Welcome to the Doll Den Reading
Aug
31
7:00 pm19:00

Welcome to the Doll Den Reading

  • The Drama League

In Memphis, Tennessee, we meet the first all-girl radio station, WGAL. It’s 1955 and the Jockettes are making radio for women from their studio, the Doll Den. But as time marches forward the shtick gets old and the women want more. What happens when an all-women's station is so good that men start listening? Inspired by real events, Welcome to the Doll Den tells a story about masks, identity, and the cost of success.

Electric Eye Ensemble presents a reading of our original, devised show after a collaborative revision process. We welcome our friends and family to join us for feedback and complimentary wine at a talkback immediately following the reading.

Tickets are $5

The ensemble: Maybe Burke, Evelyn Dumont, Emily Johnson-Erday, Elena Kritter, Lizzy Ana Lincoln, Alana S. Thomas, Rev. Yolanda
Director: Sarah Plotkin
Lead lyricist: Joshua Langman
Lead composer: Emily Johnson-Erday
Composer: Rev. Yolanda
Dramaturg: Julia Corrigan
Collaborators: Elsa Dial, Jazelle Foster, Clarissa Marie Ligon, Leah Ogawa

Earthrise at PuppetBloK
Oct
18
7:30 pm19:30

Earthrise at PuppetBloK

  • Dixon Place

On Christmas Eve 1968, the astronauts of the Apollo 8 mission took a picture of the Earth, dubbed "Earthrise,” and changed the world. It gave humanity a new perspective on our planet’s fragility and isolation in the universe. But now, 49 years later, the image of Earthrise appears unimpressive. Using puppetry, movement and design elements, this piece seeks to reawaken the sense of wonderment and hope that Earthrise initially inspired.

PuppetBloK is a festival of new work at Dixon Place in NYC featuring ground-breaking works of puppetry, animation, music, film & other innovative forms of storytelling.


Welcome to the Doll Den Auditions
Jul
14
Jul 16

Welcome to the Doll Den Auditions

  • Midtown Manhattan

Electric Eye Ensemble is seeking a talented non-equity actor who identifies as female or non-binary, aged 21-45, to fill a role in an upcoming production! Trans actors strongly encouraged to apply.

TITLE: Welcome to the Doll Den

In Memphis, Tennessee we meet the first all-girl radio station, WGAL. It’s 1955 and the "Jockettes" are making radio for women from their studio, the Doll Den. But as time marches forward the shtick gets old and the women want more. What happens when an all-women's station is so good men start listening? Inspired by real events, Welcome to the Doll Den tells a story about masks, identity, and the cost of success.

Auditions by Appointment Only: Friday, July 14th 7-9pm and Sunday, July 16th 2-4pm. Audition location to be provided at time of appointment.

We are casting for two production opportunities:

  • Reading of the show on Thursday, August 31st with a rehearsal on Thursday, August 24th
  • Week-long residency and performance, tentatively October 9th-15th

This is a non-equity production. For the October residency meals, housing, and travel will be covered and all collaborators will receive a stipend.


ROLE:

Janie Juniper: A country girl, she moved to Memphis after getting married at a young age. She writes ads for the radio station and does her job well and efficiently with a quiet, unexpected sense of humor. She is loved by her friends but not fully understood by those who don’t know her well.

Actor should have experience or interest in devising and be comfortable singing onstage. Movement or dance training is a plus. Must be available for reading on August 31st and residency in October.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit letter of interest, headshot, and resume by Wednesday, July 12th to sarah@electric-eye-ensemble.com. Include “Welcome to the Doll Den Casting” in Subject Line.

Electronic submissions only.

For more information on the show visit: http://electric-eye-ensemble.com/welcome-to-the-doll-den/

Dancin' in the Doll Den
Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

Dancin' in the Doll Den

  • Brooklyn Heights

Join us for an evening of Dancin' in the Doll Den with the Jockettes of WGAL radio!

We'll be performing songs from our original musical, Welcome to the Doll Den, and invite you to drink and dance with us in Brooklyn Heights! We'll be hanging out with an open bar, snacks, and some radio pioneers.

