Nasty, Brutish & Short

Nasty, Brutish & Short

A Dead Whale Productions, Christopher Knowlton, David Gordesky, Katelyn Douglas, Kelly Nesheim, Lindsey Barlag Thornton, Maddy Low, Mike Oleon, Sam Lewis, Wonder Wagon

Mon, September 18, 2017

7:30 pm

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$8 - $10

Summer is ending, and the days are growing shorter… and nastier… and more brutish! Out of the lengthening shadows of the year, puppets of all shapes and sizes emerge.  Join us for an evening of the strange, beautiful, creepy, and hilarious.


Performances by:

A Dead Whale Productions

Christopher Knowlton

David Gordesky

Katelyn Douglas

Kelly Nesheim

Lindsey Barlag Thornton

Maddy Low

Mike Oleon

Sam Lewis

Wonder Wagon

 

Nasty, Brutish, & Short
Nasty, Brutish, & Short
Presented by Rough House and Links Hall
Curated by Maddy Low, Grace Needlman, and Mike Oleon

Hosted by Noah Ginex Puppet Company

Nasty Brutish & Short is an evening of contemporary short-form puppet and object based theater for adult audiences. The cabaret is a low risk environment for artists to perform new and experimental work and foster artistic exchange between puppet artists of different generations and mediums.

This event is funded in part by the Puppet Slam Network (a project of IBEX Puppetry)
A Dead Whale Productions
A Dead Whale Productions
"I Love You, Jane Doe"
By: Dane Eisler

Creepy Peter: Dane Eissler (Photo cred: Madeline Lauzon)
Dreamy Janes: (l-r) Alice Gehrke, Renee Lynn Jackson, Peyton Storz (Photo cred: Madeline Lauzon)
ILYJD Poster: Photo by Joe Grasso, Design by Sam Price
Peter & Janes: (back, l-r) Alice Gehrke, Renee Lynn Jackson, Peyton Storz (front), Dane Eissler (Photo cred: Madeline Lauzon)
Sorrow Peter: Dane Eissler (Photo cred: Madeline Lauzon)
ADWP Logo: Designed by Dane Eissler & Sam Price

A naïve mortician’s apprentice with a relentlessly childlike imagination finds his cozy little world flipped upside down when he falls madly in love… with a corpse. Featuring beautiful life-sized puppetry and a groovy, nostalgic soundtrack, I Love You, Jane Doe is an expressionistic clown play that explores the impossible demands we place on our loved ones… and on ourselves.

Blending virtuosic physical performances and striking poetic imagery, A Dead Whale Productions challenges and diversifies traditional theatrical conventions with new, culturally relevant works created by all means necessary.

We aim to create a theatre that is sustainable within both our community and environment. Our productions are built from re-purposed and found materials, and we aim to build our audiences and artistic ensemble by fostering a safe and inclusive environment in order to fulfill these goals.
Christopher Knowlton
Christopher Knowlton
Christopher Knowlton is a Chicago freelance dancer and choreographer. In addition to making his own work, Chris is a collaborative performer for ATOM-r (Anatomical Theaters of Mixed Reality), Erica Mott Productions, Same Planet Different World, Khecari Sildance/Acrodanza, Power of Cheer, and Synapse Arts, among others.
David Gordesky
David Gordesky
Shed
By: David Gordezky

Shed is in response to the concept of a "Lobster Year" or, a year in ones life filled with an immense amount of change. Like a lobster shedding it's shell, we leave behind traces of how we once defined ourself to make room for a new self to emerge.

David is a actor, clown, and puppeteer in Chicago. His most recent stage credits include "Moon Shot" with Theater Unspeakable and "Ubu the King" with Rough House. David can be seen performing his own work at many venues across Chicago.
Katelyn Douglas
Katelyn Douglas
In the Attic
By: Katelyn Douglas

Katelyn is a founding member of the newly formed theater collective 'Hot Kitchen' and a co-creator of the online project 'Your Uncle Richard' (yourunclerichard.com). She is currently collaborating with Audrey Polinski to remount "Coaching Carrie," a devised show based off the 1976 film "Carrie" (a great Halloween treat for all). Previous work: "The Puppet Wonder Wagon," "Leap Dog," "Hatchet Lady," "Sweet Analytics," "Oregon Trail Trail Trail," "Fanciness vs. the Void."
Kelly Nesheim
Kelly Nesheim
Travails of a Tightrope Walker
By: Kelly Nesheim

A tiny tightrope walker meets some obstacles.

Kelly is a theater/puppet-maker & clown about town and is delighted to be back at Nasty Brutish and Short!
Lindsey Barlag Thornton
Lindsey Barlag Thornton
Lindsey Barlag Thornton’s theatre, performance and installation based work has been seen at/with 2nd Floor Rear, Archer Ballroom, Chicago Home Theatre Project, The Copernicus Center, Defibrillator Gallery, The Gift Theatre, The Haggerty Museum in Milwaukee, HI typ/O, Links Hall, Hyde Park Art Center, IN>TIME 16 Performance Festival, Mana Contemporary, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Sullivan Galleries, Tritriangle Gallery, Tympanic Theatre, and Whitebox Studio Gallery, as well as in abandoned storefronts and on the streets of Chicago. With artistic partner Amanda Dunne Acevedo, Lindsey collaborates under the name Genesis. Together they curate the bi-annual HybridSalon, an evening of new performance made in collaboration by artists working across artistic disciplines. Lindsey is a MFA graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where for the last two years she has produced The New Blood Performance Festival at Links Hall. She has taught theatre and performance for Fringe Benefits at universities in the UK and Australia, for the Playwright Discovery Program at The Kennedy Center in D.C., and in Chicago for American Theatre Company, Auditorium Theatre, Gift Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Writers’ Theatre. Lindsey currently teaches Movement at ChiArts, Chicago’s only public high school for the arts, and is a teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Mike Oleon
Mike Oleon
Mike Oleon is a Puppeteer, Designer and Director. Mike co-founded Rough House Theater Co. in 2008. Most recently, he directed Ubu the King which has toured Nationally and is a selection of the 2017 National Puppetry Festival Puppetry and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Performance credits include Redmoon’s Swan Lake, a collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2009), Redmoon’s The Cabinet (u/s, 2010), and Blair Thomas’ Living Room Tour (2015). Selected Rough House direction and puppet-design credits include IchthyOdyssey (2011, National Puppetry Festival selection) Murder Ballads (2012, Open Eye Figure Theater’s Toy Theater After Dark Festival selection), Sad Songs for Bad People (co-director, 2015). For 4 years, Mike co-curated Nasty, Brutish, & Short, a quarterly puppet cabaret at Links Hall. Mike is a 2016 Individual Artist Program grant recipient from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for his work in solo puppetry.
Sam Lewis
Sam Lewis
Mr. Hambone Goes to Washington

What would happen if Jus Hambone went to Washington, DC to meet DJT? Find out in this hi-larious piece on our current racial climate

Sam Lewis has been an off and on puppeteer for the past decade. Currently he's on in a major way and loving every minute of it! He's also a founder of Elastic Arts where he does all kinds of artsy stuff for way too little pay.

Steve Gaede is a guitarist in the metal band, Black Market Democracy. He's also an avid fan of hitting and chasing little white balls around lush greenery.
Wonder Wagon
Wonder Wagon
Piloted in 2016, the Wonder Wagon, is a mobile stage that brings experimental performance to public spaces around Chicago.

Partnering with Nasty, Brutish & Short, the Wonder Wagon brought short, all-ages puppet cabarets to to three free public parks in October 2016.

The Wonder Wagon is funded in part by an Individual Artist Project Grant through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/