ROB ROTH (Creator, Performer, Co-writer)
Rob Roth is a multidisciplinary artist and director based in New York City who utilizes theater, film, audio, and installation to create richly textured and poetic work. His visual language springs from his initial training as a painter, and his mysterious works of deconstructed narrative flicker through a decidedly queer lens onto the subconscious. For more than twenty years, Roth has regularly collaborated with some of New York City’s most progressive performance artists and theater troupes, including Narcissister, Justin Vivian Bond, Julie Tolentino, Big Art Group, Vangeline Theater, Amber Martin, and Edgar Oliver. His original theater pieces include the award winning Screen Test (PS 122), The Mystery of Claywoman – Screening and Lecture (featuring Amy Pohler, Alan Cumming, and Ruth Maleczech), and Craig’s Dream, an ongoing performance piece in which Roth plays his own alter ego, “Craig.” Roth has always kept a foot firmly planted in the underground progressive nightlife arena with legendary club nights like “Jackie 60”, “Click + Drag”, and “The Black Party”. His unique dark vision has served him well in some of the more commercial projects he’s taken on, for such artists as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Blondie, and David Bowie. Roth’s explorations of a cinematic language and form within live performance consistently result in works of haunting imagery influenced by queer culture, renaissance painting, classic Hollywood films, mythology, and metaphysics. Through those recurring themes, his work plumbs the depths of humanity, personae, and the ultimate common denominator of death. Roth recently directed the politically charged music video “Doom or Destiny” by Blondie featuring Joan Jett which appeared on several “Best of 2017” lists. He also performed at Atlas Obscura’s site specific Into the Veil event at Greenwood Cemetery.
REBECCA HALL (On-Screen Performer)
Rebecca Hall is a British-American actress who made her first onscreen appearance at age 10 in the 1992 television adaptation of The Camomile Lawn, directed by her father Peter Hall. Her professional stage debut came in her father’s 2002 production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, which earned her enthusiastic reviews and the Ian Charleson Award. Following her film debut in Starter for 10 (2006), Hall got her breakthrough role that same year in Christopher Nolan’s thriller film The Prestige. In 2008, Hall starred as Vicky in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She has since appeared in a wide array of films, including Ron Howard’s historical drama Frost/Nixon (2008), Ben Affleck’s crime drama The Town (2010), the horror thriller The Awakening (2011), the superhero movie Iron Man 3 (2013), the science fiction film Transcendence (2014), the psychological thriller The Gift (2015) and the biographical drama Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017). In 2016, Hall was praised by critics for her portrayal of reporter Christine Chubbuck in the biographical drama Christine. Hall has also made several notable appearances on British television. She won the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 2009 Channel 4 miniseries Red Riding: 1974. In 2013, she was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her performance in BBC Two’s Parade’s End.
JASON NAPOLI BROOKS (Text)
Jason Napoli Brooks’ fiction and non-fiction have appeared in various publications, such as Ninth Letter, Asymptote, Bomb, The New York Times Magazine, and the gay fiction anthology Satanica, as well as various publications in Mexico. His first novel, Shelter, was the recipient of The Chapbook Award for Best Fiction of 2006. From 2014-2017 Brooks published the psychedelic mystery series Cock of the Walk in zine format. It reached a wide audience and is now being translated into Spanish by a Mexican publisher. Brooks is the founder, curator, and emcee of the long-running Enclave Reading and Performance Series, which takes place at Club Cumming, actor Alan Cummings’ nightclub in the East Village. He is currently at work on a new novel, Persona Non Grata, and collaborating with Mexican curator Hector Ortiz on a new zine, Fone: Film Stills of Actresses on Telephones.