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CTown is going to change your life when we fulfill our vibrational destinies together with THE MOMENTUM, a self-help-sploitation that asks: Unhappy? Listless? Broke? Alone? Depressed? Shoeless? Let its Laws of Attraction massage your vibrations and pull you into the Gaping Hole of Momentum.
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CollaborationTown presents THE MOMENTUM CollaborationTown is going to change your life when we fulfill our vibrational destinies together with THE MOMENTUM, a self-help-sploitation that asks: Unhappy? Listless? Broke? Alone? Depressed? Shoeless? Let its Laws of Attraction massage your vibrations and pull you into the Gaping Hole of Momentum. There, you'll eventually learn it's not what you don't have that matters, but what you think you want to have but don't yet and aren't sure how to find and who even knows if what you want is what you need or if it's obtainable but if it is there's only one way to get it: THE MOMENTUM ™®©. THE MOMENTUM was previously produced at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (NYC) and received a 2012 GLAAD Media Award nomination, at The Emerging America Festival (Boston, MA) and was given an Honorable Mention by Dig Boston as one of the best plays in 2011, and in the NYC International Fringe festival where it received a 2010 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award. written and performed by Boo Killebrew, Geoffrey Decas O'Donnell, and Jordan Seavey directed by Lee Sunday Evans co-created with Lee Sunday Evans and TJ Witham CTown’s mission is to create ensemble-driven pieces of theater that defy expectations of how stories can be told in the theater; to maintain a consistent core ensemble which collaborates regularly with an ever-expanding community of artists; to create new plays that are relevant beyond traditional theater audiences. CTown creates with our unique ensemble devising process, asking artists to step outside individual, traditional roles in order to integrate different styles, opinions, emotions, backgrounds and philosophies into risky, humorous, and heartfelt new plays. Select past productions include: The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos (The New Ohio Theater, nominated for a NY Innovative Theatre Award), The Play About My Dad (59E59 Theaters), The Momentum (2012 GLAAD Media Award nominee, 2010 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner, Emerging America Festival), Children at Play (The Living Theater, nominated for two New York Innovative Theatre Awards) and 6969 (59E59 Theaters; winner of three NYIT Awards: Best Ensemble, Best Featured Actress, and Best Actor). CollaborationTown has been selected for three residencies at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center in Watermill, NY, and three residencies with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. CTown is currently in residence at The New Ohio Theatre an IRT Theater as part of their Archive Alliance Residency.
Pictured (Left to Right): Geoffrey Decas O'Donnell, Jordan Seavey, and Boo Killebrew
Photo Credit: Max Ruby
September 14, 2013 5:00 PM First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA September 13, 2013 11:00 PM First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA September 12, 2013 7:00 PM First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA September 7, 2013 4:00 PM First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA September 5, 2013 7:00 PM First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Production Team Summary
Identifies with and will do reviews with cultural, ethnic, or religious groups (e.g.,: Jewish community, GLBTQ community, African American community, etc.):LGBTQ
Groups or Educational Institution Affiliations (e.g.,: university, company member of other theaters):CollaborationTown is an independent NYC based non-profit theatre company. The members of company’s artistic core are all proud alumni of Boston University but we are not affiliated with the university. The company is also a proud member of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, an arts service organization that supports NYC non profit theaters, and the League of Independent Theaters, a 501(c)6 advocacy organization working for the creators and practitioners of the independent theatre in NYC.
Why do you do the Festival? What Does the Festival Mean to You?CTown is thrilled to bring The Momentum the Philly Fringe. We chose the Fringe because it has a spectacular reputation and because friends have had positive experiences producing in the festival in years past. The New York International Fringe Festival has been an integral part of CTown’s growth and development as a company and we have come to view festivals as a necessity. The Festival is the first Fringe Festival we have done outside of our home in NYC and we hope it will be the first of many and lead to more growth, more opportunities, and allow us to share our work with a whole new audience.
