Lilac Co is a Brooklyn-based theater company founded by playwright and performer Sean Lewis. "I can’t think of another artist whose work seems to teeter so carefully on the knife’s edge between states. You emerge from a Lilac show feeling like you’ve been in a grotto made out of bottle caps and tinfoil, some deeply private offering," writes critic Helen Shaw.
With your help, we're going to put on two new productions at two incredible New York galleries in the coming months. This is our very first fundraising campaign in nearly 15 years of making plays. And we just need $3,000--which sounds like a little, but it's a whole lot in experimental theater! That's $1,500 in sound gear rental and $1,500 toward material costs.
Our Two New Productions
"TWO AMERICANS CHANTING," presented by Situations Gallery, August 3, 4, and 5. A theater work that imagines a pair of mutant ghosts, killed in the trenches of WWI, traveling through time, and landing as vagabond projections onto the streets of New York City's Chinatown in 2018. This features new Lilac Co. collaborations with artists Alexandra Tabas and Eric Magnus.
MAGIC AGENCY Chapter 4: The Bread Crumb Eraser to Bridget Donahue, this October 6, 7, 13, and 14. MAGIC AGENCY is an epic serialized project (we envision 9-parts altogether) about a group (a cult?) in a dystopian future that does psychic recoveries of fragmented people.
MAGIC AGENCY has been created with different casts and designers including: Claire Campbell, Sarah Casey, Jim Fletcher, Eric Hoegemeyer, Kenny Curwood, Jeremy Slater, Mark Gowers, Katy Pinke, Thomas Kavanagh, Jennifer Hamdan, Mark Lotto, and Fred Stuart in three different NYC venues over the last year. In part 4, two brothers unpack their past. It's as close to a Julia Roberts movie as we've ever done. Dan Fox of Frieze Magazine has written that the MAGIC AGENCY plays "recall Pinter, very disturbing and very funny."
Why We Make "Plays for Adults"
We love making plays so much! We've put on plays in empty storefronts and church basements; stood on ladders taking down lights with gaffer's tape on my jeans; gone into rooms to write and sing and escape, to dance and scream and cry.
Theatre is for us about mystery and the unseen. The unconscious. To leap and move without a known idea of why or how. You must go! And it is this quest to reclaim, recover, or even betray(!) that which is most human (and that which is most often left aside in popular culture and popular entertainments).
Ivo Van Hove in a recent interview said “theatre will be THE art form of the 21st century. Why? Because it is live. It is a world of magic, so-called. Theatre is a venue and we can do whatever we want in it. If you don’t want to take risks, don’t be in the theatre." The same, perhaps, is true of life.
So we have been busy ...
Who We Are
Lilac Co. originated in 2007 in the basement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenpoint Brooklyn, with the performance of “Just Another Cowboy Lost in Steinland” - a work that performed ROOMS by Gertrude Stein in its entirety. In the summer of 2009 Lilac Co. began operating out of an abandoned storefront at 94 Norman Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Through the fall of 2012 Lilac Co. created and presented seven original full-length works at this location, including a movie, “Storefront” shown at the Segal Center’s International Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) in 2017.
Recent works by Lewis have been presented at Triangle Arts Association, New York (2017), The Roy Hart Institute, Maleragues, France (2017); Collapsible Hole, New York (2017); the Segal Center’s PRELUDE Festival, New York (2016); The Segal Center’s International Festival on Theatre and Performance, New York (2017), Pantheatre Myth and Theatre Festival, Paris (2014); the Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival, New York (2014); and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, New York (2013/2012).
In the last two years Lilac has recieved funding from Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FAC), been granted a gift from the Fertel Foundation, been invited by Collapsable Hole for "IGOR MORTIS" in March 2017 for five nights, and been interviewed in Bomb Magazine.
Risks and challenges
breaking an ankle
stopping doping (lol)
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