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Blake Sugarman

is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He finds expression as an actor, musician, poet, and activist but is best known for his unusual solo performances which have been described as “spoken word and installation art in a theatrical duet.” 

Blake's latest piece, Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It's Worth), premiered at La MaMa ETC in February as part of their 56th season. Past solo work has been presented at The Brick (Resident Artist Series), The Living Gallery, Bushwick Open Studios, and NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing.

 

 

 

SOLO PERFORMANCE

  Blake’s work explores perception, fate, and the formation of identity through the lens of his own experiences. He plays himself, but the action occurs in a surreal realm where symbols come to life.   M  emories unravel into questions which explode into poetry. 

Blake’s work explores perception, fate, and the formation of identity through the lens of his own experiences. He plays himself, but the action occurs in a surreal realm where symbols come to life. Memories unravel into questions which explode into poetry. 

 

What's new?

Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It's Worth) 

Prelude to the Apocalypse (For What It's Worth) engages with the climate crises in a number of unexpected ways: through the lens of evolutionary time, the biblical apocalypse, and the process of growing up as a person and a society. It also examines the human tendency to make wishes, and what that means in moments when we feel powerless. It all takes place in the shadow of a giant hourglass. Nevertheless, the universe breathes on.

Prelude to the Apocalypse premiered at La MaMa ETC in February 2018 as part of their 56th season. Blake was one of four solo artists to be featured in Series of One which La MaMa describes as "a platform for provocative, challenging solo performances." Through a blend of personal narrative, social commentary, and pop-science performance art Blake brings a fresh take to the climate crises.

Directed by Jacob Sexton with sound & video design by Lawrence Schober, lighting by Megan Lang, installation design by Blake Sugarman, and choreography by Louisa Barta.

 

 

Past Work: 

Scream of the Butterfly @ The Brick (Resident Artist Series)

 
 

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KALEIDOSCOPE EYES  

is a clumsy quest to meet the I of the beholder: that illusive interpreter who translates the world into thoughts and shoots it through your synapses muddled and abused. That guy (or girl) (or spiritual essence). Where art thou? 

The following clips are from a production at NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing in 2014. The first clip shows the visual landscape of the piece while the second one demonstrates Blake's storytelling style.

 
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Urbanized Appalachian 

Soul-Rebel

is a whimsical look at social indoctrination and existential angst. It was first performed at the Balagula Theatre in Lexington, KY and later at Atlantic Stage 2 in NYC. The second rendition of the piece also included art installations and tableaux vivant that were on view as the audience entered the space. The following clip is from the opening sequence of the NYC production in 2012.