THE PASSION PROJECT
Runs February 21st- March 3rd
BRANDOCAPOTE WORK IN PROGRESS
Runs March 1st and 3rd in rep with The Passion Project
TYSON VS. ALI ROUGH CUT SCREENING
Wednesday, February 27th @7pm
Farrington and Nicoll have been working together since 2009 and will be presenting THE PASSION PROJECT, a piece that premiered in 2007 and has been performed in New York City and Waterville, Maine as well as in Copenhagen, Vancouver, Budapest, and Saskachewan. They will also be talking about the process of making this and other new media performance, leading workshops, screening footage of past works, and sharing new projects that are in-progress.
About THE PASSION PROJECT:
THE PASSION PROJECT
Created and Directed by Reid Farrington
Performed by Laura K. Nicoll
Using a single live performer and multiple projection surfaces, THE PASSION PROJECT is a 30 minute vibration between performance, film, and installation. Carl Th.Dreyer’s 1928 immortal masterpiece, “The Passion of Joan of Arc” is the main narrative along with the history behind the making of the film, a discussion with a Danish archivist, the story of making this project, as well as Joan’s own story –– her trial, torture, and execution. THE PASSION PROJECT explodes the film into the three dimensions; placing the audience inside the film, sitting next to Joan, subjecting them to the relentless rhythm of 35 mm film projection.
What Beauty there is in Mr. Farrington’s work. Like Dreyer’s film it is both luminous and cruel.”
– Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
“THE PASSION PROJECT should not be watched, it should be entered into. After all, it is an act of devotion.”
– Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
“THE PASSION PROJECT might look like Wooster Group video pastiche, but it prefers earnest tribute to layered irony; this fascinating film’s embers still give off heat.”
– Tom Sellar, The Village Voice
“Now, through a complex dance between computer and human that involves some 300 cues for Nicoll to follow, Farrington rescues the legendary saint from the flames once again.”
– Brian Lynch, The Georgia Straight
“THE PASSION PROJECT is a breathtaking tour de force for both creator and director Reid Farrington and performer Laura K. Nicoll.” – Mark Rifkin, This Week in New York
Reid Farrington is a theater director, new media artist and stage designer. Reid and his artistic partner and wife, Sara Farrington, are currently developing a new work that centers on the 1957 meeting of Marlon Brando and Truman Capote. His most recent finished work, CasablancaBox was commissioned as part of HARP at HERE Arts Center and was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Projection Design and Unique Theatrical Experience. Other work includes: The Return, about the accidental destruction and assembly of Tullio Lombardo's Adam (commissioned by and performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015), Tyson vs. Ali, a hybrid theater sports event (PS 122 Coil Festival 2014), Reid Farrington’s A Christmas Carol, which mixed live performers with video projected characters from 35 different film versions of Dickens’ tale (Abrons Art Center in 2011 & 2012) and Gin & “It”, based on Hitchcock’s Rope (Wexner Center, 2010). His work has been supported by NYSCA, NYFA, Jerome, ETC, Franklin Furnace, Greenwall, Axe-Houghton, MediaTHE. From 2001 – 2008, Reid held creative residencies at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, 3LD Art & Technology Center and Abrons Art Center. From 2001 – 2008, Reid was a technical artist for The Wooster Group where he designed video and/or created hardware and software systems for the integration of video and sound for six of the company’s productions: Hamlet, Poor Theater, To You the Birdie!, Who's Your DADA!?, House/Lights and Brace Up! Reid and wife/playwright Sara have two boys, Jack and Levi.
Laura K. Nicoll is originally from Mt. Desert Island, Maine and currently based in Brooklyn, New York. After training with American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Suzanne Farrell, and graduating from St. Paul’s School, she joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s corps de ballet where she was also a union representative. While in Pittsburgh she performed in a diverse repertoire that included works by George Balanchine, Matjash Mrozewski, Dwight Rhoden, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, and Twyla Tharp. Following her classical ballet career, she performed on the Norwegian Dawn (cruise ship), with several New York City-based theatre companies. Since 2009, Laura has worked with theater director/new media designer Reid Farrington first as a performer in THE PASSION PROJECT(2009–2012) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2011–2012) then as a choreographer for TYSON vs. ALI (2014) and CasablancaBox (2017). Recently, she has also created two site-specific dance projects in collaboration with choreographer Jessica Nicoll.
She co-founded KREILKAMP NICOLL, a performance art company with her brother Rufus Morgan Kreilkamp Nicoll, as a platform to make and share arts services of all kinds. They are working on an evening length work featuring performers, labor practices, music, text, materials that were familiar to them growing up on an island on the coast of Maine. Additionally, Laura has been working on a solo project in outdoor and indoor spaces that she shares via videos online. In July 2018 she was an artist in residence at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine where she continued developing this material.
