Yuuka and company present Fountain of Oldth, an improvisational inquiry into the complicated exchanges between women. Ten players, five older and five younger, challenge expectations of how we should relate by discovering each other as we really are. How can women collaborate in a culture that pits them against each other? Can we co-exist, lift each other up, and find satisfaction? In performance, we explore these essential questions by improvising with movement, sound, and language. Come witness our discoveries!
Registration: $15 pre-registration – $20 at the door
Elena (Yuuka) Taurke (Director, player) began as an actor, studying with some of the great method acting teachers in SF and NYC, performed a bit, then stalled, turned toward clinical psychology, obtained a PhD and taught medical residents, quit that, developed a private practice, became a wife and mother, felt the need to express herself, made some videos, quit the wife part, and along the way studied movement, voice, and clown. Zen entered in the midst of one crisis or another, and of course made it much worse and solved it completely.
Deby Xiadani (Assistant Director, player) is a 24 year-old energizer bunny. Directing credits include: Billy Elliot la Musical (Mexico City, Assistant); Orwell in America (59E59 Theater, Assistant Director); Third Night (Dartmouth College, Director); The Pillowman (Dart
Drita Kabashi (Music Director, player): Recent theatre credits- Anima in Three Bitches (Hudson Guild Theatre), Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Downtown/ Geoffrey Horne), Nina in A Dying Breed (Judson Memorial Church/ Alex Keegan), Film- “Self” in LubDub (co-author/ Yonatan Weinstein), Elizabeth in The Waiter (Short/ Lee Percy), Love in Fishhook & Eye (Best in Show, Fusion Film Festival/ Chloe Aktas), Developing works- “APLOMB” (Alex Keegan), “ Tall Order” (web series), Undergraduate Degree- New York Univeristy; Tisch School of the Arts, BFA.
Yuriko Miyake (Choreographer, player) is a New York based performer(actor/dancer/singer)
Katelyn Atanasio (player) is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a maker of devised theater, Katelyn’s primary interest lies in experimentation that serves the collective energy of the ensemble. This process has been humbling, surprising and provocative; she has now come farther in her quest of defining what it means to be woman.
Ara Fitzgerald (player) experiment
Eiko Kawashima (player) has trained and performed with Bungakuza and Teatru Eho theater company in Japan, as well as at HB Studio. She played the part of lead in The Island of Doctor Moreau for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her theatrical credits ”Oleanna”(with Austin Pendleton), ”Frankenstein”(Piper Theater Production), ”Butoh Electra”(The Ume Group), ”The Old House”(HB Playwrights Theater).
Nancy LeRoy (player) began acting in Tokyo, dubbing Japanese monster movies from Japanese into English for Toho Studios and performed regularly on NHK public TV. She resumed her acting career later in Washington, D.C., after retiring from the US Foreign Service. Her D.C. credits include HBO’s ‘Veep,” award-winner storytelling performances for D.C.’s StoryDistrict and a four month stint in “Sheer Madness” at the Kennedy Center. She currently works in NYC in TV, film and commercials and lives and plays in Montclair and NYC. You can see some of her performances as a storyteller here, and here.
New York City Rew Starr (player) is a staple of the east village’s eclectic scene, who draws inspiration from punk, pop, broadway and Hollywood in creating her signature fun — and humorous — personality. A lyricist and comedienne with a heart of gold, Rew channels equal parts Debbie Harry, Courtney Love and a gothic version of Olivia Benson(Law & Order) in her unforgettable performances.
Ellen Williams (player) is a singer and a professor of voice for 31 years. She is new to NYC and the acting world, but has loved this chance to explore universal questions with these amazing women.