TWO PERFORMANCES! June 16 at 7:30 p.m. and June 18 at 1:30 p.m. Special musical performance by Ben Marolf at Art in the Park on June 17 at 1:15 p.m.
Professional performers from Southeastern Minnesota, Chicago, Kansas City, Denver and beyond will come together for 7 days to create 7 devised works for two stagings of innovative, inspiring and thought provoking performances. Lanesboro artist Catherine Glynn has invited fellow performance artists Carla Noack, Tod Petersen, Jerome Yorke, Hilary Williams, Leilani Raashida Henry, Ben Marolf and Michael Pelley to take some time away from their busy schedules for a week of ReCreation 101.
Inspired by the collaborative and experimental work done by theater companies such as the Rude Mechs, the Neo-Futurists, and the Saratoga International Theater Institute, A.R.T. has been conceived as a multi-year initiative to foster the creation and development of new works, while serving as a performance art companion to the annual Art in the Park fine art festival. The inaugural year’s theme is ReCreation, playing off of the Judeo-Christian tradition that it took 7 days to create the world, the Buddhist and Islamic notions that there are 7 Heavens, and the Islamic notion of the 7 doors to Paradise—with the implication being Lanesboro is an artist’s paradise.
Be surprised and delighted by 7 new devised works of Audacious Raw Theater, each 7-15 minutes in length, while gaining insight into the creation process and embracing the spontaneous. Come for both stagings — artists will be revising and recreating throughout their time in Lanesboro. Each performance will be unique!
“We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” — T. S. Eliot
Hilary Williams is a Chicago based actress, writer and educator, and is proud to be working with Catherine and Lanesboro Arts! Hilary has performed with such companies as The Hypocrites, LifeLine Theatre, New Leaf, Rivendell Ensemble, and Shattered Globe. She is a company member with the fabulous LiveWire Chicago Theatre and Neverbird Project. As an educator and teaching artist Hilary has worked with TimeLine Theatre, CAPE, and Catharsis Productions. She is currently teaching theatre and auto-biographical performance in Chicago with Still Point Theatre Collective to incarcerated women at a federal prison, and previously incarcerated women at Grace House. She is so very grateful for her friend Catherine’s invitation to create new work, and for the amazing support that surrounds her. And thanks for all the adventure and love, Rabbit!
Tod Petersen is a Minneapolis based actor. He has worked at many Twin Cities theaters including Theatre Latte Da, The Children’s Theatre, Chanhassen, Illusion, Interact, Minnesota Jewish, History, Minnetonka, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minnesota Fringe, Jon Hassler and Guthrie. Tod has also worked in theaters in Chicago, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts and has spent three winters teachng music and theater to children in Thailand and Honduras. He is a former company member at the Commonweal Theatre where he directed The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Arsenic and Old Lace and Woody Guthrie’s American Song. He’s happy to have landed in Lanesboro again for a brief time. He lives in Minneapolis with his husband, songwriter Ryan Lee. He appreciates the opportunity to experience community in such a meaningful way.
Carla Noack happily lived in Lanesboro for seventeen years, where she was a core artist of the Commonweal Theatre Company, a company member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, a spokesperson for Drury’s Furniture, a fan of the Burros sports teams, and an ardent advocate of potlucks and sing-alongs. She now lives in Kansas City, where she performs with local theatre companies and teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Theatre program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Carla is thrilled to spend a week creating theatre with new and old friends in the place that nurtured her body and soul for so many years.
Leilani Raashida Henry is delighted to return to her Minnesota roots to produce and perform original theater. Her professional acting and directing experience is in Playback Theatre, an international form of improv. She’s performed in, and choreographed musicals, such as Sweet Charity. As a semi professional dancer, Leilani worked with various Minneapolis choreographers. In 2015, she played Calpurnia from “To Kill A Mockingbird” in Colorado. Leilani is writing Antarctic Soul: Navigating in a White World at the Bottom of the Earth about her father, George Gibbs, Jr. She creates Brain Jewells® wearable art and wellness system from Henry Bergeson Kaleidoscopes.
Ben Marolf found his musical passion through 4 years in the St. Olaf campus band scene.He’s best known musically for stylings influenced by soul and blues. Layering and looping vocal melodies set the tone of his performance. Ben seeks to create a large space for creative expression through song, and is so excited to join Catie on this project!
Jerome Yorke is excited to be able to come back to Lanesboro, a place he called home as part of the Commonweal family from ’07-’11. Now, he is a devised theatre maker and educator specializing in storytelling through movement, mask and theatrical clowning. His physically based work and approach to theatre making blends styles ranging from eccentric characterization to acrobatic dance. He is a full time faculty member for the University of Dayton Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Program, a core member of UpLift Physical Theatre, and holds an MFA from Dell’Arte International.
Michael Pelley believes power is found in the people. He is a slam poet and hip-hop artist hailing from the Winona area. He seeks to infuse hip-hop sound with various other genres and create music that speaks to the relationships, struggles, and triumphs of the human condition. Michael has a true passion for the art of communication, and has set his eyes on working internationally in the future.
Catherine Glynn has been living in Lanesboro since 2011. She shared the stage in 6 Commonweal productions—some of her favorites includeTracy Lord in Philadelphia Story and Elvira in Blithe Spirit. She has also performed the solo shows The Belle Of Amherst and Miss Myrna Davenport’s Poetry in Motion with Lanesboro Arts. She has MFAs from UT Austin and University of Delaware. And she currently divides her time between creating on stage and coaching presence and storytelling in the corporate sector with the Ariel Group and Voce Veritas. She shares her home with her talented husband Jeremy van Meter, and their circus of cats.
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