Works-In-Progress 2013

May 30 - June 2, 2013

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS opens Red Eye's 2013 New Works 4 Weeks festival. For six months each featured artist has been given full access to the theater, technical support, as well as feedback from their artistic peers as they develop their pieces. The process culminates in four public performances; a high-energy, eclectic evening of theater featuring a 15-minute excerpt from each of the five selected projects.


Cecilies by Jeesun Choi & Thalia Kostman
This is the story of Cecily, an urbanite overwhelmed by the tediousness of her daily routine, who hires others to live life for her. It explores the theme of identity through ensemble-based devising, contemporary physical slapstick, visual storytelling and an electronic soundscape.

My Life is All But Over by Andrew Lee Dolan & Peter Heeringa
An unsolved murder case from 1948. A Cold War mystery. A need for closure. 1/2 detective story, 1/2 lecture demonstration, 1/2 funeral service for a man no one has ever met, My Life is All But Over is a love song for the people we need to say good-bye to.

Translation by Hayley Finn
Welcome to a world where language carves the path for travel, where discovery unlocks romance and provokes uncertainty. TRANSLATION is part performance/ part installation, an experiment in self-guided narrative.

Discrete Convolution by Sam Johnson
This solo dance performance piece tracks the multiplicity, tracks the Cartesian divide, tracks the inner imaginings of this moment, tracks the information you need, tracks the new world of worlds here and now.

Enough by Zainab Musa
A performance self portrait that challenges ethnic and racial stereotypes of what defines a woman of African descent in today’s culture and the concept of “Black-enough.” 

Reviews & Press

"The Benefit of Red Eye's Work-In-Progress," preview in City Pages' Dressing Room blog by Sheila Regan, 5/30/13

"On Stage Spotlight," highlighted listing, Star Tribune by Caroline Palmer, 5/30/13

"Gay Shows at New Works 4 Weeks Festival," arts writer John Townsend spotlights the pieces by Sam Johnson & Nick Le Mere in his column, Lavender Magazine, 5/30/13

"Weekend Arts Round-Up," arts journalist Marianne Combs features Works-In-Progress in this week's segment, 89.3 The Current, 5/30/13

"Theatrical Creator," profile of artist Jeesun Choi, Macalester News, 4/23/13


Jeesun Choi was born in Seoul, grew up in Bangkok and now performs in the Twin Cities. Her training includes Studio 206’s 2012 Physical Theater Summer Intensive, Shakespeare & Company Intensive and Mu Performing Art’s New Faces. Most recently, she performed in Paper Gardens: Entomos with Mad Munchkin Productions and Word/Move with Sandbox Theatre.

Thalia Kostman is an artist working in the Twin Cities and acting with NewBridge Theatre company. Her artistic training includes: physical theatre, 8 years of voice training, and intensive physical work at Studio Magenia in Paris. Major performances include: back-up vocalist on Ben Folds Orchestra Tours, film and performance projects with artist Rachel Perlmeter, and acting in numerous Macalester College and Newbridge productions.

Dolan Heeringa is the collaboration between Andrew Lee Dolan and Peter Heeringa. Peter is a member of Sandbox Theatre and received his MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Andrew graduated with an MA in Performance from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and holds an MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue from Virginia Tech. They've both just moved back to Minnesota.

Hayley Finn is the Associate Artistic Director at the Playwrights’ Center. Twin Cities directing credits include productions at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, History Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Workhaus Collective, Walker Art Center, and Minnesota History Center. In New York she has directed and developed new work at the Cherry Lane, The Flea, Gotham Stage Company, New Dramatists, New Georges, The Kitchen, Public Theater, and Vineyard Theatre. She directed the premiere of WHY WE LAUGH based on an orignal cabaret from Terezin and adapted by Kira Obolensky, which was performed in Terezin and at the Nine Gates Festival in Prague. She is the co-creator of Jigsaw Nation, which toured nationally and she wrote Hysteria:Silence In Stills, performed at The Culture Project. She is an alumna of the Drama League Director’s Program, recipient of the Ruth Easton Fellowship and TCG New Generations Future Leader grant, and holds a BA and MA from Brown University.

Sam Johnson is a performance-based artist living in Minneapolis. He graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in dance performance and then moved to NYC where he studied and performed with a bunch of different people. Since moving back to Minneapolis he has continued to make work and perform in work, most notably as a member of the performance collective SuperGroup.

Zainab Musa has worked internationally as an actor for both the stage and screen, more recently for local companies like Sandbox Theater and Mixed Blood Theater. In 2010 she was a Canadian Film Center Actor in Residence. This mentorship provided the resources for her to generate the short film ‘Elsie’. Working with screenwriter Julian Doucette she co-created and performed this story of a young mother immigrating to the US from Jamaica. She obtained her B.F.A in Acting at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON in 2003. 


Photo Credits:
Zainab Musa in ENOUGH - Liz Josheff
Hayley Finn's TRANSLATION rehearsal shots - M. Must

New Works 4 Weeks is supported with project funding from Jerome Foundation and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature.  Red Eye’s 29th season is made possible with general operating support from the Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.