Thursday, April 11, 2019

Theater to the People: HOME Work-in-Progress Performance and Discussion Sat. 4/13, 7pm

Theater to the People: HOME
A workshop performance and discussion
Directed by Julia Cavagna and Kate Bell

Saturday, April 13, 2019
7:00pm
Brooklyn Arts Exchange Theater
421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Facebook and Instagram: theaterttpeople


I've been truly blessed to be a part of an interesting new theater project this spring.  I've collaborated with the Argentinian actress/director Julia Cavagna on a series of theater-making workshops for adults in Brooklyn, bringing together people who are not usually in a room together, people who've immigrated here recently and people who have lived here all their lives, people with theater experience and people who have never been on stage before, people in their 20s to their 60s, people who have five different first languages (English, Spanish, Quiche, Swedish, and Japanese). 

We have all come together every Monday for the past six weeks to use theater as way of thinking about HOME.  We're also exploring how collaborative creative practice can create community across social divides like race/ethnicity/class and help us to brainstorm together to respond to the political and economic challenges that arise when we talk about immigration or gentrification.

We would like to share what we've created with all of you and talk to you about it! 
Come join us on Sat. 4/13!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

CALL FOR PERFORMERS/CREATORS...JOIN ME FOR THEATER TO THE PEOPLE: HOME









I am presently recruiting for a devising workshop for adults (18+) that's going to happen on Monday nights in Brooklyn starting on March 4, with a culminating sharing of work-in-progress in mid-April.  My collaborating lead artist, Julia Cavagna, and I received a Brooklyn Arts Council grant to support this new work; we're calling the project Theater to the People: HOME.  It's a social justice theater project for both accomplished theater-makers and people who have never been onstage before, working together to create a performance about immigration and gentrification in NYC.  Julia is from Argentina originally, and all workshops will be bilingual, Spanish and English, but speakers of all languages are welcome.  (Spanish flyer below.)
REGISTRATION IS FREE!


Register by calling Brooklyn Arts Exchange at 
(718) 832-0018 or info@bax.org





Thursday, January 31, 2019

MERCH GIRLS Staged Reading on Sat. 2/9, 4pm @ Alchemical Studios

I'm very excited to announce that my newest play, Merch Girls, will be having a staged reading at Alchemical Studios (Studio One) on Saturday, February 9th @ 4pm. 

We received support from a Park Avenue Armory Education Space Grant to workshop the play over the past few weeks, and this reading is the first in a series this winter/spring from Ant and Dove, a writers collective.
More information is below...
If you'd like to come, please reserve your place through our Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/merch-girls-by-kate-bell-a-staged-reading-sat-29-4pm-tickets-55668389652


Ant and Dove Collective Presents:
 MERCH GIRLS
by Kate Bell
Directed by Ariel Francoeur
A Staged Reading, Saturday, February 9th, 4pm

Alchemical Studios, 104 West 14th Street, Studio One (1st Floor)

MERCH GIRLS SYNOPSIS:  Justine, Nora, and Kelly have this high school thing in check. They get good grades, don’t hate their mothers, and have boyfriends that play together in one of the coolest bands in town, Korova Milkbar. And the boys let the girls run the merch table at all the shows. High school rocks! But when one of Justine’s teachers kisses her, the girls start asking questions about whether everything is as great as it seems. Left by the boys to pack up their gear after a gig, Justine, Nora, and Kelly play the boys’ instruments for the first time together, and summon a voracious monster made of teenage girls, a force of pure destruction from outside the gendered power structure. The monster wants to sell the merch girls on the idea that it’s time to destroy the world and start over. A sci-fi feminist adventure for everyone trying to figure out what to do with their anger in this #metoo moment, Merch Girls explores the power and danger of female rage and asks what comes next after our monsters are released into the world.

Featuring:

Jessica Batista

Alexis Braxton

Caylyn Creager

Jeff Ebner

Ann Herberger

Carolyn Kang

Julia Labusch

Gabriela Llarena

Stephanie Miller

Turner Morehead

Jillian Puhalla

Jake Robbins

Deborah Rose

Niki Sawyer

Adi Schor

Emily Sullivan

Alani Waters

Sunday, January 20, 2019

BLACKED OUT Reading at The Artist Co-op, Mon 1/21 (MLK Day)






I'm honored that the Artist Co-op is featuring my play Blacked Out as a part of their Cold Reading Series, tomorrow night, Mon. January 21st, 6:30pm.

The Artist Co-op is at 500 West 52nd Street, and the reading will be in Studio 1.

Blacked Out is a journey through four New York City blackouts, spanning forty years of history and an imagined future, exploring how black/white racial relations have both changed and stayed the same.  The play seeks to ask how much Americans have really learned from our history, and if we’re making enough progress against racism and income inequality, considering the many other challenges predicted for the 21st century.

I can't wait to hear people's thoughts on the play!  It's a special way to celebrate MLK Day, I think.
Would love to see folks there, if you'd like to join us!

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Reverse Engineers @ El Cortez Thursday 1/10



The Reverse Engineers have returned from the holidaze and we are very excited to play with our good friends A Devil's Broadcast and Marzipan this Thursday, 1/10, @ El Cortez in Bushwick!

TRE on at 8pm...come join us!
$10 cover

@ El Cortez
17 Ingraham Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn (very close to the Morgan L stop)

Freezy drinks and red hot rockingess.  Come and get it!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Pajama Party with TRE on Wed. 12/12 @ El Cortez CANCELED

NO GIG TONIGHT
WED. 12/12 @ El Cortez
I'm sick again, waaaaah...

BUT...
Here are some pics from our last gig, Marc's big b-day blowout!  It was a great night...










Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fabulous Fall with TRE : Recording @ TOS Studios And Marc's B-day Bash on Sat. 11/17

Please come celebrate the amazing Marc Montgomery (the TRE guitar man!) with us on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17th @ Slope Lounge.  The Reverse Engineers will play @ 8:30, and then party onward into the night for Marc's b-day!  The festivities are free and open to all...



Also, so much has been going on!  Fall has been BUSY, y'all.

The Reverse Engineers had sessions at These Outer Spaces Studio in Brooklyn with the amazing Max Low during October and November, and very soon we will be releasing our first full-length album/CD/digital release/recording (whatever we call these recording projects these days).  We will have nine songs ready for you very soon!  Here are some pics from one of our sessions:
Me @ These Outer Spaces Studio.  I love my Mustang!


Marc @ TOS Studio.  Gorgeous guitar sounds!
Mary @ TOS Studio, rocking her fills!