Their theater work includes Hundred Days (La Jolla Playhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Know Theater, Z Space, US Tour), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP), Anything That Gives Off Light (Edinburgh Theatre Festival, US Tour), Youll Still Call Me By Name (New York Live Arts, Jacob's Pillow). In Hundred Days, real-life married couple Abigail and Shaun Bengson (the duo behind Ars Nova's The Lucky Ones) detail the story of how they . Ryan McPhee As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Abigail Bengson has appeared on HBO's High Maintenance and also toured as a member of tUnE-yArDs, including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.instagram: The program, championed by the industry as the "Save Our Stages" act, was slated to begin accepting applications April 8. But accompanied by a wonderfully droll quartet of singing musicians Colette Alexander, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham and Reggie D. White the Bengsons are stirring, and surprisingly witty, company. He ha (read more about this author). Its possible that we have all been raised in a way that hurt us, Abigail says in the show. This is a true story, Shaun Bengson tells the audience from the stage of the Connelly Theater in the East Village. Both Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker have been fighting cases of COVID, which put the Neil Simon revival on hiatus. Abigail said in a phone interview. Eleven years ago, Abigail and Shaun Bengson met. To wit: Whether by choice, chance or ultimately and unavoidably death, you will be separated from the person you love most. Review: Waltzing With Love and Death in Hundred Days, The stage performers' union will not re-open their audition centers, but is allowing employers to host their own in-person calls. The cast of Hundred Days was made up of Colette Alexander, Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham, and Reggie D. White. Shaun Bengson, 34, cracked up at this, seated beside her in the apartment in Alphabet City where they stayed through early previews, to be close to the theater. At first, we were thinking about one thingliving with chronic pain and mental illness, and how that affects the ability to cultivate pleasure and joy. programming. Michael R. 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The physical production is austere, with little in the way of scenery beyond a constellation of light bulbs. Ryan McPhee const cssRule = '.my-paragraph { margin-bottom: 0px !important; }'; And with those words, Mr. Bengson and his wife, Abigail the other half of the folk-rock duo the Bengsons, the indie-theater darlings who created the show for Ars Nova attempt to draw a cloak of privacy around themselves and the people they love. The more the piece evolved and the more collaborators got involved, the more the couple moved toward an honest and real portrayal of their feelings, fears and everything in between. There'd be much more unplugging to be done today. Bursts of banter lead into . Working in the first few months of the pandemic at Shaun's parent's home in Dayton, Ohio, they mustered as much uplift as they could for "The Keep Going Song," a show presented (virtually, of course) through the Actors Theater of Louisville. My Joy Is Heavy! Some have come to see it. } else { Id be like, Hey, its Friday, talking about nothing, and then Id sing this heavy piece of music, talking about everything, she said, and she realized thats not so different from what shes doing with the show itself. Copyright 2023 DC Theater Arts. // Append the CSS rule to the style element As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Even the notion of miscarriage is for some reason socially shrouded in silence, leaving shattered would-be parents to mourn alone. I recognize its a little codependent.. The one-day-only event, starring Olivier nominees Rachel Tucker and Rachel John, played the West End October 11 following a digital production earlier this summer. styleElement.type = 'text/css'; Either way, the closest Ms. Bengson has felt to how she did before her family cracked apart is with the artistic family behind The Lucky Ones, a show that allows her to spend time again in her childhood Eden, if only in her imagination. Then in early July a pivotal phone call came. Hundred Days runs through April 6, 2014 at Z Space in San Francisco. Adina Verson, at center, in The Lucky Ones, which considers the impact of a killing on Ms. Bengsons seemingly idyllic childhood. