In 2013, working with playwrights Gabrielle Reisman, and Abe Koogler and designer Stephanie Busing we created Underbelly, an American theatre collective. Underbelly invites audiences on immersive journey-plays through the invisible spaces of a theatre: the light pit, the lobby, the very back of the scene shop. Our first play SLIP RIVER premiered at The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. The play started in a classroom as a lecture on 1850s orphan lore, then swept audiences down through the theatre’s literal underbelly before ending in a Beyonce-fueled dance party on a vacant mainstage. CHURCH OF THE PASSIONATE CAT, developed through The Rude Mechs’ Rude Fusion program in 2014, transformed The Rudes’ massive scene shop into a claustrophobic detective office that literally split in part to reveal a revivalist church/nightclub. CHURCH OF THE PASSIONATE CAT was remounted in 2015 in Saratoga Springs as part of the inaugural Orchard Project Presents series.
In 2015/2016 Underbelly was commissioned by ZACH theatre in Austin to develop an immersive adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND which was developed with The New Victory residency as part of their LabWOorks program in NYC.
For more on Underbelly, check out our website here.