" (world premiere) written and directed by Claire Moodey, animations and set design by Lotte Marie Allen and Claire Moodey. Cino Theater - Sunday, August 14 at 2:00PM; Monday, August 15 at 9:00PM; Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00PM; Friday, August 19 at 7:00PM; Saturday, August 20 at 7:00PM. Running Time: 50 minutes | Tickets $12 - "" is a radio play silent movie. A multimedia theater piece with puppets and animation, it is inspired by Italo Calvino's novel "Invisible Cities." The seated audience is invited wander through the map of consciousness, riding the sine waves conducted by characters named Our Man of the World and the Girl with a Backpack. Claire Moodey, author and director, grew up in Erie, PA and attended Bard College where she studied Theater. She has worked as a farm hand, electrician, dry stone wall builder, archeologist, and puppeteer in California, Vermont, France, Scotland, and Jordan. Last year she moved to Brooklyn and her recent credits include "The Escape Artist" at P.S. 122 (video performance, P.A.), "Canned Ham" at Dixon Place (lighting design), Bread and Puppet Theater's adaptation of Monteverdi's "The Return of Ulysses" at Theater for the New City (vocalist, puppeteer) and "My Mother," a performance piece at St. Cecilia's Convent. She has also performed the Herald in "Marat/Sade," "The Ruffian on the Stair," and was a core member of the collaborative theatre company The Blushing Players. Lotte Marie Allen (puppets and animation) is an artist as well as part-time printmaker, art teacher, opera liaison, artist assistant and model. She makes installations, stop-motion animations, scented stuffed animals, photographs, imaginary landscapes, woodcuts, lithographs and drawings. Right now she is working on textile and animation projects in her studio with the Montrose Arts Initiative in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of Bard College.">

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'Love Masters' at Theater for the New City

08/14/11 through 08/31/11 70 min. runtime 155 First Avenue Map
212-254-1109
www.theaterforthenewcity.net Ages: 18+ $12
'Nuclear Love Affair' at Theater for the New City
08/14/11 through 09/03/11 90 min. runtime 155 First Avenue Map
212-254-1109
www.theaterforthenewcity.net Ages: 16+ $15
'' at Theater for the New City
08/14/11 through 08/20/11 50 min. runtime 155 First Avenue Map
212-254-1109
www.theaterforthenewcity.net Ages: 12+ $12

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"Love Masters" (world premiere) created by Erick Paiva-Nouchi. Cabaret Theater - Sunday, August 14 at 7:00PM; Wednesday, August 17 at 9:00PM; Thursday, August 18 at 9:00PM; Tuesday, August 23 at 9:00PM; Wednesday, August 24 at 9:00PM; Thursday, August 25 at 9:00PM; Monday, August 29 at 9:00PM; Tuesday, August 30 at 9:00; Wednesday, August 31 at 9:00PM. Running Time: 70 minutes | Tickets: $12.

"Love Masters" is a multimedia performance art play centered around a seventy minute tantric massage session with the Love Masters, the tantric massage master and his tantric massage slave. During the 70-minute session, the audience will have the unique opportunity to presence a spiritual, yet highly sensual and at times erotic connection between master and slave, in a piece that aims to urge the audience to focus on the present moment. Music, visual images and narrative mixed with free-style poetry will serve as the "brain" of the piece. These elements will bring forth the worries, anxieties, thoughts, fears and memories (good and bad) that invade the minds of the master and slave as they surrender to each other during the session, revealing the "soul" of each character. These revelations, conceptualized around each one of the seven chakras in our body, are all true events, the real stories behind the master and slave. This way, the master and slave share their own humanity with the audience in a naked, honest and humble way, while they journey together in search of divine light. The movement of the master as he "dances" through the massage, and of the videographer who will be capturing the massage session sending live video feed onto the screen(s) onstage; plus the natural physical interaction between slave and master, will add to the dynamics of movement and intimacy of the play. Born in Cusco and raised in Lima, Peru, Erick Paiva-Nouchi has spent half his life between two continents, the Americas and Asia. As a third-generation Japanese-Peruvian, Paiva-Nouchi at the age of seventeen, joined the thousands of Japanese-Peruvians (including his parents and sister) who left Peru in the early 1990s to work in factories across Japan. In 2006, he decided to move to New York City to pursue a career in the performing arts. At Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, Paiva-Nouchi discovered his creative path as an experimental dancer and performance artist and adopted a new name, Rico Noguchi, as his professional name as a choreographer (retaining Erick Paiva-Nouchi as his performing name while working in other companies). At the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) he found his third eye: video; medium which he extended to his performances but which also sparked an interest in documentary filmmaking, interest that would grow after being accepted to the School of General Studies at Columbia University. Armed with these new talents, he returned to Japan briefly to stay with his parents and document what life is as an immigrant blue-collar worker in Japan. From this footage, "Mirror of Stone," his first short film, was born. "Mirror of Stone" has been shown at the Globians Film Festival in Germany and obtained an honorary award by the Asian American Research Institute in New York. Paiva-Nouchi then went on to create "Latinos" in Japan, a short film featured on the BBC as part of the BBC's My World competition. As Rico Noguchi, in 2008 he was invited Nicky Paraiso, curator of The Club at La MaMa E.T.C., to perform there. In 2009, he returned to La MaMa as part of La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, which in turn led him to John McCormack of INTAR Theater, where he developed a full length piece titled "Butoh Rocks!" Paiva-Nouchi joined the dance group The Daisy Spurs after being approached by Bill Coleman, owner of record label and management agency Peace Bisquit. He stayed in The Daisy Spurs until April, 2011. His current piece, "Love Masters," is the first production of his own company ASOBI NY.

