ORIGINAL PERFORMANCES

MAMMELEPHANT

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 generations of female ancestors as they tumble through the history of humanity’s changing relationship to nature. 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 will be developed through 2019-2021 as part of Theatre Row's inaugural Kitchen Sink residency. It will premiere in 2021 at Theatre Row.
Work-in-progress performances were presented in February 2019 at HERE Arts Center & The New Ohio.

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CREATIVE TEAM
Lanxing Fu, Treya Lam, Serena Ebony Miller, Eva von Schweinitz, Sergio Botero, William Cook,  Jeremy Pickard.

ADDITIONAL COLLABORATORS
The New Ohio 2019: Alanna Raquel Bowers, Zoë Geltman, Priscilla Villanueva
HERE Arts Center 2019: Ciara Cornelius, Alejandro Fajardo, Zoë Geltman, Sim Yan Ying

Early developmental residencies took place in November 2017 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and February 2018 at the Dragon’s Egg Retreat Center.

Core of Me: A Hike-Play

A human and a tree are walking to meet each other for coffee, looking for wisdom and comfort in the face of a rapidly changing world. A performance that coexists with a hike 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 developed during a STEAMplant residency with Pratt Institute.

Created by Jeremy Pickard in collaboration with Chris Jensen, Jennifer Telesca, Lanxing Fu, Treya Lam, and Trevor New.

THE PLANET PLAYS

Nine plays that together form a new mythology about people in the era of climate change.

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

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FLYING ACE AND THE STORM OF THE CENTURY!

Perched on the roof of his doghouse, armed only 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, highly physical, multidisciplinary duet explores resilience in the face of climate disasters.

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Flying Ace and the Storm of the Century – Short from Superhero Clubhouse on Vimeo.

CALIFORNIA 2015

Bay Area tour, October 2015
Produced by Simón Adinia Hanukai
Assisted by Julia Schoenberg

Our tour featured performances at PianoFight (San Francisco), Destiny Arts Center (Oakland), and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (Richmond), as well as eco-theater workshops at schools and theaters in San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, and Richmond.

Read our online program, designed by Lani Fu

PRAISE

“Theatre at its best: intelligent and entertaining.”
-Ulrik Skeel, Odin Teatret

An innovative and incredibly accessible story that manages to do what very few can do—make climate change humorous, while invoking a desire for action from an audience.  I was particularly moved by the combination of brilliant acting and music and am excited to have this work shared with diverse audiences, young and old.”
-Tara DePorte, Founder and Executive Director, Human Impacts Institute

Flying Ace is captivating; a delightful piece of theater about dealing with severe weather that is endearingsmart and funnyIt is just what we need in the quest to grab hearts and minds on the issue of how we ourselves might manage in our increasingly disaster-troubled world.”
-Jennifer Newell, American Museum of Natural History

Vigorous…finding pathos and sweet humor throughout the precision and energy of the performance.”
-Marya Ursin, Mystic Paper Beasts/The Dragon’s Egg

ABOUT

Co-created by Jeremy Pickard, Simón Adinia Hanukai, and Jonathan Camuzeaux
Written and performed by Jeremy Pickard
Music composed and performed by Jonathan Camuzeaux
Directed by Simón Adinia Hanukai
Stage managed by Harry Poster
Set by Michael Minahan
Costumes by Preesa Adeline Bullington
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 the show program.

Photos by Marina McClure

HISTORY

Originally commissioned by The Earth Institute / PositiveFeedback for Marfa Dialogues NY 2013, with support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Originally developed while in residence at Denmark’s Odin Teatret and Vestjyllands Hojskole, produced by Per Bech Jensen, Cultural Collaboration Mid & West Jutland and Aarhus2015.

Final development in June 2014 at NACL Theater on a “Deep Space” residency.

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 University Settlement and eco-scenographer Tanja Beer, will feature 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.

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THE FAIR WEATHERS

A comedic trunk show about a curmudgeonly clown who just can't make peace with the changing environment.

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Created by Danny Gardner, Jame McCray, and Jeremy Pickard

Directed by Jeremy Pickard
Performed by Danny Gardner
Dramaturgy by Jame McCray

Productions at PS 29 Super Science Saturday 2017 and The High Line Summer Festival 2018

NEIGHBORS

A musical tale of two trees and two abuellas, all in need of connection on a record-hot summer day in New York City.

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Created by Wesley Zurick, Jame McCray, and Jeremy Pickard

Directed by Jeremy Pickard 
Performed by Amanda Centeno, Vanessa Perada-Felix, Wesley Zurick
Props, Set, and Costumes by Lexy Ho-Tai 
Dramaturgy by Jame McCray 

Recent performances at PS 29 Super Science Saturday Festival and SHC Solstice Celebration 2018

SALTY FOLK, AN OYSTER MUSICAL

Salty Folk, an oyster musical, a Superhero Clubhouse production

Fresh from the hatchery, a young oyster attempts to combat a storm and the resulting sewage that threatens to destroy her community and the life of the harbor.

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Created by Nate Weida and Jeremy Pickard

Development supported by The New Victory Theater LabWorks. Latest production at The Billion Oyster Project, June 2016.