The Magnificent Seven ~PLUS~ Superhighway Julia Meinwald and Adam Stasiw
About This Show
The Magnificent Seven
Created by Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary
Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps, and Kerri Strug made up the first U.S. women’s gymnastics team to win Olympic team gold at the 1996 Atlanta games. The Magnificent Seven imagines their inner lives on the two days of team competition, as they reach for their young dreams and their faces on the Wheaties box, all leading up to a star-making vault heard ’round the world.
Created by Adam Stasiw
Using an original piece of software, a Kinect camera, and a cast of performers, Adam Stasiw’s Superhighway explores what it means to travel. Visual projections and music are generated in real-time by algorithms responding to the motions of dancers on stage. Using computer vision and machine learning, Adam’s program interacts with the human bodies that share the space. This piece of dance-theater interrogates our commuting habits, ponders our future, and reflects on the absurdity and poignancy of our daily lives.
About the Artist
Julia Meinwald’s musicals with Gordon include Pregnancy Pact (2012 Weston Playhouse, 2011 NAMT, 2011 YIMT), The Loneliest Girl in the World (2016 NAMT, 2015 UARTS, 2014 OutLoud at Ars Nova) and REB + VoDKa + ME (Civilians R&D Group, MTF’s writers group). Her show Elevator Heart with Sara Cooper and Amy Burgess will be performed at NYU later this fall. Julia has developed work through New Dramatists CLDP, the Dramatist Guild fellowship, American Lyric Theatre, Uncharted at Ars Nova, the Civilians’ R&D group, Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playgroup and MTF. She holds a BA in Music from Yale and an MFA from NYU’s GMTWP. www.juliameinwald.com
Gordon Leary is a Brooklyn-based bookwriter and lyricist. With Julia Meinwald, musicals include PREGNANCY PACT (2012 Weston Playhouse; 2011 NAMT; 2011 YIMT), THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (2016 NAMT; 2015 Polyphone; 2014 Ars Nova OutLoud), and REB + VoDKa + ME (2016 Civilians’ Findings Series.) Other musicals include CHEER WARS (2015 York Theatre, 2009 Richard Rodgers Award) and ACROSS THE RIVER (2013 Seoul Musical Festival.) Fellowships/Groups: Musical Theatre Factory, Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup, The Civilians’ R&D Group, Ars Nova’s Uncharted, Dramatists Guild. Vassar/NYU GMTWP. www.omfgordon.com
Adam Stasiw is a performer, creator, and lifelong student with degrees in Computer Science, Dance, and Theatre from Princeton University. In NYC, he has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall with Khorikos, Dixon Place and Greene Space with Yael Nachajon Dance Theater, and again at Dixon Place with Ensemble Dance Company and Watchface. Other notable performances include Assassins at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; dancing in works by Raja Feather Kelly, Rebecca Lazier, Susan Marshall, and Laura Peterson; and singing across the world with The Princeton Nassoons. Adam’s research interests include Human Computer Interaction, machine learning for music and dance performance, and the various intersections of art and technology.
Thursday, October 6 at 7:30pm
$15 in advance
$18 at the door
The Magnificent Seven
Music by Julia Meinwald
Book and Lyrics by Gordon Leary
Featuring Collin Batten, Ally Bonino, Amy Linden, Ellen Condon Macy, Elexis Morton, Gillian Munsayac, Alex Ratner, Lynne Rosenberg, Dana Steingold, Dustin Sullivan & Emily Walton
in collaboration with the performers
Patty Chen, Laura Hamm, Holly Linneman, Yael Nachajon & Shayna Strype
Additional music by
Photography & Videography by
Photo credit: Julia Discenza (for Adam Stasiw); Gordon Leary (for Julia Meinwald)