We’d sooooo been enjoying all the magic Theater in Quarantine (aka our friends Joshua William Gelb and KatieRose McLaughlin) had been making in a closet in the East Village (aka “the shoestring East Village company that since April 2020 has been producing marvelous live work from the 4-by-8-foot box in which Joshua William Gelb used to store his winter coats” — Jesse Green, NYTimes) … we were nothing short of ecstatic when they invited us to partner with them on a project which we’d commission.
Assignment in hand, we headed straight to current NG Audrey Resident Julia Izumi, thinking her delightfully particular theatrical mind might just do the trick …
AND SO! On Thursday April 29, at 7 and 9pm, on TiQ’s YouTube page,
we welcome you to encounter
ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS
COMMODORE MATTHEW PERRY
COULD HAVE DIED BEFORE OPENING JAPAN
a new play by Julia Izumi
co-directed by KatieRose McLaughlin and Joshua William Gelb
primarily performed by Joshua William Gelb
with animation by Caroline Voagen Nelson
co-produced by New Georges and Theater in Quarantine
Join us as we investigate the many assorted ways Commodore Matthew Perry might potentially have passed from this life before famously opening Japan’s borders to trade with the Western world in 1854. Will we all be lost at sea by the end, as he never was? Tune in to find out!
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JULIA IZUMI is a writer and performer who makes plays, musicals, and other theatrical nonsense. Her work has been developed and presented at Manhattan Theatre Club, Clubbed Thumb, Bushwick Starr, WP Theater, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Barn Arts Collective, NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, BMI’s Librettists Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayLab, Williamstown Theatre Festival, CAATA’s National Asian-American Theatre ConFest, Pork Filled Productions and San Francisco Playhouse. Honors for her work include O’Neill Theater Center’s NPC Finalist, Kilroys List Honorable Mention and Theater Masters’ Take Ten. She has received KCACTF’s Darrell Ayers Playwriting Award, NY Society Library’s Emerging Women’s Artist Grant and a Puffin Artists’ Grant. She is a 2020/2021 New Georges Audrey Resident, an upcoming New Dramatists resident, and member of the COOP’s Clusterf**k. MFA: Brown University. www.juliaizumi.com
THEATER IN QUARANTINE is a performance laboratory dedicated to the exploration of the live theatrical experience in the digital space. Developed in response to the pandemic by Founder/Co-Creative Director Joshua William Gelb and Co-Creative Director Katie Rose McLaughlin, TiQ has created and live streamed over 25 new, original works of performance. TiQ has worked with an array of remote collaborators (including Raja Feather Kelly, Heather Christian, Karen Olivo, and Underground Railroad Game’s Scott R. Sheppard); and partnered with The Invisible Dog, LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club, CultureHub and Theater Mitu. In their first year, TiQ has been established as one of the most consistent makers of digital performance, having been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vulture, on NPR’s All Things Considered; and reached audiences across the globe. Their work has been called “Virtuosic” by Jesse Green in the New York Times, who wrote, “The closet has produced some of the new medium’s most imaginative work.” Helen Shaw in Vulture wrote that the closet “makes confinement a virtue, a prompt to imagination.” TiQ’s full archive can be found and streamed anytime on their YouTube channel at youtube.com/theaterinquarantine.
MORE INFO & COLLABORATORS TO COME!