Pangaea Performance Ensemble's production of Nocturnal will receive its world premiere at the 16th annual New York International Fringe Festival!
Nocturnal is an original play that was written and performed by the ensemble in the spring of 2011 on the campus of Brooklyn College. The response to the workshop production was so positive that we began to dream about developing the play further and mounting it again. So we applied, and were accepted, into FringeNYC 2012.
Nocturnal is a portrait of a New York night in nine movements. Over the course of one night (the nine hours of a night shift), numerous lives intersect. The play opens on a scene in a diner—a nurse waiting at a table, a waitress, a homeless woman, a cop. Two dark strangers rush in as if chased. A woman and a man with a golf club linger outside the door. Over the next 90 minutes, the play unravels in reverse, slowly revealing how we arrived at that place, and the many acts and accidents that led to that moment. At turns silly, startling, dangerous, mundane, lyric, quiet, ridiculous, real, magical, profound—it is a study in miniature of the minutiae of human interchange. As we move through the play, each scene (or movement) has a style, tempo and rhythm of its own (noir, drama, musical interlude), but each is necessary within the composition of the whole. With no single protagonist, the story is found in the accumulation of snapshots that, taken together, paint a curious (if fleeting) portrait of lives lived on the nightshift.
FringeNYC is the perfect next step for Nocturnal. The project developed out of research on the nightshift in NYC, and an exploration into what it represents on social, cultural, personal, and political levels. Russell Leigh Sharman and Cheryl Harris Sharman’s ethnological study, Nightshift NYC, provided a launching pad and served as inspiration for further research and investigation. We began conducting interviews, investigating jobs and statistics on the nightshift, improvising scenes and scenarios, exploring locales and characters. The play emerged out of a lengthy process of development (over about seven months), and represents each of the artists involved in its creation.
The ensemble is truly an international group of artists—collaborators hail from Korea, Russia, Greece, France, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti and the US. We are all excited by the prospect of taking the play up again, with a little distance, and moving it into the next stage of development. We want to tighten the piece, refine the dialogue, deepen the character work, and bring designers into the process.
This is why we need your help. Our goal is to raise $1200 to help cover the cost of materials and transportation for the set, props and costumes. We have set a modest goal in hopes of reaching it, so please give whatever you can! Even $1 will help! If we raise more than $1200 (a mere 20% of our overall budget), the additional funds will be used for flyers, posters, insurance, stipends for our designers, etc.
We really need you to help make this production the best that it can be! So please donate what you can because every cent counts!!
Video Created by Seimi Kim and Ethan Donnelly
Produced in Collaboration with Spleen Theatre
Day turns to night. Light turns to dark.
begin to close as the moon shines bright. Sleep
has finally won. As
many enter a dream state, there are others who will be out late.
Anything can happen on the nightshift.
- (12 days)