As the sun rises right behind her desk, the Writer turns to the audience and says, “Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color…” Adapted from the intensely personal book of prose poetry by critically acclaimed writer Maggie Nelson, Bluets takes an intimate, philosophical look at grief, loss, desire, healing, and, of course- the color blue. Actor Ellenor Riley-Condit and The Syndicate translate Nelson’s singular voice for the stage in this solo performance.
Bluets was first presented as part of Syndicated at IRT Theater in NYC in August of 2018.
creator and performer
Ellenor Riley-Condit is a Chicago-based actor/creator and producer and the Co-Artistic Director of The Syndicate. With The Syndicate she has worked on Graceful Exit (Mabou Mines and The Drama League, NYC) Well Job, Gertrude (Dixon Place and Wild Project, NYC), Civility! (The Brick, NYC and Hamlin Park, Chicago), and Another Jungle (Pride Arts Center, Chicago). She is a proud graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the University of Chicago, and the SITI Conservatory and is currently pursuing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College.
Jackie is a Brooklyn-based theater maker, freelancing in performance, directing, stage management, and design. Previously for The Syndicate, she has Stage Managed Civility! and workshop performances of Graceful Exit at both Mabou Mines and The Drama League. She is a member of Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre, having just completed a 6 week, 1200 mile long tour on bikes. Through Montana. As a proud member of Actors Equity Association, her performance credits include August: Osage County, Speech & Debate, and After The Revolution. Her design work has been seen at NY Fringe, The Gallery Players, The Flea, and New Georges SpaceJam. She has studied with SITI Company as part of their Conservatory program, and holds a BFA in Acting from University of Florida.
Phoenix Lion is creating art which seeks to find love, self, and oneness among the ways in which physical and virtual worlds are invoked to justify & enact oppression. They build realms out of light, sound, memories, & matter. Find their work at TinyLionRoars.com or @TinyLionRoars on social media.
Megan has worked in theater in New York and internationally for the past ten years, performing and directing at Bam Fisher, St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Brick, HERE, the Kitchen, the Tank, and NYLA, and others. With the Syndicate, she appeared in Civility!, Long Distance: New York, and Well Job Gertrude, and directed Hot Belly and Graceful Exit. Megan was a 2017 Drama League Resident Artist with Alanna Coby, an invited artist at the UCSUR International Theater Festival in Peru, and a 2009 EmergeNYC fellow. She holds a Master's degree in Performance Studies from NYU and has trained with SITI Company since 2010. www.meganhanley.info
Sim Yan Ying
Yan Ying is an actor, director, playwright, and performance artist based in New York and Singapore. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Theatre at NYU Tisch (Playwrights Horizons Theater School), was an Apprentice at the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival, and trained in Suzuki/ Viewpoints at the 2017 SITI Company Summer Intensive. Her recent performance credits include: The Optic Trilogy (Alchemical Studios), Strong Women Love Trump (The Civilians/ Joe’s Pub), Mr. Marmalade and Never Swim Alone (Playwrights Horizons Downtown, NYU). Yan Ying aspires to create emotionally resonant and socially relevant works of art that challenge existing forms and boundaries. Beyond theatre, she enjoys reading, dancing, and throwing social conventions to the wind.
Leigh Hendrix is a theater maker, mover, and educator currently based in Central Pennsylvania. They are a founding member of The Syndicate, a queer and feminist ensemble theater company, and an Instructor of Theater Arts at Juniata College. Leigh also created and toured the solo performance How To Be A Lesbian in 10 Days or Less and puts dances on the internet at How To Be A Body. They hold an MA in Theater Education from Emerson College and graduated from the inaugural SITI Company Conservatory in New York City.
Lanie Zipoy is a Memphis-born, New York-based producer and director working in film and theater. Lanie is thrilled to work with the wonderful artists of The Syndicate. For more info, visit www.laniezipoy.com.