Stair Masters is a telephone play performed over a Sunday evening call between a young woman and her auntie, living in separate New York City tower blocks. The conversation charts their journey with isolation, NYC life in a pandemic, and of course, what both women are cooking. In both process and performance, Stair Masters is an intergenerational collaboration with elder and teenage New Yorkers, bringing together theatre, oral history, and immersive storytelling to build bridges and create listening spaces for both intergenerational collaborators and audiences in isolation.
Laura Nova is an artist and activator who generates site-specific, action-oriented projects that invite participation of neighbors and strangers. She strives to deepen our understanding of social isolation and re-imagine gatherings as intergenerational connective spaces that transcend technology and pandemics. www.lauranova.com
Estefanía Fadul is a NYC-based Colombian-American director, primarily of new plays and musicals. www.estefaniafadul.com
Andrew Freiband is a filmmaker, producer, researcher, writer, educator, and multimedia artist who founded ALI based on several years of original research and development into the unique capacities - and imposed restrictions - of artists in contemporary society. www.artistsliteracies.org
Jessica Kahkoska is a writer/dramaturge most interested in work driven by history, research, and community collaboration. www.jessicakahkoska.com
Stair Masters is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC.