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Lay of the Land

Lay of the Land

“Passionate, witty, endearing, furious, and fabulous!” – Critic’s Pick, Backstage

“A vivid, must-see achievement.” – David Nichols, The Los Angeles Times

Performance Space 122 co-founder Tim Miller’s sharp-knifed, saucy look at the State of the Queer Union during a time of trial! Careening from his sexy misadventures performing in 45 States, to Marriage Equality street protests, to the electoral assaults on gay folks all over the country, to his life as a grade-school flag monitor, to choking on cheap meat caught in his 10 year old gay boy’s throat, Lay of the Land friskily gets at that feeling of gay folks being perpetually on trial, on the ballot, and on the menu! Lay of the Land is a “lay” in all kinds of ways: a sex-assignation, a queer citizenship map, and of course a narrative ballad with a recurrent refrain! (Miller’s favorite way-down-the-list definition for “lay”!).

Supported in part by the National Performance Network

NY PREMIERE | Theatre, Solo Performance | Downstairs

Wednesday, December 1 –
Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30PM
Thursday Night Social: December 2

Queer Spaces Town Hall
A conversation about Queer Spaces and how they have transformed the East Village over the last 30 years. Hosted by Performance Space 122 and Pride Goes East with Tim Miller as guest moderator. Friday December 3rd directly after performance.

Tim Miller will conduct a week-long workshop at PS122 culminating in KNEAD, a public ensemble performance on Sunday, December 12.

Help PS122 Go Green by viewing your Lay of the Land program online!

AGA Spring 09



“Theatre Askew is queer in the best sense of the word: self-consciously outside of the mainstream, looking in with intelligence and wit.”
– Julia Wallace, The Village Voice

Queer duckling Theatre Askew joins forces with Performance Space 122 to present Avant-Garde-Arama Goes Askew. Drawing from across the rainbow spectrum of LGBT culture, the evening features dance inspired by Margaret Cho and the notorious Alphabet City after-hours club Save the Robots, trannie dominatrices, and severed heads. Hosted by Downtown legends Bianca Leigh and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company’s Everett Quinton, it’s guaranteed to get your sap flowing this May.
Hosted by Bianca Leigh and Everett Quinton. With performances by Bianca Leigh, Karen Grenke, Theatre Askew company members, Irene Ruiz-Riveros and BLISS dance-theatre, GERALDCASELDANCE, Isengart, and The Din (Matthew Pritchard and Isam Rum). Featuring new writing by Polly Frost, Stan Richardson, and OBIE-winner William M. Hoffman. Installation by Peter Cramer & Co of Le Petit Versailles community garden. Queer experimental film & video presented by Stephen Kent Jusick, executive director of the MIX Festival

Theatre Askew’s inaugural production, Bald Diva! earned a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Play. Their follow-up show was the hit serial I, Claudius Live. Last year they received their second GLAAD nomination for the world premiere of Jason Schafer’s i google myself. They were named 2007 People of the Year by nytheatre.com. Their most recent production was the world premiere of William M. Hoffman and Anthony Holland’s Cornbury: The Queen’s Governor.

Fri, May 15 – Sat, May 16, 2009
Tickets from $20
$15 (students/seniors)
$10 (P.S. 122 members)

Guest Curated by:

Cracked Ice

jennifer miller

Jennifer Miller

“Miller wows ’em” – The Village Voice

“Circus AMOK reinventing the circus form, borrowing drag fabulousness from Charles Ludlam’s Theater of the Ridiculous, large scale transformation using whole-body masks from Bread and Puppet Theater, and the outdoor bally and verbal rhythm and repertoire from the sideshow, as well as movement vocabulary from post-modern dance. The troupe balances danger with laughter, slipping its critique between the pies in the face and the surreal, scary, and sometimes gender-bent characters of the charivari.” – Mark Sussman, Disturbing the Peace: 20th Century Radical Street Performance, 2001

In this glittering theatrical extravaganza, the infamous juggling duo, The Liberty Sisters, have been fleeced by an evil ponzi schemer. Sybil and Statua Liberty embark on a mad-cap tour of revenge…but they aren’t the only ones after the greedy crook. Mistaken identities, missed opportunities, star crossed lovers and variety hall numbers all combine to bring East Village high camp back home. It’s tragedy, it’s farce, it’s mystery, it’s mayhem…it’s “Jewels of the Forbidden Skates.”

Starring: Jennifer Miller, Carlton Ward, Ashley Brockington, Rae C. Wright, Sally May, Adrienne Truscott, and Tanya Gagne. Music by Kenny Mellman and Design by Jonathon Berger. With additional text for Bernie Madoff by Deb Margolin. Choreography by Faye Driscoll. Special surprise guest artists each night will include Scott Heron, Jenny Monson, and Jenny Romaine.

Jennifer Miller is the director of the acclaimed NYC political performance troupe Circus Amok, which she founded in 1989. She is widely recognized for her work and is the recipient of awards including the Obie, Bessie, BAX 10, and most recently the Ethyl Eichelberger Award.

