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Half Straddle / New York City PlayersHouse of Dance
(Work in Progress)



About The Show

Committed to fostering the creation of new works, Mass Live Arts is excited to host writer/director Tina Satter, in collaboration with Richard Maxwell’s Obie-award winning company New York City Players, a residency to develop her newest piece: a hyper-realistic environment built on the natural theatrical elements of a real dance studio. Mona’s House of Dance is a play set at a tap dance studio in a fictional small town on one evening when individual desires come to a head for four people.

As the show unfolds, dance sections become more virtuosic, piano accompaniment evolves into full-blown songs, and interactions between characters heighten, twist and turn. As the piece slowly unfolds, we begin to see fears and vulnerability inherent in any attempt to communicate and define oneself in the context of others. In the end, the struggle to connect at all in an unexpected place becomes movingly apparent. Featuring Obie-Award winning actor Jim Fletcher and Time Out NY-dubbed “future legend of New York Theater” Jess Barbagallo.

About Half Straddle / New York City Players

About writer/director Tina Satter:
Tina Satter was described as an “emerging experimental star” by The New York Times and named a “2011 Off-Off Broadway Innovator to Watch” by Time Out New York. Her new piece with Half Straddle, Seagull (Thinking of you) premiered at January 2013 at PS122’s COIL Festival, following residencies at MASS MoCA, the New Museum, and Abrons Art Center. Her play In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL was named a Top 10 Show of 2011 by PAPER Magazine, among other honors, and FAMILY was named a Top 10 show of 2009 by Time Out New York.

She is the artistic director of Half Straddle formed in 2008; a 2013 L.A.B. resident at the Kitchen, 2012 resident at SPACE at Ryder Farm; panelist on “Women In Downtown Theater, Brooklyn Museum (March 2012); Artist-in-Residence at Dixon Place, Fall 2011; and a featured director at Culture Project’s 2011 Women Center Stage Festival. Tina attended Mac Wellman’s graduate playwriting program at Brooklyn College and received a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Reed College. Additional upcoming work includes a commission from Soho Rep and ongoing development of Ghost Rings, a musical piece with Erin Markey and Chris Giarmo.

About New York City Players:
New York City Players is a theater company creating original work about people, relationships, and above all, feeling.