Allegiance of the Drones, a libretto, Saturday, November 3rd at 8pm

PRESS RELEASE:

Allegiance of the Drones, a libretto (with Lori Goldston) AND Irrational Dude
by Robert Mittenthal & Nico Vassilakis

New City Theatre
1404-06 18th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 271-4430

Saturday, November 3rd at 8pm

$12

Robert Mittenthal & Nico Vassilakis were part of the tenth anniversary WTOpera project. That project went belly up:

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/the-greatest-of-failures/Content?oid=14655701

but the libretto they wrote for their part in it remains. “Allegiance of the Drones” will finally be realized in a pared down version on November 3rd at New City Theatre. Lori Goldston provides the sound; and Curtis Taylor the staging; Isaac Hanson on images. The evening will also include a reading of Robert & Nico’s collaborative text “Irrational Dude”, and a 16mm science education film with live accompaniment.

Starring Vida Rose as SHE; Greg Laynor as HE; and Nico Vassilakis as Canetti.

BIOS:

Nico Vassilakis is a poet living in Seattle. He can be found among a glassful of pencils.

Robert Mittenthal is author of Wax World (Chax, 2011), and various chapbooks, including Irrational Dude, a collaborative work with Nico Vassilakis. The last few years he has been working to induce collective thought via a series of related reading groupuscles, a project called autonomous university. He blogs at http://rmutts.blogspot.com/

Lori Goldston’s work as a cellist and composer travels freely and restlessly across borders that divide genre and geography, often in collaboration with bands, composers, film makers, choreographers and writers. Co-founder of the Black Cat Orchestra and Spectratone International, she made music for, with and/or in Earth, Nirvana. Mirah, David Byrne, Tactile, Broken Water, O Paon, Stacey Levine, Christian Rizzo, Karl Blau, Ellen Fullman, Jessika Kenney, Kane Mathis, Curtis Taylor, Jherek Bischoff, Vanessa Renwick, Lynn Shelton and many, many more. www.lorigoldston.com

Gregory Laynor’s poetry work includes a 913 mp3 reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans and curation of a series of poetry events at the Hedreen Gallery in 2011-2012. He’s writing a dissertation at the University of Washington on poetry & musical theater.

Vida Rose is an interdisciplinary artist, mover and shaker. She works to bring movement into painting, stillness into dance, and to take all the preciousness out of the healing arts. She likes reading stories aloud and doing impressions of her grandpas.

Isaac Hanson attends West Woodland Elementary in Seattle. He has self published two comic books, “My Castle” and “The Unknown Team Strikes Back”.

Curtis Taylor uses theater to explore fossils of victory and defeat.
In Seattle he founded a performance-storefront named Vodvil. Under that shingle he created original murder-ballad operas and ballets. Mr. Taylor has received grants and awards from 4 Culture, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture/Seattle and an Artist Trust Fellowship in theater. He recently was artist-in-residence at New City Theater in Seattle—which premiered his play The White Days in 2011.

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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