Genuine Plastic Reliquaries

April 9–25, 2015
New York, NY


Genuine Plastic Reliquaries

April 9–25, 2015
New York, NY


Conceived by Third Rail Projects Artistic Directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett, Genuine Plastic Reliquaries included two world premieres. The first, Sign of the Times by Zach Morris, is a duet that navigates over an assemblage of light-up retro roadside billboards. Ricocheting off of Open-All-Nite signs, two dancers grapple with the overblown promises, wide-eyed wonder, and disenchanting realities of what awaits us at the next exit. The second premier, Pizza Queen by Tom Pearson, part of One New York Plaza’s “Redefining Americana” series, is a love song to all-night eateries and  diner-booths. A solo performer transforms herself, and her environment, from a bored waitress in a pizza joint, to a lounge-y androgynous crooner in a posh den, and finally to a spectacular, glittering superstar in her own fantastical disco-tech. Paired with the new works was a re-mounting of Yolk (by all three directors), a durational dance performance for two dancers and two 1970’s-era egg chairs. Set against the bustle of midtown Manhattan, Yolk is part time capsule and part hidden treasure, offering meditative movement and saturated images of ready-made goddesses transforming within a fragile shell. The series culminated in a presentation of all three performances on April 25 at One New York Plaza.

Genuine Plastic Reliquaries was the latest chapter in a longstanding creative partnership between Third Rail Projects and Arts Brookfield that began in 2009, including developmental residencies for Then She Fell, the long-running immersive theater hit, named as one of The New York Times’ top ten shows of 2012, and 2013′s critically acclaimed Roadside Attraction, and Genuine Plastic Reliquaries was part of an ongoing series of projects and explorations that culminated in a large-scale work, The Grand Paradise, which premiered in New York City in February of 2016.



Photography by Adam Jason Photography, Darial Sneed, and Joshua Dutton-Reaver




Created by Third Rail Projects

Artistic Directors
Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, Jennine Willett

Written, Choreographed, and Directed by
Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, Jennine Willett

Created in Collaboration with and Performed by
Elizabeth Carena, Roxanne Kidd, Tara O’Con, Joshua Reaver, Jessy Smith

Production Staff

Composer: Meiko’s Starlight Orchestra (Yolk), Sean Hagerty, with Isaiah Singer (Sign of the Times and Pizza Queen)
Costume Design: Karen Young with Tom Pearson (Pizza Queen) and Zach Morris (Sign of the Times)
Set and Installation Designs: Tom Pearson and Zach Morris with Elisabeth Svenningsen
Set Build: Elisabeth Svenningsen and Carlton C. Ward

Production Manager: Brittany Crowell
Stage Manager:  Elisabeth Svenningsen
Wardrobe Assistant: TJ Burleson
Costume Intern:  Audrey Ketchell

Project Support

Commissioned and Presented by Arts Brookfield