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*a geological, indigenous history of north-east Kansas as dreamt by the Topeka Holidome on 6th & Fairlawn, spring 1989

Adam Burnett and Jess Chayes

at The Tank

Jan 14, 15, 17, 18, 21 @ 7pm

Jan 19 @ 7pm

Jan 20 @ 2pm

Director: Jess Chayes
Playwright: Adam R. Burnett
Choreographer: lisa nevada
Performers: Kate Schroeder, Lani Fu, Sam Gonzalez, Manny Rivera, Richard Thieriot*, Ben Beckley (on video), and the voice of Jayne Houdyshell as The Great Ghost Earth (yes, that Jayne Houdyshell!!!)
Video Design & Poster Art: David Pym
Scenic Design: Ethan Gould
Light Design: Emma Rivera
Sound Design: Asa Wember
Stage Manager: Manny Rivera
Asst. Director/Production Manager: Jess Cummings


Set in a Holiday Inn Holidome – a brand of the franchise that proliferated the United States in the 1970’s & 80’s as a resort-like setting for the middle class – and in the middlest part of the country, where quiet and subtle magic occur, a family checks in to escape their home, six blocks away.  Over the course of the evening, the hotel’s non-human inhabitants and the surrounding landscape overtake the narrative, as the forgotten geological, ecological and indigenous histories of the Great Plains come into focus for the hotel’s guests.


Jess Chayes (director) is a Brooklyn-based director and founding co-artistic director of The Assembly. With The Assembly, Jess has co-created and directed eight original productions.  Recent directing includes: Latter Days and The Providence of Neighboring Bodies (Dutch Kills), Half Moon Bay (Lesser America), I Will Look Forward to this Later (The Assembly, Archive Residency 2015-2016), Primal Play (New Georges), The Bachelors (Williamstown Theater Festival), The Sister (Dutch Kills), The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova), and HOME/SICK (The Assembly, NY Times and Backstage Critic’s Pick). She has developed new work with The Playwrights Center, NYTW, The Vineyard Theatre, The Civilians, P73, and Labyrinth among others. Jess is a founding member of the New Georges Jam artists lab and a NYTW Usual Suspect. Recent Affiliations: The Civilians R&D Group, The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Associate Director on Peter and the Starcatcher (Brooks Atkinson Theater and New World Stages) and Misery (Broadhurst Theater). Jess was awarded the 2017 Lucille Lortel Award by the League of Professional Theater Women.


Adam R. Burnett (playwright) is a playwright and artistic director of Buran Theatre. His plays include Prelude; Shores of Lake Michigan (Dixon Place), Money Buckets! (Metropolitan Ensemble Theater), The House of Fitzcarraldo (The Unicorn Theater), Nightmares: A Demonstration of the Sublime (The Brick), The Keep (Tricklock Company), Magic Bullets (Incubator Arts Project), Erik Satie / If I Told Him / Erik Satie (Bushwick Starr/Target Margin), Mammoth (The Brick), Poshlost Saudades! (Ars Nova), The Dolly Dali Show! (The Duplex) and T.B. SHEETS (The Tank/ A.R.T./NY Gural Theatre). His work has been produced across the globe including at Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Revolutions International Theatre Festival (Albuquerque, NM), Marigny Opera House (New Orleans), and Vilnius Chamber Theater (Vilnius, Lithuania). Adam is a contributor to The Brooklyn Rail.

lisa nevada (choreographer) is a choreographer, performer, producer and naturalist.  Her choreographic compositions focus on site-specific dances in nature and unconventional performance settings, as well as the concert stage.  Her choreography has been commissioned by New Mexico Ballet Company, John Donald Robb Musical Trust (ABQ), 516 ARTS (ABQ), Tricklock Company (ABQ), Radical Evolution (NYC), Santa Fe University of Art and Design(NM), and Buran Theatre (NYC).  In 2014, nevada was named the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Performance Artist for her site-specific dance concert, Radicles: Rediscovering humankind’s primary roots. She is a founding member, co-director and resident choreographer for SHIFT | DANCE, an Albuquerque-based presenting platform that serves as a vehicle to elevate and generate awareness for the range of contemporary dance forms within the Albuquerque community.  Nevada is choreographer, dancer and artistic director for her individual project lisanevadadance. She received her MFA in dance from the University of New Mexico.

Run-time: 1 hour

*appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association

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