The Skype Show or See You in August, A Transmedia Musical

Skype, rock and roll, love and technology come together in this transmedia theatrical event.

Join us in a fun and engaging evening of performance and conversation with creator Jody Christopherson about immersive theater and the process of creatingThe Skype Show or See You in August.  

From its roots in the indie band Greencard WeddingThe Skype Show or See You in August has gone on to become a full fledged immersive musical, shown in numerous theater festivals nationwide, an enthusiastically reviewed "not-to-miss" live event.

The Story: Joy (​an American ​)​ and ​Connel (​a European ​)​​ ​meet a concert and decide to form a band- Greencard Wedding. When a ​Connel's​ ​visa runs out the duo discovers they can't harmonize via Skype. But they can write a play with music. . . and possibly get an artist visa. ​ ​One p​art interactive film, ​one ​part rock concert​, one part live Skype streaming, this is a ​ ​story of artistic triumph via technology and music. The Skype Show received its world premiere in the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC this past August to sold out houses and critical acclaim. It has also been presented byThe Brick Theater and also by Filmgate Miami ​. Cake​ served at every​ ​performance ​. ​Inspired by​ a true story and​ Skype calls between New York and Amsterdam. (Performed in English.) ​ For more information: www.greencardwedding.com


About the Team

JODY CHRISTOPHERSON (Joy/ playwright/ lyricist/ composer) created theThe Skype Show or See You in August at the East Fourth Street Theater and has recently been presented by The New York International Fringe Festival, Filmgate Miami and The Brick Theater. Other works include the international theatrical band event Greencard Wedding (Lower East Side Music Festival, Parkside Lounge, INTAR Theater, Dixon Place),Eschaton Cabaret (Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry Club), DIVE (Philadelphia Shakespeare)Like ​ ​This (Winner of The Equisite Corpse Film Festival NYC). As an actress credits include; Classic Stage Company, Lincoln Center Film Society, The Public Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Nebraska Repertory, Performance Space122, The Kitchen, The Bushwick Starr. Additionally, Jody is the creator and Editor in Chief of The New York Theatre Review, an indie media outlet for indie theater, a blogger for The Huffington Post and has been a guest artist at The Orchard Project and​​ Mason Gross School of the Arts.

SHERRI KRONFELD (Director) recently directed New York’s official contribution to World Theater Day 2014. She has previously directed workshops of The Skype Show.  She directs new plays in NYC, London, Louisville and Montreal, by writers like Bekah Brunstetter (NY Premiere, Take Her to See the Maco Lights, and other plays), Jason Grote, Will Eno, Samuel D. Hunter (World Premiere, I Am Montana, Arcola, London), Adam Rapp, and Ken Urban. Artistic Director, SUPERWOLF: intimate theater experiences, often with live music, in non-traditional spaces. Ass’t director to Adam Rapp, John Gould Rubin, Jim Simpson. Formerly on staff at Lincoln Center, The Flea, The Mint, and PS122. Sherri writes for the New York Theater Review, has written for Culturebot & Howlround, and spent two summers reviewing at the Edinburgh Festival. B.A. Theater (directing and playwriting), Barnard College, Columbia University.

RYAN MCCURDY (Connel) Broadway – Gypsy of the YearEaster Bonnet Competition (BC/EFA for Once: A New Musical); Minskoff Theatre. Other New York – Wise Men; Manhattan Theatre Source, Two Noble Kinsmen; American Theatre of Actors. Regional – Twelfth Night; Center Stage. Concert Appearances – The Bitter End, Toshi's Living Room, Alphabet Lounge (w/ band Bonfire Falls). Education – Savannah College of Art and Design. Professional – Faculty; Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Freelance Composer; Film and Theatre. http://ryanmccurdyarts.com

DAVID ANZUELO (Unka Dave/ lyricist/ composer) is a NYC based actor/fight-director/singer-song-writer who has been photographed by the late Bill Costa; painted by George Towne and cited in performance artist Penny Arcade’s book Bad Reputation. He has appeared in feature films such as Reservation Road; Prime; Remember Me; You Won’t Miss Me and Man of the Century. TV credits: Blue Bloods; Law & Order; One Life to Live; Law & Order: SVU; The Sopranos; Missing Person; The Untouchables. He’s fronted two bands in NYC: the Texas Goth-Rock band MonsterRally and the spooky folk trio CaveHound. Other musical collaborations include: The Gotham Roots Orchestra; Izzi Ramkissoon; and now Greencard Wedding. He is a member of Labyrinth Theater Company; an associate artist at INTAR Theater and a founding member of (Your Name Here): A Queer Theater Company. His work as a fight-director can be regularly seen on many off-broadway stages in NYC. 

DANA BERGER (Claire) is a New York based TV, film and stage actress. She trained at the High School of Performing Arts in NYC (also known as LaGuardia) and went on to receive a B.A. in Theater Studies from Duke University, graduating Cum Laude with Highest Distinction in acting. Since returning to New York she has performed all over the city, as well as regionally, and was cast in the one-woman show Washing Machine in which she played eight characters. She was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and went on to perform in two more runs of Washing Machine. The show received a Drama Desk Nomination for it's second run. Recent roles include Kate in Seminar (Kitchen Theatre, Dir. Margarett Perry), Young Anna in The Capables (GYM at Judson Church), Heidi in The Tutors (Attic Theater Company, dir. Laura Braza), Alida Bloodgood in The Poor of New York (dir. Tyne Rafaeli), Kristal in Did You Ever Watch The Wonder Years (Rattlestick theaterjam, dir. Craig Lucas), and Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard (dir. Tyne Rafaeli). She has worked with Target Margin Theater, The Atlantic Theater Company, Syracuse Stage, terraNOVA Collective, UglyRhino, The Process Group (FringeNYC), and Red Fern Theatre, as well as others.




