By Sibyl Kempson

A staged reading introducing our partnership with Performance Space 122

Ich, KürbisGeist is presented with special permission from AO International Talent Agency.

An olde-tyme agricultural vengeance play for Hallowe’en (even though it’s August)! Inspired by Sibyl Kempson’s visit to Austria during Kürbiskernernte (pumpkin seed harvesting season), this piece features a rigorous, specific and completely invented language. Every word is semi-recognizable: an amalgam of English, Swedish, German – and Sid Caesar.

“Much like the words spoken by Shakespeare’s wily fools, the messages are scrambled. Yet the world of Ich, Kürbisgeist is whole, and surprisingly powerful. Sometimes the gut understands better than the brain.”, Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times, November 6, 2012

Sibyl Kempson lives and makes theater plays in NYC and the Pocono Mountains. Her plays have been presented at Dixon Place, Soho Rep, Performance Space 122, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, the Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, the Great Plains Theater Conference in Omaha and Theater Bonn in Germany. She earned an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, 2007.

Staged Reading
  • Fri, August 9 | 8pmMain Stage

With Catherine Duquette, Shaun Lawton, Tomas Spencer, Alexander Thomas, Julie Trappett and Logan Verdoorn

Directed by Daniel Brunet

szenische Lesung von Ich, KürbisGeist von Sibyl Kempson

Ich, KürbisGeist, eine „landwirtschaftliche Rachefantasie aus der guten alten Zeit“ von Sibyl Kempson, geschrieben in einer kuriosen Kunstsprache aus Englisch, Schwedisch, Deutsch – und dem Lingo des amerikanischen Comedy-Stars Sid Caesar. Die Inspiration dafür bekam Kempson bei einer Österreich-Reise während der Kürbisernte, und so gesehen ist das Stück eigentlich etwas für Halloween – wir eröffnen mit der szenischen Lesung von Ich, Kürbisgeist die Spielzeit 2013/14.