REAL TALK / KIP TALK is a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance, hosted by Kippy Winston, media mogul, internet sensation, and citizen of the world. Formatted like a talk show but with room for debate, REAL TALK / KIP TALK blurs the lines between art and life and challenges participants of all stripes and creeds to engage in real talk about our starry performance landscape.
Original production design by Christopher Bowser. Photo by Shun Takino.
About the Artists
KIPPY WINSTON world citizen, internet sensation, and media mogul. As a mover and shaker and cultural tastemaker, Kippy Winston has high fived with world leaders, strutted down catwalks, danced in piazzas, and experienced more live performance than this Kippy would care to admit! Linguist and lover of puns, Kippy’s musings on art, life, and la cultura have taken on unique forms over the years and have included a web log, or flog (faux blog), a late gossip column “Just Ask Kippy,” and of course the seminal—and semi-autumnal—publication The Radish (Prelude ‘13 and ‘14). Most recently, Kippy Winston has steered a robust press agency repping all manner of artisti, known and about-to-be-discovered, garnering reviews in such esteemed outlets as the Gray Lady among others. An Andy Rooney of the PoMo age, a Gadfly of the Gilded era, a Muckraker with the Mostess, and an Elaine Stritch that’ll have you in stitches, Kippy transcends genre, gender, form, and content. Journalism meets hedonism in Winston’s word play(s). [wink!] “Hey world. Here I am. Kippy Winston and loving life.”
ELIZA BENT is a playwright and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. New York: Real Talk / Kip Talk (Abrons, JACK and the Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles), On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba (reading at the Atlantic, workshop at the New Ohio), Toilet Fire (JACK, Abrons, the Brick), Blue Wizard / Black Wizard (Incubator #RIP), The Hotel Colors (Bushwick Starr). Awards: Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event (The Beyonce), MacDowell Fellow, Casa Zia Lina Fellow, Artist-in-Residence at Abingdon Theatre, LMCC Process Space grant, U.S. Embassy of Iceland grant. Alum: New Georges Audrey Residency, The Working farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Target Margin Institute Fellow. Bent is a former senior editor at American Theatre magazine, a performer with the Obie-award winning company Half Straddle, and an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College where she received an MFA in playwriting. Eliza was born and raised in Brookline, MA and has a BA in philosophy from Boston College. Bent’s show Aloha, Aloha will premiere at Abrons Arts Center in April 2018, directed by Knud Adams.
SARAH HUGHES is a director and producer of theater and new media. Recent: A Walrus in the Body of a Crocodile by MJ Kaufman (Clubbed Thumb), Subject: Object Virtual Reality Experience by Geoff Sobelle & Graham Sack (New York Theatre Workshop / Sensorium), Wood Calls Out to Wood by Corinne Donly (The Tank), Real Talk / Kip Talk: Episodes 3 & 4 with Eliza Bent (Abrons Arts Center, JACK, Barker Room Rep). Upcoming: Manhood by Hideto Iwai at The Japan Society on March 26, 2017; Raid 2.0 / Myrmidon by Alaina Ferris at The Tank on March 28, 2017; some higher glimmer in our landscape of flat by Cara Scarmack with Buran Theatre in Fall 2018. Elevator Repair Service Company Member, Target Margin Associated Artist, New Georges Affiliated Artist, Superhero Clubhouse Core Member, Teaching Artist at Dartmouth College, Civilians R&D Group (2016-17), Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow (2017-18). www.sarahcameronhughes.com
DAVID PYM is a filmmaker and video designer for live performance. Recent video designs: Real Talk / Kip Talk Season #1 at Abrons, Give Back My Beast, a theatrical performance/installation by Daniel Allen Nelson, directed by Kara Feely, at LaMama Galleria the future was looking better in the past…, a multimedia dance performance by Rebecca Patek at The Chocolate Factory Theater The Recipe, a live baking performance by Kristin Worrall, directed by Andrew Ondrejcak, at Sky Gallery Gentleman’s Choice, a play by Normandy Sherwood, directed by Shannon Sindelar, at University Settlement, Some Hero, a devised work based on the writings of Václav Havel, directed by Shannon Sindelar, at Barnard College. In 2015, David was mentored by performance artist Rebecca Patek, and created a video documentary of this process, which was presented at MoMA PS1 in October 2015, and is now playing on vimeo.com/davidpym