ORIGINAL PROJECTS & PERFORMANCES
A time-warping musical play exploring otherness and displacement in the era of climate change through the eyes of the world’s first mammoth-elephant hybrid and her ancestors. Inspired by Pleistocene Park, a real-life geoengineering experiment to prevent the Arctic permafrost from thawing by recreating an Ice Age ecosystem, the play follows the first “mammelephant” as she tries to make a hopeful future for herself in a place where everything-- knowledge, identity, even the ground beneath her feet-- is unstable.
Mammelephant is being developed throughout 2019-2022 as part of Theatre Row's inaugural Kitchen Sink residency. It will premiere in June 2022 at Theatre Row.
Work-in-progress performances were presented in February 2020 at Theatre Row and in February 2019 at HERE Arts Center & The New Ohio.
Nana Dakin (director), Alejandro Fajardo (scenic and lighting designer), Lanxing Fu (playwright), Imani Russell (performer/creator), Trevor New (composer/musical director), Isabella Sazak (performer/creator), Eva von Schweinitz (sound designer/performer), Zhanna Zakharova (performer/creator), William Cook (researcher/creator), Sergio Botero (science advisor), Jeremy Pickard (dramaturg)
Hike-Play is a two-part project that creates space for individuals to explore their personal relationship to the climate crisis and the land by going on guided walks through the woods. The project consists of a performance and a series of research hikes.
PART 1: PERFORMANCE (Core of Me)
A human and a tree meet each other for coffee, looking for wisdom and comfort in the face of a rapidly changing world. A performance that coexists with a walk in the woods, Core of Me: A Hike-Play explores climate anxiety, the perceived divide between nature and cities, and the hope that might arise from interspecies connection.
Our first work-in-progress performances happened October 5, 2019 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY as part of their annual Open House event. Core of Me was created by Jeremy Pickard in collaboration with Chris Jensen, Jennifer Telesca, Lanxing Fu, Treya Lam, and Trevor New, and was developed during a STEAMplant residency with Pratt Institute.
PART 2: RESEARCH HIKES
We invite you to unplug, breathe clean air, and commune with the trees for a few hours. Join Lanxing Fu or Jeremy Pickard (co-directors of Superhero Clubhouse) for a walk in a park or forest around Lenapehoking (New York City and the surrounding areas). We'll talk with you about nature, the climate crisis, and your visions for the future. We'll bring snacks, turn off our phones, and walk at your pace. Afterwards, we'll write a short blog about our experience.
LOVE LETTER TO A SEED
Love Letter To A Seed is
An illustrated letter, invitation, and audio experience
for climate activists, artists, and concerned beings
who are weary
and sometimes hang their heads in despair
keep on tending
This project is released annually: it blooms in the winter (December 21-March 20) and hibernates the rest of the year. The project was led by director Nana Dakin and originally presented in March 2021 as part of Winterworks, the culmination of Clubbed Thumb's annual Directing Fellowship.
Ghost Bike is a multimodal performance project that examines the bicycle as a queer expression of vulnerability, an anti-capitalist symbol of freedom, and a powerful tool for climate, transportation, and social justice.
Ghost Bikes are community-erected memorials of painted white bicycles chained near crash sites, paying tribute to neighbors who have died while riding their bikes. NYC cycling deaths continue to climb due to a lack of bicycle infrastructure, neglect of existing lanes, and overwhelming hostility from motorists. The need for bike- and pedestrian-friendly streets directly intersects with a vision for a clean-air city in right relationship with land and people.
The Ghost Bike project is currently in development, led by Jackie Rivera (Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theater) and Jeremy Pickard (Superhero Clubhouse) and includes local cyclists, bicycle builders and mechanics, bicycle advocates and activists, and artists from both Agile Rascal and Superhero Clubhouse as collaborators.
The modes of Ghost Bike may include:
- A theater performance set in a recreated intersection exploring the liminal space bicycles occupy and the parallel vulnerability that people of color, women, queer, and trans people experience on the streets.
- A bike funeral procession down Ocean Avenue Greenway celebrating the life of New York cyclists killed by vehicles.
- Other modes including guided bike history tours, rides tracing the high water lines and original shorelines of the five boroughs, and bike safety workshops.
FLYING ACE AND THE STORM OF THE CENTURY!
Perched on the roof of his doghouse with a typewriter and a rare imagination, a dog attempts to adapt after an unusual hurricane washed him out to sea. Created in 2013 in response to Superstorm Sandy, this humorous, musical, physical duet explores resilience in the face of climate disasters.
Flying Ace and the Storm of the Century will return for a production run in Fall 2022 for the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy - stay tuned!
Co-created by Jonathan Camuzeaux, Simón Adinia Hanukai, and Jeremy Pickard
Written and performed by Jeremy Pickard
Music composed and performed by Jonathan Camuzeaux
Directed by Simón Adinia Hanukai
Originally Stage Managed by Harry Poster
Original Set Design by Michael Minahan
Original Costume Design by Preesa Adeline Bullington
Original Lighting by Owen Walz
Dramaturgy by Megan McClain
Created in collaboration with climate scientists from Columbia University's Earth Institute and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
Run time: 55min
Click here to download a show program.
THE LIVING STAGE NYC
THE LIVING STAGE combines horticulture, theatrical design, and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable, biodiverse, and edible performance spaces. The NYC version, led by Superhero Clubhouse in partnership with eco-scenographer Tanja Beer, Meltzer Tenent's Association, University Settlement and XDEA Architects, featured a lush living stage situated amidst the urban landscape of the Lower East Side. Created by local seniors and students, the space was inhabited by performances made for and by the community in a weekend festival in August, 2017.
THE PLANET PLAYS
Nine plays that together form a new mythology for the Anthropocene.
URANUS, a play about waste
NEPTUNE, a play about water
MERCURY, a play about poison
SATURN, a play about food
EARTH, a play about people
MARS, a play about mining
VENUS, a play about place
JUPITER, a play about power
PLUTO, no longer a play
SALTY FOLK, AN OYSTER MUSICAL
Fresh from the hatchery, a young oyster from Brooklyn confronts the legacy of pollution in New York Harbor and her disheartened friends in this hopeful tale of community, ancestry, and resilience.
SHORT PLAYS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
A musical tale of two trees and two abuellas, all in need of connection on a record-hot summer day in New York City.
A comedic trunk show about a curmudgeonly clown who just can't make peace with the changing environment.