Wednesday, February 10, 2016

6 Questions: Morgan Jenness




Morgan Jenness is the dramaturg for YO MISS: Transforming Trauma Into Art written and performed by Judith Sloan.  Morgan took time out from rehearsals to answer our 6 Questions.  Yo Miss comes to The Club @ La MaMa for 6 performances only from March 4 - 13, 2016.

1. How did you get involved with Judith Sloan’s YO MISS


I saw an early performance of it at Nuyorican Poets Cafe and was struck with both the subject matter and Judith's presence on stage.

2. Why do you think this show is important? 

It gives voice to young immigrants and refugees but also reminds us that we are actually all connected (or can be) to these stories and that we can also do something in the world for other people.

3. What is the role of a dramaturg (on this show and/or in general)? 

On a evolving new work like this, one works with the writer/artist the way a book editor works with an author - talking about what can be cut, added and shaped for maximum impact.

4. Who is the dream audience for YO MISS

 I think it's a real range and would be nice to have that range in the theater - old, young, various cultural identity backgrounds, theater people, social justice people, teachers and people who have had no experience with theater but understand and relate to the stories being told - with the hopes that they might then tell their own stories.

5. What is the last good book you read? 

Ta-Nehisi Coates BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME.

6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you? 

A life long dream - even when I worked with Joe Papp at The Public, I would always come to LaMama...once sitting out in the street for hours waiting to get tickets to Peter Brook's CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS, LaMama always had a diverse, truly experimental and international vision that I craved - like water.




La MaMa presents
YO MISS:
TRANSFORMING TRAUMA INTO ART

Written, Performed & Live-Sound Engineered by Judith Sloan
Josh Henderson on violin and Andrew Griffin on viola (March 4-6)
Andrew Griffin on viola (March 11-13)
Dramaturgy by Morgan Jenness

March 4 - 13, 2016
Fridays & Saturdays @ 10pm; Sundays @ 6pm

The Club @ La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $18 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors

For Info and Tickets: CLICK HERE