The LAB: Jenny Koons
May 18, 2022
About the Program
10 years ago, 35 artists came together to create a yearlong durational performance.
The Odyssey Project was a site specific work that appeared for 12 months in public spaces across New York City. The project was an invitation to ignite stories and community-specific adventures in neighborhoods across the city, a durational experiment examining time and the 8.4 million hero’s journeys happening every day, in every moment, across the city.
2022 is the 10 year anniversary.
In January, the journey began again for a yearlong collective, cumulative experience. 10 years ago the focus was public and outward-facing. This year, we look inside ourselves, centering our examinations alone and together.
On May 18, 2022, three of the original artists from 2012 will gather online to reminisce, share stories, and reveal May’s offering. Join Chris Gabo (In Treatment, HBO), Russell G. Jones (Only Murders in the Building, Saint Joan, Father Comes Home From the Wars), Jenny Koons (Head Over Heels, Burn All Night), and Paz Pardo (Ciertas Astillas/Certain Shards, Perpetual Motion/Movimiento Perpetuo) as we celebrate 10 years of The Odyssey Project.
Jenny invites you to sign up here to learn about future happenings for The Odyssey Project.
Visit The Odyssey Project website.
Join us on Wednesday, May 18 for The LAB curated by Jenny Koons. The LAB is a free public event held each month. These events are curated by local and national artists who are in residency at our theatre the month prior to their event. The subjects that are explored in The LAB are as dynamic as the artists that host them. In a year where change is the status quo, join The LAB for an empowering venture into curiosity, innovation, and creation in real-time.
Projects: Head Over Heels (Pasadena Playhouse), Hurricane Diane (Huntington Theatre), Now Becomes Then (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Men on Boats (Baltimore Center Stage), Speechless (New Blue Man Group North American Tour), The Tempest (The Juilliard School), Between Us: The Deck of Cards (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Public Theater Mobile Unit), Burn All Night (American Repertory Theatre), Theatre for One: In This Moment (Pershing Square Signature Center), Instant SPKRBOX (SPKRBOX Festival commission, Norway), Bars and Measures (B Street Theatre), Gimme Shelter (Why Not Theatre, Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games commission), Theatre for One: I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am (Arts Brookfield), A Sucker Emcee (National Black Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company, SPKRBOX Festival, Norway), Queen of the Night (Diamond Horseshoe Nightclub, Drama Desk Award), The Odyssey Project 2012 (site-specific NYC). She has been an artist in residence at Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and The Invisible Dog Art Center, and has developed new work at Steppenwolf, Roundabout, and New Black Fest, among others. Jenny is a Lilly Award recipient and proud member of the SDC.
CHRIS GABO is a Latinx playwright born and raised in Tampa, Florida to Colombian immigrants. He earned his M.F.A. in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama under Tarell Alvin McCraney, and his plays have been recognized by the Sundance MENA Theatre Lab, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Cherry Lane Mentor Project with playwright Rajiv Joseph. Currently contracted to an overall deal with HBO, Chris wrote the “Eladio” episodes starring Anthony Ramos for the recently aired reboot of In Treatment. He develops his own projects, in addition to writing and producing television series with such producers as Sam Levinson (“Euphoria”) and Adam McKay (“Succession”). Gabo’s involvement in music shares a seamless synergy with his background in film/TV. He graduated with a double major in Dramatic Writing and Acting from NYU Tisch School of the arts and completed the two-year Meisner program at Maggie Flanigan Studio.
Paz Pardo’s plays include MOVIMIENTO PERPETUO/PERPETUAL MOTION, which she has performed in eleven cities in three countries; YOU/EMMA (most recently at the Pear Ave Theater in Mountain View, CA); CIERTAS ASTILLAS/CERTAIN SHARDS (Two Rivers Theater Crossing Borders Festival reading 2021); MILTON MI (LTC Carnaval reading 2018, Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist 2016, NPC semifinalist 2019); DUCT TAPE GIRL AND FETISH CHICK CONQUER THE WORLD (BootStrap Theater Foundation, NYC); and RUBBERMATCH (RED CARAVAN, NYC). She and Enrique Lozano are the Grande/Bravo translation team. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, Encountering Ensemble, Howlround, and the I Scream Social Anthology. Djerassi fellow 2019. MFA, UT Austin Michener Center for Writers, 2018. BA, Stanford, 2009. Fulbright Award, Buenos Aires, 2012. Her debut novel, THE SHAMSHINE BLIND, will be published by Atria Books in February 2023.
Russell G. JonesHe/him
Russell G. Jones is an Audelco, Obie, and SAG Award-winning actor. He was a series regular opposite Edie Falco in CBS’ Tommy and is currently recurring on Only Murders In The Building on HULU. In his twenty-plus years in the Tri-State area, he has also served as a director, facilitator, moderator, and teaching artist creating multiple programs, workshops, and curricula.
He was an active member of LAByrinth Theater Company for over 20 years. He is the founder of BLIND SPOT a campaign that facilitates cross-cultural dialogue and critical thinking around systemic racial oppression. www.russellgjones.com