Soho Rep. Project Number One Projects

Project Number One is a job creation program that brought eight artists on as salaried Soho Rep. staff members for the 2020/2021 season: Becca Blackwell, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Stacey DerosierDavid MendizábalIfe OlujobiDavid Ryan SmithCarmelita Tropicana, and Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jillian Walker.

Over the course of the past year, the artists have been developing artistic projects as part of their work with us, and we are so thrilled to be able to share them with you all now.

Carmelita Tropicana
That’s Not What Happened
June 8, 7:30pm | Virtual launch event with Carmelita Tropicana and Solana Chehtman. First three episodes of this nine-part series premiere.

That’s Not What Happened is a podcast that explores the difficult, humorous, and often imperfect process of remembering. It traces Carmelita’s life in Cuba with her grandmother, her father, a comandante who fought in Castro’s revolutionary forces, and the “two Jose’s.” Check out the podcast here!

Jillian Walker
The Orange Essays
June 3 | Essays and readings release at https://jillian-walker.ghost.io/
June 10, 7:30pm | IG Live @sohorep hosted by Jillian Walker

A series of essays, written amidst the pandemic, uprisings, petitions, BLM and AAPI statements, asking, “What is my place in the Revolution?” Read and listen to Jillian Walker’s essays here.

David Mendizábal
Eat Me!
June 17, 7:30pm | Premieres on YouTube Live

Inspired by the Ecuadorian ritual of preparing and eating guaguas de pan or bread babies as a way to mourn those we’ve lost, David Mendizábal started a film project called eat me! In it, David tries to let go of long held ideas about himself in order for new ones to rise. eat me! will premiere on June 17 at 7:30 on Youtube Live. If you can’t make the premiere, don’t worry. The video will be available after the event on our YouTube channel.

Stacey Derosier
CLICK HERE for full schedule | in person at Soho Rep. (46 Walker Street, NYC)

Peep Show is a visual study that plays with elements from Stacey’s childhood and adolescent experiences. Stacey describes it as, “…a mirror and a window into my fascination with the compilation of memories over time and how they have come to inform and insulate the construction of myself.” Experience it in person at the 46 Walker Street starting June 24.

Tickets give access to both Stacey and Becca’s installations.

Becca Blackwell
The Body Never Lies
CLICK HERE for full schedule | In person in the lobby of Soho Rep (46 Walker Street, NYC)

The Body Never Lies is a two-booth installation of giving and receiving. In the receiving booth, one can listen to up to 100 heart beats, isolated or all together. This booth is meant to recreate the feeling of being in places of gathering (theaters, clubs, shows, churches, etc.), something our bodies have missed during this past year. The giving booth gives people the opportunity to add to a larger library of bodily sounds, be it a scream, a heartbeat, a fart, a giggle or anything you can think of. Experience it in person at the 46 Walker Street starting June 24.

Tickets give access to both Stacey and Becca’s installations.

Ife Olujobi
No Play
Available Beginning July 15 | Book will be available in the lobby of Soho Rep (46 Walker Street, NYC)
What do you do? What is work to you? In an industry where the show must go on, what happens to the culture of overwork, and the people in its grasp, when the show stops? No Play is a book of interviews and survey responses from over 100 theater practitioners trying to define themselves, their work, and the function of both in uncertain economic, interpersonal, and sociopolitical landscapes. Pick up your copy at 46 Walker Street starting July 15.

CLICK HERE to learn more

David Ryan Smith
The Story of a Circle
May 20, 7:30pm | Premiered on YouTube Live (available thru May 27)

The Story of a Circle is a story about neighborhood, love, family and a little house on Tacoma Circle.

Shayok Misha Chowdhury
Public Obscenities
June 22, 7:30pm | Premieres on YouTube Live (available thru June 29)

On June 22, listen in to Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s work-in-process, Public Obscenities — a bilingual piece in Bengali and English. Following the stream of the audio recording, Misha will be in conversation with historian of sexuality, Durba Mitra, about the play-in-process and the questions at its heart. Click here to get a sneak peak at the script.

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