some thoughts on what we do

we think the world is bad. we want it to be better. like you, we are often very tired and sad. we are often tempted to give up on wanting anything. our society trains us every day to believe that “it is how it is.” that this is as good as it gets. 

as artists, our job is to interfere with the processes of perception and sense-making that support this complacency and this despair. for us, it’s not a matter of showing you what’s wrong with our society, as if you didn’t already know. it’s not a matter of telling you what should happen next, as if you had any good reason to listen to us. what we want to do is make spaces where we can all practice getting attuned to the impossible. 

we don’t want to stage utopia. we don’t want to theater a better world into being. Read on

peep us feb 25 & 26 & other news

hey uh. happy 2020. 

sorry we didn’t send you a new years greeting. sh!t was happening. 

jarcho started at brown–you can read about it in American Theater magazine. ben is on tour with ERS doing gatz again, christ. jenny is showing her art all over the place & is now a TMT Institute Scholar. ásta is putting people in clothes–like in will eno’s GNIT at TFANA go see it

but on feb 25 & 26 we’re gonna be together for 30 minutes at HERE to give you a lil taste of our latest project
MARIE IT’S TIME as part of the RAW festival 

like a rock concert but with more talking & freaking out

or like a goth sleepover for moms & other perverts
we wanna see you there. we wanna sing to you. go here for tix. ok.
 

love,

ásta / jarcho / jenny / ben

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SNEAK PEAK: Marie It’s Time at the Mark O’Donnell Theater (September 11, 12)

We know you love Woyzeckso we decided to take a stab at it with our new thing, Marie It’s Time. Like Büchner’s play but with more girl stuff. bc that’s what we do—

We’re gonna be showing a little sneak peak of Marie It’s Time at the Mark O’Donnell Theater in Brooklyn on September 11th and 12th at 7pm. Totally FREE, just like you are this time of year. There’ll be a curtain raiser by Jordan, and music by the guy from pollens. Jenny and Julia will be in it. sound by ben. Plus some other secret surprises.… Read on

PATHETIC PREMIERES AT ABRONS ARTS CENTER: JUNE 5–23

Teen girls experiment with sex, magic and murder while mom sinks deep into lust and self-loathing. A teen-drama riff on Racine’s PhèdreMinor Theater’s PATHETIC invites you to get off on the sick horrors of becoming a woman.

MORE INFO AT ABRONS ARTS CENTER

Written and Directed: Julia Jarcho
Production Design: Ásta Bennie Hostetter
Lighting Design: Christina Watanabe
Sound Design: Ben Williams
Video Design: Jennifer Seastone
Producer: Ann Marie Dorr
Featuring: Jordan Baum, Kim Gainer*, Kristine Haruna Lee*, Linda Mancini, Jennifer Seastone*, Ben Jalosa Williams*
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase.

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PATHETIC PREMIERE & VALENTINE’S DAY DRIVE

hey. what’s up? we didn’t say much during those other festivities (HAPPY NEW YEAR ok) but you know

we here at minor theater just love love

& we also need to raise $ for our june show PATHETIC
which is all about love too
& you know, pay our people & buy fake blood

so donate $50 or more HERE by feb 13 and WE’LL SEND YOUR CRUSH AN E-VALENTINE (yeah from you) on the big day.

personalized & everything. you can even choose if you want it SALTY or BITTER or just like SWEET.

or if you wanna be our 🖤 we’ll send you one direct. 

(PATHETIC is our gross sexy mom / teen witch riff on racine’s phèdre coming to Abrons Arts Center in June & we are f*ing psyched to show you. meanwhile please help us out with cash.)
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workshop @BAC! please rsvp

work-in-progress showings
at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Rudolf Nureyev Studio (4th Floor)
Thursday, November 15 @ 11am RSVP here
Friday, November 16 @ 12pm RSVP to Kim Golding

pathetic

Written and Directed  Julia Jarcho
Design: Ásta Bennie Hostetter
Sound: Ben Williams
Video: Jennifer Seastone
Co-Conspirator: Ann Marie Dorr
Lighting consultation: Barbara Samuels

Featuring performances by:
Jordan Baum * Kim Gainer * Kristine Haruna Lee * Linda Mancini * Jennifer Seastone * Ben Williams

Production support:
Kelly LaManna * Hannah Birch Carl

about PATHETIC:
PATHETIC is a contemporary riff on Racine’s vigorously pessimistic tragedy Phèdre. Hexameter meets Sonic tots at a high school in the desert Southwest. Teen girls experiment with sex, murder and magic while mom sinks deep into lust and self-loathing. Will Venus favor the good? Or is the goddess of Love just licking her chops for sacrifice?
Pathetic will premiere at Abrons Art Center in June 2019.… Read on