An intimate staged-reading of and the swan, a new work by Patricia Black and James D. Palmer. A retelling of the lives of history’s most infamous matriarchs. and the swan is an intimate portrait of misrepresentation that will leave you wondering, who will tell your story? Atelier 86’s penthouse venue sets the stage for this dark-comedy that toes the line between the regal and the real.S
Development of and the swan has been supported by The COOP, a Pawling-Theatre Exchange residency, Paten Hughes, TheaterLab and MSJP Creatives.
About the Artists
Patricia Black is a New York actor on both stage and screen. New York Theater: Julius Caesar and The Tempest, (Gallery Players), Romeo & Juliet (Flamboyan Theatre), Coriolanus (Italy Time Theatre), Guilt By Association (Manhattan Rep), Nostra Madre, Hen42, and Speak!(MSJP Creatives). Love Loss & What I Wore (Stripped Scripts), The Swordsman’s Lady (The Hudson Guild Theatre), The Bitch Play (le Poisson Rouge), Victor K. (St. Cecilia’s). Patricia is a proud member of the Artistic Advisory Board of The COOP. She presides over the Albright Fashion Library as Creative Director. On film Patricia was last seen in Chris Caccioppoli’s award winning film The Loving Dead. Recently Patricia played Chi Chi in Ryan Muphy’s Pose on FX.
James Palmer is a New York director and educator. He has worked with Roundabout Theatre, The Old Globe, Long Wharf, Steppenwolf, The Public, Waterwell, NYU, Fordham, Mabou Mines, The Goodman, Victory Gardens, American Theater Company, Chautauqua Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists, among others. For nine seasons he served as the Artistic Director of Chicago’s Red Tape Theatre. In 2010 he was awarded a Joseph Jefferson award for Best Direction of The Love of the Nightingale. He was the assistant to the Artistic Director at Steppenwolf Theatre and served on the Board of Directors at the League of Chicago Theaters. James is the recipient of fellowships from Manhattan Theatre Club, the Drama League, SDCF, Chautauqua Theatre Company and is a Peter Kaplan Fellow. He holds an MFA in Directing from Brown University and is a full member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers union. James teaches Acting and Voice and Speech at the Professional Performing Arts School in midtown Manhattan. He has taught directing and acting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Manhattan Youth, Trinity Repertory Company and Red Tape Theatre.
Cocktails and appetizers will be served.
Admission is by private invitation.