“The hallmark of this company is a tight integration of style and substance.”
The New York Times
“Newyorkland passes their other, already high bar.”
“Newyorkland is a fascinating window into a cop’s often isolating experiences.”
The Seattle Times
“It’s one of the most honest works of theatre you will ever see.”
“What is remarkable about the performance is its amplification of your senses, so that you begin a sensory immersion into Newyorkland.”
“A compelling, self-contained world from which it’s impossible to avert one’s eyes… an original and important evening of theater.”
Newyorkland is an intertextual assemblage that combines cop movies, popular TV police procedurals and firsthand accounts of real-life police officers. Director Kenneth Collins’ personal interviews with police officers in his immediate family are mixed with found text and William Cusick’s explorations of cinéma vérité, documentary realism and pure fiction.
Newyorkland follows four police officers struggling with the demands of their chosen profession, the day-to-day realities of life as a cop and the high costs of working within the fraternal and secretive society of the NYPD. Merging film, performance and visual art, the production is staged in one of Temporary Distortion’s signature boxlike installations.
Newyorkland is available for touring.
Performance Space 122/Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, New York)
On the Boards (Seattle, Washington)
Theatre Junction Grand (Calgary, Canada)
Prelude Festival (New York, NY)*
Download the Newyorkland Score
Co-creators: Kenneth Collins & William Cusick
Direction, Set & Lighting Design by Kenneth Collins
Video Design & Direction by William Cusick
Music & Sound by John Sully
Costumes by TaraFawn Marek
Performers: Nick Bixby, Daniel Brown, Al Di Martino, and Brian Greer
Film Cast: Ilan Bachrach, Nick Bixby, Charles Brice, Daniel Brown, Al Di Martino, Cara Francis,
Ximena Garnica, Anthony Gaskins, Brian Greer, Elizabeth Hounsell, Sauda Jackson, Rodney Ladino,
Sean Edward Lewis, Derek Lloyd, Lorraine Mattox, Annie Ng, Maria Oppedisano, Christopher Piccione,
Walter Vincent, Jason Robert Winfield and Ryosuke Yamada.
Associate Producer: Nick Bixby. Associate Producer: Nick Sherman.
Technical Director: Joe Cantalupo. Programmer and Technical Assistant: Scott Fetterman.
Costume Assistant: Elizabeth Hounsell. Interns: Sean Shannon and Chase Voorhees.
Newyorkland Video Production Staff:
Director of Photography & Editor: William Cusick
Art Direction & Production Design: Kenneth Collins
Camera Operators: Scott Fetterman, TaraFawn Marek, Chase Voorhees.
Dolly Grips: Joe Cantalupo, TaraFawn Marek. Production Assistant: Sean Shannon.
Commissioned with support from the Jerome Foundation by Performance Space 122. Newyorkland is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Newyorkland is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support provided by the Arts Collaboration Lab, a partnership between Columbia University School of the Arts and Performance Space 122 in July 2011, and the Greenwall Foundation.