ORIGINAL PROJECTS & PERFORMANCES
A musical epic exploring displacement and identity in the era of climate change through the eyes of the world’s first mammoth-elephant hybrid and the humans confronting rapidly thawing Arctic permafrost. Inspired by the Pleistocene Park geoengineering experiment, the Colossal de-extinction project, and an ancient Indigenous Yakutian song-poem, the play follows the first “mammelephant” as she tries to make a hopeful future for herself in a place where everything-- knowledge, ancestry, even the ground beneath her feet-- is unstable.
Mammelephant will have its world premiere July-August 2022 at Mabou Mines Theater in Manhattan. Stay tuned for details and tickets!
Mammelephant was previously developed thanks to the support of Theatre Row's Kitchen Sink residency. 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), Lanxing Fu (playwright), Alejandro Fajardo (scenic and lighting designer), Trevor New (composer/musical director), Imani Russell (performer/creator), Izzy Sazak (performer/creator), Eva von Schweinitz (sound designer), Zhanna Zakharova (performer/creator), William Cook (researcher/creator), Sergio Botero (science advisor), Jem Pickard (creative producer).
Ghost Bike is a community-centered 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 painted white bicycles memorializing neighbors who have died on bikes. NYC cycling deaths continue to climb due to lack of bicycle infrastructure, neglect of existing lanes, and hostility from motorists. The need for bike-friendly streets directly intersects with a vision for a clean-air city in right relationship with land and people.
The project will unfold over several years in various iterations, from pop-up performances to public promenades. Fall 2021 saw the first public events in the project, including a cycling community story-share and a original performance in Prospect Park.
The Ghost Bike project is led by Jackie Rivera (Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theater) and Jem 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.
Photo by Karentonkeron Maresca.
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 Jem 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 Jem 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 (January 20-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.
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.
Co-created by Jonathan Camuzeaux, Simón Adinia Hanukai, and Jem Pickard
Written and performed by Jem 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.