LIVE ARTERY PRIMETIME: ALEXANDRA CHASIN & ZISHAN UGURLU - FRAGMENTS, LISTS & LACUNAE

 

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LIVE ARTERY PRIMETIME: ALEXANDRA CHASIN & ZISHAN UGURLU - FRAGMENTS, LISTS & LACUNAE

 

Alexandra Chasin and Zishan Ugurlu’s Fragments, Lists & Lacunae focuses on three students taking a college course about gaps, holes, white space, and blanks—course content ranges from Mad Libs to the 18-minute gap in Nixon’s White House tapes, from Sappho’s poetry to contemporary politics of “disappearance,” from Genesis to extinction. In a series of nine lectures, their professor, played by Judith Butler, offers multimedia provocations on absence, silence, negation and nothingness, while the students’ class notes and personal notes to each other, dramatize the lived meanings of the course’s concepts. Projected overhead, the students’ live writing adds detail to the relationships between them, and supplements the audio-visual material presented in the lectures, for a real spectacle. The world premiere of Fragments, Lists & Lacunae was presented by New York Live Arts in February 2020.

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About the Creators & Collaborators:

Featuring Judith Butler, Hailey Marmolejo, Aigner Mizzelle, and Jackie Rivera. The production team brings together Maruti Evans (Set Design), Nic Vincent (Lighting Design), Oana Botez (Costume Design), CultureHub (Video Design), and John Gasper (Sound Design).

ZISHAN UGURLU has worked extensively both in New York and abroad as a theater artist. She is an actress and director-in-residence at La MaMa and Great Jones Repertory Company. She has performed in numerous productions with Great Jones Repertory Company. She is the founding artistic director of “Actors without Borders-ITONY.” Her recent directing credits include Franca Rame Project by Dario Fo & Franca Rame, Dream American (awarded best direction by The United Solo Festival), Agamemnon by Aeschylus, Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, She Talks to Beethoven by Adrienne Kennedy. She graduated from Columbia University with an MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. She is an Associate Professor at Lang College, The New School University. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group and has been recently awarded the 2020 Gramsci International Prize for Theater in Prison.

ALEXANDRA CHASIN is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Lang College, The New School. Chasin is the author of four books, most recently Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs. In 2020, Chasin held a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She is a past recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY, the Whiting Foundation, and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe. Chasin was Founding and Artistic Director of Writing On It All, a public participatory writing project in New York City (writingonitall.com), 2013-2017. Trained as a scholar (PhD, Stanford) and an artist (MFA, Vermont College), Chasin works at the crossroads of historical/cultural analysis and experimental creative practice.