SPACE // SPACE

BY JASON CRAIG

STARRING NADIEN CHU & TREVOR DUPLESSIS

DIRECTED BY TREVOR SCHMIDT
STAGE MANAGED BY ANNA DAVIDSON
LIGHTING DESIGN BY ADAM TSUYOSHI TURNBULL
COSTUME DESIGN BY TREVOR SCHMIDT
SET DESIGN BY TREVOR SCHMIDT & ADAM TSUYOSHI TURNBULL
SOUND DESIGN BY DAVE CLARKE

"I WAS YOUR BROTHER. BUT NOW I'M CLEARLY A GIRL. SO MY QUESTION IS…. DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT… THAT…?" -PENRYN

"I WOKE UP IN SPACE AND NOW I'M A GIRL." -PENRYN

"I WAKE UP AS A GIRL. WITH GIRL BITS AND PIECES. AND YOU TELL ME TO JUST IGNORE IT? I USED TO BE YOUR BROTHER. AND NOW I'M YOUR SISTER-BROTHER." -PENRYN

PREVIEW: NOVEMBER 20, 2014
OPENING: NOVEMBER 21 CLOSES: NOVEMBER 29
LOCATION: PCL STUDIO, ATB FINANCIAL ARTS BARNS, 10330-84 AVENUE

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Jason Craig

PLAYWRIGHT
JASON CRAIG

Nadien Chu

NADIEN CHU
AS PENRYN

Nadien Chu

TREVOR DUPLESSIS
AS LUMOS

Nadien Chu

DAVE CLARKE
SOUND DESIGN

Nadien Chu

ANNA DAVIDSON
STAGE MANAGER

JASON CRAIG

Jason Craig is Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Banana Bag & Bodice for which he is a writer, performer and set designer. His work with BB&B has won him awards nationally and internationally and has kept him busy for the last 12 years. Commissions outside of BB&B include: Beardo, Shotgun Players, Berkeley, CA, 2011; Oh What War, Mallory Catlett of Juggernaut Theatre (NY), which was presented at Here Arts Space (NY), September 2009; Gogol: A Clown Opera, for the inauguration of The Exit on Taylor, Exit Theatre (San Francisco). His adaptation of Beowulf entitled Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage was a commissioned by, and received its world premiere with Shotgun Players in Berkeley CA and played at The Ashby Stages and Berkeley Rep, and then made its New York premiere at Abrons Arts Center in 2009. Beowulf received the Will Glickman Award for Best New play in the Bay Area. Other awards include Best New Production 2006 at The Dublin Fringe for The Sewers. He has been a featured artist in Theatre Forum, Theatre Bay Area, Time Out New York, The New York Times and American Theater Magazine. As a performer, he has worked with such companies as gALE gATES et al, foolsFURY, Misery/Loves Company, Inverse, Radiohole, The Exit Theatre and Shotgun Players. For Space//Space he received a NYSCA Individual Artist Commission. He received a BA (hons) in Architecture from Hull University, England. He now lives in Beacon NY with his wife and kid.

Banana Bag & Bodice

BANANA BAG & BODICE

BANANA BAG & BODICE is a Brooklyn-based collaborative of artists/technicians who make live-event-theater-play-show-things.

Banana Bag & Bodice mashes together original writing, music composition and collective design in order to expose and celebrate the inspiring awkwardness of being a human. The design is inspired by the objects and material thrown in to the theatrical dumpsters of midtown Manhattan. Banana Bag & Bodice's elastic approach to creating live theatre has one common goal- to entertain and confound through thoughtful provocation.

SCIENCE FICTION DOUBLE FEATURE: BANANA BAG & BODICE CRAMS ITSELF INTO SPACE//SPACE - BY HELEN SHAW

But while Space//Space orbits further out into the absurdist reaches, the text actually spirals, simultaneously, in toward autobiography. Jelliffe's pregnancyis just one case of life imitating art. Claustrophobia has been a hallmark of the pair's relationship. Jelliffe and Craig got together while on a three-and-a-half-month children's-theater tour. "We did the whole East Coast, just the two of us in a van," recalls Craig.

"The original design for the pod looked like that trailer. So yes, there's a lot of overlap. It all starts subliminally, and then your real life always comes up and comes out."

"The show actually came out of not being pregnant, and avoiding it and not talking about having a kid," adds Jelliffe. "We finished doing Beowulf and I wanted it to just be the two of us, so I asked him to write it for just two." She turns to Craig, accusingly. "Then it went weird and dark, and you're dead and I'm pregnant!" The author shrugs furry shoulders. "Happy anniversary?"

Now the couple is moving into yet another tiny space, Williamsburg's Collapsable Hole. "It's our home," avers Craig simply. Banana Bag's first New York hit, Panel.Animal, happened there, and Jelliffe has been happy to note that the pod fits snugly into its confines. "People are amazing," she says. "They have imaginations…they fill in the space for us." There is, of course, another concern. As the two of them swelter and get back to work, they both ponder the air-conditioning at the Hole. "What should you tell people?" asks Craig, before answering himself. "Tell them: Space is cold."

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