MIXED GREENS, NEW YORK, 2013

In the summer of 2013, MURMURS & INCANTATIONS was produced at Mixed Greens, a New York gallery devoted to contemporary, interdisciplary art. As the play’s actions largely take place in art spaces, MURMURS & INCANTATIONS' site-specific staging in a Chelsea gallery was a natural fit. Audiences were offered an exciting immersive experience, migrating from scene to scene in the real spaces of the art world. At the Mixed Green's production, the play's original music was played live in the gallery spaces by its composer, Yuval Ron.

 

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"With this special event, we were able to bring together the New York theater, art, and performance worlds in an inventive and innovative way."

-Heather Darcy Bhandari, Director

CAST

DAVID ILKU

(Zbigniew/Michael/Roach) first appeared in various performances in New York City nightclubs--among them the Pyramid, Dancetieria, and Jackie 60. Theatrically, he has worked with New York Theater Workshop, LAMAMA, Drama Dept., The Ogunquit Playhouse, the Culture Project, as well as several TWEED productions. Films include Fair Game, Life in Flight, Full Gown Men which he co-produced, Risk, Blue Steel, Godass, Night Journey, and Liquid Sky. He also co-wrote and performed with Jennifer Tilly in the short film, Salvation for Giorgio Armani, directed by David LaChapelle. TV credits include Spin City, The Cosby Show, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. David is one third of the comedy trio Unitard and one half of the comedy duo The Duelling Bankheads. He was an Island Records recording artist in the band, World at a Glance.

KATE KONIGISOR

(Eva/Chloe/Helen) is thrilled to be a part of bringing this wonderful piece to life. Favorite NYC and regional roles include the title role in Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s all-female production of Macbeth (Katharine Cornell Award for her performance; Buffalo, NY Artie Award for Best Production of the Year), Titania/Hyppolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream also for Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Emilia in Othello (opposite Austin Pendleton, West End Theatre, NYC), Shirley Valentine (Gretna Theatre), Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (TheatreVirginia), Gorgeous in The Sisters Rosensweig (Labyrinth Theatre, Dallas), Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, and Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound (Surflight Theatre). Kate is the Artistic Director of Shakespeare with Benefits producing Bard-based variety shows to raise money for charity and she created and runs a Shakespeare Retreat for 20 actors every Labor Day weekend in Vermont.

PETER LEVINE

(Ben) is an actor and writer. New York credits include The Madwoman of Chaillot (with Anne Jackson, Alvin Epstein, Kim Hunter), The Power of Darkness, The Front Page (Walter Burns), Evening All Afternoon, Broadway Bound (Ben) and The Private Life of the Master Race. Regional credits include The Sunshine Boys (Willie Clark), Cheaper By the Dozen, Jewtopia, Art, Angels in America (Roy Cohn), Indians (Buffalo Bill), Inherit the Wind (Brady). He is a member of Emerging Artists Theatre, which has produced two of his plays, The Kitchen Table and The Gipper. In his former life as an historian, Peter wrote numerous books including A.G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball, Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish Experience, Idols of the Game (with Robert Lipsyte), and a novel, The Rabbi of Swat. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Gale, and only a block away from their daughter, Ruth, son-in-law, Matt, and most especially, from his grandchildren, Lily and Ben.

PETER SCHMITZ

(Lane/Dovid) has been involved in the creative and performing arts for nearly 30 years. As a dancer/choreographer, Peter has performed, choreographed and taught for companies throughout the US, Europe, New Zealand and Turkey. Recent theater performances include Bent, Scenes From an Execution, and August: Osage County. Productions with Potomac Theater Project include No End of Blame, Scenes From an Execution and Electric Teddy Bear, Camille at the Olney Stage and world premiere of King of the Jews. This summer, Peter is performing and teaching at residencies in Chicago, San Diego and Castiglioncello, Italy. Summer performances in the New York City area include Summer’s Different at La MaMa, directed by Tamar Rogoff and The People to Come at The Invisible Dog, directed by Yanira Castro. Peter holds an MFA in dance from Smith College.

CREATIVES

DAHN HIUNI

(Director) is a New York-based artist whose work straddles the art, performance and theater worlds. As solo performance artist, he has been presented at such venerable New York venues as P.S. 122, Franklin Furnace, Artists Space and Thread Waxing Space. Other performance and exhibition venues include the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Lancaster Museum of Art. His performance Twentieth Century Art is part of the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center. Mr. Hiuni has taught at Pratt Institute, FIT, Hofstra, Bucknell, and at the National Theatre School of Canada. He holds an MFA in studio art and an interdisciplinary PhD in performance studies--both from Penn State. He is adjunct professor of art at School of Visual Arts. www.dahnhiuni.com.

PETER HASSLER

(Set and Costume Design/set photography) earned his degree in film and video production from Temple University. Since then he has been working in the fields of digital media production and photography. His work in digital media production has won several awards and his photography has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York City and in local galleries in Brooklyn. Recently, Mr. Hassler has decided to leverage these creative passions and skills into interior design. Multiple design publications have showered praise on the design work for his own Brooklyn brownstone. Mr. Hassler is excited to capitalize on these experiences and make his first foray into theatrical design.

 

GUY VIDAL

(Co-Producer and videography) is a partner in Design Vidal, one of the most prolific residential interior design firms on the east side of Los Angeles. Vidal is also the president of Vidal Real Estate, which purchases vintage apartment buildings on the east side Los Angeles, saves, renovates and restores them--creating vibrant communities for young artists and professionals. Formerly Vidal served as director of photography on television documentaries. Vidal holds a Masters in Business Administration from McGill University. He lives in Silver Lake with his partner and wife, Karen, and their 2 children.