MOUSE is the story of an android whose life is ruined by a mouse entering their apartment. It's also a story about dystopia, hyper-capitalism, routine, and how we humans project our problems onto the technology we create in our image. How wrong would things have to go for your life to be over?
Written and performed by Taylor Edelhart. Directed by Bryn Herdrich. Scenic design by You-Shin Chen. Lighting design by Elizabeth Stewart. Costume and Poster design by Rhys Roffey. Sound design by Dan Rider. Projection design by Jaye Hunt, assisted by Neo Cihi. Featuring Clara Swan-Streepy.
Originally Produced as part of The Brick's Trans Theatre Festival, June 2016.
WRITER/PERFORMER/SCENIC AND COSTUME DESIGN
Once upon a time there was a man named Marvin Edelhart. Marvin was an accountant who loved playing bridge and his family. Marvin also had catatonic schizophrenia, which caused him to lead a very weird, very short, very sad life. Marvin is my grandfather. I want you to meet him.
A solo performance about insanity, memory, and the people who take care of us when we're sick, all told through a deck of playing cards.
marvin says hello
Devised by Taylor Edelhart. Directed by Jess Katz. Lighting design by Elizabeth Stewart. Photos by Nikki Vega.
Originally Produced at The Alchemical Theater, 104 W 14th Street, NYC 10011, November 5-7 2015.
TALL TREES IN A DARK FOREST
PROJECt leader / writer / stuff design / performed as the head assistant
Two lifelong friends take a weekend camping trip to hang out, catch up, and escape the current shittiness of their lives. But they miss their bus home. So they wait for the next one. But bad things start happening. Scary things. Inexplicable things. Someone has found the friends. Someone wants to play. But it's cool, because they've got each other's backs, right?
A story about betrayal, being stuck outside, the stuff that destroys friendships, and the secrets we keep in our backpacks. Made with RPG techniques, a pair of dice, and lots and lots of horror movies, particularly The Blair Witch Project, Cabin in the Woods, and The Ring.
Don't cry. Don't scream. Just play.
Devised by Taylor Edelhart with Jessy Yates as Imogen, James Johnston as Roland, and Lindsey White as Hollis. Scenic design by Angelica Nicholas, lighting design by Elizabeth Stewart, costume design by Emma Dolhai and sound design by Dan Rider. Mentorship by Max Reuben. Project managed by Isaiah Christian Price. Photos by Emma Dolhai.
Originally Produced at The Robert Moss Theatre/440 Lafayette Street by Playwrights Horizons Theatre School's Devised Theatre Program, April 8-10 2015.
not YEt: A CLOWN SHOW
WRiter / performeD AS tHE CLOWN / PROJECt leader / set design / stuff design / costume design
This is a clown. This is a clown who can't die for some reason. Like not at all. Like not even a little bit. Come watch the clown not die! Come watch the clown live a life in the process! Or try to, anyway. He hasn't quite gotten the hang of it. But still, he cannot die. Not now, anyway. Not yet.
A story about what happens when life refuses to let go of you.
Devised by Taylor Edelhart with Jana Miley, Deborah Trotchine, and Katie Ingram as The Universe and Bryan Austermann as The Nurse. Sound design by Dan Rider, lighting design by Katie Ingram, Universe Costume design by Keara Benton. Directorial Support by Chloe Treat (also co-set design) and Joshua Gelb. Mentorship by Lee Sunday Evans. Project managed by Alisha Litman-Zelle. Photos by Nikki Vega.
Originally Produced at The Studio Theatre/721 Broadway by Playwrights Horizons Theatre School's Devised Theatre Program, Dec. 4-6 2014.
Director / Text Builder / Space Design / Blood Design / Performed as The Cougher
In the future, seven people are on a train in Detroit. Then one of them starts coughing and the train crashes. Then they wake up in a small room with no windows and no door. Only The Cougher is gone. And three of the people in the room are performers. And three of the people in the room are YOU.
A Future Horror Thriller for Four Actors and Three Different Audience Participants Each Show.
Devised by the Original Team: Taylor Edelhart (see above), Rachel Daugherty (performer/The Blue Life Employee), Hunter Goetz (performer/The Train Technician), Remi Moses (performer/The Woman In The Leather Jacket), Dan Rider (sound design), Ryan Courtney (lighting design), Eh-den Perlove (props design), Cassidy Graves (associate writer), Barrett Law and Mamie Zwettler (project managers), and David McGee (project mentor). Photos by Alexa Gitlin.
Originally Produced at The Studio Theatre/721 Broadway by Playwrights Horizons Theatre School's Devised Theatre Program, Nov. 14-16 2013.
THE FLOWER MAN
Director / Text Builder / Project Designer / Performed as The Devil
A man with no words sells his soul to The Devil, becomes a brilliant writer, and then asks for his soul back.
Devised by Taylor Edelhart in collaboration with Jordan Baum and Ryan Szelong.
Originally Produced at The Robert Moss Theatre by Playwrights Horizons Theatre School's Devised Theatre Program, May 12 2013.