Peter Gray’s THE KARENS to premiere with The Muse Collective, streaming in August
The Muse collective will present the world premiere of The Karens, a satirical comedy written by Peter Gray (Salem: Post-Mortem) and directed by Michel alvarez (Under the freeways of Los Angeles with Echo Theater Company). The show will be broadcast on www.the-muse-collective.com, August 13-27 with nightly performances at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT and morning performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT. Tickets ($ 12) are available for advance purchase at www.the-muse-collective.com. The show will last approximately 100 minutes, without an intermission.
In high school, being Karen meant prestige, style and popularity. Now a different kind of “Karen” has gone viral: neurotic women asking for more than their fair share. To save Karen’s good name, three nasty old girls are ready to reconnect for their most important mission yet: to stand “The Privileged White Women of America” to the test. In this savage, delicious, and biting new comedy, follow three unconventional Karens through the haze of summer 2020. As they prey on the privileges of others with style and flair, will our fabulous trio face off. to his own flaws or will he sacrifice everything to stay in line with characters as flawless as their makeup?
The cast will feature Morgan Danielle Day (The Hendrix Project at The Public), Felicia Santiago (Last Stop on Market Street with The Atlantic) and LaurenSage Browning (I could take a nap, but killing myself would be more productive with Vineyard theater).
Peter Gray (Playwright) studied Buddhism on a North Carolina goat farm, philosophy in the ruins of Socrates’ prison cell, and fairy tales in Copenhagen. His most recent piece Salem: Post-Mortem began in residency at Monson Arts and then was released virtually with the Muse Collective in October 2020 to raise funds for the Audre Lorde Project. Also with Michel alvarez, he developed a theatrical exploration of the myth of Medea (Love, Medea) which premiered at the Center at West Park in Manhattan. Peter’s projects and studies have taken him all over the world. To celebrate the centenary of Polish director Tadeusz Kantor, he collaborated on the creation of Zero or More Disposable Lessons, a play that explores the mechanisms of memory, the anatomy of oppression, the availability of bodies and dancing objects. As a member of the ensemble, Peter has performed in Zero or More Disposable Lessons at Yale University, Off-Broadway at La MaMa and Cricoteka in Krakow. His work has been recognized by institutions such as the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Arts and Dreams, and as a 2019 MacDowell Fellow, Peter is creating a series of modern dramas designed to be read aloud at home. He is a future scholar at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Peter is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Yale University. Among other writing honors, Peter received a Howard neerov Creative Writing Award for Poetry and a National Gold Key in Short Fiction from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. www.peterwgray.com
Michel alvarez (Director) Michael’s directorial work has been seen internationally at Her Majesty’s Theater in the West End, Arcola Theater, Westminster Library, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, at the ‘Institute of Contemporary Arts and the British Museum. He has been guest director at the Brighton Festival and the Preglej Na Glas Festival in Lljubjana, Slovenia. In New York, he was recently a director in the prestigious Civilian’s R&D Group and has developed work with the New York Theater Workshop, the Drama League, the Hook and Eye Theater, the New York Musical Theater Festival, the Center at West Park. and Gallery Readers, among others. Regionally, he has directed the Serenbe Playhouse and the Hangar Theater. Most recently, he led an interactive virtual performance with Echo Theater in Los Angeles and this summer will be leading a one-new play workshop with Leviathan Lab in New York. Michael is a Lincoln Center Director’s Lab alumnus, 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow, and was a 2050 Directoring Fellow at the New York Theater Workshop. He is also the founder and artistic director of production company The Muse Collective. He holds a BA (Hons) from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. www.michael-alvarez.com
The Muse collective is committed to questioning the formal limits of performance and visual storytelling by merging theater with contemporary visual arts, fashion, pop culture, music and dance. We create work that deeply engages our cultural and political zeitgeist by building mythical worlds and fantastic universes, vital expressions of our society’s desires, fears, ambitions and dreams. We celebrate the world around us, telling stories that touch us beyond the conscious level, digging deep into a vast and inclusive collective mythology. Muse Collective is committed to diversifying the stories, storytellers, forms and approaches of performance by defending new works and the radical reinterpretation of classical works, and by supporting emerging artists of BIPOC and those who dare to dream. www.the-muse-collective.com