*2009 Ethyl Eichelberger Award Ceremony*
Join us Wed, Apr 29 for the announcement of the 2009 Winner and a special post-show celebration

The Ethyl Eichelberger Award was created by Performance Space 122 and made possible with generous support from The Gesso Foundation in honor of seminal performer, landmark and legend Ethyl Eichelberger. The award is given to an artist or group that exemplifies Ethyl’s larger-than-life style and generosity of spirit; who embodies Ethyl’s multi-talented artistic virtuosity, bridging worlds and vitalizing those around them.

Also, check out Cirus AMOK! on NY Times Urban Eye

Sat, Apr 25 – Sun, May 10, 2009
Wednesday – Sunday 8pm
Additional Late Show: Sat, May 9 11pm
Tickets from $20
$15 (students/seniors)
$10 (P.S. 122 members)

C’est Duckie!

C'est Duckie!

“C’est delightful, C’est divine, C’est trés magnifique!”
The Guardian

“Delicious bite sized burlesque”
Time Out London

The perfect show and nightclub for a swanky holiday night out!
Patrons please note: A dress code of suitably swanky evening wear is encouraged!

Performance Space 122 imports London-based performance troupe Duckie and their smash hit, C’est Duckie!, the Olivier award-winning, interactive nightclub performance experience, for a wild and absolutely outrageous alternative to traditional holiday fare.

Following sold-out seasons in London, Sydney, Berlin, and Tokyo, C’est Duckie!, “London’s Table Top Christmas Performance Palais,” serves up a menu of daring, delectable and devious entertainments that result in tailor-made, table-top shows from a top class talent troupe of soubrettes, hoofers, and starlets from the London performance scene as well as special guest artists from New York City including: Taylor Mac, Jessica Delfino, the Wau Wau Sisters, and Dynasty Handbag!

Armed with Duckie dollars upon entering, guests at each table can order from a show menu of craftily titled “acts” at will. Shows include a variety of theatrical fare – vaudeville, ventriloquism, balloon modelling, broken down burlesque – with over 30 kunst-cabaret turns from the suggestive to the transgressive to the downright offensive.

Pitching popular commercial entertainment against contemporary performance provocation, Duckie prove that Performance Art is the new table dancing in this all-singing, all-dancing shameless crowd-pleaser. At last, whether they’ve been naughty or nice, New Yorkers can experience this swanky showbiz spectacular for themselves.

Patrons please note a dress code of swanky evening wear is requested.
Recommended for ages 18 and over; 21+ to drink alcohol.

Presented in association with Foster Entertainment.

Supported by the British Council.
British Council Logo

Running time: 2 hours

Photos by Hugo Glendinning.

107 Suffolk Street (map)
between Rivington and Delancey

Thursday, December 20 –
Saturday, January 19, 2008

Meow Meow



David Binder, Josh Wood and Performance Space 122 present Meow Meow
in ‘Meow to the World!’

Named one of the Best Cabaret acts of 2007, Meow Meow “Leaves audiences dangling helplessly at her feet”
– Time Out New York

After wowing audiences around the world, and selling out Speigelworld, The Sydney Opera House, The Glamour Room Shanghai, and Joe’s Pub, the “postmodern cabaret diva” Meow Meow brings her unique brand of kamikaze cabaret kitsch and performance art exotica to The Highline Ballroom for the world premiere of “Meow to the World!”

Meow Meow is the recipient of numerous awards including the New York Franklin Furnace Performance Art award (2005), DAAD for theatre in Berlin, Adelaide Fringe Festival “Best Cabaret Award” winner 2008, and multiple Australian Theatre Green Room Award winner “Best Cabaret Artist”, “Best Musical Direction”, “Best Cabaret Production” 2007.

She has created numerous full length works for various international arts festivals and venues including “Beyond Glamour: the Absinthe Tour”, “Beyond Beyond Glamour: The Remix”, “My Mouth is a wonder…”, “Shanghai Demise” and most recently “Insert the Name of the Person you Love” (for Sydney Festival) and VAMP for Sydney Opera House. She is a regular guest with the Spiegeltent’s “La Cirque” globally, and “Absinthe” for Spiegelworld NYC. She is currently performing at Bar Jeder Vernunft Berlin, and will work next with Pina Bausch.
‘Meow to the World!’ will feature Musical Director Lance Horne

LANCE HORNE has received a 2008 Emmy Award for Best Original Song. As a singer and pianist, he has played this season with Amanda Palmer, Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Meow Meow, Nellie McKay, Justin Bond, Alan Cumming, and opened for Death Cab for Cutie, appearing in Carnegie’s Berlin in Lights series, the David Bowie-curated HighLine Festival, Weimar NY at the Green Door, Shanghai, and with Meow in Berlin, Ann Arbor, Sydney, and Edinburgh Festivals, Pina Bausch Tanzfestival, and the Dresden Dolls Tour. More information about Lance can be found at lancehorne.com
To read more about Meow Meow’s solo performances, collaborations, recordings, and upcoming performances, please visit her at
www.meowmeowrevolution.com or

Photo: Harmony Nicholas

Wed, Dec 17 – Dec 21, 2008

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