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  • Pierre-Marc D.

    I really appreciate Aina organizing such an interesting event. I wished they had shared a smaller bit of the piece and talked more about making it.

    1 · June 18, 2014

    • Pierre-Marc D.

      Biggest question for you Jody, is what have you learned? How did using skype, the website, social media, and tech in general, influence your storytelling? Did it enhance it? Expand it? Diffuse it?

      June 25, 2014

    • Jody

      Hi Pierre, the architecture of this story demanded the use of Skype. It was written over Skype to be performed and rehearsed partly over Skype due to circumstances beyond our control. Were it not for these tools the story would not exist, as it was written and developed cross continent. Ultimately the piece is about distance and reunion. And while necessity dictates the medium and effect, I would say that the static nature and staging of the Skype scenes vs the onstage scenes achieve this (in my experience as a performer). I can not speak for the audience but I am interested in expanding an audiences experience emotionally and intellectually through many mediums. To date, the responses have been quite genuine, people from all over the world relate and contact us to share their experiences with bands, Skype, long distance relationships,

      June 25, 2014

  • Jody

    Hi John and Riser. This is a live talk and performance which is partially done over a live Skype call between two performers. It uses Skype within the context of performance not within the context of audience interaction. We have not allowed audience to Skype in due to the need to create the strongest wifi signal possible, and that the event is designed for an interactive live audience.

    June 16, 2014

    • Riser S.

      Yes, thank you, Jody, in direct emails to Mike and Aina earlier, in my personal case I noted that I would be already very satisfied to observe via Skype and not to be included in any audience interaction. As a performance person myself, I appreciate the vividness garnered by strong media signals/transmissions, so the desire is simply to see what will be missed this time through geography, which is what of course Connel is born late enough in recent history to achieve with Joy. Incidentally, isn't the Irish root of Conn a head, so this is a head boy connecting with his joy like the fire which wires its way out of Celts' heads when they get intense?

      1 · June 16, 2014

    • Jody

      Well said!

      June 17, 2014

  • Jody

    Unfortunately the actors unions that our team members belong to do not allow for recording. But we have been traveling with this show and would love to add California to the touring schedule. If it works out that we are in your city we will let you know Riser.

    June 16, 2014

    • Jody

      Hi Riser, we have some video clips of the Dutch version at the Brick Theater (which was non-union) on our website at http://www.greencardw...­

      June 17, 2014

    • Jody

      We wish you could join us today or we had the bandwidth to stream. We'd love to add CA to our touring schedule. If you have any suggestions as to presenters and festivals lets talk!

      June 17, 2014

  • John Patrick G.

    It sounds like a great experience. As I'm CT, I'd hoped I could catch it. It's the title and billing as a transmedia show that had me confused.
    Without the live Skype, it seems more like a multi-media theater performance, which is still cool, I guess.

    June 17, 2014

    • Jody

      Hi John, it's a transmedia event. The first digital platform audience interacts with is the website I built in English and Dutch: www.greencardwedding.com­. On that site there is a music tab where the band's music is available for streaming or downloaded via an external link to Itunes or Bandcamp (the second digital platform.) During the show performers interact via Skype (third platform) and also act with other performers on video (fourth platform). Wish you could join us today or we had the bandwidth to stream. We'd love to add CT to our touring schedule. If you have any suggestions as to presenters and festivals lets talk!

      1 · June 17, 2014

  • Mike K.

    John and Riser Series:
    The Skype Show or See You in August, is a transmedia musical that incorporates Skype INTO the performance itself. For our Forum tomorrow we will be presenting an abbreviated performance of the piece, followed by a case study conversation with the creator. This isn't actually an event that will be broadcast via Skype or LiveStream. In the past we have Livestreamed our events but that became too difficult and time consuming given changing locations. We do try and archive every event via video so if you can't make it in person check StoryCode.org in a few days for the video archive. Hope that clarifies things!
    Mike

    2 · June 16, 2014

    • John Patrick G.

      Mike and Jody Just to be clear, Jody said actors unions do not allow recording, but Mike says you video tape it. ??????

      June 17, 2014

    • Mike K.

      For a number of reasons we won't be video taping the event tonight.

      June 17, 2014

  • John Patrick G.

    I agree with Riser Series. A Skype Show that isn't on Skype is a bit of an oxymoron.

    1 · June 16, 2014

    • Riser S.

      and surely, John, we shan't be air deprived dunces :O

      June 16, 2014

  • Riser S.

    So this isn't also an actually skyped meeting as well as an in-body at 360i HQ presentation and Frisian wedding cake feast? As one of the mainly Left Coast members of Storycode, I'll be in San Diego tomorrow, and when I first saw this listing hoped to skype into it at 3:30 PM local time. If that's actually being offered or CAN BE ADDED NOW? since we're already in the 2014 virtual age, please let me know really really soon, before I cancel my RSVP late tonight or in the California morning for the bodily meeting to a No. Or can a skyped-in option be added now?

    1 · June 16, 2014

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