The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York presents
THE WINDOW a Site Specific Theatrical Work in our Midtown storefront space
Obie Award Winners Samuel D. Hunter and Nic Ularu as well as Daniela Codarcea Kamiliotis and Saviana Stănescu will team with creator/director Ana Mărgineanu on the project in May and April
The corner of Third Avenue and 38th Street will offer passersby the chance to experience theater as onlookers this spring. RCINY will present THE WINDOW, created, developed and directed by Romanian-born, New York-based director, Ana Mărgineanu, in April and May.
For THE WINDOW U.S.-based Romanian stage designers have been invited to redesign RCINY’s Third Avenue storefront gallery space, and acclaimed playwrights to write new plays for this re-imagined gallery. In this project the space dictates the shape of the performance as opposed to the normal order of operations where the nature of the play determines the set. Different teams of stage designers and playwrights will work together for each run of the project.
The first production of THE WINDOW, slated for April 2 through 8, pairs Obie Award winners, playwright Samuel D. Hunter (A Bright New Boise) with Romanian scenic designer Nic Ularu. Ularu transformed RCINY’s storefront bookshop into another world. Then, Hunter wrote I WAS JUST THINKING..., a 20-minute play inspired by the reimagining of the space and with the constraint that the text may not be heard by the audience, who will be on the other side of the window from the performers. Actors Jake Roa, Calaine Schafer, Jessie Komitor and James "Face" Yu have been cast in the parts, while Melanie S. Armer (The Nerve Tank) is the coreographer.
Stage designer Daniela Codarcea Kamiliotis will team with Romanian-American playwright Saviana Stănescu to create a new installation of THE WINDOW, running May 21 - 27.
THE WINDOW breaks the classic convention of the theatregoer buying a ticket, entering the theatre and just seeing a show. This time, the audience members are in control and decide how long to watch the performance. Pedestrians may view the piece as a “living window” for a few moments, in a quick flash or in its entirety. The Window is RCINY’s first foray into site-specific theater, continuing its support for innovative approaches to emerging art. “Using the window space of the RCINY Gallery for a creative laboratory-like experience, involving Romanian and American artists, is part of our ambition to be a living part of New York City,” says RCINY Director, Corina Şuteu.
Mărgineanu has broad experience in directing shows that offer audiences unforgettable, immersive experiences, in Romania, Mexico and New York. She recently finished the second installation of the Hotel Project, a site-specific international collaboration set in a hotel and performed for one spectator at a time.
“I am thrilled to re-envision the storefront window at the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, and foster an unexpected theatrical experience for New Yorkers,” says Mărgineanu. “Samuel D. Hunter, Nic Ularu, Daniela Codarcea Kamiliotis, and Saviana Stănescu are extraordinary artists who will bring a beautiful and unique vision to THE WINDOW.”
Ana Mărgineanu (DIRECTOR/CREATOR) graduated from The National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest. Her work has been presented in New York, Basel, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Graz, Mexico, Prague, Saint Petersburg, Stuttgart, and Vienna as well as the major cities of Romania. Ana received several awards including: Best Play in 2006– Relationship Drama at London Fringe Awards and Romanian Critics Award in 2007 (for The Sunshine Play); Best Show at the Romanian Drama Festival and The Jury Award for Innovation at the Contemporary Drama Festival (for 89, 89 Hot After 89) and Best Show Award at the Romanian Comedy Festival in 2010 (for 5 Miraculous Minutes). Ana received Best Contribution In Romanian Theatre Award in 2008 at the VIP Gala. Ana is a founding member of DramAcum, a directors collective that supports young Romanian playwrights, and of The Internationalists directors collective (NY). She participated in Lincoln Centers Directors Lab 2007. Ana created, developed and directed HOTEL PROJECT, a international collaborative site-specific theatrical event for one person at a time in hotels in Mexico, New Jersey and New York. Ana's recent production Playful Targoviste has been selected to the prestigious New Plays From Europe Theater Biennale Wiesbaden 2012. For more information about her work, visit http://www.anamargineanu.com/
Nic Ularu (SET DESIGN) is a Professor of Theater at the Department of Theater and Dance of the University of South Carolina, USA. He is the recipient of the OBIE Award for outstanding achievement in Off-Broadway theater in New York (2003) and of the Scenography Prize of the Union of Fine Arts of Romania (1992). He has extensive scenography credits in USA and Europe, including theatres in Sweden, Northern Ireland and Romania. Nic was the head of scenography at the National Theatre of Bucharest in Romania, and served for four years as a board member of The European League of the Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has taught scene and/or costume design in Romania, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark and Hong Kong. Prior to USC, he taught at Smith College, National Theatre School of Denmark and The University of Theatre and Film, Romania. Nic’s designs appeared in the USA national entries at the Prague Quadrennial International Exhibitions of scenography in 2007, 2003 and 1998. In 2005 Nic co-designed the exhibit and designed the poster of the World Stage Design Exhibition, in Toronto, Canada. He is the member of: USITT - United States Institute of Theatre Technology, OISTAT – International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Technicians and Architects, IAAP- International Association of Fine Artists.
Samuel D. Hunter’s (PLAYWRIGHT) recent plays include A Bright New Boise (2011 OBIE award for playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk Nomination for Best Play; original production by Partial Comfort Productions in NYC, recent production at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company), The Whale (upcoming production at Playwrights Horizons, original production at the Denver Center), A Permanent Image (commissioned and produced by Boise Contemporary Theater) Jack's Precious Moment (Page 73 Productions at 59E59), Five Genocides (Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theater), Norway (Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis; Boise Contemporary Theater), I Am Montana (Arcola Theatre, London; Mortar Theater, Chicago). He has active commissions from MTC/Sloan, Seattle Rep, and South Coast Rep. His plays have been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, PlayPenn, Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Lark Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard, LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, 24Seven Lab and elsewhere. Internationally, his work has been translated into Spanish and presented in Mexico City and Monterrey, and he has worked in the West Bank with Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah and Ayyam al-Masrah of Hebron. At Ashtar, he co-wrote The Era of Whales which was performed in Ramallah and Istanbul. Awards: 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship from the Lark, two Lincoln Center Le Compte du Nuoy Awards. He is a core member of the Playwrights Center, a member of Partial Comfort Productions and is an alum of Ars Nova’s Playgroup. He has taught at Fordham University, Rutgers University, and Marymount Manhattan College. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in New York City. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Juilliard.
Melanie S. Armer (COREOGRAPHY) is an acclaimed theater director based in New York who specializes in hybrid performance, site-responsive movement, and immersive, large-scale events. She is the co-founder of The Nerve Tank, where she developed and directed the interactive multimedia piece The Attendants at chashama and at Arts World Financial Center. Work with other NYC theater companies includes The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Women's Project & Productions, New Georges, Theater for the New City, and over 25 plays for Circle East. Ms. Armer assisted Leonard Foglia on the Broadway revival of Wait Until Dark and director Michael Warren Powell on Lanford Wilson's A Sense of Place. She is a member of SSDC, a proud alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and has taught at Marymount Manhattan College and Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She recently became the Creative Director of the Cosmic Opera series featuring internationally-renowned DJ Axwell. www.melaniearmer.com
Christopher Weston (LIGHTING DESIGN) Most recent designs include Deep are the Roots (Metropolitan Playhouse), Bubbles (Theatre for the New City) and I Love Dead Things (Dixon Place). Upcoming: The House of Mirth (Metropolitan Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center). He received a 2010 Outstanding Lighting Design Nomination from the NY Innovative Theatre Awards for The Return of Peter Grimm. He has designed regional productions at Penguin Rep, Actors Shakespeare Company, NJ Rep and the Hangar Theatre. In NYC his work has been seen at the Kitchen, John Houseman, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 59E59, Cherry Lane, 45th Street Theatre, Barrow Group, HERE Arts Center, Queens Theatre in the Park and many more. For more information please visit www.chriswestondesign.com. Igor Molochevski (VIDEO) is a new media artist, documentary film maker, photographer. His work is based on mixed media and technology reintegration. His workflow includes live coding, interactive and generative programing, kinetic sculptures, sound design and digital imaging. His work is defined by de-structuralization of visual and conceptual parigim . His installations have been exhibited alongside such artists as Ai Wei Wei, Komar & Melamid, Ernst Neizvestny, Michael Chemiakin.www.glitchfairy.com
Ukraine-born Israeli-American, Masha Pekurovsky (VIDEO) is an emerging VJ artist and co-founder of GlitchFairy an experimental video art duo (www.glitchfairy.com). Drawing upon her passion for design and live video performance, Masha is creating within context and between disciplines. Her current work The Window-I was just thinking is an exploration of visual perception, composition and depth. Masha holds a B.Arch. from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and is currently a M.Sc.Arch. student at Pratt Institute.
Patricia Masera (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) was born in Asuncion, Paraguay. She has a B.A. in English Language (Paraguay, 2003). In 1997 she co-founded the Aerial Theatre Group Nhi-Mu (www.nhimu.com) a ground breaking theatre alternative for the Paraguayan scene. She has produced plays, T.V. commercials and industrial events with Nhi-Mu (1997-present), and also at the Bi-National Cultural Center (CCPA) in Asuncion, Paraguay. In 2006 she was awarded the B’nai Brith award for excellence in Theatre; that same year she was also awarded with a Fulbright Scholarship to North Carolina School of the Arts, where she obtained her MFA in Performing Arts Management. Her most recent activities include: Producing the multidisciplinary project En Borrador – Teatro en construccion, directed by Paola Irun (Paraguay, 2010) , Belonging , a short piece in collaboration with Paola Irun performed at the Artistic Forum by Hybrid Theater Works in New York City (Feb. 2011) and shown again in Paraguay in July 2011 and Ninguna, with Nhi-Mu in Paraguay (2011). She is currently working as a producer for the documentary film Cloudy Times.
Jake Roa (PATIENT) grew up in Rochester, New York, and found his love for drama and the theater early. While in high-school, Jake was presented the Rochester Broadway Theater League Stars of Tomorrow award for Outstanding Lead two years in a row (in 2006 and 2007). He then studied performance and playwriting in Theater at SUNY Geneseo. Gaining experience in writing, producing, and acting for the stage at University. Since moving to the Big Apple in September, Jake has worked on film projects such as The Dark Knight Rises, View from an Ashtray, and Suspected. The Window will be his New York Theater Debut and he's thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such talented and creative professionals.
Calaine Schafer (NURSE, MOM) is a NYU Tisch graduate, where she studied at the Stella Adler Studio and RADA. Recent theater credits include: Hotel Project, Summit New Jersey (the Internationalists/Neighborhood Productions), Love Labour’s Lost, (Snorks and Pins), Twelfth Night (Roundtable Ensemble/Lake George Theater Lab). Thanks to the amazing Ana, and awesome-tastic cast and crew!
Jessie Komitor (DAD, DOCTOR) is so excited to be a part of the The Window! Having the honor of working with Ana Mărgineanu on Hotel Project, she continues to be inspired by the work she creates. Jessie graduated from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts with a major in Drama, studying at the Atlantic Theater Company. She was recently in Dinner at Eight directed by Bob Moss and had the great fortune of travelling to Prague to be in a production in the Fringe Festival. She is currently working on her own Dance Theater piece and continuing her studies in Commited Impulse with Josh Pais. Thank you so much to Ana, Melanie, Pato, Stefan and the rest of team for this crazy and wonderful experience!
James “Face” Yu (ALEX) Born, bred, and schooled in the great state of Texas as a chemical engineer, Face branched out and studied Suzuki and Viewpoints with Human Theatre, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre in Vancouver, and SITI Company in New York City. He is an active company member of The Nerve Tank (The Attendants, Opal, Live/Feed), a new member of Village Playback Theatre, and has performed on several occasions with Sister Sylvester (The Ventriloquist's Circle, Play America).
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[Photos by Piotr Redlinski for the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York]
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