THE FEATH3R THEORY PRESENTS:

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the feath3r theory is remaking the film Dog Day Afternoon as a queer-fantasia where psychological realism meets pop soap opera at a cabaret club or a Speculative Dance-Theater Documentary called Wednesday. 

In our show, WEDNESDAY, the members of the feath3r theory take on the role of journalists in search of the real and true motivations behind the bank robbery in Dog Day Afternoon. Money for a sex change.  At once we are a fast-paced, high-stakes newsroom, but without the primary source material (people or media) to corroborate our investigation, we find ourselves as our only source for reenacting the situations and stories to comprehend our research. 

Taken WHILE IN RESIDENCE at the watermill center Sept 2020

Taken WHILE IN RESIDENCE at the watermill center Sept 2020

We dismantle Dog Day Afternoon by re-centering the story on a fantasy in which Liz Eden- for whom the character Leon in Dog Day Afternoon is loosely based, is the protagonist and the reason why the character Sonny, loosely based on John Wojtowicz, conspires to rob a bank. The Fantasy: Eden stars in a cabaret act called The Garden of Eden, inspired by Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at our nightclub Wednesdays. This fantasy comes from numerous articles that speculate Eden’s dream of writing a book, owning a discotheque, and performing a cabaret act at a nightclub– which she never got to do, even after receiving what is speculated to be somewhere between $25,000 and $50,000 for her role in inspiring Leon’s storyline in Dog Day Afternoon

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Liz Eden’s story has been stolen, libeled, underrepresented, exploited, unmanaged, and still remains untold. But is it our story to tell?  Shining the spotlight on Eden’s story, shines a spotlight on America. Who gets to tell who’s story? What is revealed? What is left out? What and Who is Erased? 

Our speculative documentary dance theatre queer-fantasia is where comedy reveals tragedy in a "Theatrum Mundi" in which music, movement, and speech are inseparable.

Presented by:

Direction and Choreography by Raja Feather Kelly

Lighting Design by Tuce Yasak

Video Editing by Laura Snow

Scenic Design by You-Shin Chen

Sound Design by Emily Auciello

Stage Manager: Kimberly Golding

Photography by Kate Enman

Performance by Amy Gernux, Alexandria Giroux,
Sara Gurevich, Rachel Pritzlaff, Collin Ranf, Aaron Moses Robin


WEDNESDAY was commissioned by and will premiere at New York Live Arts as part of the Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist Program, with lead support from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support by Creative Capital and a creative retreat at The Wheelhouse.


WANT TO DANCE WITH THE FEATH3R THEORY?

Director and Choreographer Raja Feather Kelly of the feath3r theory seeks five performers to join our main cast and up to ten ensemble performers for his next evening-length production, Wednesday premiering in December 2020. In this original dance-theatre-visual media production, the feath3r theory is remaking the film Dog Day Afternoon as a live speculative dance theatre documentary.
Interested performers should have some professional dance and acting experience. He is looking for a range of performers with an interest in collaborative work, research-based choreography, and current events. Audition is by Appointment only.

Please email, headshot/resume/reel (if you have one) to wednesdayfeather@gmail.com
Appointments: Monday, Oct 28 l Noon-4pm
Arts on Site (12 St. Marks Place, NYC)

Callbacks: Tuesday, Oct 29 l Noon-4pm
Arts on Site (12 St. Marks Place, NYC)


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All donations to Raja Feather Kelly and the feath3r theory are tax deductible. 

the feath3r theory has merged with the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization New Brooklyn Theatre, of which Raja Feather Kelly serves as the Artistic Director. 
You can donate here or click here to read more.