[NYC PREMIERE] [SIGN FELT] Sad Boys in Harpy Land

Created and performed by Alexandra Tatarsky, with direction by Eva Steinmetz, [SIGN FELT] Sad Boys in Harpy Land is a pseudo-autobiography that is part sad clown, part nonsense freak-out, and part extended crisis of meaning. A savagely humorous collage of classic coming-of-age tales, the piece takes place in the hellscape of the mind, and asks how splintered thoughts yield insights into one’s own monstrosity.


ABOUT

Called “a hilarious, finely tuned absurdist” (TheatreJones) and “an East Village relic” (Vogue), Alexandra Tatarsky makes performances at the unfortunate in-between zone of dance, theater, comedy, and deluded rant — often with songs. Venues include Brooklyn Museum; CPR; La Mama; MoMA PS1; New Museum; PSNY; The Kitchen; Howl!; Gibney; and Judson Church. Writings on spambot poetry, shanzhailyrics, and grotesque politics can be found in publications including The New Inquiry; Hypocrite Reader; ArtReview Asia; Garlands; Spike;and Folder. Her work seeks the logic of the clown as an antidote to despair and a model of one who keeps trying despite (repeated) failure. @tartar.biz


FUNDING

[SIGN FELT] Sad Boys in Harpy Land was commissioned by Abrons Arts Center through the Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency Program and was developed with the support of the FringeArts Camp Fringe residency supported by Independence Foundation.

The 2019-2020 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image Credit: Jauhien Sasnou / Picturebox Creative