A stage combat director and an intimacy director share notes about building a framework of consent and practice that supports actors to take risks, and to handle both intimate and violent staged interactions in their work. This talk will be preceded by a workshop for HB Studio Faculty on November 19th on using intimacy protocols in teaching and rehearsal.
Judi Lewis Ockler is an intimacy/fight director, variety performer, stunt performer, and teaching artist. Credits include: HATEF**K (Adrienne Campbell-Holt, director; WP theater) UNDER THE OVERTURE (Gerard Alessandrini, director), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Tony Speciale, director; Classic Stage). She is an Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International; she leads workshops in Intimacy for the Stage for actors and designers at Eugene O’Neil Theater Center, NYU Tisch, and The American Musical & Dramatic Academy, NYC.
Christian Kelly-Sordelet: Fight Director, Broadway: PICNIC, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, WAITING FOR GODOT and NO MAN’S LAND, ECLIPSED SUNSET BOULEVARD. Off-Broadway: MASKED, SLIPPING, UNLOCK’D, THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, KID VICTORY. Stunt Coordinator for: ALL MY CHILDREN, GUIDING LIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, SCHOOL SPIRITS, and KEVIN CAN WAIT. Christian assisted in: THE SNOW GEESE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TOUR: South Africa and Argentina. In FUERZA BRUTA, BEN HUR LIVE: ROME, AS YOU LIKE IT, COMEDY OF ERRORS, KING LEAR, JULIUS CEASER in Central Park. Christian has taught at: Rutgers, NYU, Yale, The New School, and Wagner. He is a resident fight director at Sante Fe Opera.
November 9 & 10, 7 pm HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
Free! First come, first served
Two acts of 8 scenes with an intermission each evening. More details to be announced soon.
The Pat & Julie Project is a collaborative performance project in which directors, playwrights and actors at HB Studio join together to produce and perform staged readings over a weekend in the HB Playwrights Theatre.
Maricela de la Luz Lights the World is a fanciful play by Academy-award nominated writer José Rivera. The story follows the adventures of Maricela and her brother Riccardo as they save the world from impending climate catastrophe, reminding audiences that the power to change the world lies within each of us. Directed by David Deblinger, co-founder of the iconic LAByrinth Theatre Company, and featuring an array of HB Alumni, we hope you can join us for this special holiday presentation! A FREE holiday cast party will take place on Friday night after the show, and FREE holiday cookies and cider will be served at the Saturday matinee.
Friday, December 6th at 7PM & Saturday, December 7th at 2PM HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York
HB Studio is pleased to welcome back AMERICAN SCOREBOARD for a series of presentations in the HB Playwrights Theatre. In November, we present a verbatim staged reading of transcripts from testimony given on April 9, 2019 before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Combating Climate Change and Protecting National Security.
AMERICAN SCOREBOARD is an ongoing series which, through timely verbatim readings of U.S. Congressional hearing transcripts performed by stage and screen actors, reflects the issues that face the current administration, President Trump, and the American people today. The series is conceived and produced by Tony Award winning Broadway Producer Fran Kirmser and produced by Tony Nominee and Tony Nominating Committee member Christopher Burney. For questions regarding the program, please call 212-554-3431.
This new series marks the return of AMERICAN SCOREBOARD to HB STUDIO where it premiered in January 2017 with a hearing concerning corporate fraud and the Wells Fargo Bank.
Public Conversation: THEATER AS RITUAL FOR COMMUNITY
A Discussion with Playwright Cusi Cram and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Artistic Director Daniella Topol about their current site-specific, interactive production, NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL
Monday, November 4th at 7pm HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street, New York
HB Studio explores the current critically-acclaimed production of Novenas for a Lost Hospital with playwright Cusi Cram and Rattlestick Theater Artistic Director Daniella Topol.
Novenas for a Lost Hospitalis a communal experience to remember, honor, re-imagine and celebrate St Vincent’s Hospital. Inspired by the caretakers and patients of St. Vincent’s Hospital, and guided by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, this unique event takes a 60-person audience on a journey from an enclosed garden to Rattlestick’s intimate West Village theater to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park.
HB Studio kicks off its Public Conversations series with actor-director-writer and HB Studio faculty member Austin Pendleton and writer-director Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny and the Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister TV series). We’ll look at the wide-ranging and illustrious careers of these two extraordinary artists, and explore what it means to seek the truth in the theater in the “post-truth” era.
“June marked the centennial of actress, activist and teacher Uta Hagen’s birth. Her stage performances were legendary — she created the role of Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and starred in Othello with Jose Ferrer and Paul Robeson, which featured the first interracial kiss on Broadway. But because of her activism, she was blacklisted by Hollywood, so there are relatively few examples of her work in film.
Beyond her acting, her greatest legacy may be how she influenced generations of actors, teaching at HB Studio and writing two books that are popular with acting students across the globe. Reporter Jeff Lunden speaks with some of those former students and colleagues, including F. Murray Abraham, Mercedes Ruehl and David Hyde Pierce, about what made Hagen such an important figure in the history of American theater.
The goal, Hagen said, was to learn ‘how to be a human being on stage. And that never stops. You never stop learning about that. And not look like an actor, but look like a human being onstage and still have total communication with that audience. That’s the real craft and that’s bottomless.'”
HB Studio is honored to welcome back AMERICAN SCOREBOARD this season for a performance series in the democratic process! Because knowledge is power, we hope you will join us for these important and edifying presentations.
Kicking off the series on September 16 will be a verbatim staged reading of transcripts from testimony given on March 6, 2019 before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Protecting Dreamers and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) recipients.
Tickets are FREE. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.
Monday, September 16, 2019 | 7:00 pm
HB Playwrights Theatre
124 Bank Street, New York City
Reservations are open! RSVP NOW
AMERICAN SCOREBOARD is an ongoing series that reflects the issues that face the current administration, President Trump and the American people today. Conceived and produced by two-time Tony Award winning Broadway Producer Fran Kirmser and produced by Tony Nominee and Tony Nominating Committee member Christopher Burney, AMERICAN SCOREBOARD are readings of timely verbatim Senate hearing transcripts presented in the theater performed by stage and screen actors. For questions regarding the program, please call 212-554-3431.
This new series marks the return of AMERICAN SCOREBOARD to HB STUDIO where it premiered in January 2017 with a hearing concerning corporate fraud and the Wells Fargo Bank. The subjects of the remaining readings in the series at HB Playwrights Theatre will be announced at a later date.