Brookfield Place is excited to present a new series of site-specific, multidisciplinary, pop-up performances by Third Rail Projects. The story unfolds with five performers who unexpectedly find themselves swept into a mirage … an “Oasis.” Over the course of ten daily episodes, the performers find themselves uniting in unexpected ways, chasing the promise of escape only to discover that they wield the power to create their own sanctuary. This immersive performance aims to surprise and delight the public and enable them to see the Winter Garden through a new lens. After a two-week series of lunchtime vignettes, see the full-length, culminating performance in the evening on Friday, April 12. All performances are free and open to the public.
- Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5 | 12 – 12:10PM & 1 – 1:10PM
- Monday, April 8 – Friday, April 12 | 12 – 12:10PM & 1 – 1:10PM
- Friday, April 12 | 7:30PM (full-length performance)
THIRD RAIL PROJECTS: Biographies
Jennine Willett (Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director, Third Rail Projects) is a director, choreographer, and educator. She is co-creator of the critically-acclaimed immersive theater productions of Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise in Brooklyn, Ghost Light in Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater, and Learning Curve, a collaboration with Albany Park Theater Project in Chicago. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Jennine’s collaborative relationship with Arts Brookfield and nine years ago she appeared as a performer on the steps of the Winter Garden as part of Undercurrents and Exchange. She has created and performed in works on Brookfield properties on both coasts, including the Los Angeles premiere of Looking Glass and the New York premiere of Roadside Attraction, the popular travelling time-capsule created with a vintage 70s era pop-up camper and six performers. Jennine has been honored with two BESSIE Awards, a Chita Rivera Award, and was named as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine.
Zach Morris (Third Rail Projects' Co-Artistic Director) is co-creator of the immersive theater hits Then She Fell, The Grand Paradise, Sweet & Lucky, and most recently Ghost Light at Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater. Zach's work includes site-specific performance, multimedia installation art and environments, and experiential performance. He is particularly interested in creating projects that place contemporary art and performance in non-traditional contexts. Zach has been honored with numerous awards, including a Chita Rivera award, two BESSIE awards, and was recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine. His work has been presented nationally and internationally with the support of numerous grants, commissions, and residencies and he has had the pleasure of teaching, mentoring, and creating new platforms to support the work of artists both at home and abroad. Zach holds a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.
Julia Kelly (Performer), a Virginia native, hails from Brooklyn via Barnard College of Columbia University. For foundational training, Julia thanks the artists and master teachers of Tanztheater Wuppertal and of the Limón Dance Company; with Limón she has performed abroad and at Lincoln Center. Julia found Third Rail in 2013 and joined the cast of Then She Fell (Alice, Hatter, Red Queen; Rehearsal Director, 2016-present). More than a thousand performances later, she has originated roles in five TRP productions including Ghost Light (2017) and Behind the City (2018). This one is for Sherri Smith Reid, Kate Glasner, Risa Steinberg and every uphill step they ever took, especially in the '80s.
Madison Krekel (Performer) is a Brooklyn-based, multidisciplinary artist and performer, originally from Oakland, CA. She has had the honor of performing Bessie Award-winning work by John Bernd with Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez, with Katy Pyle's Ballez, Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, and Third Rail Projects' Bessie Award-winning show Then She Fell, The Grand Paradise, Behind The City, and Oasis, among others. When not performing, she can be found blissed out in Coney Island, roaming around old cemeteries, and rockin’ around town with her numerous band projects.
Edward Rice (Performer) has worked with Third Rail Projects since 2012 on a number of projects including Then She Fell (performer), The Grand Paradise (performer, directing team), Learning Curve (directing team), Ghost Light (performer), Medicine Show (performer), Behind The City (producer), and is the company’s Business Manager. He has performed professionally since 2007 (Brian Brooks Moving Company, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Laura Peterson Choreography, Elephant Jane Dance, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Punchdrunk's Sleep No More, NYC, among others). He has taught dance and performance both nationally & internationally and offers workshops through Third Rail Projects. He holds a B.S. and an M.F.A in Dance Performance from Illinois State University and the University of Iowa, respectively.
