The Syndicate

an ensemble theater company

Long Distance

Long Distance is The Syndicate’s open-source play. “Open source” usually refers to software: it means that the software’s code is free, and anyone who wants to reshape, edit, and reuse elements of the code can do so. Long Distance is a play made up of disparate elements that can be recycled and edited into a new work whenever it is performed. This structure allows us to collaborate with each other from anywhere in the world. In 2015-2016, Long Distance will be performed in each of the six cities where members of The Syndicate live. The first performance was in Los Angeles on November 13, 2015 and the second was in Myrtle Beach on November 19, 2015. 

From Long Distance: Los Angeles, November 8, 2015. Photo courtesy of Hector Martinez.   

From Long Distance: Los Angeles, November 8, 2015. Photo courtesy of Hector Martinez.   

Civility!

Civility! was presented with The Brick in Williamsburg January 8 - 10 and January 15 - 17th at 8PM. 

Dionysus arrives in Thebes with a single goal: to convince King Pentheus to join him in the new, wild world being born on the mountain.  Disguised as The Stranger, Dionysus drives the women, wise men, and Queen of Thebes to the mountain as Pentheus struggles to maintain order, and keep his feelings for Dionysus in check.  

Born of a desire to reimagine Eurpides’s The BacchaeCivilty! searches for some answers to the unanswerable, explores the wild, and reexamines civilization as we know it.

How do we live?  How do we live together?  And how do you make an earthquake happen onstage?

Civility! was presented as a work-in-progress as part of SITI Company's SITI Lab in October of 2014, and was seen in January of 2015 in residence at The Brick in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

Check out our preview video for Civility! at The Brick!

Alanna Coby, Andrea Tvetkov, Ellenor Riley-Condit, Janouke Goosen, Megan Hanley, and Leigh Hendrix in Civility! at The Brick.  Photo Courtesy of Hanna Meltz

Alanna Coby, Andrea Tvetkov, Ellenor Riley-Condit, Janouke Goosen, Megan Hanley, and Leigh Hendrix in Civility! at The Brick. 

Photo Courtesy of Hanna Meltz

Well Job, Gertrude

Well Job, Gertrude was performed alongside works by other SITI Conservatory grads at The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble's First Stories Festival at The Wild Project. 

Well Job, Gertrude! is the queer fictional story of how Gertrude Stein and a rural telephone operator named Nell fall in love over the telephone in 1935. Nell runs the switchboard for her tiny farming community out of her home, working six days a week, eleven hours a day. Gertrude Stein is on her groundbreaking six month lecture tour of the United States, giving 74 lectures in 37 cities in 23 states. Due to some crossed wires, the women strike up an unlikely long distance friendship - or is it a romance? Part historical revisionist lesbian rom-com, part movie musical, part telecommunications thriller, Well Job, Gertrude! is a story about falling in love and finding out how to tell the story.

Well Job, Gertrude! was presented as a work in progress showing at the HOT Festival at Dixon Place in July of 2014 and as part of New Works in Three at The Wild Project in May 2015.

Leigh Hendrix as Nelle and Megan Hanley as Gertrude Stein in Well Job, Gertrude at Dixon Place in July 2014

Leigh Hendrix as Nelle and Megan Hanley as Gertrude Stein in Well Job, Gertrude at Dixon Place in July 2014