PRELUDE Festival 2023
Saturday, October 14, 2023
Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA
Caitlin George, Violeta Picayo and Jonathan Taikina Taylor from the The SuperGeographics Ensemble Theatre will present excerpts from and talk about their upcoming production of HELEN. presented by La MaMa in association with En Garde Arts (October 13-29, 2023).
Presented by La Mama in Association with En Garde Arts
Written by Caitlin George
Directed by Violeta Picayo
With The SuperGeographics Ensemble Theatre
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Caitlin George (Playwright) (she/her) is an Australian playwright, actor, and theatre-maker based out of Melbourne. Drawn to theatre by its collision of the possible and the practical, her work is driven by a compulsion for gender equality and a love for the explosive potential of language. As a playwright, her curiosity lies in reshaping our inherited narratives to examine cultural assumptions of gendered social roles. Through investigating myth, storytelling structures, and unsung histories, her plays question where we are and where we can go next. She has worked across south-eastern Australia, within the United States, and internationally in India, Mexico, and Canada.
Jonathan Taikina Taylor (he/she) (Actor) is an actor, director, and movement artist working cross-culturally in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Most recently performed in Illusions by Ivan Viripaev (NY) and danced for choreographer Wendy Jehlen in Conference of the Birds (NY, Bejing, Palestine). Film Credits include Venci D. Kostov’s Una Mujer Despreciable. Directing credits include, Medea Refracted (Getty Villa, LA) Un Castillo De Cartas (Santiago, Chile), Moving Mouths (Goteborg, Sweden), La Casa Azul (Kathmandu, Nepal). He is Artistic Director of The SuperGeographics and Associate Artist of SITI Company.
Violeta Picayo (she/her), is a bilingual Cuban-American director, actor, and choreographer. A born and raised New Yorker, she is passionate about creating works of and for her home city. Guided by a deep interest in the inherited body, Violeta has made her artistic home with some of New York’s most dynamic theater companies. She is a company member at Bedlam, OYL, The SuperGeographics, and an associate artist of SITI Company. Recent directing credits include the world premiere of The Strangers Came Today by Emily Zemba (Society/The New Ohio). Violeta has worked at NYC venues including BAM, The Public, Second Stage, the Gym at Judson, La MaMa; regionally at the American Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage, City Theater, the Fisher Center; and internationally in Argentina, England, Greece, India, Scotland. Violeta is a proud graduate of Vassar College, the National Theater Institute, and the SITI Conservatory.