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13 Jun
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Jun 13, 2017 -Jun 14, 2017 | 7:30 PM-8:30 PM


Open Dress of Staging Wittgenstein

A breathtaking and dynamic combination of physical art, comedy, and suspense, Staging Wittgenstein is a 40-minute innovative piece for the stage created and directed by Gallatin MA student Blair Simmons. This piece seeks to create a system of visually dramatized representations of the linguistic propositions put forth in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus–an attempt to ground this ungroundable text.

Join us for an open dress of the show and watch as performers squeeze into human-size latex balloons to explore and celebrate Wittgensteinian language in this groundbreaking, pressure-filled performance. While encased in literal speech bubbles, the troupe examines the creation of language while stretching the restrictive bounds of their balloon world, not knowing when they will pop, and they will. Making the most comfortable, uncomfortable.

This piece was originally funded by a DURF Research Grant and was presented in May 2016 the NYU Undergraduate Research Conference. A workshop of this piece was produced by Dixon Place in January 2017 in New York, New York. Saving Wittgenstein will be included in the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2017.

Performer and Creator Bios

Blair Simmons, Creator and Director
Blair Simmons (CAS ’16; GAL MA ’19) created, produced, and performed in the original run of Staging Wittgenstein. This piece was the culmination of her NYU Dramatic Literature degree. It was funded by the DURF Research Grant and was presented upon at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference as an exploration of physical language. She is now continuing to make theater while working in IT as a 3D printing specialist.

Nikita Lebedev, Actor and Dramaturg
Nikita Lebedev is a senior at NYU studying playwriting. He has been working on Staging Wittgenstein since its inception. He is the author of two Russian plays: Berlin Pastries (Berlinskie Pirozhnie) and Lispe the Pervert (Izvrashenets Lispe); and two English plays: Group Protagonist, Latent Apology of Hypocrisy and The Human, The Person, The Wall. He is the screenwriter for No One Dies in the Morning, winner of best foreign picture at Wimbledon Shorts and Williamsburg International Film Festival.

Annie Hägg, Actor
Annie Hägg Theatre: The Square Root of Three Sisters (World Premiere, International Festival of Arts and Ideas), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Repertory Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Irish Repertory Theatre), Boeing-Boeing (New Harmony Theatre), The Most Happy Fella (The Acorn, Theatre Row). Yale School of Drama: Othello, Women Beware Women, Don Juan, Paradise Lost, Best Lesbian Erotica 1995, Preston Montfort–An American TragedyTHUNDERBODIES!, This Flat Earth. Film: Virgin Margaret (post-production) and Tomorrow (2016) with Stephen Fry and Joss Stone, Exec. Producer Martin Scorsese. BA International History, London School of Economics and Political Science. MFA Acting, Yale School of Drama ’16.

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so please RSVP.

Photo credit: Ella Barnes