Village of Vale at Lincoln Center Jay Dunn
Village of Vale

Year of production: 2016

Running time: 1:15 min

 

Reciepient of Kevin Spacey Foundation grant and New Victory Theater's LABWorks multi-week development residency.  A modern Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf, the Village of Vale is a collection of songs and stories set in an Edward Gorey-meets-J.R.R. Tolkien world. Using symphonic, electronic, and choral music elements intertwined with acoustic guitars, piano, and harmonium the music of the Village of Vales combines a physical theatre aesthetic with the traditions of music-storytelling in folk. It is at once a collection of new songs, a printed and illustrated storybook, and a multi-dimensional installation and performance art show.

 

The Conference of the Birds

Year of production: 2012

Running time: 1:36 min

 

Based on the poem by Farid Uddi Attar, The Conference of the Birds was adapted for the stage by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook. This Folger Theatre production was nominated for one Helen Hayes Award, "Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production", for Erika Chong Shuch.

 

Hear the cast speak about the show and its creation at here.

Imaginary Invalid

Year of production: 2012

Running time: 5:00 min

 

Suffering from tuberculosis, Moliere begins writing what will be his final play: The Imaginary Invalid. Based on the ensemble work of Jacques Lecoq, this new production is an exploration of the tragedy of Molière's final hours, the comedy of his very last oeuvre, and the ironic parallel of two realities that crash together in an explosion of macaronic Latin, disease, love, lazzi, and death. Adapted and directed by Jay Dunn in collaboration with students at Middlebury College.

The Pinks

Year of production: 2013

Running time: 2:02 min

 

The Pinks is an original, tautly written historical fiction and darkly comic spy story about real life Confederate spy Rose Greenhow—a woman in a traditionally male profession— and the Pinkerton agents set on taking her down.  Drawing on graphic novels and film noir, Gold No Trade uses its signature physical style to uncover the fascinating history of two American female spys. 

 

Watch an excerpt of the physical, graphic novel style here.

Chicken

Year of production: 2010

Running Time: 2:00 min

 

Molehills become mountains and kitchen sink drama becomes gladiatorial bloodbath. Isolated and confined to a submarine's tiny interior are a buzz-cut she-beast, a Casper Milquetoast somnambulist cross-dresser, and a passive-aggressive Elvis devotee. In this microcosm of intense anxiety and petty hatreds, devising absurd plots of revenge against one another becomes the crew's true mission. 

Handshake Uppercut

Year of production: 2012

Running time: 2:28 min

 

Two gentleman brawlers drag each other through eternity with only each other’s courtesy and cruelty to keep them alive.  A hysterical, brawling clash of 1920’s silent film and rock n' roll vaudeville, Handshake Uppercut is an unabashedly dark, erotic, edgy and super-funny experience. Oscillating between gleeful savagery and seething politesse, Fringe circuit veterans John Leo (Best of Fringe, SF: '03/'08, Boulder '12) and Jay Dunn (Edinburgh & Philly ‘10) take silent comedy to its outer limits in this hilarious Beckettian duel.