Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro:Spectacles of religiosities(4th : 2003 : New York, N.Y.).
Title: East Coast Artists
Alternate Title: YokastaS
Date: 2003 July
Location: Performed as part of the Spectacles of Religiosities Seminar, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University, July 5-12, 2003.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Experimental theater.
East Coast Artists, creator ; Richard Schechner, director, writer ; Saviana Stanescu, writer ; Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, producer ; NYU TV and Media, videographer ; E.D. Intemann, lighting ; Meg Leary, musical director ; Kilbane Porter, dramaturg ; Luis Peirano, post-performance discussion moderator.
Tracey Huffman, Suzi Takahashi, Kilbane Porter, Rachel Bowditch, Chris Healy, actors ; Meg Leary, singer.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:41:45
Language: English
Synopsis: Video documentation of East Coast Artists' performance 'YokastaS', presented as a part of the 4th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2003 in New York City, United States under the title 'Spectacles of Religiosities'. 'YokastaS', a play written by Saviana Stanescu and Richard Schechner and directed by Schechner explores the central figure of Yokasta--Oedipus's Queen-Mother-Wife by presenting theatergoers with four Yokastas, each representing distinct parts of her life and different approaches to her experiences. Audiences see Yokasta as a pre-teen, a young woman, a happily married woman, and an older woman who intelligently recollects all aspects of her life. Post-performance discussion led by Luis Peirano. East Coast Artists is a professional theater company performing new plays and classics in new interpretations. ECA also conducts training workshops.Founded in 1991 by Richard Schechner, ECA has produced 'Faust/gastronome', 'Amerika' (after Kafka), Chekhov's 'Three Sisters', and 'YokastaS'. ECA emphasizes a long developmental workshop and rehearsal process, open rehearsals, and continuous revision throughout the life of a production. Richard Schechner is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is artistic director of East Coast Artists and editor of 'TDR: A Journal of Performance Studies'. His books include 'Environmental Theater', 'Between Theater and Anthropology', 'The End of Humanism', 'Performance Theory', 'Performative Circumstances', 'The Future of Ritual', and 'Performance Studies: An Introduction'. His books have been translated into Chinese, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Hungarian, Dutch, and Serbo-Croatian.He founded and directed The Performance Group with which he directed 'Dionysus in 69', 'Tooth of Crime', 'Mother Courage and Her Children', 'Oedipus', and many other works. He continues to direct plays, conduct performance workshops, and lectures in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the Americas. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including a Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Performance Studies International.
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