ORIGINAL PROJECTS & PERFORMANCES

MAMMELEPHANT

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.

World premiere July 22-August 6, 2022 at 122CC in Manhattan. TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Written by Lanxing Fu, Directed by Nana Dakin, Performed by Jen Anaya*, Imani Russell, Izzy Sazak, and Zhanna Zakharova.

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Photo by Rio Che

GHOST BIKE

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 and Jem Pickard and includes local cyclists, bicycle builders and mechanics, bicycle advocates and activists, and artists of many disciplines as collaborators.

Photo by Karentonkeron Maresca.

HIKE-PLAY

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.

READ OUR HIKE BLOG

WATCH A VIDEO TRAILER BY JESS LAZAR

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
and nevertheless
keep on tending
together

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 Clubbed Thumb's 2020-21 Directing Fellowship.

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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.

Photos by Marina McClure

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

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 with support from Cultural Collaboration Mid & West Jutland and Aarhus2015.

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

California Bay Area tour, October 2015, featuring 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. Our CA tour was produced by Simón Adinia Hanukai, assisted by Julia Schoenberg.

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

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.

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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

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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.

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Salty Folk was originally created in 2015/16 by Nate Weida and Jem Pickard via a residency with New Victory Theater LabWorks and in partnership with Billion Oyster Project/ New York Harbor School. In 2020/21, the script was rewritten and transformed into an animation screenplay with new collaborators Tanasia Swift (Billion Oyster Project) and Rodrick Bell (Bronx River Alliance).

Gratitude to past workshop performers, collaborators, and hosts: Kelley Nicole Dugan, Jay Felix, Lanxing Fu, Zoe Geltman, Sam Gonzalez, Chasten Harmon, Eben Hoffer, Sam Janis, Ben Langhorst, Serena Ebony Miller, Ronald Peet, Vanessa Pereda, Eva Peskin, Harry Poster, Kelly Rogers, Isabella Sazak, David Schact, Dan Tracy, Allan K. Washington, Wesley Zurick, PositiveFeedback, and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

SHORT PLAYS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

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, Jamē McCray, and Jem Pickard

Workshop Directed by Jem Pickard 
Workshop Performances by Amanda Centeno, Vanessa Perada-Felix, Serena Ebony Miller, Wesley Zurick
Props, Set, and Costumes by Lexy Ho-Tai 
Dramaturgy by Jamē McCray 

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

THE FAIRWEATHERS

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, Jamē McCray, and Jem Pickard
Directed by Jem Pickard
Performed by Danny Gardner
Dramaturgy by Jamē McCray

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