Abby Bender, a one-woman show

Triskelion Arts presents

This Title Will Not Change

 a one-woman show

Performed by Abby Bender

Directed by Charles Gushue 

May 3-6, 2012 at 8pm


Instead of Abby Bender Schmantze Theatre’s annual evening-length premiere on a cast of 15-20 performers, 32 artists of various mediums have contributed to the seasoned choreographer’s first-ever solo show. The evening-length work is assembled from material donated by a wealth of talented dancers, composers, costumers, filmmakers, writers and clowns. Driven to experiment with a creative process that contrasted her usual approach to dance-making, Bender and Gushue asked participating artists to meet individually with Bender to explore and/or set their short material. No themes were set. No restrictions were placed. The pair have catalogued the ostensibly incongruous dances, text, improvisational content and comedic sketches, resulting in an extraordinary mélange that is part memoir, part metaphor, part myth. This Title Will Not Change is, in fact, rife with change and its own inner logic, a surreal and surprisingly navigable journey into the cluttered landscape of the performer’s ID. The work shares the history and the humility of Bender’s psyche, and helps audiences understand why friendship and home always trump the minutia. A visual bacchanal, the show subdivides the theater into 3 worlds that are slowly revealed and absorbed into the next. An office is swallowed up by a junkyard. Finally, with the help of full audience participation, order prevails, exposing a magical scenery that has actually been there all along.

With contributions from Andrew Dickerson, Katie Federowicz, Jessica Gaynor, Peter Kyle, Jonathan Ciccarelli, Zoe Schieber, Stefanie Nelson, Leanne Schmidt, Nadia Tykulsker, Alex Springer, Xan Burley, Don Dilego, Brent Alberghini, Rebecca M. Sproul, Jeff Seal, Billy Schultz, Will Carlough, Sydney Maresca, Stephanie Sleeper, Roberta Kirn, Karesia Batan, Marisa Gruneberg, Charmian Wells, Richard Harrington, Lyz Merida, Cassie Tunick, Alexis Iammarino, Cristina Jesurun, Laura Sargent Hall, Jackie Moynahan, Dave Gochfeld and Amy Larimer
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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs