AN IMMERSIVE VISUAL ARTS EXPERIENCE
OPENS LIVE AND IN-PERSON
IN THE COURTYARD AT BAY STREET THEATER——————————
STARTING TUESDAY, JULY 6
May 27, 2021 (Sag Harbor)—Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce Wonder/Wall, an exciting and new immersive video performance series, combining live performance and video projection to create an amazing storytelling experience never before seen at Bay Street Theater. Each week in July, Bay Street’s Courtyard will be transformed into a new experience, featuring four world premieres created by five different artists, whose work has been commissioned by Bay Street Theater and created specifically for this location. Bay Street is proud to bring these new, cutting-edge video artists to Sag Harbor for all on the East End to experience.
Wonder/Wall runs Tuesdays through Sundays from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, July 6, through Saturday, July 31. Each evening features five individual 15-minute performances starting at 8:30 p.m., which will include a live performance element that takes place within the immersive video world surrounding the audience. Performances will be held live and in-person, for a standing audience of just 20 individuals (those with disabilities or anyone requiring seating may call the Box Office to arrange accommodation). Tickets are $20 and are available through the Box Office by calling 631 725 9500 on Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 24/7 at email@example.com. Performances are dependent on the weather and will not be rescheduled.
Wonder/Wall is conceived and curated by Bay Street’s Artistic Associate, Josh Wilder.
“My intention for Wonder/Wall was to highlight the other storyteller of the theater: the projections designer,” says Artistic Associate, Josh Wilder. “We seldom get to see them at the forefront, and this moment that we’re in right now—in a way—forces them to take centerstage. Wonder/Wall provides an amazing opportunity for designers to create a new and immersive experience for patrons who are ready to get back to the theater. I am very excited that Bay Street took on this new venture that I hope will reinvent itself for many years to come.”
Wonder/Wall participating artists include Rasean Davonte Johnson, Yee Eun Nam, Mike Billings, Brian Staton, and Brittany Bland. Each week, a different artist reimagines the Courtyard at Bay Street Theater to create an engaging and reflective video art experience:
We Are In This Together, As Well As The Stages: Shutdown, Crisis, Restart
By Rasean Davonte Johnson
Tuesday, July 6–Sunday, July 11
“To be experienced…!”
By Yee Eun Nam
Tuesday, July 13–Sunday, July 18
Wind! Waves! A Crash of Thunder! Enter, Frankenstein. We’ve all seen and heard of the classic creature, but what if Frankenstein is one of us?
By Mike Billings and Brian Staton
Tuesday, July 20–Sunday, July 25
An irreverent mash up of text and imagery from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the writings of environmentalist Rachel Carson, 20,000promises to be a surprising voyage to unexpected places.
By Brittany Bland
Tuesday, July 27–Saturday, July 31
Using live projection and audio interviews, Smile puts the audience at the center of a Harlem-born photographers family archive.
Rasean Davonte Johnson is a video artist and designer of projections for theatre, film, and installations. He is the owner of the design studio eightinfinitystudio which has been responsible for projects such as A Night of Wonder in collaboration with sound designer and composer Pornchanok Kanchanabanca, and A Wedding and an Ostrich at the Eiffel Tower in collaboration with Elizabeth Mak. Additionally he has worked on several installations including personal works such as Living Sculpture as part of LUX: Ideas through Light at the Beinecke Rare Books Library, and Juniper Ascendingat Yale University, and collaborative works including The Ballad of Lula Del Ray 2.0 with Manual Cinema at the Logan Arts Center, Convergence: A mad tea pARTy at the Yale Art Gallery, and Passenger, featured at the University of Chicago and the Bridgeport Film Festival. For his work as a theatrical designer he has been awarded the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award in 2018 and the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Projection Design in 2019.
