By Byrne Harrison
The 4th Annual undergroundzero festival is coming soon. StageBuzz.com will be interviewing members of several productions over the next two weeks - keep an eye open for that.
In addition to producing some ground-breaking theatre, the festival will feature weekly special events providing opportunities to mix and mingle with the artists. All events are open to the public with a suggested $5 donation and refreshments are provided.
Each Tuesday (July 6, 13, & 20) from 8–10pm in the Upstairs venue at PS122, commonground, a meta-theatrical talk show, will introduce the festival artists and highlight the festival's international guests. During the first hour, the attendees will comprise a live studio audience while special guests interview participating artists and cultural experts. The second hour will be an open gathering for participants, special guests, and audience members to mix and mingle.
Hosts include Festival Artistic Director Paul Bargetto, playwright Saviana Stanescu, the festival’s production team, and amazing artists from here and around the world.
On July 6th, commonground: Australia & Catalonia celebrates the launch of the festival and highlights Australian and Catalonian experimental theatre by featuring Au Ments (based in Catalonia), Tim Watts (Australia), and international theatre agent David Berga with special guests from the Catalan Center at NYU and the Institut Ramon Llull.
On July 13th, commonground: Italy & Romania celebrates the Italian and Romanian experimental theatre communities by featuring Compagnia La Fabbricca (Italy) and Green Hours Theater (Romania) with special guests from the Romanian Cultural Institute of New York and the Italian Consulate.
On July 20th, commonground: Ireland & Germany opens our final week, celebrating the Irish and German experimental theatre communities by featuring axis ballymun (Ireland) and Theater Bielefeld (Germany) with special guests from the Goethe-Institut New York and the Irish Consulate.
Each Friday, the festival presents latenightzero, a downtown dance party that welcomes everyone in the arts community and beyond to shake off the work week by getting down. latenightzero happens every Friday (July 9, 16, & 23) from 11pm – 1am in the Upstairs venue at PS122.
Friday, July 9 latenightzero kicks off the opening week of the festival to welcome our participants.
Friday, July 16 latenightzero hosts the League of Independent Theater, the membership, advocacy and business league for the independent theater community in New York City (www.litny.org).
Friday, July 23 latenightzero invites all movers and shakers from the downtown dance community to celebrate the final weekend.
The 4th Annual undergroundzero festival will run July 6-25 at Performance Space 122 (150 1st Avenue at East 9th Street). Tickets ($20) may be purchased online at www.PS122.org or via phone at (212) 352-3101.