JKB SpringFest Productions





Announcing the JKB SpringFest line-up:

(listed in alphabetical order by lead artist)

Uplift
Lead Artists: Will Carter ’23 and Anne-Sophie Vandenberk ’23
Production type: Devised IN PERSON
Seeking to create and curate a collection of original student creative pieces through an open performance pf student work. Uplift will incorporate the voices of BIPOC Skidmore students in the form of song, dance, and spoken word. The main focus of Uplift is to bring awareness to the BIPOC student experience at a predominantly white institution.

Project: Young by Kat Collin ’21
Lead Artist: Kat Collin ’21
Production type: Reading IN PERSON
Lauren is a teenager existing in a heteronormative and patriarchal environment that has brainwashed her into unwittingly suppressing her identity and authenticity. This suppression, both exacerbating and supplementing her untreated mental illnesses, leads her down a dark path of identity confusion, drug use, predatory relationships, and dangerous situations. With the help of magical forest creatures and the powerful energy of the James River, Lauren navigates the pain and confusion of a lost identity and discovers the resulting joy that comes from reacquainting with the self.

Project: I Love XXX by Meng Jinghui, translation by Claire Conceison
Lead Artist: Cameron Jabs ’21
Production type: Staged IN PERSON
I Love XXX is about the things we love. It’s also about the things we hate. It’s about the 1900s. It’s about the state of Chinese-American international relations. I love that this play is about everything. I love that this play is about nothing. How is love universal but also how does love fail us? What can love and saying ‘I love…’ as a form allow us to access as people that we couldn’t before?

Project: L0S3RS: The Video Game Play by Lily Kops ’22
Lead Artist: Lily Kops ’22
Production type: Staged ONLINE

Picture this: it’s early Saturday morning, around 12:30 pm, and a young middle-school boy awakes from a deep slumber. He journeys into the depths of his basement, and suits up for battle. Once his headset and controller are in place, he meets with the rest of his team, and together they set out on a dangerous and difficult mission, defending their pride against the most horrifying opponent in the online gaming world—a girl. This play explores both the virtual and real lives of several young kids as they navigate growing up and growing together from their own sides of the screen.

Project: Optais Amme by Cate LeCours ’22
Lead Artist: Catie LeCours ’22
Production type: Staged IN PERSON
This play is an exploration of individualism, hierarchy, and free will. It takes place in a fictional society (the Other Country) bound by strict gender roles within a feudalist structure that is being challenged by peasant revolts.

Project: Bamboo Box: Models for Your Convenience
Lead Artist: Wynn Lee ’21
Production type: Devised IN PERSON
This piece will focus on how Asian bodies and culture (and the media/stereotypes associated with them) are used for simple yet harmful commodification, entertainment, etc. for white people, and how privileged people focus on the commodified aspects while ignoring/not knowing the struggles Asian folks have gone through. In this project, the focus is on three types of female Asian stereotype tropes seen in media and how it’s packaged and marketed for easy to digest white media consumerism with a growing dark underbelly.

Project: Zombie Rain
Lead Artist: Jessie March ’21
Production type: Devised IN PERSON
We dance, we dance, and we dance! Everything is perfect! We dance on the hill in the sunshine! We have not a care in the world! But. When the rain comes, umbrellas go up. Zombies come out. This is a devised movement piece about people living in a world where the rain literally turns people into zombies. Also, nobody talks everybody just DANCES. Hallelujah!

Project: Frozen Fluid by Fly Jamerson
Lead Artist: Eliza Martin ’21
Production type: Staged IN PERSON
Somewhere in Mythic Antarctica, three scientists at a research facility live and conduct research out on the ice, continuously becoming and unbecoming themselves as they play out the creation of the world. Through a series of fables, Frozen Fluid chronicles the arrival of phytoplankton scientist Tay and the unraveling of the fantastic Antarctic world in which they find themself. Together, the scientists construct and deconstruct notions of gender, identity, religion, climate, and time itself.

