Winsome Brown

September 20, 2016

Winsome Brown


Sep 20 – Oct 2, 2016 • Tues – Sat @ 7:30 pm • Sun @ 3:00 pm

HIT THE BODY ALARM takes you on a wild ride from Hell to Jail with a brief stop in Paradise.
It’s a play about fucking up.
Milton’s Paradise Lost bookends two original jail monologues by Brad Rouse and Obie Award-winning performer Winsome Brown.
With luminous music by John Zorn and sound design by Sean Hagerty.
HIT THE BODY ALARM explores the irrevocable decisions we make, and the permanent consequences they bring.

Tickets: $18
Running time: about one hour

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Created & performed by Winsome Brown
Texts by: John Milton, James Joyce, Brad Rouse, Winsome Brown
Music by John Zorn
Sound design by Sean Hagerty
Lighting by Michael O’Connor
Scenic design by Jean Kim
Directed by Winsome Brown & Brad Rouse

Photo by Mick Cantarella

Members of Actors Equity Association may attend HIT THE BODY ALARM gratis by showing their Equity card.

Winsome Brown (creator, performer, author, co-director) is a writer, director, and Obie-award winning performer whose work has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Scotsman, Variety, LA Weekly, and others. Her latest solo play This is Mary Brown debuted at La MaMa in 2015, went on to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and will travel to Los Angeles in 2017. The short film Everything I Know About Love based on the play has just been completed by Winsome and filmmaker Harry Sinclair. Most recently, she played Eurydice in Seamus Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes at The Irish Rep. Current projects include her film and live music concert The Lost Victrola Sessions (with live electronics by Sean Hagerty and music by Dave Soldier) which debuted at the Hudson Opera House, and the film Shadows Choose Their Horrors, directed by Jenn Reeves and starring Winsome as a necromancer, which is touring with Marc Ribot, who has made a live music score for it. Winsome’s essays have been featured in Salon.
Brad Rouse (author, co-director) is delighted to join Winsome Brown and John Milton for HIT THE BODY ALARM – the title monologue of which he wrote for Winsome. He has directed plays and musicals at the Public Theater, City Center Encores!, Ahmanson Theater, Hartford Stage, Juilliard, LaMama, Edinburgh Fringe, Pittsburgh’s City Theater, and NYU. This fall he is directing JUST ONE Q by Ellen Fitzhugh and Ted Shen as part of Inner Voices for Premieres NYC.  Directing credits include new work by Billy Porter (Drama League and GLAAD award nominee), Julia Jordan, Nell Benjamin, Laurence O’Keefe, Winsome Brown, Maggie-Kate Coleman, Anna K. Jacobs, and Cusi Cram.
Sean Hagerty (sound designer) – Hit the Body Alarm marks Sean’s second collaboration with Winsome Brown, along with interactive multimedia for The Lost Victrola Sessions (Hudson Opera, Player’s Club) featuring Rebecca Cherry and the music of Dave Soldier. He has performed with live electronics alongside tap dance, tabla, violin, piano, and voice at venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, Webster Hall, Galapagos Arts Space, La Mama, and the SOHO Art Parade. Other theater projects include music and sound for Then She Fell, The Grand Paradise, and the off-Broadway revival of Around the World in 80
John Milton (author) 9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674, was an English poet, polemicist, and man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse.