Downtown's HERE Arts Center has unveiled the lineup for its 2018–2019 season, which marks the Obie-winning organization's 26th year of producing new work across theatre, music, art, dance, and puppetry.
The season includes Soundstage, a live theatre and film hybrid performed by resident artist Rob Roth alongside his on-film counterpart, stage and screen actor Rebecca Hall (Animal); as well as cellist Leah Coloff's ThisTree, which will be part of the seventh annual Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now festival.
Soundstage will run September 13–29. Using the language of cinema and told through a queer lens, the show explores the concept of “’meditation on the muse’ and her remedy for loneliness.”
Prototype, which will also feature new works by Ellen Reid, Roxie Perkins, Frances Pollock, Tia Price, Graham Reynolds, and Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol, will return January 5–13, 2019.
The 2019 programming will also feature two new shows from HERE’s Dream Music Puppetry Program, helmed by Basil Twist. Both presented in March, they include Ashes (March 12–17), from Yngvild Aspeli and her company Plexus Polaire, about a young man who sets houses on fire and a writer who seizes them as literary material several decades later; and Chimpanzee (March 14–24), inspired by true events and centers on an aging, isolated chimpanzee who pieces together fragments of her bleak life as part of a human family.
HERE’s annual CultureMart festival, where resident artists showcase works still in development, will take place March 5–10.
“As HERE heads into its next quarter-century, I couldn’t be more excited about our striking 26th season,” says Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting in a statement. “I am astounded by the adventurous artists who make HERE their home—opening our eyes to new ideas through their vast explorations of divas, family history, primatology, cannabis, blackness, McCarthy, and so much more. Plus, we get to celebrate HERE’s 25th birthday with one hell of a party.”
HERE will mark its 25th birthday October 29 with a performance party. For more information on the season, visit HERE.org.