Why are you mounting your Festival show in this neighborhood?We are excited to bring The Momentum to the First Unitarian Church in City Center Philadelphia. The play is a parody of the self help movement and we wanted a venue like a church basement or a hotel conference room, where a self help meeting would actually take place. Upon visiting the church we instantly fell in love with their community oriented progressive mission and felt it was a good fit as they host everything from local rock bands and theater to AA meetings in the room we will be performing. It is a perfect fit.
Please list any interesting facts, awards, hobbies, or other things about you or your show that might be newsworthy:THE MOMENTUM was previously produced at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (NYC) and received a 2012 GLAAD Media Award nomination, at The Emerging America Festival (Boston, MA) and was given an Honorable Mention by Dig Boston as one of the best plays in 2011, and in the NYC International Fringe festival where it received a 2010 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award.
Jordan Seavey Originally from: Brooklyn, NY Role: Writer/Performer Claim to fame: Jordan Seavey is co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of CollaborationTown, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and a member of the 2009 Emerging Writer’s Group at The Public Theater. His plays include Listening for our Murderer, The Funny Pain, The Truth Will Out, 6969, Children At Play, and many other plays co-written/devised with CTown. His work has been developed with New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The Old Vic (UK), Lark Play Development Center, Oslo Internasjanole Teater (Norway), Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, 59E59 Theaters, The New Ohio Theatre, IRT Theater, The Amoralists, Orlando Shakespeare, Emerging America Festival/Huntington Theatre Company, About Face Theater (Chicago), Williamstown Theatre Festival, hotINK Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, The MacDowell Colony, The Orchard Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Dartmouth College, NYSAF/Vassar, Edward F. Albee Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Amanda Feldman Originally from: Franklin Square, NY Role: Producer Claim to fame: Amanda Feldman helped establish CTown in late 2003 and has produced many of the company’s best works. She is the co-founder and producer with Neighborhood Productions. Recent NYC credits: Bureau of Missing Persons, Tar Baby, The Momentum, The Deepest Play Ever, Olives & Blood, and Lake Water. She was the General Manager of the Lark 2006 - 2011. Other affiliations include: The League of Independent Theatre, History Matters/Back to the Future, and NYC World Theatre Day Coalition. Geoffrey Decas O'Donnell Originally from: Harwich, MA Role: Writer/Performer Claim to fame: Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of CollaborationTown. Currently they are part of the Archive Alliance Residency developing a new work for the New Ohio Theatre. Most recently CTown produced his award-winning play The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos at The New Ohio. He has studied playwrighting with Charles Mee. For a while he could be seen portraying Dijon Mustard in an LG Refrigerator interactive game on the Facebook. Web: The Outs. Boo Killebrew Originally from: Gulfport, MS Role: Writer/Performer Claim to fame: Boo Killebrew is a playwright/actress/choreographer and is co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of CollaborationTown and a member of The Public Theater's 2013 Emerging Writer's Group. Boo has appeared at The Roundabout, The Public, 59e59, The New Ohio, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, and The Huntington. She is the recipient of 2 NYIT Awards, 2 NY Fringe Awards of Excellence, and The Bette Davis Foundation Award. Web: The Outs; Whatever This Is. Lee Sunday Evans Originally from: Denver, CO Role: Director/Co-Creator Claim to fame: As the resident director for CTown Lee has directed All Girls, The Deepest Play Ever, The Momentum, The Play About My Dad. Other directing credits include: The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Waterwell/PPAS), God's Ear (Juilliard), The Big Fix (BAX), The End of Life Project (Outside the Wire, Coatesville, VA Medical Center). As Associate Director to Young Jean Lee her credits include: The Shipment (Wexner Center, The Kitchen), Lear (SohoRep). TJ Witham Originally from: Andover, MA Role: Co-Creator Claim to fame: TJ Witham is an Artistic Core member CollaborationTown. He currently works for Robert Wilson at The Watermill Center: a laboratory for performance that supports the development of new work Water Mill, NY. TJ is also a soloist with the renowned New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.