A Crowded Field completes a trilogy of performance projects by Morgan Bassichis that use humor and music to explore Jewish radicalism. The previous performances included Klezmer for Beginners, co-created with Ethan Philbrick at Abrons Arts Center in 2019, and Don’t Rain on My Bat Mitzvah, co-created with Ira Khonen Temple and organized by Creative Time in 2021. In their new standup show, comedian Morgan Bassichis performs a crash course in the uses and abuses of the Jewish holidays. L'Chaim!?
Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer who has been called “a tall child or, well, a big bird” by The Nation and “fiercely hilarious” by The New Yorker. Past shows include Questions to Ask Beforehand (Bridget Donahue, 2022), Don’t Rain On My Bat Mitzvah (co-created with Ira Khonen Temple, Creative Time, 2021), Nibbling the Hand that Feeds Me (Whitney Museum, NYC, 2019), Klezmer for Beginners (co-created with Ethan Philbrick, Abrons Arts Center, NYC, 2019), Damned If You Duet (The Kitchen, NYC, 2018), More Protest Songs! (Danspace Project, NYC, 2018), and The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions: The Musical (co-created with TM Davy, DonChristian Jones, Michi Ilona Osato, and Una Aya Osato, New Museum, NYC, 2017). Morgan’s book of to-do lists, The Odd Years, was published by Wendy’s Subway in 2020. Morgan has released two albums: March is for Marches with Ethan Philbrick (2019) and More Protest Songs! Live From St. Mark’s Church (2018).
A Crowded Field is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center.