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the red carpet here! The limited engagement of the Jason Robert Brown revue will begin in February 2021. Dan Meyer That was 13 years ago, and today, the dynamic duo composes and performs together around the world. A few performances deeper into previews, after they had moved back home to Queens, Ms. Bengson sat at their blond-wood kitchen table, a plastic bag of old cassette tapes in front of her. | // Create a new style element To their amusingly and typically chaotic pandemic era home - with instruments, toys, food, books and art strewn all about - they quietly deal with chronic pain (hers) and depression (his). In reality, though, the person in her clan who killed someone was not a blood relative but rather a person she had been raised to consider an older sibling someone she loved and admired, who wrote strange and beautiful music, who claimed to hear voices and did as they instructed. Ryan McPhee Manhattan Theatre Club is presenting the New York premiere of Where the Mountain Meets the Sea, written by AUDELCO Award nominee Jeff Augustin (The New Englanders, The Morning Show) and directed by Princess Grace Award winner Joshua Kahan Brody, with music by The Bengsons (Hundred Days, The Lucky Ones). Use this COVID-19 protocols checklist before heading We wanted to make it really intimate and trying not to replicate the experience of being in a theater with us, but figuring out what would be most enjoyable over this medium.. Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.. Mr. and Ms. Bengson, known for their eloquent musical contributions to downtown New York theater pieces, are one of those rare couples who really did fall in love at first sight (at a massive anti-folk folk-punk old-timey neo soul band rehearsal). They have received the Jonathan Larson and Richard Rodgers Awards and nominations for the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards. Just last night, the American Theatre Wing presented the 66th Obie Awards, celebrating and honoring Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. But their self-portrait of a show, which was written in collaboration with Ms. Gancher, spends most of its time in the light-devouring shadows of doubt. October 12, 2020. The musical, based on the blockbuster film of the same name, reopens at a different venue: the Savoy Theatre. var sleeknoteScriptTag = document.createElement('script'); Sign up for reopening news, announcements, and exclusive discounts on tickets to your favorite shows! | Ryan McPhee Andrew Gans By Logan Culwell-Block January 2, 2022. The beauty part of this is that any question that I can think of to ask, theres an answer to, and the answer is always weirder and more interesting and more surprising and sort of brighter than anything that I could make up.. | Andrew Gans For their part, the Bengsons composed a new memoir musical titledMy Joy Is Heavy!, which is currently streaming on Arenas website for free. Ryan McPhee | By July 1, 2021. | The message of Each Kindness should be shared to people everywhere, and the music of Rootstock Republic should be enjoyed by all. They were so sure that each was the one for the other that they married three weeks after they met, having summarily displaced a pre-existing boyfriend (in her case) and roommate (in his). The long-running favorite returns to the Orpheum Theatre. Certainly there are heartbreaking moments in the play, but the overwhelming experience of Hundred Days is one of joy. | | Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Abigail Bengson in Hundred Days In Hundred Days, real-life married couple Abigail and Shaun. By Tickets are now on sale forManhattan Theatre Clubs New York premiere ofWhere the Mountain Meets the Sea, written by AUDELCO Award nomineeJeff Augustin(The New Englanders, The Morning Show) and directed by Princess Grace Award winnerJoshua Kahan Brody,with music byThe Bengsons(Hundred Days,The Lucky Ones). Dan Meyer By By Abigail Bengson is such a compelling, empathetic figure, with a voice grounded in a folk, shape note singing and gospel as she expresses herself further with upraised hands. The four-week showcase will feature over 450 artists across 160 varied performances. The Daniel Craig-led production is back after cases of COVID within the company put a pause on performances. The Bengsons. June 24, 2021, By The shift in focus from outside to inside clarifies and intensifies what was already an affecting piece. The show smoothly segues from the informality of a tale told in a concert setting to more fully staged scenes. This. By The musical, starring Caroline Bowman and Caroline Innerbichler, plays Sheas Buffalo Theatre through September 24. Their fierce 2015 production imagined a young couple whose time is cut short by illness but. Theres a line near the start of the new musical The Lucky Ones thats a deliberate hedge an explanation of the rules of the show that also leaves those rules a little murky. Three weeks later, the couple got married. By January 11, 2022, By By July 6, 2021. Which turns out to be all thats needed for a show that celebrates and laments the elusive radiance of a shared life. | As you may gather from the fact that they are now married and performing together, the Bengsons got over their crisis of faith long enough to commit to a relationship that, life being what it is, will never be a sure thing. Abigail Bengson says that she. By Yet she is terrified of compounding anyones anguish. "So letting love win in the battle between love and fear, something we all experience every day. La Jolla Playhouse has announced the