"Nuclear Love Affair" (world premiere) by Sanaz Ghajarrahimi and Ben Hobbs. Johnson Theater - Sunday, August 14 at 7:00PM; Tuesday, August 16 at 9:00PM; Thursday, August 18 at 9:00PM; Thursday, August 25 at 7:00PM; Friday, August 26 at 9:00PM; Saturday, September 3 at 5:00PM. Running Time: 90 minutes | Tickets $15.

In this spectacular multimedia investigation of America in the Atomic Age, unnerving images, rattling rhythms and disturbing text collide with slapstick and highly aggressive physical storytelling to create an erotic pop culture explosion. Focusing on the period of 1941-1969, "Nuclear Love Affair" traces America's obsession with violence through the social and political chain reaction caused by dropping of the atomic bomb. Iconic figures, historical tales and stock film footage are layered with a frenetic music score that combines hits from the era with modern beats to build an expressive and surreal landscape. Featuring Elvis Presley dancing through Vietnam, Charlie Chaplin at Hiroshima, Lucille Ball doing a commercial for an electric chair, and Marilyn Monroe teaching us all how to duck and cover, "Nuclear Love Affair" is a twisted take on the journey of the American Dream. It looks at where we have been, and begs us, "Where do we go from here?"

Sanaz Ghajarrahimi (Director and Co-Author) is an Iranian-American director and choreographer. With Built for Collapse, she has directed and choreographed "Orpheus and the Plastic Masquerade" (Galapagos Art Space), "Elephant Man" (Wings Theatre), "Stork and Owl" (Bleecker Street Theater), "Hamlet" (Galapagos Art Space, Grace Exhibition Space) and "Romeo and Juliet" (Access Theater). Other selected directing credits include "Kill To Eat" by Caridad Svich (Hangar Theatre), "House" (Brooklyn Lyceum), "The States of Panic" by Jon Marans (The Barrow Group), "Melancholy Play" by Sarah Ruhl (Robert Moss Theater) and "Jet of Blood" by Antonin Artaud (Studio Theater). Ghajarrahimi is a Drama League Alumnus and Artistic Director of Built for Collapse. She earned her BFA at New York University. Ben Hobbs (Choreographer and Co-Author) is a performer, choreographer and visual artist. Currently a cast member of the Off-Broadway hit "Fuerzabruta," Hobbs earned his BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He also studied Traditional Chinese Opera at Shanghai Theater Academy and Dance at Point Park University. He has over 18 years of dance and acrobatic training. With Built for Collapse, he has choreographed and performed in: "Nuclear Love Affair" (Theater for the New City), "Orpheus and the Plastic Masquerade" (Galapagos Art Space), "Elephant Man" (Wings Theatre), "Hamlet" (Galapagos Art Space, Grace Exhibition Space), "Romeo and Juliet" (Access Theater). Other selected performance and choreographic credits include: Lynn Barr Dance Theatre (Judson Church, Kaatsbaan, 2007-2010), Theater Mitu's "Hair" (Skirball Center for the Arts), "Savage:Love" (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).

"" (world premiere) written and directed by Claire Moodey, animations and set design by Lotte Marie Allen and Claire Moodey. Cino Theater - Sunday, August 14 at 2:00PM; Monday, August 15 at 9:00PM; Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00PM; Friday, August 19 at 7:00PM; Saturday, August 20 at 7:00PM. Running Time: 50 minutes | Tickets $12 -

"" is a radio play silent movie. A multimedia theater piece with puppets and animation, it is inspired by Italo Calvino's novel "Invisible Cities." The seated audience is invited wander through the map of consciousness, riding the sine waves conducted by characters named Our Man of the World and the Girl with a Backpack. Claire Moodey, author and director, grew up in Erie, PA and attended Bard College where she studied Theater. She has worked as a farm hand, electrician, dry stone wall builder, archeologist, and puppeteer in California, Vermont, France, Scotland, and Jordan. Last year she moved to Brooklyn and her recent credits include "The Escape Artist" at P.S. 122 (video performance, P.A.), "Canned Ham" at Dixon Place (lighting design), Bread and Puppet Theater's adaptation of Monteverdi's "The Return of Ulysses" at Theater for the New City (vocalist, puppeteer) and "My Mother," a performance piece at St. Cecilia's Convent. She has also performed the Herald in "Marat/Sade," "The Ruffian on the Stair," and was a core member of the collaborative theatre company The Blushing Players.

Lotte Marie Allen (puppets and animation) is an artist as well as part-time printmaker, art teacher, opera liaison, artist assistant and model. She makes installations, stop-motion animations, scented stuffed animals, photographs, imaginary landscapes, woodcuts, lithographs and drawings. Right now she is working on textile and animation projects in her studio with the Montrose Arts Initiative in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of Bard College.

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