OBSESSED WITH A MURDER IN HER RURAL TOWN, VETERINARIAN AND AMATEUR FILMMAKER LORNA DAS UNCOVERS SOME OF THE HARROWING DETAILS THAT LED TO AN UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY IN THIS THRILLING 1994 CRIME DOCUMENTARY. Tragedy in Spades: A Crime Documentary is a live-performance deep-dive into the true-crime genre. The text, a fabrication by playwright Liza Birkenmeier, echoes the current cultural sensationalism of true-crime murder mystery and appeals to small-town 90s nostalgia. With choreography by Katie Rose McLaughlin O’Neil and a sound score created by Chris Giarmo and Taylor Brook, Flier’s Thumb, Missouri, and its fictional horrors come to life and accumulate over time. Obsessed and disgusted with our cultish fascination with dead girls, we consider our own participation in this violent, misogynistic genre.
Liza Birkenmeier is a recent member of EWG at The Public Theater. Her work has been developed at Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Rattlestick, The Playwrights Realm, New Georges, Invisible Dog, the Catch Series, Prelude NYC, City Theater in Pittsburgh, the San Diego Museum of Art, University Settlement, and elsewhere. She is a Commissioned Artist at Ars Nova and Carnegie Mellon University, and a New Georges Audrey Resident. Her play radio island was on the 2016 Kilroys list and was a finalist for the inaugural Relentless Award. Her play the hollower will premiere with New Light Theater Project in May 2018. She has had fellowships at The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.
Katie Brook is a director of new experimental plays and performance and makes original work collaboratively with her theatre company, Televiolet. Her work has been presented at various venues in New York City and beyond, including The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Incubator Arts Project, Prelude NYC, and more. Her most recent work, The Power of Emotion: The Apartment premiered at Abrons Arts Center in October, 2017. Brook has also worked as a creative producer at The Foundry Theatre, The Builders Association, and New York City Players. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.
Tele-violet is a theatre and performance ensemble led by director Katie Brook that uses dramatic texts and real-world content to experiment with acting and dramatic form in a collaborative context. Past Tele-Violet work includes The Power of Emotion (Abrons Arts Center), Pink Melon Joy (Brave New World Rep and Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival), Lady Han (Incubator Arts Project), and American Realism (Invisible Dog and The San Diego Museum of Art). Televiolet has also been featured at Prelude, Little Theater, Catch, The Working Theater, and Under the Radar.