TICKETS HERE! $10 online, $15 at the door

Performances by Rev. Yolanda, Emily Johnson-Erday, Clarissa Marie Ligon, Lizzy Ana Lincoln, Ellen Winter, and more to be announced!

Address will be released once you purchase tickets or email our managing director Julia Corrigan to RSVP. It's easily accessible by 2/3/A/C/R trains.

May
6
12:00 pm12:00

Artist Gym: Success

What is success to you? When are you successful? What makes you want to succeed? Through movement, writing, and discussion join Electric Eye Ensemble for an investigation of different concepts of success, why they exist, and where they come from.

RSVP Here!

Artist Gym Showcase
Apr
23
3:00 pm15:00

Artist Gym Showcase

Electric Eye Ensemble's Second Annual Artist Gym Showcase. Presenting a series of short plays created and performed by participants of our Artist Gym Workshops. Each piece is a new and original theatrical work inspired by the participants' experience at Artist Gym!

Tickets Here!

Mar
25
2:00 pm14:00

Artist Gym: Gravity

  • Spaceworks LIC

Gravity is an unseen, unchanging force in the world and our lives. It affects all of us every day without us having any awareness. But the concept of gravity expands past the physical definition. It shows up in language, with phrases like “what’s the gravity of the situation,” and in our lives when you feel gravitationally drawn towards a person or a thing. Through movement, puppetry, writing, and discussion this workshop will explore gravity in all of its many facets to come to an understanding of its role in our lives.

Facilitated by Sarah Plotkin and Andrew Murdock

RSVP HERE!

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Welcome to the Doll Den at The Tank
Feb
18
Feb 19

Welcome to the Doll Den at The Tank

devised by the ensemble, directed by Sarah Plotkin

Tickets Here

This production was made possible by a residency at The Tank, a home for emerging artists.

In Memphis, Tennessee we meet the first all-girl radio station, WGAL. It’s 1955 and the "Jockettes" are making radio for women from their studio, the Doll Den. But as time marches forward the shtick gets old and the women want more. What happens when an all-women's station is so good men start listening? Inspired by real events, Welcome to the Doll Den tells a story about masks, identity, and the cost of success.

Artist Gym: Observation
Jan
28
1:00 pm13:00

Artist Gym: Observation

Co-facilitators: Sarah Plotkin & Sean Devare

Location: SpaceWorks @ Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Ave, Brooklyn

RSVP Here

What does it mean to see or be seen? How can we observe without using our eyes? After observation, how does an action or object change? Through multidisciplinary exercises we will explore and practice observation to enhance our perceptions of our world and ourselves.

Light Bulb Bash
Dec
13
7:00 pm19:00

Light Bulb Bash

  • WeWork Dumbo Heights

Join Electric Eye Ensemble as we celebrate collaboration, community, and art-making at our biggest party ever. Featuring live music, an auction, and an open bar. Come celebrate with us!

Tickets $30 in advance! $35 at the door.

WITH PERFORMANCE BY:

Chamber Band: With unchecked charisma and a near-mythical dedication to pouring every last ounce of themselves into their performances, Brooklyn mainstays Chamber Band have ascended to indie rock notoriety in a scene already notorious for being pretty far out there. www.chamberband.com

Rev. Yolanda: Singer/songwriter/trans-femme performance artist, and Interfaith Minister who's work as an Artist and Sacred Activist has been honored as a Blues Hall of Fame award winner, 2 time MAC Award winner, and as a member of the GLBT Hall of Fame. http://www.yolanda.net/home/

Emily Johnson-Erday: Drawing on an upbringing in old-time, classic country and Appalachian music traditions and layering in jazz, blues and some musical theater, Emily's original songs are sassy, scintillating, serious, sensual, and sometimes surprisingly silly.

Aaron Lindenberg: Singer-songwriter, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. He works in new musical theater, plays in bands and performs his unique blend of Folk, R&B and electro-pop throughout New York City. You can hear his voice at soundcloud.com/aaronlindenberg.

