World Premiere May 2019.
First look presentation August 8-11, 2018. Tickets available here
Our entry point to this show is the powerful and terrifying character of Madame Lynch herself. We are very taken with this figure who is remembered both as a monster and a national heroine.
Eliza Lynch was an Irishwoman who became a French courtesan. Through fate and machination, she became de facto Empress of Paraguay in the mid 19th century. Later in her life, Lynch was reviled for her supposed part in fomenting the war in which 90% of Paraguay’s male population was killed.
Lynch's dream-- to bring European music, dances, manners and fashions in hats to the inhabitants of a country that did not need or ask for what she offered-- struck us as highhanded and ill-conceived. And yet, today Paraguay celebrates her as a sort of cultural “founding mother”— someone who ushered in styles of music and dancing that formed the foundation for contemporary Paraguayan folkloric dance. The complexity of her legacy is what draws us to her.
We are very excited that this show features a collaboration with a contemporary Paraguayan dance company who work in exactly this artistic tradition : Ballet Panambí Vera of Queens, NY.
Photos in this gallery by Russ Rowland.
TINY HORNETS invites you to experience our people's folk ways, mores, and lores. You will witness the folk at work and at play, dancing their authentic dances, and singing very traditional songs. Guided by an intrepid Ethnographer, you will meet many fascinating village types, including Essie, a young girl who longs for a taste of something more... flesh.
TINY HORNETS, or, it didn't have to come to this
a musical folkloric spectacle by The Drunkard's Wife
August 24, 25, 31, Sept. 1, 7, 8 at 7:30 pm
at 389 Melrose St.
Written and directed by Normandy Sherwood
Composed and Music Directed by Craig Flanagin
Sets by Yung Oh LePage
Lights by Christina Tang
Video by David Pym
Costumes by Normandy Sherwood and Chelsea Collins
With Admiral Grey, Juliana Francis Kelly, Jordan Baum, Hanlon Smith-Dorsey, Maxwell Cosmo Cramer, Alexander Paris, Blaze Ferrer, Maggie Robinson, Kristine Haruna Lee, Mieko Gavia, Famous Artist Laura McMillan and more!
and The Drunkard's Wife: Rachel Swaner, Dan Whalen, Genny Slag, Tom Abbott,
A new materialist spectacle by The Drunkard's Wife.
Written by Normandy Raven Sherwood
Directed by Craig Flanagin
MENDING runs for three nights at an occult meeting place in Bushwick!
Performances November 9, 10 and 11 at 7:00 pm
at 389 Melrose St!
at Knickerbocker Ave.; Bushwick, Brooklyn. L train to Jefferson stop / J or M to Central Ave. stop
Tickets: $10. Available at the door.
I know what you're thinking:
Why did I come here -- What is this place --
It's like a self-help seminar -- or a guided meditation.
Or a middle school art class.
But with music.
Why do we need all this stuff?
I’m sorry it’s such a vague question, but, you see, some Satanists confiscated my notebook, the notebook that had all the details in it.
By stuff I mean things: pencils, erasers, phone cords, wall clocks, pinecones, driveway, threshing machine, silo, catfish, telephone pole, sunset…. Pinecones... Catfish... We are enacting a ritual to mend and recover, to heal our bad relationship with things. We’re reconstructing it from memory. We want to learn how to respect a spoon.
MENDING invites you to heal your broken relationship with things. A hybrid of a secret meeting, self help seminar, a swap meet and a craft hour, this performance asks: Why do we need all this stuff? Join us as we attempt to recover our lost knowledge and work out the problem implicit in our relationships with objects.
MENDING is a project of The Drunkard’s Wife, whose last project, TINY HORNETS, was seen at 389 Melrose in August 2017. The Drunkard’s Wife is a no-wave mountain music band/ theater troupe whose works have been presented at the Brick Theater (Permanent Caterpillar), The New Ohio Theatre (Feather Gatherers), Uncanny Valley/chashama (Tiny Hornets 2012) and parties and bars all over New York City.
MENDING features performers Ean Sheehy, Lisa Clair and Normandy Sherwood! As well as musicians Sana Nagano and Max Maples. MENDING is written and directed by Normandy Sherwood and Directed by Craig Flanagin. Sets and props by Normandy Sherwood and Craig Flanagin
Monstrous transformations, teenaged-girl-hood, murdering, 1930s radio: Permanent Caterpillar is a body-horror play with music,
Permanent Caterpillar was performed at The Brick from May 19-June 4
One summer night in a small town, sometime in the 20th century, a teen-aged girl named Charity loses herself in a cave. Or is it a night club? A mysterious torch singer croons as Charity becomes a permanent caterpillar, lost in her own voraciousness.
Permanent Caterpillar is written and directed by Normandy Raven Sherwood; with music direction and sound design by Craig Flanagin;original music by Sam Kulik and performed by the Drunkard’s Wife; with music direction and sound design by Craig Flanagin; conducted by Nick Demopoulos; lighting and set design by Josh Smith; costume design by Chelsea Collins and Normandy Sherwood and stage managed by Emily Goforth. Permanent Caterpillar features performers Jordan Baum, Maxwell Cosmo Cramer, Admiral Grey, Juliana Francis-Kelly, Kristine Haruna Lee and Kevin Shea.
AWST Press published an abridged version of Permanent Caterpillar in August 2015, in chapbook and digital form. You can buy it for really cheap, and scratch your itch for body horror plays with songs. http://www.awst-press.com/normandy-sherwood/ Also, there's an interview: http://www.awst-press.com/library/normandy-sherwood/interview
A Stravinsky vaudeville by The Drunkard's Wife.
Enter the Devil, dressed as a Devil... In Feather Gatherers, a Stravinsky vaudeville set in a fictional 1960s Serbia (or is it West Virginia?), The Drunkard's Wife channels the spirit of Yugoslavian Black Wave film to renovate and re-cathect the 1918 "fairground entertainment", L'Histoire du Soldat -- simultaneously returning it to its folk roots and using it to re-frame a classic Faust story as a rehearsal for a post-communist utopia -- with echoes of the American Shakers’ heaven-on-earth, and of Wilhelm Reich’s orgone-energy-charged communitarian experiments.
Presented in New York City by the New Ohio Theatre as a part of its 2014 Ice Factory Festival.
Feather Gatherers was written by Normandy Sherwood and Craig Flanagin
directed by Normandy Sherwood
music directed, arranged and composed by Craig Flanagin
conducted by Ben Grow
Sets by Sherwood and Flanagin
Costumes by Sherwood
Lighting by Sarah Johnston
Sound Engineer Peter Mills Weiss
Stage Manager Sophie Silleck
TD Andy Sowers
It featured performances by Juliana Francis Kelly, Margarethe Kelly, Ean Sheehy, Jess Barbagallo, Nikki Calonge, Admiral Grey, Tavish Miller, Lili Sotirova and Edgar Oliver.
Musicians: Sam Kulik (trombone), Hajnal Pivnik (violin), Frank London (trumpet), Nanci Belmont (bassoon), Taylor Christen-Bergson (bass), Tom Abbott (clarinet) and Lura Vuksinich (percussion)
musical work of The Drunkard's Wife:
you can hear more at https://thedrunkardswife.bandcamp.com/