presentation of Sovereignty Hymns, a commissioned work that features a video series of original songs exploring questions about reproductive liberty. CREDITS Created by and featuring the music of: Abigail & Shaun Bengson Director: Anne Kauffman Book by: Kate E. Ryan Producer (Z Space): Lisa Steindler raises the possibility of continued commissioned filmed projects from theater companies long after theaters reopen. | Manhattan Theatre Clubs New York premiere ofWhere the Mountain Meets the Sea, written by AUDELCO Award nomineeJeff Augustinis in its final week of performances atNew York City Center Stage I. | July 27, 2021. ExPats Theatres production of The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield, directed by Karin Rosnizeck, features two great actors, but stumbles with low production quality and a script which doesnt do its characters justice. Their theater work includes Sovereignty Hymns (La Jolla Playhouse), The Keep Going Song (Actors Theatre of Louisville), My Joy is Heavy (Arena Stage), Hundred Days (La Jolla Playhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, US Tour), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Where the Mountain Meets the Sea (ATLs Humana Festival; Manhattan Theatre Club), Anything That Gives Off Light (Edinburgh Theatre Festival), Youll Still Call Me By Name (New York Live Arts, Jacob's Pillow), and Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company). document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); document.getElementById( "ak_js_2" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); Keith Loria is a freelance writer and theater lover who has written about everything from business to sports to real estate with a lot of entertainment writing thrown into the mix. Over the past few weeks, the folk-rock/theatre-making duo and a team of collaborators have been experimenting at the Brooklyn venue on the development of their new work. Hayley Levitt, "Hundred Days" runs at La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Forum until oct. 21, 2018. Is it possible to tell the truth kindly? Ms. Bengson said. The change in the Off-Broadway theatre's guidelines was tweeted yesterday. And the sound of Ms. Bengson wailing like a banshee as she considers the mangling trap that is love will echo in your ears for days to come. = '0px'; "The most important theme of 'HundredDays' is moving through fear in the name of love," Abigail said. By Shaun said that the material they had been working on all got scrapped once the protests started they started to re-approach the entire project. | The production opened on Wednesday, November 2, and will conclude as scheduled this Sunday, November 27. We wrote our first song together on that first night, Abigal said. Abigail and Shaun Bengson are a married composing and performing duo. Leah Putnam Melissa Kaitlyn Carter is a cheery presence as Sarah's best friend Caroline, and Dalene Mason is mournfully somber as Will's forbiddingly distant father. Then, they dreamed bigger: a Broadway musical! Hes going to be a pirate by 5, she said, and her husband laughed again. })(); Abigail and Shaun Bengson are a married composing and performing duo based in NYC and VT who have performed across the country and around the world. By The personable and talented married singer-songwriter couple, Shaun and Abigail Bengson explore their lives in this uneven concert musical. Presented by Z Space and piece by piece productions with Encore Theatre Company, the show is conceived and created by married couple Abigail and Shaun Bengson, who double as a band called. | The Bengsons display the pleasures, joys and the emotional tolls of the events of the past year and how they managed to cultivate and hold onto happiness even during these dark, difficult times. Its conversational, sometimes it seems like a music video or a dance party, sometimes it seems like youre going for a walk with us, Shaun said. And I can't imagine wanting it any other way. Here, it's no role at all, but real life and determinations with her husband and son, who makes a couple of key appearances. July 1, 2021. By The Bengsons A La Jolla Playhouse Commission. | Staged with resonant economy by the talented Anne Kauffman, with sharp and subtle movement direction by Sonya Tayeh, Hundred Days is cabaret as cri de coeur, and it is advisable to watch it with a handkerchief at the ready. November 21, 2022, By When not writing, Keith can be found playing with his daughters, Jordan and Cassidy. By | St. Anns Warehouse will reopen its doors this spring with a pair of concerts from The Bengsons, performing their new work-in-progress The Broken Ear Setlist: Songs from Ohio. July 29, 2021. | First he attended college at Indiana University (studied Ethnomusicology & Traditional Indiana Fiddling), then after graduation Shaun moved to New York City as a part of the city's teaching fellows program. | Logan Culwell-Block Like Hundred Days, The Lucky Ones is directed by Anne Kauffman and has a book co-written by the playwright Sarah Gancher, who is the Bengsons neighbor across