Heavy Jennies

Friday, October 9
Pioneer Works

The final PRELUDE 2015 performance, Heavy Jennies, guest curated by Erin Markey, featuring Emily Bate, Becca Blackwell, Ana Fabrega, and James Allister Sprang. This event will take place at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Pioneer Works is located at 159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn.

PRELUDE will provide transportation to the Closing Night Party on Friday, October 9th. In order to assure a seat on one of our party buses, you must sign up in advance. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Segal Lobby throughout the entire festival.

Followed by the PRELUDE 2015 Closing Night Party.

  • Erin Markey
    Photo by Amos Mac

    Erin Markey is a comedic writer/performer, actress and singer who has shown her work at BAM, Under The Radar Festival, New Museum, PS 122, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, New York Comedy Festival, San Francisco Film Society, and frequently at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. She is a company member of Half Straddle and is performing in and co-composing music for the upcoming Ghost Rings at New York Live Arts in April 2016. Erin’s new musical, A Ride On The Irish Cream, will premiere at Abrons Arts Center in January 2016.


  • Emily Bate
    Photo Courtesy of the Artist

    Emily Bate is a singer, composer and harmony fanatic based in Philadelphia, PA. Her current projects include  Going Down Mount Moriah , a theater piece based around an 8-voice women’s choir; a series of “zingles” (zine + single) combining writing and music; acoustic duo Jonagold, and the upcoming show  A Ride On The Irish Cream with Erin Markey.





  • Becca Blackwell
    Photo by Allison Michael Orenstein

    A trans actor and performer with a circus background, Becca Blackwell’s performing career includes collaborations with artists such as Jennifer Miller/Circus Amok and Young Jean Lee. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun “they,” Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Blackwell’s past roles include Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show, a textless dance theatre piece set to pop music, and Tina Satter/Half Straddle’s Seagull (Thinking of you), an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull and his other comedic writings.

    A regular on the web series Jack in a Box, Blackwell also recently performed in Jack Spicer’s Billy the Kid, a collaborative musical by Lisa D’Amour, Brooke O’Harra, and composer Brendan Connelly. Blackwell is currently working on They, Themself and Schmerm, based on a self-produced video (called Me, Myself and I) by the late actor Corey Haim, which will premiere in October 2015.



  • Ana Fabrega
    Photo Courtesy of the Artist

    Ana Fabrega is a Brooklyn-based comedian. She performs at comedy venues and art spaces around New York City, and produces and hosts many one-off shows. She has appeared on The Chris Gethard Show, Comedy Central’s Alternatino, and various web videos for IFC.  She regularly performs on The Special Without Brett Davis, and writes and stars in the web series Jana & Shasta. Ana is the author of The Truth About Pangaea, a comedy zine published by Social Malpractice Publishing.


  • James Allister Sprang
    Photo Courtesy of the Artist

    James Allister Sprang is a multi-disciplinary artist and graduate of The Cooper Union. He is based in Brooklyn, NY. Sprang’s current work revolves around his alter-ego GAZR (pronounced “gazer”), a poet who aspires to be a rapper. As a whole Sprang seeks to understand identity politics by exploring the latent relationships between text, speech and body language. He has performed in venues such as the Apollo Theater, The Brooklyn Museum, BHQFU, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The Miami Art Museum and Abrons Arts Center. The first words set to music that he remembers spazzing out over is: “I keep one eye open like CBS. Can I live?”