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My Mother's Closet Story Slam and Conversation

Wednesday, May 22 at 7 pm

$25/$18 Members

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A special evening with Maira Kalman that includes a curated story slam on the theme “My Mother’s Closet”, featuring stories from acclaimed author, comedian, and performer, Judy Batalion; creator, performer, and 2017 Independence Fellow, Mel Krodman; Co-founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Pig Iron Theatre Company, Dito van Reigersberg; and writer and television producer, Elisa Zuritsky (Sex and the City, Odd Mom Out)

Directed by Mel Krodman.

Tickets include a light reception and private access to Sara Berman's Closet on the Museum's 5th floor that evening following the event.

Held in conjunction with Sara Berman's Closet

Thanks to First Person Arts for their promotional support of this event.

The Museum will be accepting gently worn clothing donations in partnership with Our Closet at this event.

Images, clockwise from top left: Judy Batalion, Sara Berman's pants (excerpt from Sara Berman's Closet, HarperCollins 2018), Elisa Zuritsky, Dito van Reigersberg.

You may also be interested in these programs:

April 30 -- Intentionality in Identity -- teen open mic night
May 14
-- Members' Curator Tour of Sara Berman's Closet
May 15
-- Dreamers and Doers: Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker
June 27 -- On Fashion, Family, and Freedom: A Conversation with Isaac Mizrahi and the Kalman Family
July 4 -- Independence Day at the Museum, with Maira Kalman and Alex Kalman

About the performers:

Judy Batalion is a Canadian author and performer based in New York City. Her essays about parenting, relationships and health have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post, Salon, The Forward, Tablet, Cosmo and many others. Her first book, WHITE WALLS: A MEMOIR ABOUT MOTHERHOOD, DAUGHTERHOOD, AND THE MESS IN BETWEEN (NAL/Penguin 2016) was shortlisted for the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature, longlisted for the Leacock Award for Literary Humor, and optioned by Warner Brothers, for whom Judy is currently developing the TV pilot “CLUTTERED.” Judy’s second book, about Jewish women who fought in the resistance against the Nazis, will be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2020. DAUGHTERS OF THE RESISTANCE (tentative title) has been optioned by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, and will be published across Europe and in Brazil and Israel.

Mel Krodman is a Philadelphia-based creator and performer. Mel is a current company member and teaching artist of Pig Iron Theatre Company (A Hard Time, Superterranean, A Period of Animate Existence, Gentlemen Volunteers, Swamp Is On) and works frequently with Team Sunshine Performance Corporation (Sincerity Project #s 1, 2, 3), No Face Performance Group (The Top) and with New Orleans-based choreographer Kelly Bond (Elephant, Colony, JEAN&TERRY: Your Guides Through Dark, Light, and Nebulous). Mel was a 2014-2015 Artists in Residence at thefidget space in Philadelphia, The Lucky Penny’s Work Room in Atlanta (2015) and Theatre Emory’s Breaking Ground Series (2014). Mel was a 2016 TCG Global Connections grant recipient for her work on A Potential Performance in Germany and Slovenia, and a 2017 Independence Fellow.

Dito van Reigersberg is a co-founder of Pig Iron Theatre Company, a physical-theatre company that has created over 30 original pieces since its founding in 1995.  He has performed in almost all of Pig Iron’s productions to date, including the OBIE-winning original pieces Hell Meets Henry Halfway and Chekhov Lizardbrain.  He has also created and performed with Headlong, Azuka, Mauckingbird, Arden, 1812 Productions, and Nichole Canuso Dance Company.  His alter-ego Martha Graham-Cracker is famously ‘the tallest, hairiest drag queen in the world” -- her monthly cabaret series at L'Etage in Philadelphia has been running for over 13 years.  She has also performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Joe’s Pub in New York, The Guthrie, The Oberon in Boston, the Mayor’s Reception Room in City Hall, and NMAJH. At the Kimmel she recently unveiled an original song cycle about show biz, heartbreak, and libraries called Lashed But Not Leashed.

Elisa Zuritsky got her start as an entertainment journalist, before teaming up with longtime Philly friend and screenwriting partner, Julie Rottenberg. Together they’ve written for HBO’s Sex and the City, Smash, Odd Mom Out and Divorce. Several of their Sex and the City episodes were nominated for Writers Guild and Emmy Awards. They’re currently writing a romantic comedy with Michael Showalter for Fox/Searchlight, and developing several original TV series. Elisa's humor pieces have been published in The New York Times, The New York Observer, and McSweeney’s, and performed at  Afterbirth and In Your Face NY.  While Elisa lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, she still roots for the Eagles. 

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