Urban Youth Theater & Piehole: WE SHALL BE MONSTERS

Adapted from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Created by Urban Youth Theater and Piehole

Conceived and co-written by the UYT ensemble in collaboration with Tara Ahmadinejad, Elliot B Quick and Jeff Wood

A mismatched filmmaking team attempts to create a new screen adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  The production fragments, falls to pieces, and sews itself back together into something else entirely.

Featuring UYT ensemble members:
Keira Dabrowski
Sunni Gunn
Cira Merlin
Gareth Nolasco-Tupper
Gustavo Valdes
Kira Viera
with additional contributions by UYT members:
Taylor Gamble
Janis Russell
Nyla Russell

Piehole, a collaborative theater group, will work with the UYT students to develop original live art inspired by Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Through equal parts improvisation and text work, plus a range of visual and design techniques, Piehole guides students to find their own entry-points into the story, and to draw from their own experiences and inspiration along the way. Piehole will work with students to develop dynamic performances that combine “old” texts ripped from the novel, and “new” texts students will create in response to it. Students will form two groups to create original works in a highly collaborative setting that encourages leaps of faith, consideration of the audience, and generosity of spirit. The class will culminate in live public performances of the students’ work, as well as the potential to participate in Piehole’s summer show, Ski End, which runs at the end of July in the West Village.

Piehole is a laboratory of theater artists who investigate the process of collaboration and collective authorship in order to create live events. We draw from a shared fascination with objects and media and strive to awaken a sense of potential by fostering a community of doubters who plunge whole-heartedly into handmade universes. We continually re-imagine our process, but always eat every four hours. Piehole’s work has performed at art galleries, theaters, warehouses, and hotel rooms, in NYC, Philly, and Prague. We have received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Fund, the BAX Space program, the Mental Insight Foundation, and Puppeteers of America, as well as residencies from New York Theatre Workshop, The Drama League, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, and most recently, The New Ohio/IRT Archive Residency program. Recent works include HAND FOOT FIZZLE FACE (inspired by a collaborative book by Jasper Johns and Samuel Beckett) at JACK in Clinton Hill, Old Paper Houses (inspired by poetry by Bernadette Mayer) at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, and 2 Stories that End in Suicide, which performed at HERE Arts Center and The Brick Theater in Williamsburg.  Piehole’s current core group includes Tara Ahmadinejad, Allison LaPlatney, Alexandra Panzer, Elliot B. Quick, and Jeff Wood.

Abrons Arts Center’s Urban Youth Theater is supported by the generosity of the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.