The New Natives Theatre Company

    A theatre company pushing boundaries & bringing new work to NYC. Next: Holy Day by Andrew Bovell.

    Holy Day by Andrew Bovell

    Exploring themes of race, justice, gender and the conflict between new beginnings and stolen pasts...

     NY, NY, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    WHO WE ARE

    The New Natives Theatre Company was founded by Charly Clive and Jillian Geurts in 2015. It focuses primarily on producing new theatre, as well as presenting international work unseen in the United States. The company collaborates with emerging and established artists to create content that is challenging, accessible and for people who have never had more questions! Unafraid to play with time and reality, our work dissects the nature of connection and disconnection, the politics of memory, love, pain, history and the cycle of the human condition (in all its changing forms). 

    The New Natives have produced two sold-out runs at Under St Mark's Theatre in 2016 and 2017.  Our aim is to continue breaking ground in March 2019 at the New Ohio Theatre in New York, with a production of Andrew Bovell's acclaimed dark historical drama Holy Day...


    THE PLAY

    Set on the white frontier in mid-nineteenth century Australia, Holy Day is a powerful play that delves into the dark underbelly of colonial history. Complex and difficult, it tells the story of four women and their men, dealing with themes of race, gender, justice and exploring the conflict between new beginnings and stolen pasts. This award-winning work was originally performed in 2001 and resonates across international borders, remaining extremely relevant in our current political and cultural climate.

    "I'm thrilled that The New Natives Theatre Company are bringing Holy Day to the attention of a New York audience. I think the theatre is one of the most effective places to shine light on the shadows of the past. I wish them the cast and creatives the best."  — Andrew Bovell

    Find out more about the show here.


    WHY DONATE

    We at The New Natives are dedicated to producing the best version of Holy Day we can.  This means paying our actors and creative team fairly, marketing the show properly and having the resources to create the unique world of the play.  Now more than ever, we feel it is vital to bring this story to American audiences.  Recognition of victims and culpability are at the heart of our mission and by bringing Australia's complex colonial history to the New York stage, we hope to spark conversation, debate and ultimately healing.  Donating to Holy Day and The New Natives means supporting art that is challenging, current, that gives voice to Indigenous perspectives and strives to create powerful, experiential theatre.  We are very grateful to have support from the Australian Consulate-General, and this fundraising campaign is an essential part of realising this incredible play in 2019.   


    MAJOR BUDGET ITEMS

    Performance Venue
    Rehearsal Space
    Actor Fees 
    Creative Team Fees 
    Set, Props and Costumes 
    Insurance 
    Marketing & Media


    THE TEAM

    Barbara Rubin
    (director)
    For the past two decades, Barbara Rubin has cultivated a career as an inventive director of contemporary and classical theatre in New York and abroad. She has worked on Broadway and Off, regionally and internationally in Europe, and in her native South Africa. Barbara has worked with The Signature Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre. She is also a co-director of the third year Company at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where she directs and mentors actors on the brink of launching their professional careers. www.barbararubin.net

    “Here, at last, is a director possessed of that wondrous technical prowess, political conviction, and innate storytelling.” — Charles Blignaut, Mail & Guardian

    Andrew Bovell (playwright)
    Andrew Bovell is an award-winning Australian writer for theatre, film and TV. His AWGIE award-winning play Speaking in Tongues has been seen throughout Australia, Europe and the United States. His play When the Rain Stops Falling has been performed internationally, including at the Lincoln Center, New York and the Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia. His most recent project, Things I know to be True, was co-created with the British physical theatre company Frantic Assembly and is currently touring the UK. His other works include After Dinner, Scenes from a Separation, Who's Afraid of the Working Class? and Secret River.

    Jillian Geurts (producer, actor)
    Jillian is an Australian actor and producer who began her performing career with acclaimed physical theatre company Zen Zen Zo. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a co-founder of The New Natives Theatre Company. For theatre she originated the role of Lady Anne in Tony-nominee Douglas Carter Beane's Hood: The Musical and has worked frequently with the Scranton Shakespeare Festival where her credits include: Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Geminae in A Funny Thing Happened... and Isabella in Measure for Measure. NY theatre includes: Miranda in The Collector (59E59), Louie in Camel, First Woman in The First Man (Under St Marks / The New Natives), Polina in Red Winter (Ophelia Theatre Company), Ophelia in Kill Hamlet (Signature Theatre) and Nurse in Romeo & Juliet (Hypokrit / Access Theatre). Upcoming film projects include: Catching Up (dir. Bill Crossland), Play (dir. Jay Palmieri) and Hell House II (dir. Stephen Cognetti). www.jilliangeurts.com

    Daniel Holme (production manager)
    Daniel is an award winning actor and producer. Originally from London, he trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and now calls Brooklyn home. He is co-founder of Cutting Hedge Productions and FAT CONTENT theatre company, which has been touring original, experimental plays across the UK and now the US, since 2007. Daniel has assistant produced with Fallen Angel Theatre Company, championing work by British and Irish women, and he is on the management team of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival, a non profit in their 8th year of proving free, professional theatre in Scranton, PA. Daniel is thrilled to be joining the talented New Natives team, who’s work he has admired since they formed. www.danielholme.com

    Nelson Ornelas (executive + line producer)
    Nelson was the executive producer and line producer for both "The First Man" and "Camel".  A native New Yorker, Nelson has grown up in the theatre community and has always been interested in the Dramatic Arts.   He saw an opportunity to help young,  artists get their voices heard with The New Natives and is very grateful to be working with such a talented group of people.


    THE VENUE 

    New Ohio Theatre is a two-time OBIE Award-winning performance venue that serves the vast independent theatre community of New York and the adventurous audiences who love them. As a small, downtown, artist-run organization with a twenty-plus year history as a beacon for bold and inventive work, we know the challenges and rewards of producing and presenting alternative, groundbreaking theatre.


    SPECIAL THANKS TO
    OSLO Coffee Roasters Brooklyn, Kate Montgomery, Julian Romano, Andrew Bovell and The Australian Consulate-General. 

    Rewards

    Baby Native

    Donate $10.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    A big thank you on our social media!

    Native Supporter

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    For a donation of $25 you will receive a listing on the New Natives website as a supporter.

    Big Native

    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount over $5.00 is tax-deductible.

    For a donation of $50 you will receive a thank you in the Holy Day program -  signed by the cast and director!

    Poster Native

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    For a donation of $100 you will receive a signed copy of the Holy Day production poster!

    True Native

    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    For a donation of $250 you'll receive a listing on our website and program, a signed poster and an invitation to attend a Holy Day rehearsal.

    Sponsor a Native

    Donate $500.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    For a donation of $500 you can sponsor an actor or any member of the creative team by contributing towards their stipend. You will receive a credit in the program as a patron, a listing on our website and a signed copy of our poster!

    Associate Producer

    Donate $1,000.00 or more

    Amount over $120.00 is tax-deductible.

    For a donation of $1000, you will be credited as an associate producer in the Holy Day program. You will also receive 2 tickets to opening night, a signed poster, a listing on our website and a gift card to one of NYC's best coffee shops!

    Executive Producer

    Donate $2,500.00 or more

    Amount over $220.00 is tax-deductible.

    For a donation of $2500, you will be credited as an executive producer in the Holy Day program. You will also receive 2 tickets to opening night, a signed poster, a listing on our website, a gift card to one of NYC's best coffee shops and dinner with the director and producers!