How the white girl got her spots
and other 90s trivia
Created by SHAYOK MISHA CHOWDHURY & LAURA GRILL JAYE
What did the brown bump say to the white skin? In this musical mythography, Grill and Chowder ride a jazzy, indie-folk score across waves of nostalgia in search of a history that holds them, even when they’d rather it let them go.
THE OPTICS OF DYING LIGHT
A NEW PLAY ABOUT LIGHT, SIGHT, AND THE THINGS WE CANNOT SEE
written and directed by Shayok Misha Chowdhury music by Laura Grill Jaye
It's the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Two second-generation Armenian-American physicists are grappling with what they have inherited. They fell in love as teens refracting stained-glass light through lenses in their hometown church. Now he teaches at community college, and she's trying to get funding from the military to see the earliest light in the universe. If only she could see more clearly...
...but light is always out of reach. Always just beyond the lip of the horizon.
Photos from the dress rehearsal of THE OPTICS OF DYING LIGHT, written and directed by Shayok Misha Chowdhury, with music composed by Laura Grill Jaye. Produced at HERE Arts Center, October 21st to 24th, 2015. Featuring Julia Joyce-Barry, William Green, and Keith Foster. Music performed by Laura Grill, Vuyo Sotashe, and Fima Chupakhin. Set Design by Peiyi Wong. Lighting Design by Sarah Abigail Hoke-Brady. Costume Design by Kat Jeffery. Projection Design by Grayson Earle. Sound Design by M. Florian Staab. Radio Design by Doug Anderson.
Artemis in the Parking Lot
If a dandelion can push through all this concrete…
Stuck in the suburban jungle, a dirt-eating mama's boy digs up the truth about what lies beneath his high school's softball field. Together with a motley team of friends, enemies, and frenemies, he takes a stand to stop the town from turning the field into a parking lot and, along the way, comes face to face with love and death. An oddball coming-of-age story, ARTEMIS IN THE PARKING LOT is an ode to adolescent wisdom and the persistence of buried histories.