EMILY CLIMBS

Emily Climbs (Machine Méchant) imagines a future looking back on a past that is still in our future. Through a collection of performed materials (an amateur stand up routine, excerpts from a one-woman show, interview transcripts, found documents, role playing scenes, and more) the show explores person-hood of Emily Climbs: a failed science-experiment, a devoted companion, a benign provocateur, a socialized woman struggling with the burden of individualism and the American Dream.

Written by Julia May Jonas, directed by Jonas and Jess Barbagallo, with music by Obie award-winning composer Heather Christian, Emily Climbs examines both the rewards and costs of surrendering your life to something, or someone, greater than yourself.

Covering an invented timeline spanning from 2035-2140, the piece is a sci-fi horror-story presented in documentary form. Through this form, we learn the story of Emily Climb's companionship with Kathleen Jackson, the American President whom history holds responsible for ending America's reign as a world superpower, and the details of Emily's life extending procedure that left her in three separate bodies. As the facts of this dystopian world are revealed, Emily Climbs vacillates between high style and discomfiting realism, unified by Christian's a capella score.

Emily Climbs (Machine Méchant) features Hannah Heller*, Kate Schroeder, Caitlin McDonough-Thayer* and Marisa Lark Wallin; written by Julia May Jonas; directed by Jess Barbagallo and Julia May Jonas; assistant directed by Marisa Lark Wallin; songs by Heather Christian; sets by Sara C. Walsh; costumes by Wendy Yang Bailey; lights by Sarah Bruning Johnston; produced by Lingua Franca Arts/Sandra Garner.

Performances run April 15th-May 2nd at The Brick Theater in Brooklyn, NY.
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*appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association