ENCORE!’s encore presented by Studio Theater in Exile @ HVMoCA

ENCORE! has been extended through April 20th!

Studio Theater in Exile has installed Carla Rae Johnson’s “Encore Power” installation and the “ENCORE!” video performance in The Studio Theater in Exile Black Box (HV MoCA).


Fannie Lou Hamer, Frida Kahlo, Harriet Tubman, and Virginia Woolf

These four women are featured in “Encore Power” an installation by artist, Carla Rae Johnson. The artist helps us imagine what these great women would be doing for an “encore” were they to come back to us, today.

Mara Mills, artistic director of Studio Theater in Exile, created a monologue for each panel, mined from quotes and writings by these famous women and four talented actresses bring them to life.

DONNA BARKMAN as Virginia Woolf
CAROL BASH as Fanny Lou Hammer
JUDY ALLEN as Frida Kahlo
LESLIE FIELDS CRUZ as Harriet Tubman

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Be part of the installation and take a selfie as one or all of the women. Put on social media #studiotheaterinexile.

The Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566 is opened Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am – 5pm. Masks and vaccination are required.

www.studiotheaterinexile.com and www.hudsonvalleymoca.org

About Studio Theater in Exile

Studio Theater in Exile is a collective which morphed out of the Newman Theater and Theater in Odd Spaces. Formed in 2018, Studio Theater in Exile shares and builds upon the mission of these previous organizations, and now supersedes them as an official entity. The Newman Theatre, in Pleasantville, NY, ran from 1993 to 2005 and its mission was to “Bring the Arts and Community Together”. Besides mounting established plays, the Newman was known for encouraging and creating original work, including Promised Land, about the Holocaust which began at the Newman and toured from SUNY Purchase to Budapest, Hungary, Memoirs of a Mad Masseuse written by Westchester Playwright Staci Swedeen, and Shedding Light, an Abeles award winner that toured the tribe-state area. After the Newman Theater closed, the executive team ran Theater in Odd Places from 2005-2018 wanting to continue the mission and focus collaborating with others and produce new works presented in unusual venues. And thus Studio Theater in Exile was born. Mara Mills and Jeremy Gratt, cofounders with Marsha Newman of the Newman Theater and partners in Theater in Odd Spaces are the founders of Studio Theater in Exile. Karina Ramsey joined the administrative team in August 2018. Evan Bishop and Katori Walker joined us this year, both as creators and members of the collective.

mission: Studio Theater in Exile collaborates with playwrights and performers to create and develop original work. Studio Theater in Exile is a company without a space that collaborates with its environment. It is an outgrowth of the belief that theater takes place anywhere and can be performed anywhere – in the streets, galleries, libraries, museums, black boxes, backyards, and even on a stage. We have been working with performers and playwrights to develop work that can be performed in any venue. Co-founders, Mara Mills and Jeremy Gratt have worked together, since 1991, to present original work, based on the art in an exhibition, a social justice issue, history, or the spark of an idea. Karina Ramsey joined Studio Theater in Exile in 2018.