Cecilia Rubino
 

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From the Fire

2011
Zoo Roxy
Edinburg, Scotland

2011
Judson Memorial Church
New York, NY

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PRODUCTION

Director & Writer: Cecilia Rubino
Producer: Bonnie Roche-Bronfman
Composer: Elizabeth Swados
Music Director: Kris Kukul
Poetry: Paula Finn
Choreography: Eric Jackson Bradley

 
 
 

Lives of Tiresias

2018
A Jefferson Market Playhouse Production
Jefferson Market Library
New York, NY

CAST

Ben Bailey, Frank Collerius, Jailyn Sherel Harris, Rebecca Wei Hsieh, David Richman, Patrick Toon, Pauline Walsh

CREW

Director: Cecilia Rubino
Music: Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed
Assistant Director: Monica Gronchi
Stage Manager: Ari Grossmann
Physical Consultant: Michael Buffer
Dramaturg Coordinator: Adithya Pratama
Production Dramaturgs: Danajha Davis, Bob Greifeld, Svetlana Orel, Wayne Willinger
Cover Photo: Will Lucas

 
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ABOUT

Created and written by David Richman and co-written and directed by Cecilia Rubino, Lives of Tiresias is a new theatre piece with music that juxtaposes Richman’s personal story--the story of an ageing blind theatre artist—with the complex and competing myths that swirl around Tiresias, the unimaginably old blind prophet of Thebes.  

Combining classical language with Brechtian technique, the play interrogates and exemplifies such questions as:  What does it mean to have sight?  Insight? Foresight?  Why are we desperate to know the future—and why are we even more desperate NOT to know the future?  Why do the blind (we are all in various ways blind) come into such fundamental conflict with themselves and with each other? For Jean Genet, the aged prophet Tiresias is the patron saint of actors, and for T.S. Eliot, he is “the most important personage” in The Waste Land. The play delves into what is enduring about Tiresias—a personage who figures in so many ancient and modern tales and enacts aspects of his story – from the double sex change, the voyeurism with Athena and with the serpents, and the various encounters with Theban kings that have become iconic in Greek and Roman tragedy.   

 

Twelfth Night

2017
A Lang College Theater Program at The New School Production
The Irondale Theater Center
New York, NY

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CREW

Director: Cecilia Rubino
Composer: Fernando Arruda
Costume Designer: Sydney Gallas
Set Designer: Izmir Ickbal
Lighting Designer: Jeanette Yew
Physical Choreographer: Michael Buffer
Dramaturg Mentor: Victoria Abrash
Assistant Directors: Josh LaClé & Louisa Strothman
Stage Manager: Ari Grossmann
Assistant Stage Managers: Josefina Perez & Madeline Goddard
Production Stage Manager: Mimi Barcomi
Musicians: Kalun Leung, Jack Sasner, Scott Tatsuta, Joseph Burkholder, Alejandro Briceno, Matthew Ogonowski, Ginny Weant, Krissy Zhang, Aine Nakamura, Fernando Arruda
Dramaturgs: Zada Clarke, Stephanay Slade-Louis, Izzy Milch, Nina Houghton, Lizzie Goldsmith, Derrick Swaby, Jorge Romero, Yamiles Bonilla
Postcard Design: Yu Ling Wu

CAST

Aliyah Hakin, Benjamin Bailey, Naomi Khanukayev, Jmar Reid, John Weichner, Erin Page, Robert Greifeld, Leo Schlaefereit, Jacob Knapp, Carlos Mesa, Andie Fortier, Gideon Lazarus, James Mosser, Amanda Harford, Saleem Koshy, Sabrina Wu, Ashton Garcia, Danajha Davis, Rebecca Rodriguez, Tia Toney, Mohamed El Batran.

Uncle Vanya

2017
A Jefferson Market Playhouse Production
Jefferson Market Library
New York, NY

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CREW

Director: Cecilia Rubino
Writer: Anton Chekhov, adapted by Cecilia Rubino
Music: Matthew Ogonowski
Stage Manager/Sound Designer: Ari Grossman
Assistant Stage Manager: Josefina Perez
Assistant Director: Danajha Davis
Production Dramaturg: Adithya Pratama
Costume Designer: Haydee Zelideth
Assistant Costume Designer: Mateo Roska
Maps: Derek Seang

CAST

Elliot Nesterman, Cassandra Hunter, Aliyah Hakim, Charlotte Harvey, Kevin Schwab, Wayne Willinger, Frank Collerius, Pauline Walsh, Trevor Davis-Darden, Danajha Davis

