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★★★★
“An exhilaratingly bumpy ride into the myth-making landscape of America…The pleasure is in the piece’s highly developed sense of the ridiculous…It’s a joyride into the construction of identity, and one with unexpected emotional resonance.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

★★★★
“Combines witty cultural literacy with a tender intimacy… anchored by two performances of enormous conviction – a technically dazzling one from Sieh and a subtle, profoundly emotional one from King that lays bare the soul of America as a land full of heroes that is also a very lonely place to be.”

The Telegraph

★★★★
“The juxtaposition of President and popstar encapsulates something vital about masculinity…Image is key too: the way we present to the world, the identities we construct online, and our failure to measure up to our sense of self or our sense of others. It is, amongst other things, one of the best portraits of depression I’ve ever seen.”

Matt Trueman, What’s On Stage

“Two brilliant comic performances, born from rigorous research and intense acts of gender-bending empathy, make this a surprisingly easy sell from the get-go…when a company as talented as The TEAM serve an all-you-can-eat-feast, it’s worth adjusting your waistband.”

Time Out London

Photo: Helen Murray

From Jake: “Every 28 Hours” in St. Louis

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I am honored to be representing the TEAM this week in St Louis for the “28 Hour Plays,” for which playwrights and actors from around the country are joining with St. Louisans to write and perform in 80, one-minute plays in reaction to Mike Brown’s murder in Ferguson in 2014, the ensuing unrest, and the broader Black Lives Matter movement.

I have met and gotten to listen to some of the most extraordinary people in the last four days. On Wednesday night we got to hear Elizabeth Vega talk about her activism as an artist in Ferguson and beyond. Her organizations ROOT COOP and Artivists are a complete inspiration and she is a demonstration of how to live life right. Marty K Casey has been unbelievably generous in showing us St. Louis through her perspective, and her Show Me Arts Academy is an awesome assertion that the Arts can actually save people. Basmin Red Deer’s entire world outlook and contextualization of the unrest in Ferguson has been something of a paradigm shift for me. I feel incredibly lucky to know about these women and to become familiar with their work.

Elizabeth Vega talked about a perception that the movement has died down, and cautioned the world not to mistake the quiet laying of the foundations of a sustainable movement for the end of the movement.  It is very much alive here in the center of the country.

One of the other playwrights here is Nikkole Salter, who many of us in the TEAM met in 2006 in Edinburgh when we were performing Particularly in the Heartland and she was in a two-woman show also at the Traverse.  When she remembered who I was she said that seeing Heartland was the first time that she truly felt American.  In the last four days I have begun to understand for the first time something about what it is to be American.  And it is beyond unsettling.

When asked by a visiting playwright whether she had any advice for theater artists who might fear that theater isn’t enough, an activist here replied, “do it anyway”.  That struck me deeply.  I have met people who are doing anything they can, and dedicating their lives to a movement, in the belief that the world can get better.

And we’re off!

The TEAM is headed both West and East this week!

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RoosevElvis is loading in at the Royal Court as we speak (check out that gorgeous neon marquee action!) and Teddy and Elvis are departing for England tomorrow. We begin previews next Wednesday and are ecstatic about the month ahead. U.K. friends: book tickets on the Royal Court website if you haven’t already!

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The TEAM’s very own Jake Margolin is simultaneously gearing up to represent the company in St. Louis County, MO as part of #Every28Hours.

Every 28 Hours is a national theater event inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Jake will spend the next week, in conjunction with artists and theater companies from across the nation, generating over 60 one-minute plays in response to the systemic oppression of black people in the United States. For more information, check out the Every 28 Hours Facebook page.

It’s going to be a busy week in both cities! Check back on the blog, InstagramFacebook, and Twitter for more updates.

 

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This October, we’re incredibly proud to be participating in Every 28 Hours, a national delegation of theatres and artists headed to Ferguson and St. Louis. TEAM member Jake Margolin will join an incredible roster of artists to stage a series of one-minute, site-specific plays in response to the widely shared statistic that every 28 hours in America, a black person is killed by the police.

Collaborators include: Richard Montoya, Ralph Remington, Dominique Morriseau, Liza Jesse Peterson, Stew, Rickerby Hinds, Robert Schenkkan, Aurin Squire, Idris Goodwin, Jim Mcmanus, Shishir Kurup, Robert Alexander, Zakiyyah Alexander, Larissa Fasthorse, Tavia Nyongo, David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, The Black Rep, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, That Uppity Theatre Company, St Louis Rep Theater, Salt House Collective, Trinity Rep, The TEAM, Know Theatre, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Voices United, Sojourn Theater, Looking Glass Theater, Urban Theater Movement, Fishtank Performance Studio, Cleveland Public Theater, Guthrie Theater, ACT, The National Black Theater

For more information, read the press release here.

