In a feat of rare, cerebral physicality by director Maria Swisher, the play travels trough the cavern of an ex-industrial space in Queens, NY, with the audience called on to change their vantage point from time to time. An accompanying thematic exhibit covers the walls and spills into the action with the totemic sculptures and cotton clouds laced with LED lightning by designer Giannina Gutierrez, which share the space and serve as settings and props for the play. The cumulative avant-carnival feel lets you experience what was happening at modernist “happenings,” with zero pretension or Disney-Broadway cheese, though the author and re-imaginers have a wide eye for pop-culture references and a circus-like lack of self-importance and authentic eagerness to please and entertain.
ProjectArt is a non-profit organization that focus on providing inner city youth with after-school art classes. Classes are held at the NY Public Libraries in all five boroughs. Art instructors such as Giannina Gutierrez brings a different kind of experience collaborating with ProjectArt, the students, Allerton Public Library and the community.
Artists Giannina Gutierrez and Marthalicia Matarrita created beautiful art for the event, as Darcie Garcia led participants in floral arranging workshops
“I chose the Horned Grebe for its striking appearance; with it's fiery eyes and mohawk-like feathers, this bird strikes me as a rebel. He refuses to be endangered.”