Part outer space drag show, part Norwegian kitchen sink drama, part American karaoke opera, Nora Goes 2 Space, Motherfuck*r! is a blistering examination of “the housewife” and her role in the home yesterday and tomorrow, seen through the eyes of Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, and through a contemporary queer critique of the seminal feminist texts The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir and The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.
By irreverently deconstruction Ibsen’s play into a series of 1990s female punk rock anthems, monologues, and vignettes modeled after a series of 1950s housewife etiquette films that were actually show in cinemas as “feminist” propaganda, Nora Goes 2 Spac, Motherfuck*r! times itself towards the future by looking at the nascency of second wave feminism, celebrating past progresses and triumphs, and by being searingly truthful about how far we still have to go before we’re all equal.
Part of The Tank's 2016 Pride Fest! More shows and events here!
About the Artists
Kev Berry is a New York-based theatre-maker. His work as a playwright has been seen at The Tank, TinyRhino@Littlefield, 3-Legged Dog, Skidmore College, across the harsh North Country of upstate New York, and will be seen at Dixon Place this summer. 2016 Sunday Brunch Artist-in-Residence at The Tank. Proud graduate of Skidmore College.
His plays include: Exit Through the Sock Hop; Tense Social Justice Documentary Play About Gorillas Eating Toddlers; Seagull or Homogeneous Gays of the Fire Island Pines Caw Like the Albatross Yaaas; Scarecrow Tin Man Lion; The Commercially Unviable Queer Trash Theatre Cycle; Nora Goes 2 Space, Motherfuck*r! a karaoke opera in drag; (i heard) ANNA KARENINA (wanks with a toothbrush); The Charlie Brown Turkey Lurkey Brechtian Queer Thanksgiving Special; 2 Privileged White Women from the Upper West Side Hold a Seance and Discover Lesbianism; Satan's Lovehandles; Lisa the Little Girl, or the Joads' Long Journey East; and wouldyoupleaselistentome.
Over the past several years, he has had the opportunities to work with with Dave Malloy, Ari Stess, Paul Lazar and Christina Masciotti, and Target Margin; with Annie-b Parson and Big Dance Theater; with the Ann Liv Young Dance Company; with 3-Legged Dog; and with The Tank.
Currently, he is developing his plays (i heard) ANNA KARENINA (wanks with a toothbrush) and Seagull or Homogeneous Gays of the Fire Island Pines Caw Like the Albatross Yaaas with director Emily Moler, preparing his evening of one acts The Commercially Unviable Queer Trash Theatre Cycle for its premiere this summer as a part of Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival of LGBTQ+ theatre and performance, and working with director Patrice Miller on Nora Goes 2 Space, Motherfuckr!: a karaoke opera in drag, which will have a world premiere run at 3LD Art + Technology Center in December 2016.
Patrice Miller is a director-choreographer and writer whose work is deeply rooted in questions of performativity, embracing the temporal & physical challenges of live performance in a process that is centered on the use of the body and its relationship to discourse. Her work has been presented by La MaMa, 3-Legged Dog, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, The Brick, Pangea, Bowery Poetry Club, at the Edmonton Fringe. Some favorites credits include Mad Jenny’s Love und Greed, Untitled Theater Company #61’s City of Glass, Dead Cat Bounce/Money Lab, The Pig or Vaclav Havel's Hunt for a Pig; Tux & Tom’s In Pieces, ELE↓↑TOR, Maggie Cino's Decompression. As a performer: UBW’s Place Matters, DTE’s Angels and Accordions, Gemini Collisionworks/Richard Foreman’s George Bataille’s Bathrobe.
Her installation performances include work with the Institute of Psychogeographic Adventure at/on The Brooklyn Museum, Prelude/CUNY Grad Center, SUNY Stonybrook in addition to her own work at 571 Projects, 68th Street subway stop, NYC Fashionweek.