Join us on Ryder Farm for an afternoon featuring farm tours, farm-fresh fare, performances from SPACE’s resident artists, and an agricultural demonstration.
BANDITS ON THE RUN
BANDITS ON THE RUN is a guerrilla music project continually taking place in NYC's most underground scene: the subways. At the center of this dangerous crime ring are Roy Dodger, guitar & vocals (a.k.a. Adrian Enscoe); Bonanza Jellyfish, cello & vocals (a.k.a. Sydney Shepherd); and “Clarissa”, percussion & vocals (a.k.a. Regina Strayhorn). To your ears, these whimsical criminals will sound like a nostalgic medley of old and new: strummed, plucked, and bowed away on cello and guitar, and propped up on an old timey spine of three part harmony. Their tools are various and sundry, a motley mix of off-beat pop music covers, reworked jazz and rock standards, and originals that’ll make you feel like deja vu all over again.
MFONISO UDOFIA, a first generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College and obtained her MFA from ACT. She co-pioneered the youth initiative The Nia Project, providing artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint. Mfoniso's Ufot Family Cycle plays, Sojourners and Her Portmanteau, will be produced this coming Spring 2017 as part of New York Theatre Workshop's season. She is also Playwrights Realm's 2015-16 Page One Playwright and in Winter 2016 they produced the World Premiere of Sojourners. In Spring 2016, The Magic Theater in San Francisco produced the West Coast Premiere of Sojourners and the World Premiere of the third installation in the Ufot Family Cycle, runboyun. Mfoniso is currently working on Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! commission translating Shakespeare’s, Othello. She’s also the Artistic Director of the NOW AFRICA: Playwrights Festival and a proud member of New Dramatists class of 2023. Mfoniso’s plays have been developed, presented and/or produced by Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, NNPN and New Play Showcase, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, I73, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle's INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, American Slavery Project, Liberation Theatre Company and more. Mfoniso was a finalist for the 2015 PoNY Prize, the Eugene O'Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Many Voices Fellowship, Page73 Development Programs, Jerome Fellowship, NYTW’s 2050 Fellowship and Lark Playwrights' Week. Follow her at @mfudofia and www.mfonisoudofia.com.
Our food for the evening is brought to you by Brendan Spieth. Brendan is a contributing chef at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He has cooked at Egg and Parish Hall in Brooklyn, under the tutelage of Maude Semas, Evan Hanczor, and George Weld. His pick-back brine was recommended by New York Magazine. He has been known to tinker some songs out on a ukulele.
3:00pm - Tours of Ryder Farm
3:45pm - Excerpt of runboyrun by Mfoniso Udofia in the Barn
4:30pm - Bandits on the Run perform on the bowling green
If you're traveling by train from NYC, we suggest you take the 1:22pm Harlem line train departing from Grand Central Station for Southeast. Brewster is the second-to-last stop, and you'll need to be in one of the first four cars to exit. You'll arrive in Brewster by about 2:43pm. Cabs are readily available right outside the Brewster train station to take you to the farm. In the event that you want to call a cab we recommend:
Southeast Taxi: 845-519-0155
Orbe’s Taxi: 845-278-7200
This project is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council's Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds through Putnam County.
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