Melanie Rose Thomas: Brooklyn-based theater artist, writer, and producer. She is the Managing Director of Daughters of Elysium, a women driven artist collective and theater company that produces work rooted in ritual and mythology. Her original work includes folk operas, poetry, song cycles, and scores for both theatre and film. MelanieRoseThomas.com

An excerpt of the original puppet piece Molting: Violence is like the gasoline for a car: inflammable and highly destructive, yet it keeps this world moving. Molting is about confronting different forms of violence in our world, struggling against the violence that we face from the society, and embodying the violence present within ourselves. The main character is I, who has turnt my own body into a sponge that keeps absorbing and keeps being squeezed. leahogawa.com // valeriepham.com

AND A LIVE AUCTION FEATURING:

  • Zumba Party for you and your friends
  • 1 hour head shot session
  • 2.5" x 2.5" tatoo
  • 5 in-home personal pilates classes
  • 1 hour make-up session or class
  • 1 hour monologue coaching
  • Original song written just for you
  • 2 tickets to the show of your choice at Atlantic Theater Company
  • Full day of studio time with a sound engineer

AND MORE!

Artist Gym: Musical Connections
Nov
19
1:00 pm13:00

Artist Gym: Musical Connections

How is music used in your culture? How can music foster both connections and differences? How has your identity been shaped by the music you listen to? Music exists in all aspects of our lives, join us for a communal discussion, creation and exploration of music.

Facilitated by Sarah Plotkin and Emily Johnson-Erday.

RSVP Here!

Songwriting Workshop
Nov
18
7:30 pm19:30

Songwriting Workshop

Do you string together syllables that don't quite resemble a sentence but you think they'd sound great with a chord progression? Or maybe you've racked up too many 12-second voice memos with vague titles attached to wordless melodies? Or perhaps neither of these things apply and you just want to write a song. That's okay too. Musicians and first timers will enter a collaborative space and leave with a song. No instrument skills? No worries! Instrumentalists provided. Let's write something new together.

Facilitated by Ellen Winter, a performer, composer, and playwright based in Brooklyn, NY.

Cost for the workshop is $20 and comes with a free drink and snacks. It will take place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and you will be notified of the address when you buy your ticket.

Click here to buy your ticket!

The Songwriting Workshop is part of Electric Eye Ensemble's Fall Workshop Series. Led by Electric Eye company members, these workshops are a chance to develop your art, get your toe wet in a different discipline, or try something completely new! Open to people of all levels and backgrounds.

Theatrical Design Workshop: Making the Thunder
Oct
24
7:00 pm19:00

Theatrical Design Workshop: Making the Thunder

  • Cap 21 Conservatory and Theatre Company

Explore the role and meaning of digital technology in live performance. Facilitated by Joshua Langman, a theatrical lighting, sound, and projection designer based in New York.

A hundred years ago, the sound effect of thunder was created by rolling a bowling ball down a wooden trough above the stage. Today, we make the sound of thunder by playing a digital audio file. The rise of digital technology has corresponded to increasing specialization in the theatrical design disciplines. Is this a good thing? Are there alternative models of theatrical design? Is a bowling ball inherently more theatrical than an MP3?

In this interactive workshop, participants will discuss the evolving status of technology in the theatre, and explore ways of incorporating digital tools into their work while maintaining the magic of the hands-on theatrical trickery of the olden days.

Cost for the workshop is $15. Click here to buy your ticket!

Making the Thunder is part of Electric Eye Ensemble's Fall Workshop Series. Led by Electric Eye company members, these workshops are a chance to develop your art, get your toe wet in a different discipline, or try something completely new! Open to people of all levels and backgrounds.

Head Shot Party
Oct
10
5:00 pm17:00

Head Shot Party

  • 35 Kermit Place Brooklyn, NY, 11218 United States

Electric Eye Ensemble is joining forces with Jazelle's Artistry for a night of lightning round head shot photography! Each participant will receive a 20 minute photoshoot and two edited head shots. Come for the photos, stay for the wine and good company!

20 minute shoot costs $75. Click here to buy your ticket!

The Head Shot Party is part of Electric Eye Ensemble's Fall Workshop Series. Led by Electric Eye company members, these workshops are a chance to develop your art, get your toe wet in a different discipline, or try something completely new! Open to people of all levels and backgrounds.