 
 

Eugene O’Neill and the Village

2018
A Village Trip Festival walk, talk, live performance
Washington Square Hotel
New York, NY

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CAST

Mickey Theis, Megan Bartle, Patrick Toon, Ben Bailey, Soraya Broukhim, James Cusati-Moyter, Stephen Rowe, Peter Jay Fernandez, Jmar Reid

CREW

Director: Cecilia Rubino
Assistant Director: Adithya Pratama
Stage Manager: Ari Grossmann

ABOUT

The winner of four Pulitzers and a Nobel Prize for Literature, Eugene O’Neill (1888 -1953) was the first genius of American theater. An autodidact and a fighter for social justice, he was part of a golden circle of Greenwich Village writers and radicals the impact of whose work is still felt today. Born in a hotel on Times Square, his actor father an alcoholic, his mother a morphine addict, he set out to reimagine his family history in a series of harrowing plays that show a disdain for what he saw as the cardboard cut-out conventions of Broadway. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is arguably his most autobiographical work.

O’Neill arrived in the Village in 1914, falling in with a crowd that included John Reed, Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis. (In Warren Beatty’s 1981 movie Reds. O’Neill was played by Jack Nicholson.) He spent much of his time in the Golden Swan, a seedy bar on the corner of West 4th Street and Sixth Avenue known to its largely disreputable clientele as the Hell Hole or the Bucket of Blood. The bar would provide the sad inspiration for Harry Hope’s Saloon in O’Neill’s 1939 play The Iceman Cometh. Dorothy Day was another regular. Reportedly, this communist-Catholic activist could drink O’Neill under the table. It was Reed and his girlfriend Louise Bryant who tempted O’Neill up to the Cape, where the Provincetown Players’ second season was just beginning. In a ramshackle theatre in a former coastguard station, O’Neill made his debut as a produced playwright with Bound East for Cardiff, a one-act play inspired by his years at sea. By the end of that 1916 summer, the 29 Players had decided to start a theater back in Greenwich Village. Reed –a journalist and author of Ten Days That Shook the World –wrote a manifesto: “Be it resolved, that it is the primary object of the Provincetown Players to encourage the writing of American plays of real artistic, literary, and dramatic –as opposed to Broadway –merit.” Premises at 139 MacDougal Street were leased for $50 a month and the season opened with O’Neill’s Bound East for Cardiff. Four years later, he won his first Pulitzer with Beyond the Horizon.

Eugene O'Neill and the Village begins with a 45-minute walk from the Washington Square Hotel –which O’Neill would have known as the Hotel Earle –to sites, including Provincetown Playhouse, that were integral to O'Neill and his time in the Village. Returning to the Hotel, Returning to the Hotel, Cecilia Rubino, Associate Professor of Theater at Lang College/The New School, directed scenes and monologues connected with Village locations from Ah WildernessThe Iceman ComethAnna Christie and Long Day's Journey Into Night.

 
 
 

As You Like It

2013
A Lang College Theater Program at The New School Production
East 14th Street Y Theater
New York, NY

 
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CREW

Director: Cecilia Rubino
Lights: Nick Hung
Costumes: Sydney Gallas
Set: David Arsenault
Composer: Peter Sachon
Choreographer: Fay Simpson
Sound: Fernando Arruda
Production Manager: Sarah Peterson
Stage Manager: Anne Huston
Fight Choreographer: Corey Pierno
Dramaturgy Mentor: Victoria Abrash
Assistant Director: Erica Min
Assistant Director: Julia Taveras
Assistant Stage Manager: Alexandra Tenenbaum
Assistant Stage Manager: Starnise Johnson
Cellist: Gabriel Dresdale
Guitarist: Joel Petler
Percussionist: James Sudimak

CAST

Shaunice Alexander, JR Atkins, Brittany Bartlet, Benjamin Beaton, Daniel Benhamu, Kelly Burdge, Lily Comeau, Trevor David-Darden, Annabella de Meo, Anna Drsedale, Ian Garcia, Nicoletta Hynes, Nora Kennedy, Anastasia Krechet, Anders Lee, Zachary Mullen, Will Niedmann, Colette Pahl, Professor Michael Pettinger, Matthew Prideaux, Zoe Rhulen, Emily Roberts, Mimi Rooney, Mark Spathas, Evan Sudarsky, Joel Uritsecu, Lewis Welt

 

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

2017
A Jefferson Market Playhouse Production
Jefferson Market Library
New York, NY

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CREW

Director: Cecilia Rubino
Writer: Moises Kaufman
Producers: Frank Collerius, Corinne Neary, with help from Johnny Culver
Production Manager/Production Stage Manager: Josefina Perez
Co-stage Manager: James Mosser
Dramaturgy/Costume Design: Joshua LaClé, Lily Ann Evans

CAST

Kevin Schwab, Trevor Davis-Darden, Elliot Nesterman, Katherine O'Sullivan, Chris Luongo, Esteban Linares, Adrienne Yu, James Mosser, John Weicher, Nora Kennedy, Katherine Buckley

 

Peristalsis (Look It Up!)

