Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, announced Federal Hall: The Democracy Project with Larissa Fasthorse, Michael R. Jacksonand Bruce Norris April 4, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Frank Lloyd Conceived by Wright at the Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, all programs invite audiences to embrace the artistic process and uniquely blend performance highlights with insightful artist discussions.

Federal Hall: The Democracy Project is a perspective-changing odyssey through the 527 days when New York was the nation’s first capital, the presidency was still new, the slave trade was up for debate, and the United States Constitution and the rights of all the inhabitants of this land were at stake. Written by Tanya BarfieldLisa D’Amour, Larissa Fasthorse, Melissa James Gibson, Michael R. Jacksonand Bruce Norrisdirected by Tamilla Woodard, produced by Lynn Goldner and commissioned by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, this new piece will premiere in the spring of 2022 at Federal Hall National Memorial. At Federal Hall, the Conservancy brings together the best storytellers and scholars, writers and artists, poets, playwrights and experts to probe the ideas and ideals, flaws and contradictions of our democracy, a constitutional experiment that began at the historic site of 1789. Before its premiere, members of the award-winning team of theater artists, including FastHorse, Jackson, Norris and Woodward, discuss their collaboration and present performance highlights with Adam Greenfieldartistic director, Playwrights Horizons.

Throughout the pandemic, Works & Process continued to provide opportunities for artists and launched the bubble residency to safely support their work. The Spring 2022 season will feature official world premieres of works created by New York artists – many of whom represent historically marginalized performing arts cultures – and incubated during the peak of the pandemic at the residences of the Works & Process bubble. 2020-21. Along with commissions, Works & Process will feature performance excerpts and artist discussions of new works ahead of their premieres at leading organizations such as BAAD!, Federal Hall, Glimmerglass Festival, The Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet. .


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Health and Safety Information

  • Each member of the public must be fully immunized and will be required to present proof of FDA or WHO-cleared COVID-19 vaccination in person before entering the venue. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC vaccination card (or photo), NYC COVID Safe app, New York State Excelsior Pass, NYC Vaccination Record, or official vaccination record from outside New York City or United States. Complete vaccination is defined as two weeks or more after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series, or two weeks or more after receiving one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

  • Visitors over the age of 18 will also be asked to show photo ID.

  • At this time, children under the age of 5, for whom there is currently no vaccine available, will not be permitted to attend this performance, regardless of their guardian’s vaccination status.

  • Bring your own tri-ply face mask, N-95, or equivalent to ensure your safety and the safety of others. All persons will be required to wear a face mask at all times.

  • There is no cloakroom; please do not bring bags.

  • Do not show up if, in the ten days prior to the performance, you have tested positive for or exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 or have come into close or close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. If you are unable to attend due to exposure to COVID-19, please contact [email protected] before the performance.

  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public environment where people are present. Those who visit the museum do so at their own risk.

Main funding for the Works & Process season is provided by Stephen Kroll Reidy with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Evelyn Sharp Foundation, The Geraldine Stutz Trust with public funds from New York Municipal department of cultural affairs in partnership with the town hall.

Works & Process has received support from the US Small Business Administration’s Paycheck and Grant Protection Program and the NYC Employee Retention Grant Program.

Michael R. Jackson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in playwriting and musical theater writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As a songwriter, he has seen his work performed everywhere from Joe’s Pub to NAMT. He wrote lyrics and co-wrote a book for the musical adaptation of the 2007 horror film Teeth with the composer and co-writer. Anna K. Jacobs. He has written a book, music and lyrics for the musicals White Girl In Danger and A Strange Loop (which will have its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons Theater in May 2019). He received a 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant, a 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, a 2017 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, a 2016/2017 Playwrights Guild Fellowship and was the playwright-in-residence of the 2017 Williamstown Theater Festival. He has commissions from Grove Entertainment & Barbara Whitman Productions and LCT3.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Since 1984, Works & Process has invited New Yorkers to see, hear and meet the most acclaimed artists and creators in the performing arts. Led by Producer Caroline Croson and executive director Duke Dang, Works & Process nurtures and champions new work, shapes representation, amplifies underrepresented performing arts voices and cultures, and provides audiences with unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Artist-led programs blending performance highlights with insightful discussions are, where permitted, followed by receptions in the rotunda, providing an opportunity for collective learning and community building while helping to cultivate a more inclusive, fair and representative.

About fifty performances take place each year at the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd 273-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater designed by Wright. Each year, Works & Process also produces a program at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. In 2017, Works & Process set up a residency program inviting artists to create newly commissioned performances performed in and for the iconic Guggenheim Rotunda. In 2020, Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions was created to financially support 84 new works and over 280 artists and nurture their creative process during the pandemic. To pave the way for artists to safely gather, create and perform during the pandemic from summer 2020 to spring 2021, Works & Process has launched and produced 250 bubble residencies supporting 247 artists, made possible through with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. On March 20, 2021, after more than a year of closed indoor shows and with special guidance from the New York State Department of Health, Works & Process was the first cultural organization to reopen paid indoor shows. in the rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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