Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. Meeting the artists where they are in their process, this initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the newly renovated Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series will serve nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone.
Monk Parrots are proud to present the second production and NYC premiere of TERMINUS by Gabriel Jason Dean (Princeton Hodder Fellow, Paula Vogel Award, Broadway Blacklist), directed by Lucie Tiberghien (The Other Thing, Don’t Go Gentle, Soldier X, Hoodoo Love). TERMINUS is the second chapter in Dean’s The Attapulgus Elegies, a semi-autobiographical collection of plays about the slow fade of a American mill town.
TERMINUS received its premiere at The VORTEX in Austin, TX in 2016 and ran to critical acclaim, receiving the Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Drama and an unprecedented 11 B. Iden Payne Awards including Outstanding Script and Best Drama. Described as “a masterful work of great power and beauty,” (Broadwayworld.com) and “part of an important, groundbreaking cycle of American work that we can only hope will receive the widespread national attention it deserves.” (Austin-American Statesman).
TERMINUS tells the story of Eller--a poor, white matriarch-- and her mixed-race grandson, Jaybo, who live together down by the railroad tracks in rural Georgia. When Eller's mind begins to fade, her violent past in the segregated South haunts her from the very walls of the old family home. And as she descends terrifyingly closer toward a horrifying truth, Jaybo’s capacity to love his grandmother is put to the test.
In a lyrical style that blends psychological realism with expressionism, TERMINUS is a family drama that allegorically asks how are white Americans haunted by and continually complicit in the sustained trauma against black Americans.
Gabriel Jason Dean is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and Associate Artist with Monk Parrots. His plays include In Bloom (workshopped through NYTW Dartmouth Retreats 2012 & 2013, Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Award, Laurents / Hatcher Award Finalist, Princess Grace Award Runner Up); Terminus (Austin Critics Table Award, B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Drama and Original Script), Qualities of Starlight (Broadway Blacklist, Kesselring Nomination, B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Comedy and Original Script), Heartland (NNPN Smith Prize Runner Up) and others. He was most recently named a Finalist for the Humanitas Emerging TV Writer Award for his original pilot, “We Belong.” He is a recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton, the Dramatist’s Guild Fellowship, an Affiliated Writer at the Playwrights’ Center and an alum of the Civilians R&D Group. His plays have been produced or developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, The Flea, Oregon Shakespeare, The Kennedy Center, Geva Theatre, PlayPenn, Interact, Stage Left, The VORTEX, Theatre , Aurora Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Actor’s Express, Source Festival and others. MFA: UT-Austin Michener Center for Writers. GabrielJasonDean.com.
Lucie Tiberghien, born in Switzerland and raised in France, is a director and translator. She is an Associate Artist with Monk Parrots and selected credits include: Off Broadway: The Other Thing by Emily Schwend (Second Stage, NY); Soldier X by Rehana Mirza (Ma-Yi Theater Company); Don’t Go Gentle by Stephen Belber (MCC); Blind and The Pavilion by Craig Wright (Rattlestick Theater Company ); Hoodoo Love by Katori Hall (Cherry Lane Theater); A Small Melodramatic Story and Geometry of Fire by Stephen Belber (LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick); Regional: Queens For A Year by TD Mitchell (Hartford Stage), Pen/Man/Ship by Christina Anderson (Portland Playhouse and CATF), The Ashes Under Gait City by Christina Anderson (Contemporary American Theater Festival); Blueprints to Freedom by Michael Benjamin Washington (La Jolla Playhouse, and Kansas City Rep); Love in Afghanistan by Charles Randolph Wright (Arena Stage, DC); The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar (Milwaukee Rep); Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes (Arden Theater); Blood and Gifts by JT Rogers (La Jolla Playhouse); Great Falls by Lee Blessing (Humana Festival). Translations into English: Juste La Fin Du Monde (Only the end of the World) by Jean Luc Lagarce produced in New York by Company Charnière. Translations into French, Match (Grand Ecart) by Stephen Belber, produced in Paris at Le Théâtre de la Madeleine, Disgraced (Déshonneur), by Ayad Akhtar to be produced and directed by Lucie Tiberghien in Paris in 2018. Education: Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland, BA in International Studies. LucieTiberghien.com.
Monk Parrots is a seven-year-old ensemble of performing and visual artists who create concept driven live work through multidisciplinary collaboration ranging from the experimental to the scripted both musically inspired and inspired by the events of the world. Luke Leonard (founding Co-Artistic Director) and Jessica Dean (Co-Artistic Director) aim to cultivate new audiences for new forms, provide opportunities for artists, and forge uncommon unions that enrich our practice and broaden our relationships with professional artists and community members.