Taylor Mac and The Civilians Will Headline New Victory's LabWorks 2014-15

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01 Aug 2014

The New Victory Theater, New York City’s premier theater for kids and families, has announced the 2014-15 New Victory LabWorks new work development residencies – including work from Taylor Mac, The Civilians, Lila Rose Kaplan and The Dead Puppets Society.



Of their LabWorks season, the New Victory says, "in its second year, the New Victory LabWorks Artist Residency Program provides rehearsal space, support and feedback for select New York artists of all disciplines who desire to create original high-quality productions for young audiences."

Selected programming follows:

Taylor Mac

"The multitalented Mac (Hir, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, The Lily’s Revenge), whose recent performance credits include Good Person of Szechwan (Public Theater 2013) and The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville (Classic Stage Company 2013), will develop The Fre, a queer love story for multigenerational audiences. Set in a mud pit, The Fre will mix rhyming couplets and 'Old Comedy' forms with the language of modern teenagers in a wildly theatrical, funny and unexpected experience that questions the accepted notions of what it means to behave 'correctly'— morally, sexually and intellectually."

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Lila Rose Kaplan and Mike Pettry

"Following the success of The Light Princess (A.R.T./MXAT Institute 2013), which will make its Off-Broadway debut at The New Victory Theater in spring of 2015, Lila Rose Kaplan (Wildflower, Second Stage; Biography of a Constellation, 2010 National Science Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center) and Mike Pettry (2012 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award winner and a 2007 Jonathan Larson Award winner) will create a new family musical based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Commissioned by American Repertory Theater Institute, The Pirate Princess reimagines Orsino as a pirate king and Viola as his first mate."

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The Civilians:The Abominables

Rink rats and hockey moms are the subject of The Abominables, the newest investigative theater work from The Civilians (The Great Immensity, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Paris Commune, In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards). This original new musical explores the hilariously high-stakes world of youth hockey with a book by Steven Cosson and music by Michael Friedman. The company's work has been produced at BAM Next Wave, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater and Vineyard Theatre in New York, and nationally at Center Theatre Group, A.R.T., La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, HBO's US Comedy Festival, Woolly Mammoth, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others.

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For a full listing, please visit new42.org.