Project: Living Through Isolation
Lead Artist: Anthony Nikitopoulos ’21
Production type: Devised IN PERSON
A project that captures people’s experiences with isolation through a devised film project. Material will be devised and generated from interviews conducted with as many students as possible, highlighting their experiences with isolation. This body of text will serve as the basis for the project. The performers will be given the text and have liberty to devise with it.

Project: Kaleidoscope
Lead Artist: Micah Pflaum ’23
Production type: Devised IN PERSON
Are you tired of watching theater from 6 feet away? How about theater from 100+ feet away? Kaleidoscope will be a devised, site-specific piece where audience members will put on headphones and listen to an audio track accompanying action they can only see from a distance. Through this combination of movement and sound, it will explore this idea of distance and question what it means to get the full story.

Project: The Chaparral by Tatsu Rivera ’22
Lead Artist: Tatsu Rivera ’22
Production type: Reading IN PERSON
The Chaparral explores the twists and turns of what it means for one to flee as a coping mechanism as well the pressures that come with stifling one’s identity. This is a play that traverses the past and present of Jean, a queer man, as he travels through his safe space with his older and younger siblings Alexis and Alexis at two different points in his life.

Project: No Names
Lead Artist: Fabian Rodriguez ’21
Production type: Devised IN PERSON
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the Adults have become extinct by the (creatures not from this world)- who feed on the negativity and “trap” of adulthood, the monsters that we carry as humans. The children co-exist with the creatures, they don’t even know they exist until they do, and it’s too late. This piece will explore the beauty and grotesque nature of relationships we build with one another.

Project: A History of Paper by Oliver Emmanuel
Lead Artist: Amelia Schuster ’21
Production type: Staged IN PERSON
A History Of Paper tells a love story through memories sparked by sifting through bits of paper. The story flashes between the present, the past, and a sometimes fictional history of paper. The play which at first seems like a simple yet sweet love story takes a sudden turn when the two fly to New York City on September 11th, 2001. The bits of paper not only represent the love story that they shared, but the love that was lost, and the love that now only exists in memory.

Project: Plano by Will Arbery
Lead Artist: Hanna Yurfest ’21
Production type: Staged IN PERSON
A captivating, fast-paced, forceful dark comedy revealing the ways women have been programmed to revere men and the thin line between nightmares and memories.

Project: Architect
Lead Artist: Marie Glotzbach (*Production Seminar devised by students)
Production type: Devised IN PERSON
How does the story of ourselves evolve?  This devised piece explores the architecture of who we are, and the experiences that shape the composition of the self.


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

4/16
6-7:30pm: Opening Celebration
8pm: PLANO

4/17
1:30pm, 2pm, and 2:30pm: KALEIDOSCOPE
3:30pm: YOUNG
5pm: CYRANO
8pm: PLANO
9:30pm and 10pm: BAMBOO BOX

4/18
1:30pm, 2pm, and 2:30pm: KALEIDOSCOPE
3:30pm: YOUNG
5pm: CYRANO
8pm: PLANO
9:30pm and 10pm: BAMBOO BOX

4/22
6pm: UPLIFT
9:30pm: ZOMBIE RAIN

4/23
5:30pm: THE CHAPARRAL
8pm: ARCHITECT
9:30pm: ZOMBIE RAIN

4/24
2:30pm: I LOVE XXX
6pm: UPLIFT
8pm: ARCHITECT

4/25
2:30pm: I LOVE XXX
5:30pm: THE CHAPARRAL
8pm: ARCHITECT

4/30
8pm: FROZEN FLUID
10pm: LIVING IN ISOLATION

5/1
2pm: NO NAMES
3:30pm: OPTAIS AMME
5:30pm: LOS3RS
8pm: FROZEN FLUID
10pm: LIVING IN ISOLATION

5/2
2pm: NO NAMES
3:30pm: OPTAIS AMME
5:30pm: LOS3RS
8pm: FROZEN FLUID
9:30pm: Closing Celebration


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