Guggenheim's 2019 Works & Process Series to Feature Be More Chill, Jeanine Tesori's Blue, More | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News Guggenheim's 2019 Works & Process Series to Feature Be More Chill, Jeanine Tesori's Blue, More The spring lineup will showcase up-and-coming plays, musicals, operas, dance pieces, and more.
Cast Maria Baranova

Works & Process at the Guggenheim has revealed the lineup for its spring 2019 series. Located in the museum's Peter B. Lewis Theater, the previews are a nod to upcoming projects taking flight across the New York cultural landscape.

The schedule includes performances from the Broadway-bound Be More Chill, Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson's opera Blue, Broadway's upcoming Gary: The Sequel to Titus Andronicus, a panel discussion with original cast members of Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Dave Malloy's Octet, The Washington Ballet, and The Secret Life of Bees (coming to Atlantic Theater Company in the spring).

Read through the full list of previews below:

Caleb Teicher & Co. with Conrad Tao: More Forever
January 6–7
Commissioned for Works & Process, the piece marks the first collaboration between Caleb Teicher & Company and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Conrad Tao. The artists will explore American dance traditions (such as vernacular jazz, tap, and Lindy Hop) set to Tao’s new contemporary score.

The Choreography of Light by Brandon Stirling Baker
January 18 & 20
A new dance piece featuring original choreography by Carousel Tony winner Justin Peck and Jamar Roberts and new music by Sufjan Stevens, inspired by the bond between choreography and lighting design. New York Times dance writer Marina Harss will moderate a discussion.

Houston Ballet: Sylvia by Stanton Welch
January 19
Artistic Director and choreographer Welch shares his creative process for his new ballet Sylvia, set to Léo Delibes’s famous score. Six dancers will perform selections from the mythological story.

Be More Chill by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, with Stephen Brackett, Chase Brock,
and Robert Klitzman
January 21
The creators will discuss their creative process while Dr. Robert Klitzman, Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University, explores the bioethical implications of the buzzy musical. Cast members will also perform.

Jeanine Tesori Rodolfo Martinez

Steppenwolf and the National Theatre: Downstate by Bruce Norris
January 28
Downstate explores what happens when society deems lawbreakers unworthy of forgiveness. The event will feature performances by cast members from the Steppenwolf ensemble.

The Glimmerglass Festival: Blue by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson
February 11
Blue centers on the hopes and fears of a young black couple as they raise a son in 21st-century America. Francesca Zambello moderates a discussion with the work’s creators with members of the cast performing highlights from the new opera.

ArKtype: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) by Bryce Dessner and Korde Arrington Tuttle, with Daniel Fish and Roomful of Teeth
February 17
This new work of musical theatre takes Robert Mapplethorpe’s critically acclaimed and controversial photographs as a point of departure. The creative team discuss their creative process and will perform highlights.

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Taylor Mac, with Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin, and George C. Wolfe
February 18
Prior to the world premiere of MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac’s new comedy, the playwright will sit down with Tony-winning director George C. Wolfe and Tony-winning stars Andrea Martin and Nathan Lane for a moderated discussion.

A scene from Jerome Robbins' Broadway Martha Swope

Jerome Robbins’ Broadway Reunion
February 24–25
To celebrate Jerome Robbins’ centennial and the 30th anniversary of Jerome Robbins' Broadway, author Steven Suskin will moderate a discussion with original cast members and creatives.

Signature Theatre: Octet by Dave Malloy, with Paige Evans and Annie Tippe
March 3
Octet explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st century technology. Artistic Director Paige Evans moderates a discussion with Malloy and Tippe, with cast members performing highlights prior to the Signature bow.

The Washington Ballet: Julie Kent with Dana Genshaft and Ethan Stiefel
March 10–11
The Washington Ballet Artistic Director Julie Kent, a champion of new choreography, discusses newly commissioned work with choreographers Dana Genshaft and Ethan Stiefel. Company dancers will perform exclusive highlights prior to their April 3 premieres in Washington, D.C.

The Santa Fe Opera: The Thirteenth Child by Poul Ruders and Becky and David Starobin, with Darko Tresnjak and Rita Ryack
April 7
The composer of The Handmaid’s Tale, Poul Ruders, will take attendees behind the scenes of his latest work, inspired by the Brothers Grimm.

HILMA, with Fredrik and Mette af Klint Ewa Malmsten Nordell

HILMA by Benjamin Staern and Mira Bartov with Fredrik and Mette af Klint
April 15–16
See the world premiere of an opera about Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, inspired by her unique body of spiritual works.

Atlantic Theater Company: The Secret Life of Bees by Lynn Nottage, Duncan Sheik, and Susan Birkenhead,with Sam Gold
April 22
The Off-Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees explores race relations, spirituality, fellowship, and healing.

Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Design Dialogues with Institute for the Study of the Ancient World’s Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes
April 28–29
Costume designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung use original Ballets Russes costumes and designs as their point of departure. As part of the dialogue, a performative intervention featuring Bartelme and Jung’s new costume designs will infuse the exhibition’s opening at ISAW.

For tickets and more information, visit the Guggenheim's Works & Process website here.


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