The fourth production of the 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. will be staged in 2017, at New York Live Arts and Abrons Arts Center, jointly. It is a two-pronged project, consisting of an experimental play with songs entitled THE SECURELY CONFERRED, VOUCHSAFED KEEPSAKES OF MAERY S., and a series of performance rituals called SASQUATCH RITUALS. Both are written and directed by Sibyl Kempson. The play will premiere in Fall 2017 at New York Live Arts and the RITUALS will take place from Fall 2016 starting at Mt. Tremper Arts in Ulster County to Winter 2017 in non-traditional spaces at Abrons, as well as at the Whitney Museum, Gibney Dance, and at other site-specific locations outside of NYC, for large and small audiences. The two pieces are co-created – two different manifestations of the same project.
THE SECURELY CONFERRED, VOUCHSAFED KEEPSAKES OF MAERY S. combines literary and dramatic narrative with eye-witness accounts of Sasquatch encounters from the internet. It spans several time periods and geographies.
Songs by Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds, after Johannes Brahms and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, with lyrics by Kempson, under the musical direction of the legendary Chris Giarmo, who will also perform. Alexandra Dewez will design set and costumes, Eva von Schweinitz will design video.
MAERY S. was originally created by ‘frankensteining’ together the excesses of writing and research from Kempson’s recent collaborations FONDLY, COLLETTE RICHLAND (with Elevator Repair Service) with that of FROM THE PIG PILE: THE REQUISITE GESTURE(S) OF NARROW APPROACH in Austin, TX (with Mr. Reynolds, Rude Mechs and Salvage Vanguard Theater). It was developed further at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis for a 2013-14 McKnight National Residency and Commission and in the PlayTime laboratory residency at New Dramatists this November 2015.
The SASQUATCH RITUALS will accompany the theatrical production of MAERY S. – a separate but connected cycle of site-specific, live ritual performance installations that expand on the themes, research, and questions raised in MAERY S. The RITUALS are performed by a rotation of six women with movement choreographed by Linda Mancini and songs by Julie LaMendola formerly of Nature Theater of Oklahoma.