Katherine Brook / Tele-Violet: The Power of Emotion: The Apartment [World Premiere]

The Power of Emotion is a collaborative multi-part project led by director Katherine Brook, writer Shonni Enelow, and composer Taylor Brook exploring how we watch, hear, and perform emotion. The Apartment—the project’s third and final iteration—is informed by an Alexander Kluge film of the same name, the director’s experience as a juror on a criminal trial, various operas including Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and an ongoing exploration of acting style and method. Musicians and actors take center stage in this story of a fight between two women that leads to an apartment fire.

Children’s Art Workshop
October 21, 2017
3:30-5:30 PM
$10 per child | Buy tickets »

While parents are enjoying the performance 10/21 matinee, children ages 5-12 can learn the foundations of drawing, painting, and building sculpture. Young artists will create unique artworks using direct observation and their imagination. Material exploration possibilities include pencil, charcoal, paints, paper, clay, wood, wire, plaster, and fabric while experimenting with line, shape, color, texture, and space. Final objects will be evidence of an adventurous process!

Photo credit: Katherine Brook

Director Katherine Brook
Writer/Co-Creator Shonni Enelow
Composer Taylor Brook
Featuring Mimi Lucia Roderique, Carol Katiana Rangel, and The Singer Charlotte Mundy
Musicians TAK Ensemble: Laura Cocks, Marian Kifferstein, Liam Kinson, Charlotte Mundy, Ellery Trafford, and Meaghan Burke
Designer Josh Smith
Costume Design Diego Montoya
Assistant Director/Stage Manager G. J. Dowding
Technical Director Carl Whipple
Master Electrician Jon Harper
Production Intern Zoe Clayton

Company, Cast and Crew Bios:
TELE-VIOLET is a theatre and performance group led by director Katherine Brook that uses dramatic texts and real-world content to experiment with acting and dramatic form in a collaborative context. Past Tele-Violet work includes Tragedy in Spades: A Crime Documentary (University Settlement) Pink Melon Joy (Brave New World Rep and Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival), Lady Han (Incubator Arts Project), and American Realism (Invisible Dog and The San Diego Museum of Art). Tele-Violet has been featured at Prelude, Little Theater, Catch, The Working Theater, and Under the Radar.

Katherine Brook is a director of new plays and performance and makes original work with her company, Katherine Brook/Tele-Violet. Recent directing credits include Tragedy in Spades: A Crime Documentary (University Settlement), How to Get Into Buildings (New Georges), and She Is King (Incubator Arts Project). Brook has also worked as a creative producer at The Builders Association, New York City Players, and The Foundry Theater. MFA Carnegie Mellon University.

Shonni Enelow is a writer and critic and an assistant professor of English at Fordham University. She is the winner of the 2015-2016 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for her book, Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-drama (Northwestern University Press, 2015), and writes regularly both about and for performance.

Taylor Brook is a composer living in New York. Described as “gripping” and “engrossing” by the New York Times, his compositions have won numerous awards and prizes. His music is often concerned with finely tuned microtonal sonorities, exploring perceptual aspects of sound with an individual sense of beauty and form.

Meaghan Burke (Cello) is at home interpreting a wide array of contemporary music, improvising freely, or performing her own post-cabaret songs. She is a founding member of contemporary feminist string quartet The Rhythm Method, bi-continental performance trio Dead Language, and avant-grunge band Forever House. Meaghan released her second solo album, “Creature Comforts” this May, and her English translation of Peter Ablinger’s Collected Writings will be published by Kehrer Verlag this year.

Zoe Clayton (Production Intern) is a multidisciplinary theatre artist. She worked at The New Group on Buried Child and The Sensuality Party, while assisting playwright Sam Shepard. Directing credits: A Blue Brown Forest (Dixon Place), Gruesome Playground Injuries (CMU), Boxed In (Pittsburgh CAPA), Infinite Canary (CMU), Enfantine (Prague Quadrennial 2015). Carnegie Mellon University, BFA Directing. www.zoeclayton.com

Laura Cocks (Flute) is the executive director of TAK ensemble and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in ensembles such as The London Sinfonietta, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink Ensemble, and International Ensemble Modern Academy. Laura can be heard with TAK, Wet Ink, ICE and others on ECM, Carrier Records, New Focus Recordings, Denovali Records, Orange Mountain Music, and Sound American.