2012 –- Colby College Waterville, ME
2011– Contemporary Drama Festival - Budapest, Hungary
2010 – PuSh Festival @ Pacific Theater – Vancouver, BC
2009 – 3LD Art & Technology Center January
2009 – COIL Festival @ 3LD Art & Technology Center
2008 – New York Premiere @Performance Space 122
2008 – Work Shop @ 3LD Art & Technology Center
2007 – World Premiere PS/K2 Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark
ABOUT BRANDOCAPOTE WORK IN PROGRESS
Truman Capote's 1957 profile of Marlon Brando, The Duke in His Domain is the inspiration for BrandoCapote, Sara & Reid Farrington's follow up to the 2017 Drama Desk nominated CasablancaBox. Join us for showings of this new work in its early stages, stay after to learn more about the process of putting a show like this together and provide vital feedback to the creative team.
Written by Sara Farrington
Directed by Reid Farrington
Choreographed by Laura K. Nicoll
Performed by: Roger Casey, Sean Donovan, Lynn R. Guerra
SARA FARRINGTON (Playwright) - Sara is an NY/NJ based playwright & director. MFA from Brooklyn College w/ Mac Wellman. She was a recent HARP Artist at HERE Arts Center from 2014-2017 to create CasablancaBox, which was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards (Unique Theatrical Experience & Outstanding Projection Design). Sara is currently making BrandoCapote directed by Reid Farrington, which explodes an infamous 1957 interview and long forgotten murder, premiering Fall 2019. Recent & upcoming plays include: Honduras (All For One Theater, 2019 Solo Collective), Leisure, Labor, Lust (The Tank NYC, The Mount in Lenox, MA & Art House Productions, Jersey City), Cosmicomics (The Flea), The Return (commissioned by/performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Near Vicksburg (Incubator Arts Project, Walkerspace, Foxy Films, The Wild Project), Requiem For Black Marie (Incubator Arts, Foxy Films, Stella Adler Studios), Mickey & Sage (Incubator Arts, Foxy Films, Great Plains Theater Conference, NTI @ O'Neill Center, ShelterBelt Theater, Omaha, NE.) Sara's work has been supported by The Venturous Fund, MediaTHE, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Axe-Houghton Foundation and The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow, grad of Connecticut College and NTI @ The Eugene O'Neill Center, a Wooster Group intern and was an acting company member at the late great Jean Cocteau Rep. Her play Mickey & Sage is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. Sara is an avid reader, runner, history lover and core founding member of Immigrant Families Together, a non-profit org supporting asylum-seeking victims zero-tolerance. She and husband Reid Farrington live in Maplewood, NJ and have two little boys, Jack & Levi. For more, www.ladyfarrington.com.
ABOUT TYSON VS. ALI ROUGH CUT SCREENING
Tyson vs. Ali premiered in January 2014 at 3LD Art&Technology Center as part of Performance Space 122’s Coil Festival. It features five versatile performers in a boxing ring and footage from iconic boxing matches from Mike Tyson and Muhammed Ali’s career to ask the eternally unsolvable question, “who would have won?” Join us for a first look at a rough cut of the 3D movie of this live performance and hang out with the cast and crew. Pay what you can. All are welcome.
Conceived & Directed: Reid Farrington
Story: Reid Farrington & Frank Boudreaux
Script: Frank Boudreaux
Choreography: Laura K. Nicoll
Performers: Dennis A. Allen II, Roger Casey,Femi Olagoke, Jonathan Swain, Dave Shelley
Video & Set Design: Simon Harding
Lighting Design: Laura Mroczkowski & Nick Ryckert
Costume Design: Karen Flood
Sound Design: Juan Aboites
Lead Editor/Asst. video design: Jeff Wood
Dir. of Photog/Asst video design: John Hurley
Asst. Director: Christopher Burris
Stage Manager: Cady Knoll
Prod. Assoc/Light Board: Akil Noel
Prod. Assoc/Sound Board: Matthew Carrington
Prod. Manager: A.P. Andrews
Video Mash Ups: Kelly Colburn
Asst. Lighting Designer: Elliott Jenetopulos
Asst. Stage Manager: Stacy Arnaiz
Makeup Designer: Jennifer Snowdon
Special Effects Makeup: Shenna Vaughn
Original Music: Marco Panella
Technical Dir.: Taylor Riccio
Ring Construction: Art Domantay
Asst. Editor: Najee Gardner Asst.
Makeup Artist: Jillian McMahon
Fight Trainer: Martin Gonzales
Crew: Van Orilia, Amy Singerman, Kate Conover, Kayla Goble, Rafael Cubela, Tavish Miller, Brian Trainor, Phil Rossi, Paul Peers, Luis Moreno, Chris Dennison, Andrew Ricci