Members of Young Jean Lee's Theater Company in "UNTITLED FEMINIST MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY SHOW." Photo by Blaine Davis.
What do you expect from an edgy Brooklyn playwright who has gotten rave reviews for a play about black-white race relations, scathing reviews for her postmodern reworking of King Lear, and bemused appreciation for her one-women bizarro cabaret act about the fact that We're Gonna Die?
Come to the final weekend of the summer-long Mount Tremper Arts festival this Saturday to find out. Here's a hint: There will be lots of naked ladies involved.
Young Jean Lee is a rising avant-garde star in the New York art and literary scene, seemingly because she is fearless when it comes to overturning sacred cows and being exceedingly goofy.
A failed Shakespeare PhD from Washington state, Lee moved to NYC and reinvented herself as the executive director of the Young Jean Lee Theatre Company. Her latest piece is Untitled Feminist Multimedia Technology Show, a "work" that seems to be part dance, part parodic skewering of second-wave pieties, and part peep show.
Lee is a big name, and yet another testament to the fact that the Mount Tremper Arts festival is attracting more and more artistic bigwigs to the woods of Ulster County. Mathew Pokoik, the executive director of Mount Tremper Arts, calls Lee "arguably the most important new playwright on the scene today." Hang onto your hats, people -- art history is being made.
Untitled Feminist Multimedia Technology Show, Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, Mount Tremper Arts, 647 South Plank Rd., Mount Tremper, NY. Saturday, August 20, 8pm. Tickets $20. 845-688-9893. mounttremperarts.org.