This week, SPACE hosts six members of the Woodshed Collective while they develop their new piece about the infamous DB Cooper (the sharply-dressed man behind the only unsolved aviation hijacking in US history!).
Woodshed Collective on Woodshed Collective:
Woodshed Collective creates installation theater presented free of charge to the public. The company realizes handcrafted, visceral worlds in diverse locations for our audience to explore, athleticizing their senses, emotions, and minds. Inspiring spectators to claim a presence that helps author the experience itself, our productions aim to create a genuine sense of wonder.
Woodshed Collective’s 2009 production of “The Confidence Man” set aboard the decommissioned US Coast Guard ship, LILAC.
Woodshed Collective on “Skyjack”:
SKYJACK is a play with music that depicts the story of DB Cooper – the hijacker who parachuted to freedom in 1971 - and some of the suspects in this legendary crime. With DB still unmasked and undiscovered, the case remains the only unsolved plane hijacking in U.S. history. Designed for a warehouse, SKYJACK literally takes audiences on a multi-locational theatrical ride from inside the cabin of DB’s flight to the hospital rooms, Thanksgiving tables, and psycho-hypnosis offices where seemingly average Americans have admitted to being the “real” DB. In the 40 years since he leaped from that plane, DB Cooper has evolved into a character of folk mythology as hundreds of people have either been suspects in the case or claimed to have known the real DB.
Tommy Smith (writer):
Plays include PIGEON (Ensemble Studio Theatre; dir. Billy Carden), THE BREAK-UP (Flea Theater; dir. Sherri Kronfeld), AIR CONDITIONING (Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference; dir. Steve Cosson), among others. His work has also appeared at PS 122, The Ontological Theatre, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, The Yale Cabaret; he has also been widely produced internationally. His award-winning theatrical collaborations with Reggie Watts have played at The Public Theatre, Lamama, The Warhol Museum, and PICA: TBA, among others. He a two-time winner of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize, the recipient of the PONY fellow at The Lark, and the E.S.T. Sloan Grant, among others. Publications include WHITE HOT in the New York Theatre Review and STREAKin “Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays”, printed by Vintage. Recently, his feature film FIGMENT was optioned by Ridley Scott’s production company ScottFree. He is a graduate of the playwriting program at The Juilliard School. He lives in NYC.
Teddy Bergman (Founding Member and Artistic Director)
Teddy is an actor, writer, and director, born and raised in New York. As an actor, his recent theater credits include Peter and the Starcatchers by Rick Elice (La Jolla Playhouse/Disney, dirs. Roger Rees, Alex Timbers) Nobody Likes The Mormons (Ars Nova, dir. Kerry Whigham), and I Was Tom Cruise (FringeNYC – Outstanding Play Award, dirs. Alexander Poe, Joseph Varca), and works regionally at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is an Artistic Associate at Les Freres Corbusier and has worked with Obie winning writer/director Alex Timbers on many projects, including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Joe’s Pub). His film credits include Nora Ephron’s Julie and Julia, among others. As a director, he recently helmed a presentation for Clubbed Thumb’s HOTDISH (representing Woodshed). He graduated from Vassar College as a Philosophy major, where he received the Vernon Vable Prize for Overall Excellence in Philosophy.
Gabriel Hainer Evansohn (Founding Member and Artistic Director)
Gabriel has worked as a Designer, Technical Director and Production Manager for various companies throughout NYC including Atlantic Theater Company, The Abingdon Theater Company, Target Margin, The NY Fringe Festival, Disgraced Productions, RX Productions and KEF Productions. He currently works as the Stage 2 Production Manager for the Atlantic Theater Company and as the Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer for the Atlantic Acting School. He graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Drama and Philosophy.
Stephen Squibb (Founding Member and Producing Artistic Director)
Stephen writes regularly for artforum.com, art agenda, and n+1 where he edits City by City with Keith Gessen. He recently collaborated with artist Khalil Rabah on the fifth newsletter for the Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind, and with Martha Rosler on Proposed Helsinki Garden in Singapore at Old Kallang Airport for the 2011 Biennial. He is a PhD candidate in English at Harvard University where he directed Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of Anarchist at the Loeb Theater last fall. Stephen was formerly the wine critic for Time Out | Istanbul.
Emily Fishbaine (Director in Residence and Development Supervisor)
Directing credits include: Dressing Miss Julie (NYC Fringe-Outstanding Direction Award), Uncle Vanya, The Bear, and Immediacy: an Experiment in Performance and News Media (Vassar College). She has assisted directors Kip Fagan, Tea Alagic, Ellen Beckerman, and John Clancy. Emily has also worked in various capacities with Atlantic Theater Company, and New York Theatre Workshop among others. She is the proprietor of WroughtInBrooklyn, an online accessories and design shop, and co-founder of Atelier Collective Design, a brand new company that provides custom home goods and services. She holds a B.A. in Drama from Vassar College. She is the recipient of the Kazan Award for Distinction in Theatre Arts.
Jocelyn Kuritsky (Actress in Residence and Literary Coordinator)
Jocelyn has worked back-to-back with the Obie winning playwrights’ collective 13P; she has performed with Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood; and she is a former member of the Bats, the Obie winning Flea Theater’s resident acting company. She has performed in, read, &/or workshopped plays with Les Freres Corbusier, New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public, and Soho Rep. among others. She has collaborated with innovative playwrights and directors, including Obie winners Sarah Benson, Anne Kauffman and Robert O’Hara, Drama Desk nominee Tom Ridgely, and José Zayas among others. Her television/film credits include Wunderkrafthaus (Pilot, Independent Together Ltd.), and the upcoming Peace After Marriage with Hiam Abbass and Louise Lasser. As a writer and sometimes director, she has received development support from The Flea Theater and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater among others. In 2009, she co-produced a special reading of Goose by Martin Snyder with Woodshed Collective and Tony & Grammy winner Duncan Sheik at Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater. She holds a B.A. in English from Scripps College.
The SPACE Team is thrilled to see what Woodshed Collective brings to the farm this week. The beds are made, the movie nights planned, delicious food cooking, and all the ingredients for s’mores on hand. Be sure to check out Woodshed Collective at their website (woodshedcollective.com), and if you can, go see one of their shows (they’re free!).