“A superb example of modern experimental theater.” – Time Out New York, January 2015, Adam Feldman
Minor Theater is a New York City company putting on plays by NYC-Based playwright and director Julia Jarcho. With dark humor and goofball precision, Minor Theater camps out on the underbelly of pop culture, telling the stories that don’t fit into the stories.
Their motto, “plays for others”, affirms a sense of alienation – a thorny otherness – that doesn’t go away for many in spite of the culture machine’s attempts to make us all feel recognized. Members include downtown veterans Jenny Seastone, Ben Williams, and Ásta Bennie Hostetter. Minor Theater’s collaborations include Grimly Handsome, Incubator Arts Project (2013), JACK (2015); Nomads, Incubator Arts Project (2014); and Dreamless Land, New York City Players (2011).Jarcho’s other plays include American Treasure, 13P (2009); and A Small Hole, Performance Lab 115, NYC Fringe Festival (2006).
Jarcho’s residencies and grants include LMCC’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC (2013); Wollenberg Grant, Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley (2012); Office of the Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2011-2012); Resident Playwright, The Playwrights Foundation (2009-2011); and the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference residency (2002). Her awards include an OBIE Award for Best New American Play for the production of Grimly Handsome; and the Doris Duke Impact Award (2014). Julia Jarcho is the recipient of LMCC’s Sarah Verdone Award for Writing (2016). Jarcho holds an A.B. in Literature from Harvard University, an M.F.A in Playwriting from Brooklyn College; and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley.
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