City’s newest dynamic destination for food, culture, retail, and hospitality Manhattan West, located at 9th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Street. After the success with Here We Are, a digital presentation as part of Brookfield Place’s online programming during the pandemic, Theatre for One returns to a fully LIVE production with a series of six newly commissioned micro-plays at Brookfield Properties’ newest location on Manhattan’s west side. The limited engagement of HERE IS FUTURE is produced by Octopus Theatricals, will play August 5-22, and as always, is open to the public and free. Visit ManhattanWestNYC.com to reserve tickets every Monday at 10am for the performances that week. Walk-in slots will be available if space allows.
The plays in Theatre for One: HERE IS FUTURE are premieres by Jaclyn Backhaus, Lydia R. Diamond, Stacey Rose, DeLanna Studi, Regina Taylor and korde arrington tuttle. The plays are directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene, Rebecca Martínez, Regina Taylor and SRĐA. Please find biographies and headshots here.
The creative team is led by Christine Jones (creator and artistic director) and SRĐA (Resident Director). Theatre for One is produced by Octopus Theatricals (Mara Isaacs, Executive/Creative Producer) and originally produced by True Love Productions. Bryan Hunt is associate producer/production coordinator. The design team includes Hahnji Jang (costumes) and Josh Higgason (lights and sound). Jenny Koons (co-artistic director for Here We Are) is an advisor to the project.
Theatre for One asks What do we bring forward? What do we build anew?
The future doesn’t come from nowhere. It gets made now, here, with you— one actor, one audience member at a time.
What do we bring forward? At the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, our computers became our prosceniums and Arts Brookfield commissioned Theatre for One’s first online presentation. Here We Are amplified the voices of eight writers grappling with their heightened disconnection and national reckoning with their original micro-plays performed live to an audience of one at a time. Now, one year later, we look to playwrights to frame our future as we re-engage face to face, person to person, present to make future.
What do we build anew? For Theatre for One, that means access in every sense. Performances are free and open to the public. The new booth makes Theatre for One, Theatre for all, (one person at a time). It is ADA accessible and features a new, advanced air circulation system. Performances will include adaptations for visually and hearing impaired audience members.
Arts Brookfield and Theatre for One will continue to implement health, safety and COVID-19 protocols in compliance with state and local government. The content of HERE IS FUTURE microplays range from a rating of PG to R, based on language.
Previously presented at other Brookfield Properties locations including Grace Plaza, Zuccotti Park and Brookfield Place, Theatre for One is the mobile state-of-the-art performance space for one actor and one audience member. Conceived by Christine Jones and designed by LOT-EK architects, Theatre for One commissions new work created specifically for this venue’s one-to-one relationship. Theatre for One is presented in public spaces in which audience members are invited to engage in an intimate theatrical exchange. Actor and audience member encounter each other as strangers and, through the course of the performance, discover how the divisions and distinctions that separate us can dissolve.
ABOUT MANHATTAN WEST
Opening September 2021, Manhattan West is New York City’s newest dynamic destination for food, culture, retail, hospitality and the modern workplace by Brookfield Properties. Spanning eight acres, Manhattan West is located in the center of Manhattan’s new west side, steps away from Moynihan Hall, Madison Square Garden and The High Line, with seamless access to the theater district, entertainment district, Chelsea art galleries, Meatpacking District and more. Home to diverse world-class office space, Pendry Manhattan West Hotel, luxury residences at The Eugene, experiential retail amenities, interactive installation Citrovia, and unparalleled culinary concepts surrounding a landscaped, two-acre public plaza enlivened with immersive art and entertainment programming by Arts Brookfield, Manhattan West incorporates the best of Brookfield’s global placemaking portfolio to create a new district that has something for everyone.
ABOUT ARTS BROOKFIELD
Arts Brookfield supports innovation in music, dance, theater, film, and visual art by pushing boundaries to create unique works of art and cultural experiences presented for free. Thriving for over three decades, the program gathers communities around creativity by animating Brookfield Properties’ public spaces.
ABOUT OCTOPUS THEATRICALS
Founded by creative producer Mara Isaacs, Octopus Theatricals collaborates with artists and organizations to foster an expansive range of compelling theatrical works for local and global audiences. We eschew boundaries – aesthetic, geopolitical, institutional – and thrive on a nimble and rigorous practice. Current projects: Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell (Broadway, eight Tony Awards including Best Musical; Grammy Award, Best Musical Theater Album); Iphigenia, a new opera by Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding; Dreaming Zenzile by Somi Kakoma; An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare (Obie Award); And So We Walked by DeLanna Studi; Bill Irwin’s On Beckett; Activist Songbook by Aaron Jafferis and Byron Au Yong; Social! Dance Club conceived by Steven Hoggett & Christine Jones with David Byrne; Annie Saunders’ Current and Theatre for One. We are also proud to work with Fiasco Theatre, Phantom Limb Company, Lola Arias, Song of the Goat Theatre, and many more. www.octopustheatricals.com.
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