Jessy Smith (Performer, Costume Designer) is a New York City based performance artist. She joined Third Rail Projects in 2012 and has since been a collaborating cast member in company works, including Ghost Light, Behind the City, and The Grand Paradise, where she also served as Rehearsal Director. Other projects include: A. Human, Boardwalk Empire, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! and The Broadway Dance Lab. She holds a BFA in dance from NYU.
Ryan Wuestewald (Performer) is an actor/writer from South Dakota. After graduating with an MFA in Acting from the University of Hawaii, he moved to Denver, Colorado where he acted professionally for two years before heading to NYC on New Years Eve of 2013/14. Third Rail Projects credits include: Ghost Light, (Commissioned by LCT3), Sweet and Lucky (Commissioned by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts). Other Credits Include: Our Trojan War (Aquila Theatre Co.) Jackie & Me(Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Metamorphoses (Aurora Fox), How The World Began(BETC Regional Premiere), Failure: A Love Story, Jon (Catamounts Regional Premieres), It’s Only A Play (Hawai’i Theatre), The Propagation of Light in a Vacuum (10 Days Festival: Tasmania, Australia) Watershed, (LIDA Project), The Shape of Things, Art (AWS Theatre Co.)
Dan Daly (Scenic Designer) is a Brooklyn based scenic designer who has held positions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Hangar Theatre, and the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Previously with TRP Dan was the assistant scenic designer for Behind the City, Confection, and Medicine Show. Selected NYC credits: The Good Girl (59E59 Theaters), Toe Pick and Brideshead Obliterated (Dixon Place), Leaving Brooklyn (Queens Theatre), Old Names for Wildflowers (The Tank), The Great God Brown (Target Margin Theater at The Brick), Pie Shop Play (Corkscrew Festival) The Glowing Boot (United Solo Festival), Selected additional credits: Spring Awakening, Side Show, and Carousel (The Boston Conservatory), Patience; or Bunthorn’s Bride, L'assedio di Calais, and Giovanna d’Arco (Odyssey Opera), Dark Sisters (Pittsburgh Opera). MFA: Carnegie Mellon University.
Mary Evangeline (M.E.) Guadalupe Rubi (Stitching and Wardrobe) is a native New Yorker, costume designer, puppeteer, wig enthusiast, rogue taxidermist, and overall crafter of crafts. Miss Rubi’s creative endeavors have been seen at Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Atlantic Theater, Target Margin Theater, 52nd St. Project, and the Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy amongst others. Miss Rubi was last seen at the Triple 9 Arts Festival in Gowanus as their honorary resident taxidermist. She is also a proud recipient of the 2018/19 Wingspace Costume Design mentorship under the wonderful guidance of Valerie Therese Bart and Summer Lee Jack.
Sean Hagerty (Sound Designer) is a sound designer, composer, and violinist based in NYC. With Third Rail Projects, he's created immersive soundtracks for Then She Fell (Bessie Award), Ghost Light (LCT3, Lincoln Center), The Grand Paradise, Sweet and Lucky (DCPA), Behind the City, Confection (Folger Shakespeare Library), Roadside Attraction (Brookfield Place), Midnight Madness, All Hallows Eve, House 17, Medicine Show (Burning Man), and the documentary film Between Yourself and Me. Other shows include Hit the Body Alarm (Performing Garage), the off-Broadway revival of Around the World in 80 Days (Davenport Theater), The Wild Party (DCPA), The Net Will Appear (59E59), The Anthem (Lynn Redgrave Theatre), Symphony of Shadows (Dixon Place), Hound of the Baskervilles (Weston Playhouse, Florida Rep), and 63 one-act plays with the Actors Studio Drama School (Gibney Dance, 3LD).
Taylor Hollister (Stage Manager) is an NYC-based stage manager and is excited to be continuing their work with Third Rail Projects. Previous credits include work with Crashbox Theater (Tinker Rising), dell’Arte Opera Ensemble (Vignettes from Vienna, La Cifra), and NYFA (Legally Blonde). They have also completed a Production and Stagecraft Fellowship at BAM, and are a graduate of Manhattan College.