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FROM BEING WHERE YOU WERE Intensity 20.15: Grace Chase by Claire Chase together with This is Mary Brown by Winsome Brown

November 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Two unique works celebrating the life force of powerfully spirited women. For the first time, Pauline Oliveros’ “Intensity 2015: Grace Chase” written for and performed by MacArthur Award and Avery Fisher prizewinning flutist Claire Chase, and Winsome Brown’s poignant and hilarious play “This is Mary Brown” will be offered together as companion pieces.

Claire Chase: “The most important flutist of our time.” – The New York Times

Winsome Brown: “Ms. Brown is engrossing.” – The New York Times

“Intensity 2015: Grace Chase” is a moving and genre-bending work of music, theater, and storytelling. Composed by Pauline Oliveros from texts by Chase’s grandmother, it is an intimate and revelatory piece for flutes, text, and Expanded Instrument System, a sound processing system invented by Oliveros. Levy Lorenzo accompanies. Winsome Brown directs this new staging.

Winsome Brown’s monodrama “This is Mary Brown” is a funny and tender exploration of family, addiction, life, and death. The New York Times called it, “Lovely. Genuine, touching, quietly affecting.” The Scotsman called it, “Warm and funny. Beautiful. Inspiring.” PS21 is pleased to present this new version of the play.

Chase and Brown have been friends for 15 years. These pieces mark the first time they have made art from their own family stories. Join us for an evening of friendship, music, and theater. The performances will be followed by a conversation between Chase and Brown.


November 3, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY 12037 United States
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(518) 392-6121
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