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HOLDEN
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HOLDEN is a tragicomic piece, plumbing a darker dimension of J.D. Salinger’s famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. A few obsessive super-fans have taken up residence in Salinger’s private writing bunker. Unbeknownst to the reclusive author himself, their mission to get Salinger to publish once more spirals into a larger excavation of violence in America and the male imagination.

HOLDEN premiered at the Ice Factory Festival in NYC in August, 2015

  • Conceived, Written, and Directed by Anisa George
  • Creator-Performers: Jaime Maseda, Matteo Scammell, Scott Sheppard, Bill George, and Adele Goldader
  • Additional Contributing Creators: Mark McCloughan & Emilie Krause
  • Scenic Design: Nick Benacerraf
  • Sound Design: Alex Bechtel
  • Lighting Design: Seth Reiser
  • Costume Design: Rebecca Kanach
  • Props Design: Cem Ozdeniz
  • Dramaturge: Madeline Charne

Compelling ... the entire production holds you in a disturbing grip.

—The New York Times

Provocative ... a Sartre-esque purgatory.

—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Outstanding cast and direction ... we should all take heed of the timely messages ... masterfully delivered by George & Co.

—DCMetroTheaterArts

Holden renders articulate what is too often wasted in mute violence.

—The Theatre Times

A story of historical reckoning, a violent punch ... Stunning.

—The Daily Beast

fascinating ... testosterone-fueled ... a pressure cooker of unresolved frustration ready to explode without warning.

—The Huffington Post
RIOBAMBA
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A comic-melodrama about three lawless women sharing a flat in Buenos Aires (in Spanish).

Riobamba was created in collaboration with LindaLinda in Buenos Aires over two years. Our first work-in-progress showings were at El Estepario Teatro in December, 2014 and we premiered the work at Club Cultural Matienzo in April 2016.

  • Directed by Anisa George and Julia Correa
  • Creator-Performers: Natalia Chami, Verónica López Olivera and Agustina Villanueva
  • Voice Over: Ariel Mele
  • Additional Contributing Creators: Cecilia Madanes, Lydia Stevens
  • Scenic Design: Jimena Gaillour
  • Sound Design: Anisa George
  • Lighting Design: Nacho Sanchez
  • Costume Design: Graciana Urbani
  • Production: Silvana Velasco
ANIMAL ANIMAL MAMMAL MINE
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Animal Animal Mammal Mine (2013) sets the timeline of a woman’s reproductive life against the time-line of climate change and the even longer timeline of animal evolution. It meshes theater, dance, and sculpture to explore fertility, ecology, transfiguration, animali-ty, and the fate of humankind.

  • Conceived, Written, and Directed by Anisa George
  • Creator-Performers: Hannah de Keijzer, Kate Raines, Lindsay Browning, Peggy Pettitt, Rachel Hynes
  • Sculpture: Martha Posner
  • Scenic Design: Amy Rubin
  • Sound Design: Tom Deis
  • Lighting Design: Oona Curley
  • Costume Design: Marah Carpenter

 

The intensity of the cast was spot on… George and her crew of co-creators worked miracles.

—The Philadelphia Inquirer

[Animal Animal Mammal Mine is] a perplexing and provocative work of beauty.

—Philadelphia Weekly

THE SEER
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The Seer (2011) is a ‘dark heaven’ of dysfunctional comic-melodrama devised by an international ensemble about the infamous life and artistic suicide of Arthur Rimbaud. Babies bounce, absinthe flows, all is abracadabrasque.

  • Conceived, Written, and Directed by Anisa George
  • Creator-Performers: Natalia Chami, Alex Suha, Julia Correa, Gaidig Mercier, Klas Lagerlund, Hugh Grant-Peterkin
  • Additional Contributing Creators: Max Gash & Janet Hollingsworth
  • Scenic Design: Cecilie Solberg Knudsrod

 

★★★★★ As good as you can get.

—The New Current

[The Seer] cuts through ... with razor sharp wit.

—Three Weeks

Must See! Anisa George must be some kind of mega-genius… "The Seer" is that rare and wonderful thing: a highly original and frighteningly clever show that also happens to be hugely entertaining.

—The Stage

★★★★★ A glorious, potent and dangerous mix... thank goodness for "The Seer" it is what makes Edinburgh Fringe magical.

—The Edinburgh Guide

★★★★ [The Seer] cannot be unseen. Hilarious and clever, featuring truly spectacular absurdist performances.

—Broadway Baby

"The Seer" was masterful, a rare achievement. It opened up big questions about the act of creation and the act of destruction.

—Quinn Bauriedel
Pig Iron Theatre Company
BUILDING AMERICA IN BETHLEHEM
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This documentary film, completed in 2009, follows the conversion of one of the largest steel factories in America into a casino-entertainment center. It depicts a poetic and dystopian portrait of American industry and the city of Bethlehem, PA which was built around it.

خارجی / FOREIGNER
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A personal exploration of faith, identity and culture. Using dance and theater, Anisa George reenacts an unconventional religious upbringing and a solo-journey to the Islamic Republic of Iran to find the roots of her convictions.

Conceived, written, and performed by Anisa George

Directed by Jennie Gilrain

A true odyssey - brave and beautifully told. Foreigner smoothly balances humor and sorrow, and is as delicate and as complex as a cat's cradle.

—The Morning Call