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I can’t think of another artist whose work seems to teeter so carefully on the knife’s edge between states. You emerge from Lewis’ show feeling like you’ve been in a grotto made out of bottle caps and tinfoil, some deeply private offering. Did you have fun at the play? What a question to ask. As long as yMagic Agency Chapter 2_ Fairies Visit Fly #18 photo by Arash Fewzeeou were watching it, you were somewhere totally innocent of money or popularity or cool or cachet. How rare that turns out to be. How precious. [Helen Shaw, Divers Alarums, 2016] 

Sean Lewis is a playwright and a performer and founder of Brooklyn, NY based Lilac CO. Recent works by Lewis have been presented at Triangle Arts Association, New York (2017), The Roy Hart Institute, Maleragues, France (2017); Collapsible Hole, New York (2017); the Segal Center’s PRELUDE Festival, New York (2016); The Segal Center’s International Festival on Theatre and Performance, New York (2017), Pantheatre Myth and Theatre Festival, Paris (2014); the Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival, New York (2014); and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, New York (2013/2012)     

LILAC CO. offers an evental structure, a dramatic structure which moves from event to event rather than scene-by-scene. These events are interruptive, continuously messing with an audiences attention. Fundamental to this event structure is language. Written and directed by Sean Lewis, the language recalls modernist literary experiments such as those of Gertrude Stein, Samuel Beckett, Lewis Carol, and Antonin Artaud. By using language that is connotative rather than denotative (that suggests something rather than “saying something) an audience member can dwell rather than be directed what to think about – a narrative progression or a characterinner psychology. Such language affects feelings and ideas actively,if not immediately,in an audience. [Thom Donovan, Wild Horses of Fire, 2009]   CV WORK GALLERY PRESS CONTACT VIDEO  DONATE

TIMELINE     

2018  MAGIC AGENCY Chapter 5: Capturing Henry Fonda, Basement of Action in Christ Church, 157 Leonard Street Brooklyn, NY;  TWO AMERICANS CHANTING, Situations Gallery, NY August 2018;  MAGIC AGENCY Chapter 3: A Brother’s Sacrifice, Basement of Action in Christ Church, 157 Leonard Street Brooklyn, NY

2017 MAGIC AGENCY CHAPTER 2: FAIRIES VISIT FLY, TRIANGLE ARTS ASSOCIATION, 20 JAY STREET DUMBO-NY;   MIDNIGHT MANIFESTO, MYTH AND THEATRE FESTIVAL – PANTHEATRE, ROY HART CENTRE INTERNATIONAL, MALERARGUES, FRANCE;     STOREFRONT, SEGAL CENTER FILM FESTIVAL ON THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE (FTP), NEW YORK, NY;IGOR MORTIS, THE COLLAPSABLE HOLE AT WESTBETH ARTS, NEW YORK, NY

2016 IGOR MORTIS, CUNY Graduate Cntr NYC, Prelude Festival. NEW YORK, NY; An Othello Thing, The Tank, NEW YORK,NY

2015 afterOTHELLO-living to be a dragon,Trans-pecos,Queens-NYC,Secret Project Robot,Brooklyn-NYC 

2014 Cash For Any Car (Dixon Place),The James Franco Papers (DTM / Paris, France),Frankenstein (Under The Radar/Public Theater)

2013 Caligula (Joe’s Pub).Love Is Black Water-feature length independent film (Dixon Place)

2012 Drusi Is Coming (Joe’s Pub),Drusi Dreamed A Tiger (94 Norman Storefront).Jinx (94 Norman Storefront Space) 

2011 Macbeth Family Reconciliation Project (94 Norman Storefront Space),Dee Dee Is Pregnant (94 Norman Storefront Space), Sandypaul (94 Norman Storefront Space) 

2010 Under Cover Mime (94 Norman Storefront Space),Cop Piece (94 Norman Storefront Space)

2009 Hamlethouse (Warsaw Club-Greenpoint),Zebulan-Williamsburg,Brooklyn 

2008 Baldwin Soup Kitchen (Milton St.Church Greenpoint). Confessions of Zorro and Diamond (Milton St.Church Greenpoint),  Death Series Wun:Sexton Says Sum (Milton St.Church Greenpoint)

2007 Bazaar Godard (Milton St. Church Greenpoint),Whitman Project (Abroms Art Center)

2006 Just Another Cowboy Lost in Steinland (Milton St. Church Greenpoint, Triskelian Arts Brooklyn)

Magic Agency Chapter 2_ Fairies Visit Fly #16 photo by Arash Fewzee