The Bushwick Starr Residency Series continues with Preparedness by Hillary Miller.
Free Showcase on Saturday, March 14 at 7 pm in Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main Street in Cambridge, NY
Come and hear from the playwright, director and choreographer about the work and process so far!
Preparedness by Hillary Miller
Preparedness is a full-length play by Hillary Miller. Alternately horrifying and hilarious, this dark comedy follows the faculty of a moribund theater department at a state university, as they are forced to undergo self-defense training in order to maintain their funding. Award-winning theater scholar Miller teams up with director Kristjan Thor, who brings his immersive horror expertise to Preparedness, examining the effects of fear on professional communities.
Alternately horrifying and hilarious, this dark comedy follows the faculty of a moribund theater department at a state university, as they are forced to undergo self-defense training in order to maintain their funding. Award-winning theater scholar Miller teams up with director Kristjan Thor, who brings his immersive horror expertise to Preparedness, examining the effects of fear on professional communities.
Preparedness premieres at The Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn, NY in May of 2020. During their residency from March 9-15 at Hubbard Hall, the artists will focus on final script development and workshopping the text towards their five week rehearsal process in Brooklyn.
Hillary Miller, playwright
Hillary Miller is a writer and teacher from Flatbush, Brooklyn, currently residing in Queens. Her playwriting has been produced in venues in New York including the Cherry Lane Theatre, Dixon Place, Manhattan Theatre Source, and HERE Arts Center, in addition to three international Fringe festivals (New York, Edinburgh, Washington D.C.). These works have been semi-finalists for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference (The Hovering and Jimmy Carter’s Table), the Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers (Sylvie Ann), and Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwriting Competition (The Hovering). Her book, Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York City (Northwestern University Press), won the 2017 John W. Frick Book Award and the 2017 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Theatre Journal, Performance Research, The Radical History Review, Theatre Survey, PAJ, and The Brooklyn Rail. She is assistant professor of English at Queens College, CUNY. She has taught writing, theatre, and oral communications at Stanford University, Baruch College (CUNY), and California State University, Northridge.
Kristjan Thor, director
Kristjan Thor is a critically-acclaimed director of film, theater, and immersive experiences. Over the course of a fifteen year career, Thor has directed and produced two feature films, countless theater, short film, and video projects as well as produced various types of live events. Kristjan is also the co-founder and creator of the Blackout Experience, the world’s most notorious fear experience. He has taught at NYU, Dartmouth, Fordham, and NYCDA. Additionally, Kristjan often works as an acting coach for various industry professionals.
Tracy Hazas, actor and fight choreographer
Tracy Hazas is an actor and movement director from Louisville, Kentucky now based in New York. Tracy has performed at various NYC theaters including New York City Center, Dixon Place, Abrons Art Center, Theater for the New City, HERE Arts Center and Punchdrunk’s McKittrick Hotel. She’s collaborated with director Niegel Smith and performance artist Susana Cook; and been featured in physical theater works by choreographers Charles Moulton and Annie Loui. She is an affiliated artist with Counter-Balance Theater. Regionally, she’s performed at the Aurora Theatre Company and CenterREP in the Bay Area, among others. She made her feature debut in White Rabbit, droppable-1583162801531at Sundance 2018. Teaching includes Stanford University, Emerson College Los Angeles, Montclair State University and Queens College. BA, Smith College (Comparative Lit & Spanish); MA, NYU Tisch School (Performance Studies); MFA, UC Irvine (Acting).