2014
New York International Fringe Festival
The White Box at 440 Studios
New York, NY

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CAST & CREW

Director: Cecilia Rubino
Writer & Performer: Jerry Finkelstein
Sound Designer: Fernando Arruda
Lighting Designer: Burke Brown
Voice-Over: JR Atkins, Justin Calvert, Annabella de Meo, Deanna Nokes
Production Manager: Nora Kennedy
Stage Manager: Carina Abbaticchio
Assistant Stage Manager: Kayla Marchioni
Social Media & Press: Justin Calvert & Annabella de Meo

 

Tar sands songbook

2018
Presented by the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School
in conjunction with the university-wide curriculum disruption: Disrupt Climate Injustice 
John L. Tishman Auditorium
New York, NY

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TEAM

Creator, Writer, Performer: Tanya Kalmanovitch
Writer, Director, Collaborator: Cecilia Rubino
Media Design by: Stephen Byram, Morgan Raspanti, Ari Grossman, Adithya Pratama, Louisa Strothman
 

FUNDING AND OTHER SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

Keepers of the Athabasca

Tishman Center, The New School

Graduate Institute of Design, Ethnography and Social Thought, The New School

New England Conservatory's Faculty Professional Development Fund

ABOUT

An illuminating work of documentary theater, the Tar Sands Songbook asks us to reconsider our unseen relationships with oil. Creator Tanya Kalmanovitch knows these relationships all too well. Born in Fort McMurray, Canada, near the site of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s largest bitumen reservoir, she made her decision to become a musician as a teenager because “it had nothing to do with oil.” Fort McMurray has since become a flashpoint of international clashes over energy, the environment, and the economy. Written in collaboration with director Cecilia Rubino, Kalmanovitch's polyphonic piece weaves together a chorus of actors' voices with an original, improvised score. The words of indigenous activists, engineers, heavy equipment operators, elders, oil patch workers, scientists, and those of her own family fuel discussions of our past and the powerful forces that shape our future.

 
 

MONSTER(s)

2014
A Lang College Theater Program at The New School Production
John L. Tishman Auditorium at The New School
New York, NY

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CAST

Shaunice Alexander, James Atkins, Benjamin Beaton, Lily Comeau, Trevor Davis-Darden, Annabella De Meo, Anna Dresdale, Ian Garcia, Yahaira Hernandez, Nora Kennedy, Anders Lee, Tara McMahon, Michelle Persoff, Jessica Plaza, Aidan Shepard, and Evan Sudarsky Abadi

PRODUCTION NOTES

MONSTER(s) with text based on Neal Bell's Monster, Howard Brenton's Bloody Poetry and Mary Shelley's 1831 introduction to her novel, Frankenstein.

Presented in collaboration with the Theater department at Eugene Lang College at The New School.

 
 
 
 

Fefu and Her Friends

2012
A Lang College Theater Program at The New School Production
The New School for Drama Theater
New York, NY

CAST & CREW

Performers: Bree Malkuch, Charlotte Peters, Frankie Wagner, Lillie Johnson, Cole Thomas, Sara Weber, Tess Harrison, Vanessa Rose

Costume Design: Sydney Gallas
Sound Design: Fernando Arruda
Production Manager: Lucia Peters
Asst. Production Manager: Jenna Hoff
Photos & Graphic Design: Erica Min

Director: Cecilia Rubino
Writer: Maria Irene Fornes
Stage Manager: Ally Tufenkjian
Lighting Design: Nick Hung
Set Design: Jennifer Stimple

 
 

16 Bars: Youth (Off)ending Justice

2016
The New School Auditorium in Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
New York, NY

CREW

Director/Producer: Cecilia Rubino
Director/ Producer: Brian Lewis
Assistant Director/Lead Acting Coach: Morgan Stevenson
New School Fellow/Assistant Director: Louisa Strothman
New School Fellow/Assistant Director: Naomi Khanukayev
Assistant Producer/Acting Coach: Aasim Abdur-Rasheed
Stage Manager/Assistant Producer: Josefina Perez