the hall in Ridgewood, Queens. But seemingly off-the-cuff stage patter in the beginning later becomes needed background for plot points in the play. Performed from San Francisco to New York to La Jolla to Florida, it got raves, awards and a cast album. January 10, 2022, By "My Joy is Heavy!" September 22, 2020. By Dan Meyer wait for it. Now, they invite the public to participate in a hybrid congregation., In our new work, the idea is that loss is the mechanism by which God comes close, says Abigail Bengson. Colette Alexander, Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham, and Reggie D. White, By The concert's creative team also includes assistant director Keenan Tyler Oliphant, lighting designer Alejandro Fajardo, projection designer Jeff Sugg, scenic and costume designer DOTS, associate projection designer Simon Harding, producer Wendy vanden Heuvel, and executive producers Kendra Bator and Tom Casserly. . Were interested in this great loss that weve all been moving through that has many names and is communal, but is also specific and particular to each person. September 24, 2021. I love you, too, Ms. Gancher said, and exited. The musical, starring Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone, was originally slated to open March 22, 2020composer Stephen Sondheims 90th birthday. My Joy is Heavy! In a dynamic staging by director Anne Kauffman, the show has the look and feel of a rock concert, complete (at least on opening night) with a roaring crowd. With a full rock band, a choir of singers, dazzling sets, and breathtaking music, Hundred Days is the Bay Area's hottest world premiere of the year. Abigail Bengson and Shaun Bengson Emilio Madrid-Kuser. | "It's not easy, it's not easy, but it's the way I want to live," Abigail said. Dan Meyer can be accessed on the Arena Stage YouTube channel. Ms. Bengson says that she and her husband are both profoundly introverted, but you wouldnt know it from talking with them. By Three of their singles have been featured on So You Think You Can Dance (FOX). Logan Culwell-Block March 3, 2022, By The production runs 90 minutes and has no intermission. But three weeks is a long time in the newly discovered country of young love. // Define the CSS rule for the .my-paragraph class Abigail once served as a background singer for Tune-Yards, but her expressive warmth is also memorable from her role in HBO's "High Maintenance" a year ago, as Kim, the intimacy coordinator who meets an asexual magician. From left, Jo Lampert, Ms. Bengson and Mr. Bengson in this poignant 90-minute show at New York Theater Workshop. The various safety protocols were released as both new and returning shows enter rehearsals. Dan Meyer With creator Sara Bareilles back in the lead role, the musical grossed more in single-day ticket sales than any other show in the history of the Barrymore. August 11, 2021. The previously announced Boy Falls from the Sky, Room, and more have new dates. We filmed it at my moms, in the house I grew up in, which is where we have been staying for the past six months, Abigail said. The subsequent revisions suggest that autobiography is a highly mutable art form. Anyone can read what you share. Their return also marks the launch of their 40th season in operation. The Bengsons drove to Dayton, Ohio, to stay with Shauns parents, and they put together an hour-long concert for the Louisville theater. The Rob McClure-led musical has been facing breakthrough COVID cases among its cast. In the 27-minute piece, the Bengsons present an intimate portrait of celebrating joy during difficult times, which for the couple included dealing with chronic pain and suffering a miscarriage during the COVID-19 lockdown. But those three weeks in between meeting and tying the knot, the pair told NBC 7 San Diego, was the . | | Ill eat those eggs. | A trio of the indie-folk duos songs have also been featured on So You Think You Can Dance, and one of their most recent singles, The Keep Going Song, has been viewed more than 4 million times on social media. The stage managers are Amanda Spooner and Christopher Kee Anaya-Gorman. The theatre company expects to resume performances, on Broadway and off, this fall. So, youre welcome, Louie., The Bengsons married 10 years ago, three weeks after their first date. Shaun and Abigial Bengson. Marc J. Franklin It's a show that forces both Abigail and Shaun to look at their life and what is terrifying them before they step on stage -- and then face it. By Critical reception of The Lucky Ones has been mixed, with Jesse Green of The New York Times calling it a gawky, powerful work in progress, while Sandy MacDonald, in Time Out New York, found it harrowing.. sleeknoteScriptTag.src = ('//'); When I had a miscarriage, that shaped what we were going through, and this became a healing practice for us to make this together.. St. Anns Warehouse to Begin Indoor Performances With The Bengsons, Track-by-Track Breakdown: The Bengsons on Crafting Their, joins New Yorks flexible cultural spaces, JoAnn M. 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