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!