Yee Eun Nam is a visual artist and an award-winning set and video designer for opera, theater and any forms for live performances, currently based in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Seoul, where she studied sculpture and metal craft. Recent regional theater design works include Legacy Land (Kansas City Rep), Found Musical (IAMA Theatre Company), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (South Coast Rep), Aubergine (South Coast Rep), The Canadians (South Coast Rep), Black Super Hero Magic Mama (Geffen Playhouse), Sweat (Mark Taper Forum), Bordertown Now (Pasadena Playhouse), Citizen: An American Lyric (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Fountain Theater), Silent Sky (Perseverance Theatre, Sisters in Law (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts), Las Mujeres Del Mar (Playwright’s Arena), Joy Luck Club (Sierra Madre Playhouse), Hannah and The Dread Gazebo (Fountain Theatre), Mountain Top (Garry Marshall Theatre), SAPO (Getty Villa), Mother of Henry, Members Only, Dementia, A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story (Latino Theater Company), Generation Sex and Lovesick (Teatro Luna). She has been creating digital content and video arts with San Francisco Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Goodman Theatre, The Movement Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. She is currently working as one of the production designers of Close Quarters with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Mike Billings is a New York City-based designer and has most recently designed The West End production of The Prince of Egypt. In addition to designing dozens of productions for Bay Street Theater, Mike has also designed for Laguna Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre Company (three-time LA Ovation Award-nominee), TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, American Theater for Actors, Guild Hall, Quintessence Theatre Company, Abingdon Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and Dorset Theatre Festival. He has also designed the lighting for themed attractions at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Mike holds a BFA degree from the University of Connecticut and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local USA829.
Brian C. Staton is happy to be working at Bay Street Theater for another summer! You might have seen some of his other projection designs of The R&J Project, My Witch, or The Great Gatsby at Bay Street Theater. Brian currently works at Bay Street Theater as the Associate Production Manager and Lighting Supervisor.
Brittany Bland is a storyteller who has dedicated her life to the proliferation of empathy. As a projection designer for the stage, she has designed for theater, dance, and opera. Her work as a video artist often explores the ideas of legacy and memory. Brittany is interested in how media and technology can elevate those concepts and experiences. Originally from Atlanta, she holds a BA in Technical Theater and Production from Catawba College and an MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama. Her recent design credits include Songs For A New World (NYU); Dozen Dreams (En Garde Arts); Love and Kindness in the Time of Quarantine (St Louis Rep); Stupid Fucking Bird (Barnard); Cuttin Up (Classical Theater of Harlem); Rage (Quinnipiac University); Florencia en el Amazonas (Shubert Theater); Alice (Yale University Theater); Black History Museum (Here Arts Center); and Twelfth Night (Yale Repertory Theater).
Josh Wilder is a playwright and producer from Philadelphia, and graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Carnegie Mellon University. His work has been developed, commissioned, and produced at various regional theaters and festivals across the country including The Fire This Time Festival, Classical Theatre of Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop, True Colors Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn, Company One, InterAct Theatre Company, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Past awards include the Holland New Voices Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Award, The Rosa Parks Award, and The ASCAP Cole Porter Prize. Josh is a former Jerome Fellow and the first national recipient of the Jerome Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwrights’ Center. He has been in-residence at The Royal Court Theatre; Sundance at UCross; and served as Co-Artistic Director at The Yale Cabaret for its 50th season. He is Co-Founder/Producer of the New Griots Black Arts Festival in The Twin Cities with Jamil Jude. Currently, he’s stationed in Los Angeles leading the next generation of emerging writers through at The Playwrights Workshop while serving as Artistic Associate at Bay Street Theater; and Playwriting Fellow at Dorset Theatre Festival.
The 2021 Summer Season is made possible, in part, by the New York State Assembly, New York State Council of the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, and Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning. Sponsors include, but are not limited to: Advantage Title Air Hamptons, Baron’s Cove, Brown Harris Stevens, Blue Nectar Tequila, Channing Daughters, Corcoran / Mala Sander, Crescendo Designs, Dr. Dennis Gross Dermatology, First Coastal, Grenning Gallery, Hamptons Doc Fest, Jane Holden Brown Harris Stevens, Kulka, Monkey in Paradise Vodka, Oza Sabbeth Architects, Peconic Landing, Propane Depot, Sotheby’s, Staller Center, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, The Awning Company, The Macallan, and Unlimited Earth Care.
Bay Street Theater is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center, which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.