Upcoming: Abe Koogler’s Kill Floor, March 22, 23 and 24, 2019, at Art House Productions‘ FlexBox Theater in Jersey City, NJ. Tickets available now via Brown Paper Tickets! $20/$10.
Director: Jackie Knollhuff
“A funny, surprising and moving search for connection in modern America.” After five years in prison, Andy returns to her small, economically depressed hometown to restart her life; her only job option is on the kill floor of the local slaughterhouse. Her choice to take the job brings her to a clearer understanding of class, race, and status, on the job and in her everyday social interactions, and complicates her efforts to reunite with her teenage son, a vegan with a budding political awareness, who faces his own sometimes parallel challenges within the exploitative system in which we live, love, and die.
Kill Floor won the 2014 L. Arnold Weissberger Award of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It received its world premiere at NYC’s LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in October 2015 and played at American Theatre Company, Chicago, from March 2016.
We need your help! Space, set materials, insurance, and more all costs money, and so we’ve started a GoFundMe campaign to support our upcoming production of Abe Koogler’s amazing play, Kill Floor, in Jersey City, at Art House Productions‘ FlexBox Theater, on March 22, 23, and 24 (note changed dates!). Go fund us — any amount is appreciated!
We did it! The dramatic, staged reading of Trojan Women on August 30, 7pm, at the Montclair Public Library, was well attended and warmly received by about 40 library-goers. Many thanks to Molly Hone and Jill DeMarco, of the Montclair Public Library, who attended to all our dramatic needs!
A very special shout out to the incredible cast: Alexa Teebo (Hecuba), Dixie Carroll (Helen), Giuliana Carr (Andromache), Ashley Marie Bombino (Cassandra) and Kristen Bryfogle (Chorus Leader) deserve kudos for gorgeous singing and impressive and emotive acting; also a big hand to Kristen for her beautiful melodies; to Ben Izlar Jr (Menelaus) for his over the top villainous but still human and moving portrayal of Helen’s jilted husband; and of course to the gods — Lizzie Engelberth (Athene), whose sensitive and dramatic percussion ornamentation really heightened the drama, and Joey Palazzo (Poseidon) for his beautifully sly and suave reading of that slippery god!
Special thanks and applause go to Jack Waller (Talthybius), who stepped up at the eleventh hour to swoop in with a sophisticated and sensitive reading of that key figure, the Greek military herald caught between pity and duty at the end of the Trojan War.
A warm welcome also to Ashlee Morel, our new Literary Director, who compiled a wonderful display on the modern international refugee and migration crises, and a great list of organizations working for refugee and migrant rights and advocacy (Trojan Women Immigration Handout).
Stay tuned for photographs from the performance by Joanna Madloch, soon to be posted in this space!
Free public dramatic reading! Euripides’ Trojan Women
Coming up on August 30th, 7-8:30pm, at the Montclair Public Library Auditorium, we’ll be performing a dramatic reading of Euripides’ Trojan Women (translation by Richmond Lattimore). Free & open to public.
The Greek tragic playwright Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) wrote this play in 415 BCE, in the midst of the Peloponnesian War.