Person of the Decade #7

January 23, 2015

It's Friday, which means it's time to announce another of the People of the Decade in the Indie Theater Hall of Fame. Today's honoree is the seventh. He's a true Renaissance Man of indie theater, and an inspiration to so many: Daniel Talbott.

Daniel is an actor, a playwright, a director, a producer, and the artistic director of Rising Phoenix Rep. He is one of the top-selling playwrights on Indie Theater Now, with such plays as Slipping, What Happened When, and Break My Face on Your Hand to his credit. He has also directed numerous other plays that you can find on ITN, from Daniel Reitz's Rules of the Universe to Crystal Skillman's The Telling Trilogy to Sarah Shaefer's The Gin Baby.

Daniel and Sarah are currently collaborating on a new play, whose title is Fucking Immaculate. (Titles like that are par for the course for these two.) It begins site-specific performances in an apartment next week; details here.

Daniel's visionary leadership of Rising Phoenix Rep (with his partner-in-all-things, Addie Johnson) is becoming kind of legendary in the indie theater world. I wrote, a few years ago:

Rising Phoenix attracts talented people the way that chocolate candy attracts little kids—ravenously and gleefully. The smartest and most inventive craftspeople and artists want to work with Rising Phoenix because the company provides a nurturing space for theatre makers and theatre goers to have adventures they won’t get anywhere else.

And Daniel's longtime friend and collaborator Denis Butkus wrote:

With a downright dirty sense of humor, a passion deep, joyful, and infectious, he successfully reinvents himself with an artistry that is astonishing. If you know him, you know that his dedication, talent, and multi-disciplinary skill-set are all an extension of his huge, generous heart. For him there is no difference how his passion manifests—and no end to his inspiration—as long as it involves an empty space and the courage to tell a good story.

Learn more about Daniel at the Hall of Fame website.

[Note: When NYTE launched the Hall of Fame last month, we asked all of the inductees to vote for those members who, in their view, had made the most significant and outstanding contributions to the NYC indie theater scene during the past ten years. We think that this is a particularly meaningful recognition because it is bestowed upon these individuals and companies by their peers. We're announcing the 10 honorees weekly, one each Friday from now until February 13th. Announced so far: John Clancy and Nancy Walsh, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Vampire Cowboys, Kristin Marting, Mac Rogers, and Elena K. Holy.]





More about the playwright in this article:
Loco7's "Undefined Fraction" at La MaMa
I got to pay a visit to one of my all-time favorite indie theaters, La MaMa E.T.C., for a performance of Undefined Fraction, which is part of the company's 2015 Puppet Series. This blend of edgy puppetry, physical theater, and dance is an exemplar of the kind of meditative hybrid installation/happening/drama that has been a mainstay of this East Village institution for decades.
Trav S.D.'s Great Vaudeville History
A look back at Trav S.D.'s book on vaudeville, published 10 years ago this month.
United Solo 2014: Done; United Solo 2015: Starting Now!
ITN's United Solo 2014 play collection is now complete; and our first 2015 play--LOUISE IN CHARLESTOWN by Penny Jackson--is available as well.