(CATSKILL, N.Y.) – Out Of This World, an evening of solo performance art shows featuring nationally known artists Dan Carbone and Alexandra Tatarsky, takes place at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 12, at 2pm. Carbone performs his show, Up From The Ground, and Tatarsky performs her work, SIGN FELT! (a show about nothingness). The program, which runs 90 minutes, is presented by Kaliyuga Arts.
If Flannery O’Connor had ever written an episode of “The Twilight Zone”, it would probably have turned out something like Dan Carbone’s Up From The Ground in which a young boy discovers a beautiful and potentially dangerous world inside an unearthly blossom that has mysteriously appeared in his parents’ cornfield. When it premiered at the San Francisco Fringe Festival in 1998, Brad Rosenstein of the SF Bay Guardian called it “brilliantly demented…one of the strangest, funniest, and most oddly touching performances at this year’s Fringe.”
Perhaps most renowned for not actually being Andy Kaufman’s daughter, performer Alexandra Tatarsky’s Sign Felt! is the first chapter in her attempt to create a full-evening adaptation of Goethe’s classic novel of adolescent angst and artistic striving, “Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship.” It premiered at a festival for female solo performance at La Mama ETC in New York City in 2014, and has played this past year in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.
Dan Carbone has been active in San Francisco Bay Area theatre since 1995 as a both a playwright and performer. His solo performance piece Up From the Ground won Best of the SF Fringe 1998 and SF Bay Guardian Goldie and Upstage/Downstage Awards, and was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for “Best Solo Performance”. Other plays have included Salvador Dali Talks to the Animals, The Pilgrim Project, An Impersonation of Angels or The Enigma of Desire, There Be Monsters!, Kingdom of Not, The Dark Room Series (including Dan Carbone & His Million Dollar Legs!), Father Panic, and The Wounded Stag & Other Cloven-Footed Tales of Enchantment. Dan is a graduate of the Film School of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has acted in, and contributed material to, numerous videos by the legendary underground filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar. Recently, Dan has been performing with Andrew Goldfarb (aka The Slow Poisoner) as “Kingdom of Not”, and their first CD Journey to the Far Side of the Room was released to great acclaim in 2013. The band will be embarking on an East Coast tour almost immediately after Dan’s Bridge Street Theatre engagement concludes. Dan currently lives and works in Oakland.
Alexandra Tatarsky is a writer and performer from New York City. Her original pieces have played at La Mama ETC, Vox Populi, the Emerald Tablet, and Bronx Art Space as well as living rooms, vaudeville tents, stairwells, and bars across America. Other theatrical appearances include the monster bride in Lilac Co.’s Frankenstein for the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, Chaos: and Other Worldly Possessions with Truant Arts, and Horror, or Her Mirror, an adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler directed by Rosalie Lowe. She has collaborated with Fakehead on the underground webseries Zhe Zhe and Powerless, a feature film shot during the 2012 blackout in NYC. Called “endlessly entertaining” by nytheatre.com, she often performs as a mound of dirt and was famous on the Internet for two days as Andy Kaufman’s daughter.
Bridge Street Theatre is a new performance space just 2 hours north of Manhattan in the Village of Catskill, N.Y. John Sowle and Steven Patterson of the acclaimed theater troupe Kaliyuga Arts (kaliyuga.com) purchased an old warehouse building near downtown Catskill in November of 2013 and are in the process of converting it into a year-round performing arts complex. They completed conversion the “Speakeasy” (cum Lobby) in the new space just under a year ago and have been presenting intimate theatre and cabaret performances there since May of 2014.
Tickets to Out Of This World are $15; $10 for students with ID, and reservations are suggested: (518) 943-3818 or online at Bridge Street Theatre. Bridge Street Theatre is located at 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill and ample free parking is available in the Catskill High School parking lot directly behind the theater building.