Rady&Bloom Collective Playmaking
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RADY&BLOOM is a New York City play company creating theater works from scratch led by the collaboration of Jeremy Bloom (writer/ director) and Brian Rady (writer/ performer). Drawing from an inclusive spectrum of mediums and performer backgrounds, RADY&BLOOM make stories using narrative and experimental approaches, blending word, gesture, music, site-specificity and spectacle. RADY&BLOOM aim to inspire, to cherish community, and to learn. Each performance is a celebration and an invocation.
Accolades include grants from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund made possible by the New York State Department of Cultural Affairs and the Planet Connections Artist’s Grant, residencies at the Ice Factory Festival, the IRT Theater, the New Ohio Theater, and the cell theatre, among others. Currently developing a new commission for the IRT and New Ohio Theaters' 2 year Archive Residency Program.
JEREMY BLOOM (Artistic Director)
Jeremy Bloom directs new music, plays and his original, large-cast adaptations which include, Peter~Wendy (dark), La Boheme (spoken), and Leaves of Grass (nude). He has assisted at The Met and on Broadway, and is a Drama League Fellow, EST Resident, Soho Rep Lab Director, alum of the TS Eliot Exchange at the Old Vic and an alum of Northwestern University's Performance Studies. Recent credits include The Orange Person, an original live music play, written with Brian Rady and Laura Dunn.
BRIAN RADY (Executive Director)
Brian Rady is a performing artist, vocalist, and musician specializing in cabaret, ensemble movement as well as vocal based works, and new plays. Brian is also a playwright tackling ancient and contemporary myths and mythic-sized personas, adaptations of 13th century poetry, found source material, and non-dramatic texts. Brian is also dedicated to creative producing, arts education, playing in bands (most frequently with Laura Dunn & the Ghosts of Xmas Past), and collaborating with a slew of dancers, poets and musicians.
Since 2006, Jeremy Bloom and Brian Rady have developed new theater projects originally in Chicago, and for the past four years in New York. RADY&BLOOM works include a new commission for the IRT and New Ohio's 2-year Archive Residency program, THE UPPER ROOM, a devotional congregation play co-written and directed by RADY&BLOOM with songs by Catherine Brookman (upcoming, Ice Factor June 2014); THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST, Bloom’s lyric adaptation of the classic American novel composed by Catherine Brookman, Ellen O’Meara and Joe White (Ice Factory 2012, and Ars Nova's ANT Fest 2013); LAMENESS OF A HORSE, a melancholic pep-talk with music by Cory Bracken and Joe White on the subjects of horses and health co-written and directed by RADY&BLOOM (The Brick's soundscape festival 2013, Exapno New Music Community Center, November 2012); THE ORANGE PERSON a tall-tale of orange-colored otherness set in Rady’s Texas co-written by RADY&BLOOM featuring songs by Rady, Bloom, and singer-songwriter Laura Dunn (IRT 2012, Gene Frankel, 2011); LA BOHEME SPOKEN (The Flea, the cell, site-specifically), adapted from Puccin’s libretto by Rady, conceived and directed by Bloom; THE GREEN KNIGHT (45 Bleecker), an original play by Brian Rady based on the myth of Sir Gawain, directed in pink by Bloom; ANCHOR WOMEN (the cell theatre, 2009), an under-the-covers study of television's leading ladies written by Rady, directed by Bloom.
We have established a recognizable manner of staging familiar narratives in a stripped down, efficient manner, with high energy and a sense of visual lyricism. We are drawn to modern mythology - stories that ask us to believe in something bigger than ourselves, in the possibility of the mystically inexplicable. Among a diverse and ever-growing ensemble, we devise music and words directly from and designed for the performers, building roles and characters to the eccentricities of specific group dynamics. Distilled from personal experience, we plan to cultivate a mood, an assertive and complex yet welcoming cultural texture - party meets epic meets chorale meets ethnography. While the stories may be fiction, we aim to make them almost true.