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The New Victory Theater will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year with a season featuring world premieres, as well as fan-favorite shows and companies from the last twenty years. In addition to trailers for all sixteen productions, Blake also produced and edited the season announcement.
Click here to learn more about the 2015-16 Season.
Earlier this year, New Village Arts asked Blake to develop and supervise a new program for senior citizens. The result is Senior Speakeasy, a new project aimed at engaging local elders in storytelling, playwriting, and performing. The pilot program explored physical theater, interview theater, improv, personal narratives, and traditional text, culminating in a series of performances for the community. The responses was overwhelmingly positive, and Blake looks forward to continuing and expanding the program with support from New Village Arts.
In 2014, New York University commissioned Blake to develop a new piece of immersive or site-specific theater to be the plenary event of NYU’s Forum on Site-Specific Performance. Collaborating with over 35 playwrights and composers, Blake created Hall Pass, a musical event comprised of 27 new short works. The show was workshopped at Grace Church High School in New York City and Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego.
As part of the FOCUS initiative for the San Diego Film Foundation, Blake developed and facilitated a new residency program exploring the theory and practice of filmmaking—from pitching and screenwriting to directing and editing. Two classes of tenth graders produced a total of 16 short films, all addressing issues of social justice they saw in their school or community. The film embedded here was inspired by the experiences of students on the autism spectrum, while other films addressed such wide-ranging topics as immigration, transphobia, gentrification, and animal cruelty.
Second Star to the Right is an autobiographical play by sisters Catherine and Laura Hanna exploring themes of adoption, immigration, and depression. The show utilizes Laura’s favorite book – Peter Pan – to evocatively illustrate the challenges of “growing up” in the modern world. This month, Blake directed a staged reading of the production at Moxie Theatre, a company devoted to creating more diverse and honest images of women for our culture using the art of theatre.
Blake is thrilled to announce that he will be working with San Diego Junior Theatre all year long as part of a partnership with School in the Park – an innovative program that shifts “school” from traditional, inner-city classrooms to the hands-on environment of cultural institutions in Balboa Park. Throughout the 2014-15 academic year, Blake will direct every third and fourth grade class from City Heights in original productions exploring tall tales and the California gold rush.
The 13th annual San Diego Film Festival was a smashing success with honorees Alan Arkin, Beau Bridges, and Alison Pill, as well as the premieres of Imitation Game, Wild, and Whiplash. Blake curated and oversaw a daylong event for schools that featured workshops, panels, and screenings with filmmakers, actors, and the team of CreatorUp.
The new production of Play/Date opened on July 16, 2014 – complete with new plays, a new venue and a whole new experience. Time Out New York raves, “Play/Date pushes boundaries – both artistic and personal – and takes theater one step further in the process.” Both The New York Times and Village Voice also published features on this new, immersive event.
To purchase tickets or learn more, visit www.playdateny.com.
In celebration of Pride, Papa’s Prince was released this month. Featuring performances from Broadway talents including Javier Munoz and Howie Michael Smith, the film focuses on a young girl who adapts a well known fairy tale to explain having two dads to a new playmate. Produced and co-written by Ted Sod, the film features music by Michael Biello and Dan Martin and was animated by Blake.
The Advocate featured the film, noting that “It’s funny, it’s educational, it’s simple, and kids will love it.”
Throughout the spring, Blake worked closely with members of The New Victory Theater to develop marketing materials for the 2014-15 Season, including over 20 videos for digital and broadcast distribution. The content features renowned companies such as Complicite and Isango Ensemble as well as emerging talents like PigPen Theater Company.
For this year’s New 42nd Street Gala, Blake directed and edited a short film showcasing the impact of The New Victory Theater’s award-winning Education Department. Michael Eisner was the 2013 recipient of The New Victory Arts Award, and the event featured performances by Alan Menken, Josh Strickland, Ashley Brown, Heather Headley, and the cast of Lion King, as well as remarks from Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher. For more information, read coverage of the event on Variety.