Group Sex on the Living Room Floor is a work-in-progress story about longing and debt, told by three performers of any gender who share the roles of a couple, their rivals, and an imaginary baby. Poised at the edge of a collapsing economy, these characters wrestle with the desire to escape, whether through online gaming or conversations with people who might not exist. With spare dialogue and a kaleidoscope structure, GSOTLRF shifts between real, virtual and imaginary worlds to ask: What does it mean to owe someone something? How do we connect under pressure?
Mundane Fantasy, curated by Faye Driscoll as a part of BAX’s Performance and Discussion series, features works by Dages Juvelier Keates, PARTED IN THE MIDDLE, and Sacha Yanow.
“I was drawn to these artists because of their unique creative perspectives and how they are each—in very different ways and through their various mediums— illuminating the relationship between the mundane, the personal and the mythical/fantastical with a smart, sincere and queer sensibility,” says Driscoll.
PARTED IN THE MIDDLE, co-founded with Nathanial Putnam, is Amanda Davidson in collaboration with the world. partedinthemiddle.wordpress.com.
Jess Barbagallo is a writer and performer. She has performed with Big Dance Theater, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and The Builders Association. She is a founding member of Half Straddle (The Knock-Out Blow, Sliding Whores, Nurses in New England, In the Pony Palace/Football, Away Uniform), the Red Terror Squad (Family Bed) and the Dyke Division of 2HC (Room for Cream. She has written the plays Grey-Eyed Dogs (Dixon Place Mondo Cane Commission), I’ll Meet You in Tijuana (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab), Saturn Nights (Incubator Arts Project), and Men’s Creative Writing Group (Playwriting Resident of the Invisible Dog Art Center).
Aden Hakimi isn’t very good at bios but he likes you, so he’s going to try. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he studied Theatre at Northeastern University before packing up and moving to Brooklyn. Aside from performing, Hakimi keeps busy as a video editor (currently at MTV/VH1) He is the founder of Midnight Productions, an independent film company whose first feature film, “The Beverages,” he co-directed/edited/starred in. Most importantly, he is an Aquarius. He’d like to thank his cats, Pip and Little Bit, for keeping it real.
Kourtney Rutherford is a theater artist and adult/childhood educator. She has worked with several renowned downtown theater companies including Witness Relocation, Radiohole, Half Straddle, and Big Dance Theater, with whom she won a 2010 Bessie New York Dance and Performance award with the company for her work in “Comme Toujours Here I Stand.” Kourtney is approaching completion of her master’s degree in educational theater from City College.