Karinne Keithley is a playwright, media designer, sound composer, choreographer, performer and has been making performance in New York City since 1997. She is a member of the radical playwrights posse JOYCE CHO and the womens writing group MACHIQQ, with both of whom she is actively involved in articulating and developing performance strategies for new plays. As a writer her work has been supported by The MacDowell Colony, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, New York Theater Workshop, the Flea Theater, and Brooklyn College, where she studied with Mac Wellman, earning an MFA in playwriting in 2006. Her novella LINDA is being serialized on HiLobrow.com from June-November 2011. Her play, DO NOT DO THIS EVER AGAIN was produced as part of the Ice Factory ’08, directed by Maria Goyanes. Her video work has been seen in multiple editions of the CATCH! Series, as well as in Sibyl Kempson’s recent POTATOES OF AUGUST. Her dance theater piece, TENDERENDA, was commissioned by Danspace Project in 2005. She was a member of the St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab twice (2005-6; 2008). She has performed with Young Jean Lee (CHURCH), David Neumann (TOUGH, THE TOUGH), Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parsons (ORESTES), and in multiple works by Sara Smith and Chris Yon, as well as in her own work at P.S. 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Galapagos Art Space, and Ur, a dance palace (2003-5) she co-founded with Chris Yon. She is the founder of the 53rd State Press, which publishes new plays, and is writing a dissertation on Pragmatism and American literary experiment for a Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center. She cohosted with Jason Grote The Acousmatic Theater Hour on WFMU, one of America’s only regular venues for new radio plays.
MONTGOMERY PARK, OR, OPULENCE
A cycle of spooky tales and songs that document the history of a fictional American asylum, where the building stands for consciousness, and the inhabitation of that building as a joining of an opulent something beyond ourselves. Made for an imaginative staging, and an active open, playing field for the communication of theatrical text.
Premiere: Incubator Arts Project Nov 2011.
DO NOT DO THIS EVER AGAIN
A play in the form of a garden, full of minor histories, devastations, and efflorescences, with ample possibility for dancing, singing, and thinking architecturally and sonically about the way we encounter and experience plays.
MY ADDRESS IS STILL WALTON (A PLAY FOR THE SET OF CHARLIE ROSE)
A play made of thirteen interviews for the set of Charlie Rose, investigating the commitment of researchers to their work, of saints to their congregations, and the nature of interrogation.
A space adventure love play threaded through with poppy orange color, set on the Pentagon, a diner on the moon, a weedy garden, an oil rig work boat, and spaces in between, voices by Eileen, three intergalactic agents, the Secretary of Defense. Can be performed as a radio play.
SOME THINGS CEASE
An puppet death processional set in the land just beyond the Kings of England, up to the time of the Norman Conquest, where the divination of signs is renounced, and animals are banished.