Experiments 17: The Mouth

March 20, 2017

La MaMa Galleria | 47 Great Jones Street

Monday at 7PM

Free Admission

Written by Mike Albo & Amanda Duarte

Directed by Amanda Duarte

Starring Jenn Harris, Isaac Oliver, Julia Knippen, and Daniel Loeser 

Jess, a feminist activist and writer, reluctantly decides that she should "legitimize" her relationship and get married to her longterm boyfriend. Meanwhile, a belligerent entity known as The Mouth is beginning to consume more and more media attention.

Jess downloads an app to help organize her wedding, which ends up making things complicated instead of efficient, forcing Jess to confront some difficult IRL realities, while The Mouth, growing in influence, lurks around the edges of Jess's psyche.

“The Mouth" is a look at how our digital lives are affecting our bodies, minds and hearts. In the production, the stage is a giant computer screen, and while disembodied dramas happen in the internet, the emotions are fully felt in the analog world, where people have hearts that can break, eyes that can wander, and minds that can be lost — even while they are still staring at their phones.

About the Artists

Mike Albo is a writer and performer. His most recent solo show, Spermhood, directed by David Schweizer, appeared at Dixon Place in the fall. In 2014, he performed his solo show The Junket, also directed by David Schweizer, Off-Broadway at the Lynn Redgrave Theater.  He is the author of the novels Hornito and The Underminer (written with Virginia Heffernan) and the Amazon Kindle Singles, The Junket and Spermhood.
Amanda Duarte is the creator and host of the monthly show Dead Darlings, in which artists present work they’ve had to cut or abandon, at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. She is also the co-host of the new Cafe.com podcast Girl Friday, an outspoken feminazi cunt on social media, and the co-creatrix of the meme and movement #PussyGrabsBack. She has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Salon, Marie Claire, BuzzFeed, High Times and Next Magazine, and, with her partner-in-crime Mike Albo, co-created the "Hurt Locker: The Musical" faux-Playbill featured in the recent Broadway production and current national tour of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
Jenn Harris is a New York based Actress/Writer/Producer. She won a Lortel & Theatre World Award for her performance in MODERN ORTHODOX, stared as Jodi Foster in the hit off Broadway musical SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, was in the revival of ALL IN THE TIMING, and many many more off and off beat productions both here in NYC and regionally. Some film credits include co-staring with Matt Wilkas in GAYBY (official selection SXSW 2012), GAYBY the short premiered at Slamdance in 2010, BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY, 5 DOCTORS, CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC. Some TV credits include the newly HBO acquired HIGH MAINTENANCE, YOUNGER, 30 ROCK, BORED TO DEATH, EASTSIDERS, ALPHA HOUSE, DIFFICULT PEOPLE, and all of the LAWS AND THE ORDERS. She is a co-writer, producer and creator of the cult fave group QWAN co. where “Swan!!!” was a critics’ pick in the New York Times and Time Out NY, (and was also featured in the “Lowbrow/Brilliant” quadrant of New York Magazine’s “Approval Matrix”!). Jenn was a regular at the downtown Joe's Pub cabaret OUR HIT PARADE, and her first solo show THE MOMENT YOU BEEN WAITING FOUR premiered at The Duplex in NYC in 2015. She has a vintage web series on YouTube called "Meet The Agents", a show she hosts at The Duplex called "Offer Only", a fat degree from Boston University School for the Arts, and attended LA.M.D.A. and Second City (Chicago).
Isaac Oliver's debut collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2015. He was a 2016 resident artist at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater and will return there with another engagement June 24th. Additionally, he's written for The New York Times, Out, and HBO's "High Maintenance." isaacoliver.com / @mrisaacoliver
Julia Knippen - The last time Julia performed on a stage in front of people was 20 years ago. She makes her living acting off-camera behind a microphone. Her voice can be heard in a handful of television and radio commercials and in a long list of industrial videos that live on internal and external corporate websites. She recently did the voiceover for an anti-Trump sketch on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and it was the highlight of her career so far, until she was invited to participate in this reading of The Mouth.
Daniel Loeser - ​​Daniel has performed Off-Broadway, on television, and can regularly be seen alongside cast mate Isaac Oliver, performing Isaac's material at Joe's Pub, Ars Nova, and at various theaters across the country. As a writer, his work has been produced at Ars Nova (Trapeze Hero), Dixon Place (This is Not J.A.W.S.) and with the theatre company, aMios.