G.J. Dowding (Stage Manager / Assistant Director) is a director, writer, performer and theater maker. He is the artistic director of Asylos, an experimental performance collective. Original solo works include Tinker Toy, Pinker Boy and Dandy Be Good. His work has shown at the Gene Frankel Theatre, Dixon Place, The Invisible Dog, Glasshouse ArtLifeLab, Wild Project, The Brick, The Kraine Theatre, Vital Joint and FiveMyles Gallery.

Marina Kifferstein (Violin) is a musician and composer based in NYC. Marina enjoys a varied, international career as a chamber musician and soloist. She is a founding member of TAK ensemble and The Rhythm Method string quartet, and appears regularly as a guest with ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink, and Talea. www.marinakifferstein.com

Liam Kinson (Clarinet) was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1988, and began playing the clarinet at the age of 12. He studied at the University of Western Australia, where he holds a Bachelor in Music, Australian National Academy in Melbourne, and Manhattan School of Music where he received his Masters in Contemporary Music. Liam has performed with Wet Ink, ICE, Ecce Ensemble, and is a founding member of TAK ensemble.

Diego Montoya is a Peruvian born, Brooklyn based costume designer. He has worked with director Katie Brook on several projects including Pink Melon Joy at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival (2013) and Brave New World Repertory Theatre at Cloud City in Brooklyn, New York (2014) and Acting: the first 6 lessons at The Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University (2013. He currently is designing costumes for drag queens.

Charlotte Mundy (The Singer) recently leant her “mesmerizing” (NYTimes) voice to David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion at the Metropolitan Museum, Howard Fishman’s A Star Has Burnt My Eye in the BAM Next Wave Festival and The Back Door installation by Martin Creed at the Park Avenue Armory. She regularly “slays the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (WQXR) with TAK ensemble.

Katiana Rangel (Carol) has a long performance history in Brazil. In NYC she created the performances Suspended and Iraci or What’s Underneath My Skin. She is currently working with Jim Fletcher on a project called Four Seasons derived from Sarah Kane’s Blasted. She has also worked with Liza Birkenmeier, Tory Vazquez and the New York City Players, Anna Kohler and Caleb Hammond, and is a founding member of Les Ballets Nomades (Voices Transposed: The Refugee Crisis).

Lucia Roderique (Mimi) Favorite past productions include The Power of Emotion (La Mama), Sheila’s Day (Lincoln Center), Carmen La Cubana (Théâtre du Châtelet), The Unfortunates (Joe’s Pub), The Greenwood Tree (Musical Theater Factory). Lucia is happy to be working with Tele-Violet again. She received her BFA in acting from Carnegie Mellon.

Josh Smith designs sets and lights in NYC and abroad. Recent projects include; Bear Slayer (Ars Nova), Boy at the Edge of Everything (Lincoln Center), How To Get Into Buildings (New Georges), Clara Not Clara (Knockdown Center), The Power Of Emotion (The Public Theatre:UTR) …Ichabod Crane (Park Avenue Armory), Feeling (New Ohio Theatre), Lady Han, Party in the USA (Incubator). www.josh-smith.com

TAK is a quintet that delivers energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary classical music. The ambitious ensemble “impresses with the organicity of their sound, their dynamism and virtuosity — and, well, just a dash of IDGAF as they slay the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (Q2 Music). Dedicated to the commissioning of new works and direct collaboration with composers and other artists, TAK promotes ambitious programming at the highest level, fostering engagement both within the contemporary music community and the artistic community at large.

Ellery Trafford (Percussion) is a New York-based percussionist specializing in contemporary chamber music who thrives on the search for new means of expression, musical and otherwise. He has performed at venues in New York and abroad from the eminent to the underground: from Beijing’s National Performing Arts Center to Carnegie Hall, The Stone, Roulette and many more in New York. Hobbies include board games, kettle bell, cooking and knitting.