New Paradise Laboratories

1/9: Flower Face from COLD EMPTY TERRIBLE, 2014. Photo by Sam Tower. Courtesy of New Paradise Laboratories.
2/9: Flower Face from COLD EMPTY TERRIBLE, 2014. Photo by Mike Hipple.
3/9: Production still from The Adults, 2014. Photo Kate Raines / Plate 3 Photography.
4/9: New Paradise Laboratories’ (NPL) Chance Workshops, exploring contingency with Bhob Rainey, Whit MacLaughlin, NPL ensemble, Tassos Stevens, guest artist Elie Ayache, and John Collins. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.
5/9: New Paradise Laboratories’ (NPL) Chance Workshops, exploring contingency with Bhob Rainey, Whit MacLaughlin, NPL ensemble, Tassos Stevens, guest artist Elie Ayache, and John Collins. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.
6/9: New Paradise Laboratories’ The Adults, at the Painted Bride Art Center. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.
7/9: Courtesy of New Paradise Laboratories.
8/9: Extremely Public Displays of Privacy. Photo courtesy of New Paradise Laboratories.
9/9: New Paradise Laboratories’ Freedom Club. Pictured: Mary McCool, Stephanie Viola, and McKenna Kerrigan. Photo by Nicole Adler.

New Paradise Laboratories (NPL) is an experimental performance ensemble that explores radical means to bend conventional ideas of theater, while valuing wild humor, a muscular visual sensibility, and a fascination with the utopian impulse. Led by Pew Fellow and Obie Award-winner Whit MacLaughlin, NPL uses a variety of creative strategies including company-devised techniques, cross-media design elements, and site-specific installations. Center-supported work has included Fatebook, featuring an audience experience that began online before becoming live, and Extremely Public Displays of Privacy, an ambitious three-part, multimedia work. In 2015, NPL received a Center Discovery grant to expand its devised theater techniques and lay the groundwork for a series of new pieces, through investigations of improvisational structures, games of chance, and audience interactivity. This research has informed the Center-supported presentation of Hello Blackout!, a new theater work integrating contingency into NPL’s physical theater style, with live music by composer and Pew Fellow Bhob Rainey.


References

Through the ongoing Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center presents a new work by choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow Reggie Wilson.

Grants & Grantees

Philadelphia Young Playwrights assists students in Philadelphia area schools with telling their stories through theater.

Grants & Grantees

Anthony Smyrski works with Dan Murphy as the artist duo Megawords. They are well known throughout Philadelphia for installations that are equal parts gathering space, artist studio, and storefront.

Collaborators & Colleagues

For 14 years Jenny Andrews served as botanical programs coordinator at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville. Most recently she was director of education for the Garden Conservancy.

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Supported by the Center, the country’s first-ever queer jazz festival will address intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz music, and will take place September 18–21, 2014.

The experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will be illuminated in this multimedia work created by MacArthur Fellow and jazz pianist/composer Vijay Iyer and poet/librettist Mike Ladd, in combination with a publication of local veterans’ writings produced through a partnership with the veteran-focused arts organization Warrior Writers.

The Wilma Theater’s production of Our Class, a controversial and emotionally charged play by Polish writer Tadeusz Slobodzianek, had its U.S. premiere in the fall of 2011 with support from the Center.

Grants & Grantees

A two-part concert program, with a live talk show hosted by Live from Lincoln Center’s Fred Child and an accompanying studio recording, will offer a renewed perspective on the artistic legacy of baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann.

Grants & Grantees

An urban performing arts center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Annenberg Center presents touring theater, jazz, and world music.

Grants & Grantees

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