General Admission: $30-$40
Part recess, part ritual, part recruitment, SKINNAMARINK is Little Lord’s absurd and vicious take on American education and indoctrination.
SKINNAMARINK is based on “McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers,” a series of American schoolbooks used to teach children how to read from the 1830s to today (yes, to today). Pre-dating the pastel-colored/everybody-happy world of “Dick and Jane,” these brutal little books helped shaped the minds and behaviors of Americans for generations.
The simple, rich language of these primers and their blatant, moralistic underpinnings launched us to question our current mess of American belief-systems: How were you taught to read? To think? To behave? How were you punished? What is your relationship to authority? To discipline? To shame?
Transforming New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre into our own little one-room schoolhouse of horrors, SKINNAMARINK questions what kind of people are the most useful in society…and how we handle the rest.
***Allergy warning: peanut butter will be used in this performance.***
Created by Michael Levinton and Little Lord
Directed by Michael Levinton
Performed by Kaaron Briscoe*, Joshua William Gelb, Fernando Gonzalez*, Michael Levinton*, Meg MacCary*, Morgan Lindsey Tachco, Laura von Holt, and Kate Weber*
Scenic Design by Marika Kent
Costume Design by Karen Boyer
Lighting Design by Cha See
Sound Design by Joseph Wolfslau
Choreography by Whitney G-Bowley
Production Management by Daniel Allen Nelson
Stage Management by Kaitlin Nemeth and James Wyrwicz
Associate Costume Design/Wardrobe by Crystal Kovacs
Assistant Lighting Design by Val Insardi
Press Representation by John Wyszniewksi, Everyman Agency
Produced by Little Lord (Michael Levinton/Artistic Director and Morgan Lindsey Tachco/Creative Producer)
This production has received developmental support as part of the 2018 Impact Residency Program of the Drama League and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and through artist residencies with Drop, Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY.
The Peanut Butter Show, a companion piece to SKINNAMARINK, was the inaugural production of Target Margin Theater’s Presenting Program at THE DOXSEE in Sunset Park, Brooklyn in October 2018, and was developed with support from Target Margin’s Artist Residency Program.
*denotes member of Actors’ Equity
Little Lord is an ensemble-based company that aggressively reinterprets classic, found, and neglected texts to create new works of experimental performance. Holding a funhouse mirror up to our shared cultural memories, Little Lord subverts conventional storytelling, uproots the familiar, and questions assumptions about the world in which we live. Founded in 2007, Little Lord’s performance work has been praised as “scrappy creative brilliance” and “fearless in its weirdness.” Recently: “NOW IS THE TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE” (Abrons Arts Center, 2016); NYTimes Critics’ Pick “BAMBIF*CKER / KAFFEEHAUS” (The Brick, 2015); “Pocahontas, and/or AMERICA” (Bushwick Starr, 2013). Also: OHIO Theatre, UNDER St Marks, Incubator Arts Project, Chocolate Factory, HERE Arts Center, Judson Church, Dixon Place. Little Lord has been nominated for 7 New York Innovative Theater Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Musical and Outstanding Performance Art Production. www.littlelord.org
Michael Levinton is a writer, director, performer, and creator of original work for the theater. As Founder and Artistic Director of Little Lord, he has developed and premiered ten original productions at venues such as Abrons Arts Center, Bushwick Starr, Chocolate Factory, HERE Arts Center, Incubator Arts Project, OHIO Theatre’s Ice Factory, Judson Church, Dixon Place, Target Margin Theater, and UNDER St. Marks. Layering avant-garde techniques with ransacked camp traditions, Levinton’s work with Little Lord has been praised as “eerie and dangerous,” “a beautiful, uncomfortable, hallucinogenic ride,” and “a fever dream that straddles the line between ecstatic and tragic.” In addition to Little Lord, Michael Levinton is a producer, curator, and non-profit management consultant, and has worked with dozens of NYC performing arts companies in generating and growing new artistic programs. He is a 2018 Drama League Resident and an associate artist of Target Margin Theater.