CAST

Dahnaishia (Latune) Finch-Mellowes, Kevin Williams, Rashaun Thomas, Ivelis Palou, Alima Seyid, Traekwon Isaac

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ABOUT

In Spring 2016: 6 exalt students traveled to Albany to speak to State Legislators about Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State which remained one of the last two states in the US to charge 16-18 as adults in the criminal justice system. Justine Gonzalez: exalt Internship Development and Outreach Manager and Kadeem Gibbs: of The Children’s Defense Fund, led students and in preparation, provided historical context on youth justice policies in New York. They were joined by Louisa Strothman, a New School student enrolled in a course taught by exalt Senior Teacher Brian Lewis and New School professor Cecilia Rubino.

Upon returning from Albany, Louisa Strothman conceived of fusing her exposure to the documentary theater techniques being learned in the course with the inspirational power of the stories and experiences of exalt’s young people. This would ultimately lead to the creation of 16 Bars. Created in two months in the summer of 2016, 16 Bars is a gripping and thought provoking documentary theater project – the first of its kind, produced by exalt youth. 16 Bars: Youth (Off)ending Justice features music, story-telling, visual imagery and other acoustic expressions conceived by exalt alumni; all focused on fostering awareness about Raising the Age of criminal responsibility in New York State.

The piece was directed by Brian Lewis and Cecilia Rubino. Following the performance at The New School, the Hon. Daniel J. O'Donnell of The New York State Assembly, Sonja Okun, Founder of exalt and Vincent Warren, Executive Director of Center for Constitutional Rights responded to key themes from the script and discussed with the public ways to push for a more equitable vision of youth justice in New York.

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Odets

2016
Lucid Body Studio
New York, NY

2016
Art Slope Festival at Berkeley Carroll Theater
Brooklyn, NY

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Berkeley Carroll Theater

CAST

Joe Grifasi, Elizabeth Hess, Kevin Schwab, Savannah Fraizer

CREW

Concept & Creator: Cecilia Rubino
Director: Fay Simpson


Lucid Body Studio

CAST

Joe Grifasi, Kevin Schwab, Michael Bradely Cohen, Parlan McGraw, Austin Purnell, Stephanie Lane, Elizabeth Hess, Kate Abbruzzese

CREW

Concept & Creator: Cecilia Rubino
Director: Michael Buffer
Music: Fernando Arruda

 
 

The Tempest

2009
A Lang College Theater Program at The New School Production
Abrons Art Center Harry du Jour Playhouse
New York, NY

CAST

Alex Amini, Robert Asch, Lies Becker, Duncan Bindbeutel, Michael Buffer, Sooji Choi, Courtney Falsey, Sonoma Farnsworth, Aaron Frank, John Gentile, Zina Goodall, Traeauna Harris, Tess Harrison, Kirsten Hess, Jenna Hoff, Lillian Johnson, Rachel Knopfler, Michael Lincoln, Carolanne Marcantonio, Erica Min, Charlotte Peters, Celine Robinson, Alex Rochinski, Erica Rodger, Roberto Sanabria, Derek Spaldo, Ella Turrene, John Quatrone, Benjamin Van Buren, Frances Wagner, Brittney Walker, Claudette Walls, McCabe Walsh, Knox White, Caitlin Wilson, Valentino Yung, Rodrigo Zedillo

CREW

Director: Cecilia Rubino
Writer: William Shakespeare
Choreography: Eric Jackson Bradley
Music Composed/Arranged: Masataka Odaka
Set Design: Niluka Hotaling
Lighting Design: Nick Hung
Costume Design: Sydney Gallas
Sound Design: Ryan Maeker
Stage Manager: Kellie Quarton
Assistant Stage Manager: Heather Lewis, Eric Borlaug
Production Assistants: Justine Harrison, Sarah Zanolli
Technical Director: John Ottaviano
Musicians: Sari Ganulin, Aya Mantel
Dramaturgy: Victoria Abrash, Caitlin Wilson, Alejandro Rodriguez, Lucy Randall-Tapply, Rodrigo Zedillo, Joseph Caparotta, Adam Rejwan

 
 
 

mark twain: adventures in american humor

2010-2013
Roxy Regional Theater
Clarksville, TN

2010
The Morgan Library
New York, NY

CAST

Ashton Crosby, Carl Howell, Cary Hite

CREW

Director & Writer: Cecilia Rubino