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:

Ant and Dove Collective Presents:
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.


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

WED. 12/12 @ El Cortez
I'm sick again, waaaaah...

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!

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Reverse Engineers...


Saturday, 9/22 @ 7pm

The weather gods turned against us all summer when we tried to play benefit parties for the North Brooklyn Boat Club.  But now, NOW, it's September, and nothing will stop us.  Right?  Right.

We'll finally get to share with you our new song "Bethesda" before we head into the studio to record next month.  Plus, there's beer, a bonfire, grilled chow!  And live music all night...all to support the lovely NBBC that helps to connect New Yorkers with the beautiful estuary they live right next to through environmental education and getting them out on the water in human-powered boats.

Who could want more?  Come party with us!

Saturday September 22nd
Gate opens @ 6pm, TRE on at 7pm
North Brooklyn Boat Club @ Broadway Stages Boatyard
51 Ash Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
(Under the Pulaski Bridge!)  

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Reverse Engineers @ NBBC's Summer Party Sat. 7/21


Okay, so we were supposed to play for the Solstice Party on June 23rd, but it got rained out, so we're hoping that the rain will stay away for at least the first half of this weekend.  NBBC's parties are super-fun, we have a brand new song to share with you ("Bethesda"!), and there are three other great bands!  Plus, all the proceeds support the North Brooklyn Boat Club, home of environmental stewardship and getting all New Yorkers out on our beautiful estuary in human-powered boats!  These are all good things...come join us on Saturday...except don't, since now it's canceled.

Saturday July 21st
Gate open @ 6pm, TRE on at 7pm
North Brooklyn Boat Club @ Broadway Stages Boatyard 
51 Ash Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
(Under the Pulaski Bridge!)