Look for updates from Jake in October here on our blog and across our social media, and please consider chipping in to the project’s Indiegogo campaign.

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End-of-Summer Workshops!

Join us for two evening classes in Brooklyn before the summer winds down and the fall season ramps up: “Self-Producing for Artists and Ensembles” on August 26, and “Directing for Ensembles and Devised Work” on September 2.

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RoosevElvis London Premiere Announced!

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Big news! We are so very excited that RoosevElvis is headed to The Royal Court Theatre in October for its official London debut. Tickets are on sale to the public beginning Friday, July 17th.

For more information, visit: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/roosevelvis

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RoosevElvis on the road again!

Nice! High five for RoosevElvis playing in two more cities

More chances to see RoosevElvis? Definitely high-five worthy

 

Teddy and Elvis will be hitting the road once again!

RoosevElvis will bring some hunka hunka burnin’ love to our friends in Minneapolis for the Walker Arts Center’s 2016 Out There Festival, January 7th-9th. (Buy tickets now!)

The show then travels to Teddy’s alma mater for a 4 week run at A.R.T.’s OBERON, May 6th-29th. Click here for ticket information–advance tickets are available now with a season subscription.

If you’re in either city, or if you want to follow Teddy and Elvis’ example and take a road trip, we’d be delighted to see you there!

And stay tuned for another exciting announcement before the end of the summer….ohhhh the suspense!

 

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Tune In: Primer on Mayfest Radio!

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We’re excited to announce our first foray into podcasting, thanks to the fine folks at Mayfest, one of the UK’s most exciting festivals of contemporary theatre.

Starting Friday morning (at or around 8:50am) and streaming through the duration of the festival, you can hear snippets of songs and stories recorded during our most recent workshop of Primer for a Failed Superpower

Listen now!

 

Photo by Em Watson.

Join us April 2nd to celebrate 10 years together

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To celebrate a decade together, we’re throwing a party to top them all. Big scale.

Joining us for a performance of scenes, songs, and highlights from our past ten years:

Mandy Patinkin
Kathryn Grody
Taylor Mac
Cristin Milioti
Lucy Alibar
TR Knight
Cory Michael Smith

(and a few last-minute warriors, cause that’s how we roll)

There will be music, there will be raffle prizes and sweet auction items, and there will be drinks a-plenty. And most importantly, there will be excellent company. And we hope that includes YOU.

Thursday, April 2nd
The Green Building
452 Union Street, Brooklyn
6:30pm Dinner | 8pm Doors

Come early to join us for a VIP dinner with the TEAM and friends, or join us for the main event beginning at 8pm. Open. Bar.
Tickets are $30 in advance / $75 and we’ll throw in a signed copy of our anthology / $40 at the door

Purchase Tickets Now

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We’re auditioning! If you’re 65 or older…

We’re auditioning people aged 65+ for a developmental workshop of our latest project, Primer For a Failed Superpower, a theatrical concert event.

The final piece, slated for 2016 in New York, will feature a multigenerational cover band of TEAM ensemble members, teenagers and elders playing songs of social/political outrage, intercut with movement and candid conversation between 3 generations about personal and national power.

We Are Seeking:

Community-minded citizens ages 65+ with an interest in collaboration and performing. Musical ability is a plus, opinions and the willingness to creatively express them is a must. 

  • Performance experience, musical capability
  • Willingness and ability to perform and contribute autobiographical material
  • The ability to generate collaborative material (including spoken and written material as well as movement/choreography)
  • Diversity of experience in living and relating to our country

Workshop Dates
The workshop will take place April 5-18, 2015 in Brooklyn, with daily rehearsals for the senior ensemble from 2pm to 5pm. The workshop will conclude with a public presentation of the work-in-progress on April 18. Some schedule flexibility is possible—please be sure to include any schedule conflicts for the workshop dates in your email to schedule an audition.

Compensation
The workshop will be unpaid, but a travel stipend will be provided to all participants.

AUDITION INFO

To schedule an audition, please email hello@theteamplays.org with “Primer Auditions” in the subject heading, and include your full name and contact information. A representative of the company will be in touch with you to schedule an appointment. 

To audition, please prepare the following:

1) Choose a song that feels like your America to bring to your audition. We will be able to play cds, mp3 files, YouTube videos, or plug our speakers into a headphone jack on most phones, laptops, or an iPod/Pad.

2) Fill in the blanks, and be prepared to speak the text for us:

When I was born, I was ______________.
I grew to view my country as a __________________.
I heard this song: _________________________
Which made me feel like _________________________.
I wondered what I could do to change that.
All around me, I see _____________________.
I want you to ___________________________.
I sing because ___________________________.
Then play (either yourself with an instrument, or a recording) or sing us your song from the first activity.

Please also bring with you a resume of relevant performance experience, or a brief bio about yourself, and a recent picture.