Past Events

A Winter Gathering of New Music & Multimedia Performance

 
New theatre and performance works by New England-based artists Thread Ensemble, Ioana B. Jucan and Co., Kirsten Volness, and Adara Meyers (directed by Natalya Baldyga). This Salon-style evening invited audiences to explore notions of home, memory, and the human cost of involuntary migration.
February 15–24, 2018
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3/Fifths’ Trapped in a Traveling Minstrel Show

 
James Scruggs’ bold, incendiary, and hilarious multimedia extravaganza, 3/Fifths’ Trapped in a Traveling Minstrel Show, directed by Mark Rayment, rocked Boston audiences and garnered an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production (Fringe).
November 3–11, 2017
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Robbie McCauley ‘n Company

Robbie & Jessie

Robbie McCauley and daughter Jessie Montgomery

Robbie McCauley ‘n Company: a convening in performance marked Sleeping Weazel’s first celebration/symposium honoring American icon Robbie McCauley for her courage, revolutionary artistry, and generosity to so many. This event included some of the brightest lights of our time in performance art, scholarship, and criticism.
April 6-7, 2017
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Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide

Cleanliness, Godliness and Madness

(l-r): Stephanie Burlington Daniels, Veronica Anastasio Wiseman, prison guard

In Charlotte Meehan’s multimedia play, Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide, two fundamentalist Christian homemakers form The Movement to Restore Decency (aka MOTOREDE) and find themselves engaging in sexual escapades with each other. How far will the devil go to tempt ordinary citizens into a life of sin? And what happens when political ambition takes over? Directed by Robbie McCauley with scenic design by Sara Ossana and video design by Mathew Provost.
September 15-24, 2016
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The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

Beesus and Ballustrada
(l-r): Karen MacDonald, Cliff Odle

In The Birds and the Bees, playwrights Kate Snodgrass, Adara Meyers, and Charlotte Meehan challenge the status quo on romantic love and the Apocalypse in three hilariously dark plays, directed by Melia Bensussen and Shana Gozansky.
June 2-11, 2016
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In the Wake of the Graybow Riots

In the Wake of the Graybox Riots

(l-r): Alex Dhima, Felix Teich

Lisa Schlesinger’s backyard blues play, In the Wake of the Graybow Riots, took the stage on Lake Massapoag in Sharon, MA with a postmodern approach to an old dustbowl story. Directed by Shana Gozansky, with original music by Ben Schmidt.
July 23, 2015
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Badass

Badass

(l-r): Magdalena Gómez, Robbie McCauley, Kate Snodgrass

New theatre and performance works by badass artists Magdalena Gómez, Robbie McCauley, and Kate Snodgrass (directed by Melia Bensussen). Themes of identity, loss, existential crisis, and art itself reigned in this extraordinary festival celebrating the uniquely articulated visions of three great women theatre makers.
March 5-14, 2015
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27 Tips for Banishing the Blues

27 Tips for Banishing the Blues

(l-r, above): Stephanie Burlington Daniels, Elise Morrison, R. Bobby Ducharme

Charlotte Meehan’s multimedia tragi-parody skewering the self-help industry for selling fake help to people in real pain. This play, directed by Kenneth Prestininzi, is the second (and funniest) of a trilogy called The Problem with People, a decade-long exploration of grief, catastrophe, and the ridiculous.
August-September 2014
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Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers

Talk To At Me

Talk To At Me
(l-r): Cesar Muñoz, Veronica Wiseman, Margarita Martinez, James Barton, Kervin Germain

Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers, a two-week festival of plays, trans cabaret, and solo performance coinciding with Boston Pride Week, stretched the boundaries of gender, family, politics, and time-based art forms. Directed by Kenneth Prestininzi, Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and Shana Gozansky.
June 12-21, 2014
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African American History and Its Expressions

African American History and Its Expressions

The Purple Flower
Puppets designed by Annie Katsura Rollins

A multimedia Black History Month festival that featured The Man Who Dug Fish by Obie-award winning, Roxbury-based playwright Ed Bullins (directed by Noe Montez) and Keli Garrett’s adaptation of Boston-born, Harlem Rennaisance writer Marita Bonner’s never-before-produced play, The Purple Flower (directed by Dominic Taylor). With performance of poetry by Robbie McCauley and a presentation of historical dolls by Debra Britt.
February 27-March 1, 2014
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The Madness of Small Worlds

The Madness of Small Worlds

Timothy Siragusa
with Electric Chamber Music

A pairing of two hilariously profound monologues adapted from legendary playwright Mac Wellman’s story collection, A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds (directed by Elena Araoz), with Whiting Award winning writer Elana Greenfield’s post-apocalyptic play, Wrench, performed by Kate Snodgrass and Katie Pearl on two ladders (directed by Kenneth Prestininzi).
October 25-26, 2013
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Real Realism

Real Realism

(l-r): Jennifer Welsh, Andrew Tung,
James Barton

Charlotte Meehan’s epic tragi-comedy referencing string theory, Freudian angst, Kim Kardashian, Evolutionary biology, and the phenomenally short 21st century American attention span. This play is the third of a trilogy called The Problem with People, a decade-long exploration of grief, catastrophe, and the ridiculous. Directed by Vanessa Gilbert.
May-June 2013
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Women In Action

Women In Action

Ruth Margraff

A Women’s History Month festival that celebrated cutting edge women artists in a new wave of art, theatre, music, and peformance. Performances and discussions brought together distinguished theatre artists Magdalena Gomez, Ruth Margraff, Lisa Schlesinger, and Caridad Svich with theatre scholars, dramaturgs, and a new generation of women making theatre and art.
March 6-9, 2013
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Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth

Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth

Stephanie Burlington Daniels

Kenneth Prestininzi’s crackpot lecture gone awry by Dr. Mary Shelley-Breath, an amalgam of Mary Shelley, the Bride of Frankenstein, and a bi-polar feminist academic.
February 22-23, 2013
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Soulographie and Beyond

Soulographie

Yermedea

Two plays by Erik Ehn, Brown University’s Head of Writing for Performance. The first, Yermedea, is part of Ehn’s Soulographie cycle that premiered in New York at LaMaMa ETC in November 2012 under Kym Moore’s direction. Equiprobabalism came to Sleeping Weazel via Vacant Lot Theatre (NY).
October 27-28, 2012
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Women and Manners: are we done yet?

Women and Manners

Constance Congdon

A drop-dead hilarious pairing of solo performances by internationally-acclaimed playwright Constance Congdon in her first solo show Is Sex Possible? with Stephanie Burlington Daniels in Kenneth Prestininzi’s Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth, a crackpot lecture gone awry for young brides/scholars.
September 21-22, 2012
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