Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)

Andrea Thome, playwright; José Zayas, director; Sinuhé Padilla, composer & choreographer

Premieres February 2020

MIX & MATCH (working title)

Written by Leila Buck*
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Dramaturgy by Salma Zohdi

Mix and Match Written by Leila Buck in collaboration with the actors, and directed by Tamilla Woodard, Mix and Match (Working Title) is an immersive, interactive theatrical event that invites the audience into the journey of two families – one Lebanese and (mostly) Muslim, the other Irish and (mostly) Catholic — as they prepare to be joined in marriage.  As witnesses to the families’ struggles along the way, and guests at the wedding itself, audiences are invited to eat, dance and engage in an intimate, playful and profound exploration of the challenges, questions, surprises and joys of connecting across borders of all kinds.

*Fueled by improvisations with Melis Aker, Ali Andre Ali, Caitlin Nasema Cassidy, Rawya El Chab, Gamze Ceylan, Pete McElligott, Victoria Nassif, Kelley Rae O’Donnell, Heather Raffo, Jens Rasmussen, and Rasha Zamamiri

Developmental Timeline

January 18-21, 2019
Four-day devising workshop with Leila, Tamilla and 8 actors

May 8 -11, 2019
Mix & Match was invited to participate in “The Gathering,” hosted by The Laboratory for Global Performances & Politics as part of the Cross-Currents Festival. “The Gathering” brought together visionary individuals from around the world whose work exemplified ways that performance is making a transformative impact on critical global challenges, ranging from migration and refugee issues to climate change to political polarization to freedom of expression to the role of the arts on health and well-being.

July 29-August 3, 2019
Developmental workshop at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

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Creative Team Bios

Leila Buck (playwright) is a Lebanese American playwright, actor, facilitator and educator.  She has performed and developed her work at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Public Theatre, Mosaic Theatre at Arena Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, and the Wilma Theater (Barrymore Award).  A State Dept. Speaker Specialist and Cultural Envoy, she has lived, performed, and taught theatrical tools for literacy, conflict resolution, and intercultural communication to U.N. delegates, aid workers, youth, educators and business leaders throughout the U.S., Europe, China, Australia, and 11 Arab countries.  Inaugural Emerging Writers Group – Public Theater.  Adjunct professor – NYU.

Tamilla Woodard

Tamilla Woodard (director) is the Associate Artistic Director of WP Theater (Formerly Women’s Project) and is currently AD for Hadestown on Broadway. She is the co-founder of PopUP Theatrics, which has created immersive and participatory theatre for audiences in Europe, South America, Mexico and the US since 2007 and she serves as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi-year initiative of The Working Theater. She’s an alum of The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and a graduate of Yale School of Drama. Her work has been seen at A.C.T., The Atlantic, The Working Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, NYTW, HERE, New Georges, Culture Project, Cleveland Public, Salt Lake Acting Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Kitchen Theatre, and at festivals Internationally. She has directed and taught at NYU Tisch Graduate Acting, Suny-Purchase, Pace, Fordham, Webster Conservatory of Theatre, American Academy of Dramatic Art and Queens College.