This play was created by RADY&BLOOM, collective playmaking, as a commission for the first ever Planet Connection award for Jeremy Bloom.
JEREMY BLOOM (Artistic Director)
Jeremy Bloom directs new music, plays and his original, large-cast adaptations which include, Peter~Wendy (dark), La Boheme (spoken), and Leaves of Grass (nude). He has assisted at The Met and on Broadway, and is a Drama League Fellow, EST Resident, Soho Rep Lab Director, alum of the TS Eliot Exchange at the Old Vic and an alum of Northwestern University's Performance Studies. Recent credits include The Orange Person, an original live music play, written with Brian Rady and Laura Dunn.
BRIAN RADY (Executive Director)
Brian Rady is a performing artist, vocalist, and musician specializing in cabaret, ensemble movement as well as vocal based works, and new plays. Brian is also a playwright tackling ancient and contemporary myths and mythic-sized personas, adaptations of 13th century poetry, found source material, and non-dramatic texts. His plays have been seen in New York at the cell, The Robert Moss, The Gene Frankel, and The Bleecker Street Theatre, among others. Brian is also dedicated to creative producing, playing in bands (most frequently with Laura Dunn & the Ghosts of Xmas Past), and collaborating with a slew of dancers, poets and musicians.
Since 2006, Jeremy Bloom and Brian Rady have developed new and innovative theater projects originally in Chicago, and for the past four years in New York. Joint work includes La Boheme (Spoken), a full length spoken version of Puccini's libretto at The Flea and at The Cell, adapted by Rady, and conceived and directed by Bloom; The Green Knight at 45 Bleecker, an original play by Brian Rady based on the myth of Sir Gawain, directed in pink by Bloom; Anchor Women, an under-the-covers study of television's ladies created by Rady, directed by Bloom; Live Mermaids Live, adapted and directed by Bloom, performed with songwriting by Rady; and most recently The Orange Person written and developed by Rady&Bloom with banjoist Laura Dunn.
We have established a recognizable manner of staging familiar narratives in a stripped down, efficient manner, with high energy and a sense of visual lyricism. We are drawn to modern mythology - stories that ask us to believe in something bigger than ourselves, in the possibility of the mystically inexplicable. Among a diverse and ever-growing ensemble, we devise music and words directly from and designed for the performers, building roles and characters to the eccentricities of specific group dynamics. Distilled from personal experience, we plan to cultivate a mood, an assertive and complex yet welcoming cultural texture - party meets epic meets chorale meets ethnography. While the stories may be fiction, we aim to make them almost true.