The Tank NYC


Photos of Start Trekkin/NY Jedi from NY Comic Con Pre-Party
October 12, 2010, 12:01
Filed under: comedy, Photo

We’d like to thank Start Trekkin, The Raspberry Brothers, Chris Booth, & NY Jedi for making our NY Comic-Con party a blast! Check out these awesome photos from Raymond Haddad:





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Public Domain #1: Philoctetes by Sophocles
September 22, 2010, 15:51
Filed under: theater
Public Domain #1: Philoctetes by Sophocles directed by Garrett Zuercher

Public Domain #1: Philoctetes by Sophocles directed by Garrett Zuercher

The Tank blog welcomes Kevin Laibson, theater curator for The Tank and artistic director for Full Circle Theatre Company, as well as co-executive producer for the Public Domain theater series.

The Tank asked me to write a blog about the Public Domain series that they are producing in conjunction with Full Circle. Since they’ve been so good to me, and I love attention, I happily obliged. Full Circle wanted to start a readings series as cheaply as we could. This left us with two options: new works or classics (it’s starting to become clearer why there are so many small theater companies with the words “new works” or “classics” in their mission statements, right?). New works are wonderful – the lifeblood of the theater, blah, blah – but it’s awfully hard to consistently find great new stuff, and even harder to convince people to come out to stuff totally on faith. As we started poking around the classics arena, we found ourselves talking a lot about how cool the concept of public domain intellectual property is. If a piece of art exists for long enough it belongs to all of us – there’s something sort of beautiful and amazing about that. It’s easy to forget that the creation of a piece of art is ostensibly a service for the people – I love that with enough distance from creation, it is released in to society for us to do with as we please. So we wanted to highlight that. Some of the greatest works ever created are ours to mess with for the sake of saying new things.

So. We picked 7 plays from different points in history and all over the world, and 7 directors with vastly different aesthetics, and we put them all on the internet, where we let anybody who wanted to vote to assign each director a play. Thursday, we open with Sophocles’ Philoctetes, directed in ASL and voice by Garrett Zuercher. Garrett, deaf himself, and probably best known as Huck in the Broadway touring company of Deaf West’s acclaimed Big River, is working very hard to make theater equally accessible to deaf and hearing audiences. Philoctetes features a chorus made up of hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf actors, with various fluency in ASL, and Garrett has cast hearing and deaf actors in the principle roles. As producer, my big concern once the votes were cast was whether the language of a Greek tragedy would translate stylistically in to ASL. So when Garrett sat down and told me his concept for the show, and how incredibly it capitalized on the themes of the show, I forgot all about the language. Philoctetes is certainly not just some Greek play: it deals with isolation, deceit, exploitation, and assumption. Re-positioning it as a piece of deaf theater (which I hesitate to call it, as it really is just theater that is accessible to more than one kind of audience), Garrett refocused this play in a big way for me, which is far beyond my expectations for how this series might work out.

After Philoctetes, we run Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus in October, directed by Andrew Scoville, who will be just coming off of Assistant Directing Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and who has a mild obsession with order and chaos. All I’m comfortable telling you about his Faust is that it’s set on Wall Street, and it uses interactive video performance software triggered by live digital sound design. And also that I believe it will be awesome.

With that, I leave you. I’m going to watch Andrew Neisler workshop Ivanough for November.



Sadnes LIVE from Pulsewave #dmg21
August 2, 2010, 13:11
Filed under: Pulsewave, video | Tags:

(via True Chip Till Death)

Thanks to Tiny Cartridge for helping us with our contest and Bytejacker for bringing the bright green cupcakes from Butter Lane!!



Save the date for our 3rd Annual Pajama Jammy Jam on October 9th!
July 28, 2010, 10:00
Filed under: announcements

We’re back with our 3rd installment of the Tank’s Pajama Jammy Jam on Saturday, October 9th! Come dressed in your comfy pjs to enjoy an open bar and NACHOS! It’s free for Tank members to jam out. Anyone can become a member! Visit http://thetanknyc.org/membership to join.

Let’s braid each other’s hair! Stay tuned for more updates!



Public Domain Results are in! Thanks for voting!
July 27, 2010, 10:00
Filed under: announcements, theater

Beginning in September, The Tank and Full Circle Theatre Company are producing a monthly staged reading series featuring plays in the public domain with no copyright restrictions. Once a play has entered public domain, it belongs to everyone. It becomes ours to do with as we please. As such, we thought it’d be cool if we offered up some of the creative decision-making to our audiences. We’ve selected our first seven plays, and seven directors with very different approaches. We had our audiences assign a play to each director. Polls closed on July 6th and the results are in!


September 23, 24: Garrett Zuercher directs Philoctetes by Sophocles
October 21, 22: Andrew Scoville directs The Tragical Comedy of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
November 18, 19: Andrew Neisler directs Ivanov by Anton Chekhov
December 16, 17: Homunculus Mask Theater Company directs RUR by Karel Capek
February 17, 18: Michael Laibson directs Anna Christie by Eugene O’Neill
March 17, 18: Zoe Farmingdale directs Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
April 21, 22: Rafael Gallegos directs Demetrius by Frederich Schiller

For more information about each performance check out http://thetanknyc.org



Enter to Win Tickets to Pulsewave on 7/31 !
July 26, 2010, 12:27
Filed under: announcements, Pulsewave

Pulsewave is coming up this weekend !

Pulsewave, New York’s longest running monthly chip music party is celebrating the 21st birthday of the Nintendo Game Boy in the USA! With an all-star lineup featuring Sadnes, Nonfinite, Battle Lava, and NO CARRIER on visuals, the only thing the party is missing is you! Share with us your favorite Game Boy memory of the last 21 years and you could win a prize pack with tickets for the show, a poster, or even prizes from event co-sponsors 8bitpeoples, and Nonfinite Electronics. You can also play along on twitter with the hashtag #dmg21 or leave a comment on Tiny Cartridge!

1 grand prize:
Ticket for two to see Pulsewave
Pulsewave Poster
8bitpeoples Prize Pack
$25 Gift Certificate for http://nonelectronics.com/ to supercharge their game boy!

2 runner ups:
Ticket for one to Pulsewave
Pulsewave Poster
$10 Gift Certificates to Nonfinite.



Sadnes covers Chris Isaak, playing Pulsewave July 31st!
July 19, 2010, 17:18
Filed under: announcements, Pulsewave, video

Come see him play live with Nonfinite and Battle Lava on July 31st! For more information visit pulsewavenyc.com ! Are you coming? Let us know and tweet #dmg21 !

“Dude you are crazy! You only turn twenty-one once, what do you mean you don’t want to make a big deal out of it? Face it, you’re the number one selling video game console of ALL FREAKIN’ time, and thanks to the hard working programmers of such software as NANOLOOP, LSDJ, and TRIPPYH, responsible for some of the most banging performers eve to grace the stage of Pulsewave.

What do you mean you just want to spend a nice quiet night at home with your friends? Pulsewave is throwing a party just for you and your hundred closest friends. Without you, the last triple dozen or so Pulsewave events would have been total dudes, and to celebrate that they have put together a line-up that is of the utmost sickness! So there is only one thing this show is missing, and that’s YOU DUDE. Be there or be squarewave. Wait.. where are you going? Listen I’m sorry.. I wont make that kind of joke again.. DUDE!”

(Shout out to Rob at BoingBoing!)