Theater Collaborations


Untitled Feminist Show

by Young Jean Lee in collaboration with Faye Driscoll, Morgan Gould, and the original performers: Becca Blackwell, World Famous *BOB*, Hilary Clark, Katy Pyle, Regina Rocke, and Amelia Zirin-Brown (aka Lady Rizo)

premiered January 12 - February 4, 2012
Baryshnikov Arts Center Co-Presented by Performance Space 122 as part of the 2012 COIL Festival
Ongoing tour information here

In Untitled Feminist Show six charismatic stars of the downtown theater, dance, cabaret, and burlesque worlds come together to invite the audience on an exhilaratingly irreverent, nearly-wordless celebration of a fluid and limitless sense of identity.

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The Seven Deadly Sins

by Kurt Weill, conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel

Choreographed by Faye Driscoll

July 8-24, 2011
The Castleton Festival








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We're Gonna Die

by Young Jean Lee

Final dance choreographed by Faye Driscoll
Watch the dance here

premiered April 1-30, 2012
Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
Ongoing tour information here

With her band, Future Wife, playwright Young Jean Lee takes the stage in a life-affirming show that anyone could perform, about the thing everyone has in common: We're gonna die. You may be miserable, but you won’t be alone.

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Panic! Euphoria! Blackout!

by the Talking Band

Choreographed by Faye Driscoll

October 7-23, 2010
HERE Arts Center

The Talking Band presents a theatrical world as timeless as moneylenders, as new as credit default swaps, and as dangerously volatile as the swings of the stock market. Three traders — Ruth, Rubin, and Silverman — sit at a table swapping and bartering objects with encoded values, receiving orders and instructions by earpiece, and attempting to stay ahead of the ever-changing numbers that broadcast swings in the market. As they get caught in unpredictable swells and currents that they have no control over, their place in it all becomes clear: they are outsiders – middlemen who bear all the responsibility and none of the power. In exploring their relationship to each other and their society, this unique theatrical piece explores the profound impact of lending, trade, debt, and finance in our culture.

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L'histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale)

by Igor Stravinsky, conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel

July 2010
The Castleon Festival









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The Truth: A One-Woman Greek Tragedy
by Cynthia Hopkins

May 2010
Soho Rep.

"The Truth: A Tragedy is a live black comedy documentary chronicling my father’s decline and fall from Parkinson’s Disease, through a structure more akin to a cabinet of curiosities or dime museum (of the nascent, hybrid variety) than a traditional theater performance piece.

The Truth is essentially a multi-faceted portrait of my father, made manifest as a living museum of oddities, artifacts, characters, songs, tales, dances, and documentary footage. This cabinet of curiosities is filled with detritus both real and imagined, weaving real and fictional narratives to convey a complex, charming, fanciful, frustrating, and ultimately tragic character." - Cynthia Hopkins

photo (c) Jim Findlay

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The Lily's Revenge

by Taylor Mac

Act III directed and choreographed by Faye Driscoll

October 29 - November 22, 2009
HERE Arts Center

An uprooted lily goes on a quest to wed a human bride and destroy The God of Nostalgia. Genre squishing Taylor Mac and a company of 40+ unravel our national pastime of melancholy remembrances. The Lily's Revenge is a 5 part extravaganza featuring live music, wild costumes, vaudevillian theatrics, macabre entr'actes, a million sequins, and a few flowers.

"In its bravery, scope, creativity, extremity and sheer generosity of spirit, The Lily’s Revenge, to my mind, surpasses any American theater in New York this year." - Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

photo (c) Lucien Samaha





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Cracked Ice

by Jennifer Miller

Choreographed by Faye Driscoll

April 25 - May 10, 2009
PS122

In this glittering theatrical extravaganza, the infamous juggling duo, The Liberty Sisters, have been fleeced by an evil ponzi schemer. Sybil and Statua Liberty embark on a mad-cap tour of revenge…but they aren’t the only ones after the greedy crook. Mistaken identities, missed opportunities, star crossed lovers and variety hall numbers all combine to bring East Village high camp back home. It’s tragedy, it’s farce, it’s mystery, it’s mayhem…it’s “Jewels of the Forbidden Skates.”

photo (c) Carl Giant
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Chautauqua!

by The National Theater of The United States of America

Dance finale choreographed by Faye Driscoll

February 21 - March 15, 2009
PS122

Chautauqua! is inspired by the Chautauqua Circuit, a wildly popular traveling lecture series that flourished from 1874 to the great Depression. Scholars, scientists, magicians, jugglers, and dancers gathered under circus tents across the country in an effort to educate and uplift the common man. NTUSA’s Chautauqua! brings this tradition into the 21st century, straddling “high” and “low” culture as it combines informative lectures with Broadway-style song-and-dance numbers, joke telling, and feats of strength. The program is revamped for each new venue, with lectures that draw on the history of that place. Each night is an unforgettable experience of information, entertainment, and spectacle.

The New Yorker called it one of the best Off-Broadway theater shows of 2009, calling Chautauqua "…part history pageant, part public service, part farce, and part Pirandellian theatrical experiment that earnestly sought to engage its local audiences not just with its past but with its present—a slick, ambitious, rigorous, and big-hearted celebration of all things theatrical and democratic."

photo (c) Yehuda Duenyas
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The Shipment

by Young Jean Lee
January 8 - 31, 2009
The Kitchen

Driscoll choreographed a dance of raw physicality and expression loosely referencing minstrel show antics as the opening number of Young Jean Lee's The Shipment.

The Shipment takes the audience on an awkward and volatile roller-coaster ride through the absurdities and atrocities that arise whenever people start trying to talk about the black experience in America. For this work, playwright and director Young Jean Lee, a Korean American, challenged herself to create a “Black identity-politics show." Ludicrous, honest, and devoid of truisms, The Shipment dares to ask embarrassing questions and seek solutions to impossible problems.

photo (c) Paula Court

Watch the dance here


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Church
by Young Jean Lee

April 26 - May 13, 2007
PS122

Driscoll choreographed an escatic celebratory dance to Christian rock music for Young Jean Lee's Church.

Even as Church’s charismatic and left-leaning central preacher defies traditionally held Christian assumptions, he conveys a passionate message about religion having the power to transform lives, backed up by three female ministers. Hear the word and feel the power as the preaching, dance, and a full gospel choir deliver “a work so enjoyable, so intricate, and so thought-provoking [that] it’s only appropriate to give thanks and praise” (New York Sun).

photo (c) Ryan Jenson

Watch the dance here