CROWPLAY

Photo by Jordan Tiberio

Photo by Jordan Tiberio

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

CrowPlay is a blood rite gone wrong, a pleasant nightmare at the intersection of theatre and poetry created collectively by the company. This orignal devised work collides the Morrigna in Irish folklore, 2013 intelligence studies around corvidae neurobiology from University Tubingen, the marginalia of Edgar Allan Poe, and American Murder Ballads as a conspiracy of raven-women leads the audience—participatory witnesses— through an expanding series of rituals and tableaux. Their yearly ceremony is interrupted by the arrival of the mysterious Jane, who is everything but your your average unwitting sacrifice…

CrowPlay owes its shape to a generous research and development process over October/November 2017 at both Theatre Deli London and Centrespace Bristol. It received its world premier in October 2018 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival and featured the work of performer-devisers Lauren Guglielmello, C.C. Kellogg, Sarah Quigley*, and Hannah Wolfe* as well as stage manager/ facilitator Allie Moratta (*appearing courtesy of AEA in this Equity Showcase). The production also featured reimagined murder ballads from Gates Torrey, original soundscapes by Joan Pope/ TempleOvSaturn, and the music of St. Vincent through the generous permission of Annie Clark. With very special thanks to Laura Williams and the original U.K. lab participants.

“a haunting ritual—★★★★”

-Andrew Andrews, Opplaud 

Kate MccGwire’s SLICK (2011) as shot by Tessa Angus. All rights reserved.

Kate MccGwire’s SLICK (2011) as shot by Tessa Angus. All rights reserved.

PERFORMANCES

-  BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange +  BUSHWICK Industrial for FringeNYC, Brooklyn, New York (October 2018)

Presented first as part of BAX’s curated Fringe offerings and then site specifically in a Brooklyn warehouse environment for five encore performances.

-Originally developed at Theatre Deli London + Centrespace Bristol as part of Platform 2 (October 2017)

Photo by Jordan Tiberio

Photo by Jordan Tiberio