Written by Gwydion Suilebhan
Directed by Emerie Snyder
Performed by Thomas Jay Ryan
A workshop reading
December 8th, 2017 | 7pm
ART New York - South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
TRANSMISSION is an immersive, participatory sermon on the viral evolution of culture from the radio age to the present. In act one, you’re invited into an intimate atmosphere -- think 1930s armchairs and the warmth of a vintage radio -- for a sonic mashup of 20th century history and 21st century dangers that’s part jazz, part science lecture, and part ritual invocation. In act two, you’ll discuss what it means to be inundated with narratives in our always-connected, always-sharing culture and explore the desperate need for skepticism and inquiry in a landscape of spin, lies, and out-of-control memes. It’s an antidote for the excesses of the 21st century.
GWYDION SUILEBHAN (Playwright) is the author of THE BUTCHER, TRANSMISSION, REALS, ABSTRACT NUDE, LET X, THE FAITHKILLER, CRACKED, and the short film ANTHEM (dir. Hal Hartley). His work has been commissioned, produced, and developed by Centerstage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, NNPN, Forum Theatre, Theater J, Theater Alliance, and the Source Theater Festival, among others. A founding member of The Welders, a DC-based playwrights’ collective, Gwydion earned a Helen Hayes nomination for TRANSMISSION in 2017. Recently elected to the Dramatists Guild Council, Gwydion serves on the senior staff of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and as Project Director of the New Play Exchange.
EMERIE SNYDER (Director) is a NYC-based theatre director and creator of new work. She collaborates closely with playwrights and other artists to commission, develop and produce new plays, and often draws upon her art history background to explore relationships between visual art and theatre. She also specializes in directing solo performance. She has developed new work with contemporary playwrights including Anton Dudley, Gwydion Suilebhan, Davy Rothbart, Mfoniso Udofia and Lally Katz. Current projects in development include EXHIBIT, an immersive gallery tour play (developed in residency through New Georges, premiered at 3LD in June 2017), and THIS IS LIKE THAT, a slide lecture play by Michael Sean Cirelli (workshop to be presented by All For One Theater in March 2018). World premiere productions include ARCHIPELAGO, an evening of short one-person plays (both newly commissioned and existing); NEVERCRACKED, which paired Daniel MacIvor’s play Never Swim Alone with Gwydion Suilebhan’s Cracked (commissioned for the production); and BODIES OF WATER by Erin Breznitsky. Emerie also wrote/directed "WALLS", a short film, and A VOICE INSIDE YOUR HEAD, an audio-theatrical experience for one listener (part of Satellite Collective’s international art experiment TELEPHONE), and co-created UMBRELLA HOUSES, a play with live video elements. Emerie is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Arts.
THOMAS JAY RYAN (Performer) Broadway credits include Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room or the vibrator play (directed by Les Waters) and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (directed by Ivo Van Hove). Selected recent theater credits also include Measure For Measure (TFANA), Ivo Van Hove’s production of A View From The Bridge (Ahmanson in L.A. and Kennedy Center in Washington), A Month In The Country (Classic Stage Company), Travels With My Aunt (Keen Company), Anne Washburn’s 10 Out Of 12 (Soho Rep), Edward Albee’s The Lady From Dubuque (Signature), The Correspondent (Rattlestick), Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo (Studio Theater, Washington), and The Little Foxes and The Misanthrope (both at New York Theater Workshop). In film, he is primarily known as the title character in Hal Hartley’s "Henry Fool" trilogy (ending in 2005’s "Ned Rifle"). Other film credits include "Burn Country", "My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea", "The Missing Girl", "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind", "The Legend Of Bagger Vance", "Teknolust", "Degas And The Dancer". He has appeared on many television series. He has won Drama Desk and Calloway Awards, and received Drama League and Gemini nominations.