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Emily Climbs (Machine Méchant)


In the year 2125, Emily Climbs addresses an audience. A woman who exists in three separate bodies, due to a life-extension procedure gone wrong, she tells the story of her former companion, Kathleen Jackson, the American dictator whom history holds responsible for ending America’s reign as a world superpower. All Emily can offer the world is her memories. A sci-fi horror story performed by the acclaimed theater company, Nellie Tinder, (creator of Evelyn and For Artists Only) in collaboration with Obie-award winning composer Heather Christian (of The TEAM & Ripe Time), Emily Climbs (Machine Méchant) examines the Buddhist concept of no-self, the body as a prison, and a cost-benefit analysis of a life lived too long.

Emily Climbs (Machine Méchant) is an inexact imagining of a future looking back on a past which is still in the future. Through a collection of performed materials: part of a one-woman show, journal entries, interview footage and found documents, we examine the person-hood of Emily Climbs; a failed science-experiment, a devoted companion, a benign provocateur, a socialized woman struggling with the burden of individualism and the American Dream. Now That’s Entertainment!

A Nellie Tinder Work-In-Progress
Written by: Julia May Jonas
Directed by: Jess Barbagallo & Julia May Jonas
Assistant Directed by: Marisa Lark Wallin
Performed by: Hannah Heller, Kate Schroeder, Caitlin McDonough-Thayer & Marisa Lark Wallin
Songs by: Heather Christian
Costumes by: Wendy Yang Bailey
Produced by: Lingua Franca Arts/Sandra Garner

Dates + Time
February 20—21

$10 suggested donation at the door

Main Space
51 Bergen St

Earlier Event: February 17
Later Event: March 7
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