Half Straddle, performance at The Culture of Innovation, ISPA's 65th Annual Congress, in New York City on January 15-17, 2013. View the full Schedule of Events.
Straddle is a New York-based company that makes plays, performances,
videos, and music written and directed by Tina Satter. The company includes
composer Chris Giarmo (Big Dance Theater), designer Zack Tinkelman (Sarah
Michelson, The Kitchen), and performers Jess Barbagallo, Eliza Bent, Emily
Davis, Erin Markey and Julia Sirna-Frest. A number of additional performers and
artists including Becca Blackwell, Annie McNamara, Joseph Keckler, Pete
Simpson, Susie Sokol, and others have joined Half Straddle in creating their
shows and performances.
(Thinking of you) is a new live performance that works with, against, and
beneath Chekhov’s The Seagull. Director Tina Satter’s unique
contemporary voice takes on the beauty and darkness of Chekhov’s play in an act
of theatrical rethinking. Satter draws from Chekhov’s letters, varying Seagull translations,
facts from early productions of the play in Russia, and Chekhov’s perverse
sense of comedy to consider anew what makes the human heart beat and why we
ever try to say something out loud. With her Half Straddle collaborators,
Satter deconstructs the texts to create an unexpected new work of theater that
is ultimately about making something with people you could love: just like
Chekhov wanted. With a Russian folk metal-influenced score.
(Thinking of you) will be co-presented by Performance Space 122 and the
New Ohio Theatre as part of PS 122’s 8th Annual COIL Festival in January
2013. Seagull (Thinking of you) is made possible with
commissioning support from Performance Space 122 and the Jerome Foundation.
Additional residency support provided by MASS MoCA, the New Museum, and Abrons