World premier theatre work with new music by Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, The Few Moments, and Firehorse.
“Mesmerising and exhilarating” Broad Street Review
JIB is a two-hour narrative multimedia performance, simultaneously a film, rock show, and play… a haunting, masterful, engrossing piece of theatre featuring standout performances, beautiful design, with incredible stadium worthy indie rock embedded in a narrative puzzle.
JIB is a world premier new theatre work by Michael McQuilken (Grand Theft Orchestra, The Few Moments) featuring new music by Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley. The Windmill Factory (NIN, Phantogram, La Louvre) will design and produce the production with Old Sound Room Performance Ensemble. The work is directed by Michael McQuilken (BAM, Prototype Festival, Amanda Palmer international tour) and features an all-star cast including Leah Siegel (Leisure Cruise, Firehorse) crushing the title role of JIB.
This truly multimedia work explores the interconnectedness of inspiration and the unseen forces which guide our lives through the rise and fall of singer/songwriter JIB. The audience is immersed in JIB’s world and quickly become part of the action. The premiere of JIB was crowd funded on Kickstarter with more than 602 backers pre-buying the new album, film, and tickets to the show. Bring JIB to your city.
AMANDA PALMER (Dresden Dolls, Evelyn Evelyn, Theatre is Evil, The Art of Asking) & JASON WEBLEY (Evelyn Evelyn), both solo artists in their own rights, compose new songs for JIB — their acoustic versions will be released as an EP and their recordings will then be fully orchestrated with a rock band by Michael McQuilken (a.k.a. THE FEW MOMENTS), and re-presented with the rest of JIB’s score in the show, in the film, and in a full-length LP format, exclusively available through this Kickstarter campaign.
OLD SOUND ROOM is a performance ensemble created in 2013 by a group of like-minded theatre artists, all Yale School of Drama graduates. OSR has grown into an internationally recognized and award-winning performance ensemble, including such original works as OSRLear, October in the Chair (Araca Project Grant recipient, Best of Fringe Amsterdam), Origin Story, and Machine Makes Man (best int’l performance Fringe Amsterdam, National Arts Festival of South Africa). Co-Artistic Director Michael McQuilken’s latest work, Angel Bone, was part of the Prototype Festival 2016 and received rave reviews from The New York Times
Neighborhood House, 20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
December 1st – 17th, 2016
Written and Directed: Michael McQuilken
Produced: The Windmill Factory & Old Sound Room
Creative Direction: Jon Morris
Lighting Design: Maruti Evans with Stephanie Di Bona
Sound Design: Nicholas Pope, with Zack Mckenna
Cinematography: Anne Haney
Scenic Design: Maruti Evans with Jon Morris & Michael McQuilken
Music: Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, The Few Moments, and Firehorse
Cast: Brenden Titley, Daniel Reece, Jillian Taylor, Joe Trombino, Jon Morris, Laura Gragtmans, Leah Siegel
Assistant Directors: Anne Haney
Creative Direction and Movement: Jon Morris
Production Manager: Clementine Seely with Ana Constantino
Stage Manager: Sarah Shulman with Fisher Neal
Production Support: FIsher Neal & Ana Constantino
Photography: Mathew Soltesz, Ana Constantino, and Eric Ashleigh