NationalSawdust+ presents "Gatekeepers"
6pm doors • 7pm show
NS+’s 2018-19 season continues with Gatekeepers, featuring influential figures who spy and cultivate talent across different fields. The event brings together pioneering literary figures Chris Jackson (publisher and editor-in-chief of One World, who has edited books by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Eddie Huang, and Trevor Noah, among others) and Emily Nemens (whose first issue as editor of The Paris Review has just been released, and has a debut novel forthcoming); Paola Prestini, composer, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of National Sawdust (one of Musical America’s “Top 30 Musical Innovators”); Evan Cabnet, LCT3’s artistic director (who has developed new plays and musicals for the past 15 years and directed works by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Stephen Sondheim, and Christopher Shinn); and Peoplmovr’s Geoffrey Jackson Scott, who has also worked extensively in new play development (New York Theatre Workshop, Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater).
This event, moderated by NS+ curator Elena Park, will include Crystal Hana Kim reading from her just-published debut novel, If You Leave Me (Harper Collins); a performance by LCT3 playwright in residence Michael R. Jackson; and Emma O’Halloran’s Hildegard Award-winning composition, Constellations (featuring the Refugee Orchestra Project, conducted by Sam McCoy).
NationalSawdust+ is a lively performance and conversation series in which luminaries from across disciplines share their passion for music and explore ideas, making surprising connections. Curated by Elena Park, the series taps artists and thinkers from theater, film and visual art, literature, science and beyond, to create insightful programs that reflect their own interests. Whether through live performances, conversations, or readings, each program has its own alchemy, engaging the audience in new and unexpected ways. Often topical, and always imaginative, NationalSawdust+ is an ideal space for those with curiosity, adventure, and vision.
Current and future projects include a new work for Iarla Ó Lionáird and Mobius Percussion, and a 30-minute vocal work for Beth Morrison Projects. O’Halloran lives in New Jersey and is currently a doctoral fellow at Princeton University.